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One pervasive theory explains the introduction of breakfast [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2008, 02:29
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One pervasive theory explains the introduction of breakfast cereals in the early 1900s as a result of the growing number of automobiles, which led to a decline in horse ownership and a subsequent grain glut; by persuading people to eat what had previously been horse feed, market equilibrium was restored.

(A) by persuading people to eat what had previously been horse feed, market equilibrium was restored
(B) persuading people to eat what had previously been horse feed restored market equilibrium
(C) by persuading people to eat what had previously been horse feed, it restored market equilibrium
(D) the persuasion of people to eat what had previously been horse feed restored market equilibrium
(E) market equilibrium was restored when people were persuaded to eat former horse feed
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Re: 561. Semicolon wrong? [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2008, 05:56
Boy this is ugly.

Is it B.

Rule - When a semicolon is used then both clauses should stand by themselves.

But I do see lot of close calls. Not sure if I got it.
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Re: 561. Semicolon wrong? [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2008, 07:45
Is it D.....

Goes with the beginning of the sentence...

introduction........restored market equillibrium....
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Re: 561. Semicolon wrong? [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2008, 13:59
man, this one kick my butt, and I picked E.
I guessed.
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Re: 561. Semicolon wrong? [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2008, 16:42
When so many answers are flying around (B,D,E), that indicates one hell of a question :-D
Why not B?
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Re: 561. Semicolon wrong? [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2008, 22:15
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561.One pervasive theory explains the introduction of breakfast cereals in the early 1900s as a result of the growing number of automobiles, which led to a decline in horse ownership and a subsequent grain glut; by persuading people to eat what had previously been horse feed, market equilibrium was restored.

(A) by persuading people to eat what had previously been horse feed, market equilibrium was restored
(B) persuading people to eat what had previously been horse feed restored market equilibrium
(C) by persuading people to eat what had previously been horse feed, it restored market equilibrium
(D) the persuasion of people to eat what had previously been horse feed restored market equilibrium
(E) market equilibrium was restored when people were persuaded to eat former horse feed


B should be it and the use of semi-colon (;) is required here to join 2 independent clauses.

(A) passive
(B) correct
(C) poor construction.
(D) changes the meaning.
(E) passive
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Re: 561. Semicolon wrong? [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2008, 23:22
Can you please elaborate on the answer choices. I picked E but B seems to be the OA
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Re: 561. Semicolon wrong? [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2008, 23:30
Sorry, I forgot this. OA is B
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Re: 561. Semicolon wrong? [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2011, 01:00
561.One pervasive theory explains the introduction of breakfast cereals in the early 1900s as a result of the growing number of automobiles, which led to a decline in horse ownership and a subsequent grain glut; by persuading people to eat what had previously been horse feed, market equilibrium was restored.

(A) by persuading people to eat what had previously been horse feed, market equilibrium was restored
passive form so eliminated
(B) persuading people to eat what had previously been horse feed restored market equilibrium Correct
(C) by persuading people to eat what had previously been horse feed, it restored market equilibrium
passive form so eliminated
(D) the persuasion of people to eat what had previously been horse feed restored market equilibrium
The persuasion of people depicts the wrong meaning the sentence
(E) market equilibrium was restored when people were persuaded to eat former horse feed
weired sentence
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Re: One pervasive theory explains the introduction of breakfast [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2012, 14:34
Guys I still dont get it

To me sounds as if the main point of the sentence is to test the use of Complex Gerunds (The persuation) Vs Simple Gerunds (Persuading), but I still can't really spot the difference between both (in this case B and D). I agree that the first split comes after the semicolon requires an independent clause.

Now according to Manhattan GMAT, Simple gerund phrases are "Nouns on the outside, Verbs on the Inside" and Simple Gerund Phrases can be easily be made part of a working verb phrase (the verb that we will need for the independent clause after the semicolon) EG. Persuading people blah blah... I AM persuading people blah blah.

Now, to me D could work if instead of "restored market equilibrium." it stated "was what restored market equilibrium", refering to the persuation to bla bla..

(B) persuading people to eat what had previously been horse feed restored market equilibrium
(D) the persuasion of people to eat what had previously been horse feed restored market equilibrium
Please share your comments..

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Re: One pervasive theory explains the introduction of breakfast [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2012, 14:58
Not convinced with the elimination of option E.
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