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The mountain valley, which in spring had appeared lush with tall grass, but grew brown as the frigid arctic weather moved south in October.

A) valley, which in spring had appeared lush with tall grass, but grew

B) valley had appeared lush with tall grass and grew

C) valley which in spring had appeared lush with tall grass grows

D) valley in the spring appeared lush with tall grass, but has grown

E) valley, which in spring had appeared lush with tall grass, grew

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11 Jul 2006, 18:40
The mountain valley, which in spring had appeared lush with tall grass, but grew brown as the frigid arctic weather moved south in October.

A) valley, which in spring had appeared lush with tall grass, but grew

B) valley had appeared lush with tall grass and grew

C) valley which in spring had appeared lush with tall grass grows

D) valley in the spring appeared lush with tall grass, but has grown

E) valley, which in spring had appeared lush with tall grass, grew

I like D. Usually sentences having the word "which" (pronoun) I am quite vary of.... (according to Kaplan)!!!.D seems to be plain and simple and less wordy. "has grown" means it has already happened with the weather moving South in October. B does not have the words in Spring so I would eliminate it as the comparison of the grass color is being done in the backdrop of the climatic conditions.
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11 Jul 2006, 19:26
E) valley, which in spring had appeared lush with tall grass, grew

Verbs:

a. had appeared
b. grew
c. moved

As there are two verbs indicating actions which happened in two separate times in the past, the earliest one should be a "past perfect" tense while the later verb should be simple past.

In this case, "had appeared" is ok. "but grew" is incorrect as

"The mountain valley but grew" is incorrect construction after skipping the intermediate part.

Therefore E.

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11 Jul 2006, 19:27
I will also pick E.
It maintains the flow of the sentence.
The mountain valley, which in spring had appeared lush with tall grass, grew brown as the frigid arctic weather moved south in October.

In A, there's no need of ' but ' in ' but grew '
B misses out the spring part.
C is out because of 'grows '
In D ,I don't like the construction ' but has grown '
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12 Jul 2006, 05:09
The mountain valley, which in spring had appeared lush with tall grass, but grew brown as the frigid arctic weather moved south in October.

A) valley, which in spring had appeared lush with tall grass, but grew

B) valley had appeared lush with tall grass and grew

C) valley which in spring had appeared lush with tall grass grows

D) valley in the spring appeared lush with tall grass, but has grown

E) valley, which in spring had appeared lush with tall grass, grew

I have read Kaplan's explanation that we should be a little vary (GMAT does not like usage of which) of the word "which" appearing in the sentence. I am not sure what the true explanation is... Is there any explanation to this....?
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12 Jul 2006, 05:22
A) valley, which in spring had appeared lush with tall grass, but grew
out : "but" not need

B) valley had appeared lush with tall grass and grew
out : dont feel that "and" can be used w/ 2 different tenses

C) valley which in spring had appeared lush with tall grass grows
out : grows definitely wrong

D) valley in the spring appeared lush with tall grass, but has grown
out : "but" not need

E) valley, which in spring had appeared lush with tall grass, grew
seems ok : correct tenses : spring<october<present.
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12 Jul 2006, 10:39
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The mountain valley, which in spring had appeared lush with tall grass, but grew brown as the frigid arctic weather moved south in October.

A) valley, which in spring had appeared lush with tall grass, but grew

B) valley had appeared lush with tall grass and grew

C) valley which in spring had appeared lush with tall grass grows

D) valley in the spring appeared lush with tall grass, but has grown

E) valley, which in spring had appeared lush with tall grass, grew

I have read Kaplan's explanation that we should be a little vary (GMAT does not like usage of which) of the word "which" appearing in the sentence. I am not sure what the true explanation is... Is there any explanation to this....?

I go with E.
Disagree with D because a) has grown does not fit with moved and b)",but has grown..." is not || to rest of the sentence(?)

You need to be careful about the usage of which, If it referes to an action but here it clearly refers to valley.
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12 Jul 2006, 22:29
D incorrectly assumes that it is still fall.

(E) is a safe bet because of the past perfect + simple past verb structure. A GMAT favorite.

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12 Jul 2006, 22:29
buzzgaurav wrote:
I will also pick E.
It maintains the flow of the sentence.
The mountain valley, which in spring had appeared lush with tall grass, grew brown as the frigid arctic weather moved south in October.

In A, there's no need of ' but ' in ' but grew '
B misses out the spring part.
C is out because of 'grows '
In D ,I don't like the construction ' but has grown '

E is good.. But ideally you need restrictive clause here.. i.e no commas..
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13 Jul 2006, 11:36
hemamalinidr wrote:
Iam cofused between D and E.

Please post the OA.

D is definitely wrong... 'in the spring' is located at wrong place..
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13 Jul 2006, 13:03
OA is E

OE:
Choice E eliminates the 'but' in the original wording and supplies the correct punctuation (namely, offsetting commas) for the modifying phrase 'which in spring had appeared lush with tall grass'.
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13 Jul 2006, 21:06
Cud anyone please explain Y it cant be B, bcoz it also uses the same tenses...past perfect and simple past...

Yea /i agree that E is right, but jus had a small doubt lingering somewhere in the mind
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13 Jul 2006, 22:49
Raghavender wrote:
Cud anyone please explain Y it cant be B, bcoz it also uses the same tenses...past perfect and simple past...

Yea /i agree that E is right, but jus had a small doubt lingering somewhere in the mind

When there is past perfect(had) and a past tense, you need to show the continuity i.e one event happened after the other.. In case of B, there is no need of had. No 'had" as in - valley appeared lush with tall grass and grew - will be correct..
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