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Most of Portugal’s 250,000 university students boycotted classes in a one-day strike to protest a law that requires them to contribute $330 a year toward the cost of higher education, previously paying$7 per year.

A. year toward the cost of higher education, previously paying $7 per year B. year toward the cost of higher education, for which was previously paid$7 per year
C. year, compared to the previously $7 per year, toward the cost of higher education D. year toward the cost of higher education, instead of the$7 per year required previously
E. year as opposed to the $7 per year required previously for the cost of higher education [Reveal] Spoiler: OA If you have any questions you can ask an expert New! Retired Moderator Status: worked for Kaplan's associates, but now on my own, free and flying Joined: 19 Feb 2007 Posts: 3631 Location: India WE: Education (Education) Followers: 715 Kudos [?]: 5556 [26] , given: 322 Re: Most of Portugals 250,000 university students boycotted [#permalink] ### Show Tags 21 Nov 2010, 08:02 26 This post received KUDOS 15 This post was BOOKMARKED A says that the higher education was previously paying$7

B The phrase - for which was previously paid $7 per year - is too awkward to consider In C - previously$7 per year - is grammatically wrong. Previously is an adverb and can not modify the noun of $7 D has no flaws as such and is the best answer. E -as opposed to -is not the right idiom to describe comparison, unless the arms of the comparison are positioned opposite to the others physically? In a weird way, E may also give the feeling that the students were in fact opposed to the$7 per year.
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21 Nov 2010, 17:54
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Most of Portugal’s 250,000 university students boycotted classes in a one-day strike to
protest a law that requires them to contribute $330 a year toward the cost of higher education, previously paying$7 per year.

A. year toward the cost of higher education, previously paying $7 per year B. year toward the cost of higher education, for which was previously paid$7 per
year
C. year, compared to the previously $7 per year, toward the cost of higher education D. year toward the cost of higher education, instead of the$7 per year required
previously
E. year as opposed to the $7 per year required previously for the cost of higher education Though the right answer is D but sentence could have been lot better if "last year" would have used instead of previously. Manager Joined: 16 Jul 2010 Posts: 161 Followers: 3 Kudos [?]: 12 [0], given: 0 Re: Most of Portugals 250,000 university students boycotted [#permalink] ### Show Tags 22 Nov 2010, 01:34 1 This post was BOOKMARKED WashingtonGMAT wrote: raghavs wrote: Most of Portugal’s 250,000 university students boycotted classes in a one-day strike to protest a law that requires them to contribute$330 a year toward the cost of higher
education, previously paying $7 per year. A. year toward the cost of higher education, previously paying$7 per year
B. year toward the cost of higher education, for which was previously paid $7 per year C. year, compared to the previously$7 per year, toward the cost of higher education
D. year toward the cost of higher education, instead of the $7 per year required previously E. year as opposed to the$7 per year required previously for the cost of higher
education

Though the right answer is D but sentence could have been lot better if "last year" would have used instead of previously.

I used to think on similar lines previously. Apparently, GMAC knows this and lures students with wrong answers similar to the ones they expect.
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Hey guys,

An interesting point about your preference for "last year" over "previously" - the two mean significantly different things:

"Last year" is a fixed point in time
"Previously" means "beforehand" - it's not fixed and may well have been over a longer period than just that one year

What I mean is that "previously" has a proper use, just as "being" and other words that we tend to fear on the GMAT do. The key is to be systematic in eliminating the big-picture errors first, and then going down to the more stylistic, feel-based items. The GMAT loves to use your own inertia against you to reward "thinking" and "problem solving" over assumptions and quick feelings, so get used to seeing questions like this that try to get you to dislike a word or phrase that isn't really wrong.
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B The phrase - for which was previously paid $7 per year - is too awkward to consider In C - previously$7 per year - is grammatically wrong. Previously is an adverb and can not modify the noun of $7 D has no flaws as such and is the best answer. E -as opposed to -is not the right idiom to describe comparison, unless the arms of the comparison are positioned opposite to the others physically? In a weird way, E may also give the feeling that the students were in fact opposed to the$7 per year.

Isn't the option (A). has a VERB-Ing modifier which modifies the whole clause and makes sense with the subject 'students'?

Previously paying $7 per year, the students blah blah blah..... There should be some other error to reject (A). Please advise ! _________________ Rgds, TGC! _____________________________________________________________________ I Assisted You => KUDOS Please _____________________________________________________________________________ Veritas Prep GMAT Instructor Joined: 16 Oct 2010 Posts: 7121 Location: Pune, India Followers: 2133 Kudos [?]: 13639 [0], given: 222 Re: Most of Portugals 250,000 university students boycotted [#permalink] ### Show Tags 29 Jun 2014, 23:04 TGC wrote: daagh wrote: A says that the higher education was previously paying$7

B The phrase - for which was previously paid $7 per year - is too awkward to consider In C - previously$7 per year - is grammatically wrong. Previously is an adverb and can not modify the noun of $7 D has no flaws as such and is the best answer. E -as opposed to -is not the right idiom to describe comparison, unless the arms of the comparison are positioned opposite to the others physically? In a weird way, E may also give the feeling that the students were in fact opposed to the$7 per year.

Isn't the option (A). has a VERB-Ing modifier which modifies the whole clause and makes sense with the subject 'students'?

Previously paying $7 per year, the students blah blah blah..... There should be some other error to reject (A). Please advise ! In (A), the noun needs to be next to the modifier. "previously paying$7 per year" - the question is - who was paying $7 per year? The students! So this modifier should be next to the students. Here it seems that the cost of higher education was previously paying$7 per year. Hence (A) is incorrect.
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Reject E by comparing "...for the cost of higher education" vs. "for higher education". "For" has been used incorrectly.

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With E, the sentence would be:

Most of Portugal’s 250,000 university students boycotted classes in a one-day strike to protest a law that requires them to contribute $330 a year as opposed to the$7 per year required previously for the cost of higher education

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B. year toward the cost of higher education, for which was previously paid $7 per year C. year, compared to the previously$7 per year, toward the cost of higher education
D. year toward the cost of higher education, instead of the $7 per year required previously E. year as opposed to the$7 per year required previously for the cost of higher education

A. year toward the cost of higher education, previously paying $7 per year The clause before the comma + verbing is "that (refers to law) requires them to contribute$330 a year toward the cost of the higher education"
so verb+ing should modify the previous clause and should make sense with the subject of the clause. Definitely "law" is not paying.

B. year toward the cost of higher education, for which was previously paid $7 per year who previously paid ? not clear C. year, compared to the previously$7 per year, toward the cost of higher education
Previously is an adverb so it should modify a verb. we don't have a verb here.

D. year toward the cost of higher education, instead of the $7 per year required previously Looks least of the devils E. year as opposed to the$7 per year required previously for the cost of higher education
"as opposed to" is not a comparison marker but it is a contrast marker . We need a comparison marker.
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Please, @e-gmat could you please why A is wrong? I thought it was a -ing modifier that modifies the subject of the sentence -university students-.

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