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# Narwhals can be called whales of ice: in icy channels, pouds

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Narwhals can be called whales of ice: in icy channels, pouds and ice-shielded bays they seek sanctuary from killer whales, their chief predator, and their annual migrations following the seasnal rhythm of advancing and retreating ice.
A. their annual migrations following
B. their annual migrations which follow
C. their annual migrations follow
D. whose annual migrations following
E. whose annual migrations follow

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So I have no idea what this question is even trying to say. The whole thing sounds illogical to me.

Why is the correct answer C not some sort of fragment?

To me, it sounds like this... Narwhals seek sanctuary from killer whales, and their annual migrations follow the seasonal rhythm of advancing and retreating ice.

To me, "seek" (conjugated verb) is not structurally parallel to "their annual migrations" follow.... ugh
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09 Dec 2012, 15:03
I'm always happy for a gmatprep-gmat-original sentence.

Why do you have problems with C. It is pretty straightforward.

A is wrong brcause the verb following doesn't make sense at all in the context

B is wrong for the reason that $$which$$ is preceded always by a comma in american english or at least in gmatland

D and E with the usage of whose is wrong because is the possessive of who, and refers to who or ewhat ??'

C is clear and straight: narvals $$follow$$ the seasonal movements of the ice

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17 Dec 2012, 04:58
This has something to do with the structure of a sentence. Generally compound sentences involving the coordinator 'and' will have to balance the structure on either sides of the said conjunction parallelly. You may find that in the clauses follows the semicolon, the first part is a full-fledged while you expect the same such clause in the second part after ‘and’ having a full verb. . Unfortunately choices A, B, D and E contain simple phrases involving participles or sub clauses having which or whose. Only C sticks to the basic grammar of structure.
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17 Dec 2012, 05:37
Can some one explain what is the problem in FOLLOWING in option A with an explanantion???
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1. X ate water melon, his children looking at him —This is a simple sentence where x is the subject, and ate is the verb and the fruit, the object; What follows after the comma is a simple phrase, without a verb( looking’ is a present participle , not a verb) . We cannot use an ‘and’ in this case after the watermelon because and we can join only two equal things, be it two clauses or phrases or simply words. The word ‘and’ prevents the modifier phrase from being grammatically attached to the IC.
2. X ate watermelon as his children looked at him --- This is complex sentence, involving an independent clause (IC) and a dependent clause, both of which have their own verbs and hence they are called clauses. The word ‘as’ is a subordinate conjunction and now after having used a subordinate conjunction, we cannot use again another co-ordinate conjunction such as ‘and’.
3. When you follow an IC with and, then what must follow must also be an IC. Since ‘and’ is not underlined and since that will be part of any answer, then the only choice that will go with that structure is a clause that has a verb in the second arm ; only C has that structure.

I hope it is clear now why A violates sentence structure
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17 Dec 2012, 11:19
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The comma after "their chief predator" signals that the next part of the sentence could be a standalone sentence. You need a comma to link these. To find the correct answer, you must see which of the answer choices, followed by "the seasnal rhythm of advancing and retreating ice", can stand on their own as a sentence. Answer choice C is the only one that can do so; therefore, Answer choice C is correct.
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Narwhals can be called whales of ice: in icy channels, pouds and ice-shielded bays they seek sanctuary from killer whales, their chief predator, and their annual migrations following the seasnal rhythm of advancing and retreating ice.
A. their annual migrations following
B. their annual migrations which follow
C. their annual migrations follow
D. whose annual migrations following
E. whose annual migrations follow

Can anyone explain option a & c in detail
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09 Mar 2013, 01:47
if we were to go by it technically ... the they seek will have to be in parellel with they follow and not following
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09 Mar 2013, 12:54
A lacks the main verb and hence is a fragment
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09 Mar 2013, 14:56
After three minutes and a half I got it right. The important thing is to hnderstand that the underlined part stillmodifies the narwhales , not their predator.
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21 Apr 2013, 18:57
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10 Jul 2013, 01:40
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@skamal

