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Stalactites and stalagmites, accretions of minerals formed [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2012, 17:38
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Stalactites and stalagmites, accretions of minerals formed over time by dripping water, are common features in the region’s corners.

A. formed over time by dripping water, are common
B. that are formed by water dripping over time, are common
C. formed through time by the dripping of water, are common
D. having formed over time through dripping water, is a
E. , which are formed over time by the dripping of water, are commonly
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Re: Stalactites and stalagmites, accretions of minerals [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2012, 21:21
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kingb wrote:
Stalactites and stalagmites, accretions of minerals formed over time by dripping water, are common features in the region’s corners.

A. formed over time by dripping water, are common
B. that are formed by water dripping over time, are common
C. formed through time by the dripping of water, are common
D. having formed over time through dripping water, is a
E. , which are formed over time by the dripping of water, are commonly



In Option B, "That" is trying to show that the minerals were formed over time, but its not the minerals but the stalactites and stalagmites.

Answer is A.


hey im not sure if u can eliminate B because of the reasons you have mentioned.
in option A "formed is an adjective, which modifies minerals so by ur logic then A must also be wrong.
I guess "that" is B is ambiguous because the verb followed by that is "are" so "that are" could refer to accretions (wrongly) or minerals (correctly).

What's your take?

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Re: Stalactites and stalagmites, accretions of minerals [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2012, 20:14
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Stalactites and stalagmites, accretions of minerals formed over time by dripping water, are common features in the region’s corners.

A. formed over time by dripping water, are common
B. that are formed by water dripping over time, are common
C. formed through time by the dripping of water, are common
D. having formed over time through dripping water, is a
E. , which are formed over time by the dripping of water, are commonly


Stalactites and stalagmites - two things
Hence we need are before common.
Therefore, D is out.

Commonly is wrong usage in option E.
Therefore E is incorrect.

We are now left with A, B and C
In Option B, "That" is trying to show that the minerals were formed over time, but its not the minerals but the stalactites and stalagmites.

In GMAT

Verb form > Adjective Form > Noun Form
This means that verb form has the highest preference and then adjective and then the least noun.

In C, "the dripping of water" is the noun form
Whereas, In A, "dripping water" is adjective form.
Hence C is ruled out.

Answer is A.
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Re: Stalactites and stalagmites, accretions of minerals [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2012, 21:28
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anukrati wrote:
kingb wrote:
Stalactites and stalagmites, accretions of minerals formed over time by dripping water, are common features in the region’s corners.

A. formed over time by dripping water, are common
B. that are formed by water dripping over time, are common
C. formed through time by the dripping of water, are common
D. having formed over time through dripping water, is a
E. , which are formed over time by the dripping of water, are commonly



In Option B, "That" is trying to show that the minerals were formed over time, but its not the minerals but the stalactites and stalagmites.

Answer is A.


hey im not sure if u can eliminate B because of the reasons you have mentioned.
in option A "formed is an adjective, which modifies minerals so by ur logic then A must also be wrong.
I guess "that" is B is ambiguous because the verb followed by that is "are" so "that are" could refer to accretions (wrongly) or minerals (correctly).

What's your take?

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In A, formed is modifying "accretions of minerals" not minerals alone.

Hope this helps
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Re: Stalactites and stalagmites, accretions of minerals [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2012, 21:47
Hi "accretions" means to increase/grow
so "[increase of minerals] formed by blah blah
or increase of [minerals] formed by blah blah

Moreover verbed modify the proceeding noun. Please let me know if u feel otherwise.
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Re: Stalactites and stalagmites, accretions of minerals [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2012, 22:01
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Hi "accretions" means to increase/grow
so "[increase of minerals] formed by blah blah
or increase of [minerals] formed by blah blah

Moreover verbed modify the proceeding noun. Please let me know if u feel otherwise.



I went by [increase of minerals] formed by ....
But what you are trying to say has sense.
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Re: Stalactites and stalagmites, accretions of minerals [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2012, 22:07
Jp27 wrote:
Hi "accretions" means to increase/grow
so "[increase of minerals] formed by blah blah
or increase of [minerals] formed by blah blah

Moreover verbed modify the proceeding noun. Please let me know if u feel otherwise.


Hi Jp27,

I read the Option B again.
I might be wrong on the reasoning.
But while reading again I can see that the meaning is getting distorted in B.
B says "that are formed by water dripping over time"
A says "formed over time by dripping water".

The placement of "over time" is changing the meaning in both the sentences.

In B it means that water is dripping over time.
But in A, it says that formation is happening over time.

Whats your say on this? Please correct me if I am wrong.

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Re: Stalactites and stalagmites, accretions of minerals [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2012, 22:10
anukrati wrote:
Jp27 wrote:
Hi "accretions" means to increase/grow
so "[increase of minerals] formed by blah blah
or increase of [minerals] formed by blah blah

Moreover verbed modify the proceeding noun. Please let me know if u feel otherwise.


Hi Jp27,

I read the Option B again.
I might be wrong on the reasoning.
But while reading again I can see that the meaning is getting distorted in B.
B says "that are formed by water dripping over time"
A says "formed over time by dripping water".

The placement of "over time" is changing the meaning in both the sentences.

In B it means that water is dripping over time.
But in A, it says that formation is happening over time.

Whats your say on this? Please correct me if I am wrong.

Thanks


perfect.
"over time" is a misplaced modifier. that's the best reason to eliminate.

cheers
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Re: Stalactites and stalagmites, accretions of minerals [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2012, 22:16
Jp27 wrote:
anukrati wrote:
Jp27 wrote:
Hi "accretions" means to increase/grow
so "[increase of minerals] formed by blah blah
or increase of [minerals] formed by blah blah

Moreover verbed modify the proceeding noun. Please let me know if u feel otherwise.


Hi Jp27,

I read the Option B again.
I might be wrong on the reasoning.
But while reading again I can see that the meaning is getting distorted in B.
B says "that are formed by water dripping over time"
A says "formed over time by dripping water".

The placement of "over time" is changing the meaning in both the sentences.

In B it means that water is dripping over time.
But in A, it says that formation is happening over time.

Whats your say on this? Please correct me if I am wrong.

Thanks


perfect.
"over time" is a misplaced modifier. that's the best reason to eliminate.

cheers



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