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Since the 1930's aircraft manufacturers have tried to build [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 01:49
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Since the 1930's aircraft manufacturers have tried to build airplanes with frictionless
wings, shaped so smoothly and perfectly that the air passing over them would not
become turbulent.
(A) wings, shaped so smoothly and perfectly
(B) wings, wings so smooth and so perfectly shaped
(C) wings that are shaped so smooth and perfect
(D) wings, shaped in such a smooth and perfect manner
(E) wings, wings having been shaped smoothly and perfectly so

could anyone tell me if this question could appear on the real GMAT ? I doubt wether this sentence is accurate.
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Re: GMAT question ? [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 09:03
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Since the 1930's aircraft manufacturers have tried to build airplanes with frictionless
wings, shaped so smoothly and perfectly that the air passing over them would not
become turbulent.
(A) wings, shaped so smoothly and perfectly
(B) wings, wings so smooth and so perfectly shaped
(C) wings that are shaped so smooth and perfect
(D) wings, shaped in such a smooth and perfect manner
(E) wings, wings having been shaped smoothly and perfectly so

could anyone tell me if this question could appear on the real GMAT ? I doubt wether this sentence is accurate.


Got it wrong in first go!

only B & C are compelling options!
this question is checking concept of "resumptive modifiers", which demands repartition of word "wings"
Also, option C could have been right provided we had perfectly; only adverbs can modify verb (verb = shaped). perfect is adjective. Further, "shaped smoothly" would have been wrong. you can shape perfectly, but not smoothly. In B this is corrected; wings so smooth (adjective) and perfectly (adverb) shaped
. . so answer is B


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By adding modifying phrases to the end of a sentence, a writer can take the reader in new, sometimes unexpected directions. A resumptive modifier picks up a word or phrase from a sentence that seems to be finished and then adds information and takes the reader into new territory of thought. Because resumptive modifiers are, by nature, repetitive, they tend also to add a sense of rhythm to a sentence.

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Re: GMAT question ? [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 16:53
Answer is (B).

(C): Adverbs are typically "-ly", so anything that looks like "shaped so smooth" is incorrect. Eliminated.

(A), (D): The sentence must make clear what was shaped, the planes or the wings. Choices A and D leave this ambiguous, which you know daddy GMAC would never allow. Eliminated.

(B) vs (E): Both are grammatically correct, however, (B) is the better choice since (E) uses a passive voice ("having been"). Also, there is a standard construction "so x, and so y, that z", which (B) employs.

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Re: GMAT question ? [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 17:43
i picked C. Between B and C, isn't wings is redundant?
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Re: GMAT question ? [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 20:23
brandy,

(C) cannot be correct since it says "shaped so smooth" instead of "shaped so smoothly".

A smooth [noun]. (as an adjective)
To [verb] smoothly. (as an adverb)
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Re: GMAT question ? [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2011, 12:11
'shaped so smoothly' does not sound logical. a shape can be perfect or artistic. a surface can be smooth, but IMO a shape can't be smooth.

so, the problem with A is that it isn't logically structured.
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Re: Since the 1930's aircraft manufacturers have tried to build [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2012, 22:35
A n D (past participles) wrongly modifies the aircraft manufacturers so incorrect
E redundancy error
out of B n C
in C Relative clause + relative clause is occurring (with THAT)
so B is the winner.
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Re: Since the 1930's aircraft manufacturers have tried to build [#permalink] New post 14 May 2012, 23:49
Can somebody put more light on the expalnation? Did not get it?

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Re: Since the 1930's aircraft manufacturers have tried to build [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2013, 18:47
Why not, this seems quite an apt SC question. Once again, the GMAT isn't 'always' about the logic, sometimes it can also be about the less error prone. Experts, am I right or not?
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Why not, this seems quite an apt SC question. Once again, the GMAT isn't 'always' about the logic, sometimes it can also be about the less error prone. Experts, am I right or not?


Hi mohnish

I'm glad to help.

Some basic grammar backgrounds
1. VERB-ed modifier + comma ==> Always modifies a preceding clause.
2. Noun + Noun modifier ==> Can modify preceding noun, any noun in the preceding clause or preceding clause.
3. Idiom: so X that Y


Back to the question.

Since the 1930's aircraft manufacturers have tried to build airplanes with frictionless wings, shaped so smoothly and perfectly that the air passing over them would not become turbulent.

(A) wings, shaped so smoothly and perfectly
Wrong. Verb-ed modifer "shaped" + comma ==> modifies preceding clause ==> it's like aircraft manufactures are shaped.... ==> Wrong.

(B) wings, wings so smooth and so perfectly shaped
Correct. "wings" is NOT redundant at all. This is "noun + noun modifier" ==> Modifies preceding noun "wings" very clearly.

(C) wings that are shaped so smooth and perfect
Wrong. "smooth" and perfect" are ADJECTIVE. But we need adverbs here ==? shaped smoothly and perfectly.

(D) wings, shaped in such a smooth and perfect manner
Wrong. Same error as in A.

(E) wings, wings having been shaped smoothly and perfectly so
Wrong. the usage of "so that" = in order to. But it's not the case here.

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Re: Since the 1930's aircraft manufacturers have tried to build [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2014, 12:47
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A) wings, shaped so smoothly and perfectly
Wrong. Verb-ed modifer "shaped" + comma ==> modifies preceding clause ==> it's like aircraft manufactures are shaped.... ==> Wrong.


As per e-gmat, noun +comma+ ed modifier modifies preceding noun and here ed modifier is modifying wings not the entire clause or subject.
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