1. X ate water melon, his children looking at him —This is a simple sentence where x is the subject, and ate is the verb and the fruit, the object; What follows after the comma is a simple phrase, without a verb( looking’ is a present participle , not a verb) . We cannot use an ‘and’ in this case after the watermelon because and we can join only two equal things, be it two clauses or phrases or simply words. The word ‘and’ prevents the modifier phrase from being grammatically attached to the IC.
2. X ate watermelon as his children looked at him --- This is complex sentence, involving an independent clause (IC) and a dependent clause, both of which have their own verbs and hence they are called clauses. The word ‘as’ is a subordinate conjunction and now after having used a subordinate conjunction, we cannot use again another co-ordinate conjunction such as ‘and’.
3. When you follow an IC with and, then what must follow must also be an IC. Since ‘and’ is not underlined and since that will be part of any answer, then the only choice that will go with that structure is a clause that has a verb in the second arm ; only C has that structure.

I hope it is clear now why A violates sentence structure

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10 Jul 2013, 09:51
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Narwhals can be called whales of ice: in icy channels, pouds and ice-shielded bays they seek sanctuary from killer whales, their chief predator, and their annual migrations following the seasnal rhythm of advancing and retreating ice.
A. their annual migrations following
B. their annual migrations which follow
C. their annual migrations follow
D. whose annual migrations following
E. whose annual migrations follow

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So I have no idea what this question is even trying to say. The whole thing sounds illogical to me.

Why is the correct answer C not some sort of fragment?

To me, it sounds like this... Narwhals seek sanctuary from killer whales, and their annual migrations follow the seasonal rhythm of advancing and retreating ice.

To me, "seek" (conjugated verb) is not structurally parallel to "their annual migrations" follow.... ugh

carcass has that part right, it is a perfect gmat original sentence and quick to ill it helps your clock, ( I am hus adding here that this might be one of those candidates whose reponse matters wheere from the difficuty distribution, you get the next few 'targets'? Also in whch case, oe sth e Adaptive mark my seconds with which I ease into the right answer..(I understand we get two chances during the exam to test the difficulty barrier towards sonic scores..

C it is , straght and narrow, no other range definitions, modifiers or leftover reasoning to fit in the rest of the sentence.
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19 Oct 2016, 05:54
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Narwhals can be called whales of the ice: in icy channels, ponds, and ice-shielded bays they seek sanctuary from killer whales, their chief predator, and their annual migrations following the seasonal rhythm of advancing and retreating ice.

(A) their annual migrations following

(B) their annual migrations which follow

(C) their annual migrations follow

(D) whose annual migrations following

(E) whose annual migrations follow

I got confused by this inverted structure of the sentence.

In icy channels, ponds, and ice-shielded bays
they seek sanctuary from killer whales and
their annual migrations follow the seasonal rhythm of advancing and retreating ice.

It looks like half of the sentence is inverted and half is in simple form.
I believe it would have been better if it would look as below

they seek sanctuary from killer whales, their chief predator, in icy channels, ponds, and ice-shielded bays and their annual migrations follow the seasonal rhythm of advancing and retreating ice.
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14 Nov 2016, 14:42
I don't like answer choice C. Their can refer to whales or the Narwhals. Can someone please clear this up for me?
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29 Dec 2016, 20:59
r0ckst4r wrote:
I don't like answer choice C. Their can refer to whales or the Narwhals. Can someone please clear this up for me?

I would like to make a point here, the catch of GMAT SC is that you have to understand the meaning of the sentence and then apply the concepts and rules to reach the right answer.
Trust me I am speaking from 1.5 years of rigorous GMAT preparation. So coming back, re read the sentence and you will understand that the author is talking about / rather the author is trying to make a point why the whale is called icy ..it is because they take recluse in icy cold waters to hide from predators and follow their migration cycle.

Rest all distorts the meaning.

I will make one more suggestion for the GMAT only practice the official question the practice test companies fail to capture the gmat essence.
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