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The use of lie detectors is based on the assumption that lying produces emotional reactions in an individual that, in turn, create unconscious physiological response.
A) that, in turn, create unconscious physiological responses.
B) that creates unconscious physiological responses in turn.
C) creating, in turn, unconscious physiological responses.
D) to create, in turn, physiological responses that are unconscious.
E) who creates unconscious physiological responses in turn.


pls explain your choice in detail. thx
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New post 06 Sep 2009, 10:47
I think it is 'B'.

Because that modifies the 'emotional reactions' needs 'create'.

What is OA?
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New post 06 Sep 2009, 11:12
thx for ur replies. But I wanna see at least 2 more replies and then post the OA.
Since there is a further problem related with this question need to be solved.

the discussion is welcomed.
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New post 06 Sep 2009, 12:48
A is grammatically the most correct answer.
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OA is A

can someone please explain why the word "that" in this sentence does not refer to "individual", but to "reactions" ?

how can you know to which word the "that" exactly refer ?
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rkassal - why 'in turn' needs to come after that not in the end?

Can you please explain??
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sorry guys, i missed a "s" in option B
B should be:
B) that creates unconscious physiological responses in turn.

i don't know whether the position of "in turn" can make any difference.

If anyone knows, please offer an explanation.
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The use of lie detectors is based on the assumption that lying produces emotional reactions in an individual that, in turn, create unconscious physiological response.
A) that, in turn, create unconscious physiological responses.
B) that create unconscious physiological responses in turn.
C) creating, in turn, unconscious physiological responses.
D) to create, in turn, physiological responses that are unconscious.
E) who creates unconscious physiological responses in turn.

My Answer is A

Explanation: The second "that" refers to the "emotional reactions" and hence "create" is the right choice becaause of the plurality of the "emotional reactions".
Also parallelism is to be used in the conjugation : lying produces......emotional reactions ...create.....
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A it is. Emotional reactions in an individual that - here emotional reactions is followed by a prepositional phrase so that will not modify the noun in prepositional phrase but will modify whatever comes before prepositional phrase.
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getmba wrote:
A it is. Emotional reactions in an individual that - here emotional reactions is followed by a prepositional phrase so that will not modify the noun in prepositional phrase but will modify whatever comes before prepositional phrase.


thanks for your explanation, i figured out the rules now.
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A it is. Emotional reactions in an individual that - here emotional reactions is followed by a prepositional phrase so that will not modify the noun in prepositional phrase but will modify whatever comes before prepositional phrase.


Does this hold true for EVERY prepositional phrase that I may come across in the GMAT?
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Does this hold true for EVERY prepositional phrase that I may come across in the GMAT?


not necessary but Please go with the meaning with these type of questions

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Please refer this SC... "that refers Noun in Prep Phrase"
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New post 21 May 2010, 05:15
My answer was A too, but the reasoning different.
Please let me know if you see any discrepencies in the reasoning

1. E is wrong because its the "emotional reactions" that create the psycological response, not the individual
2. B is wrong, because "in turn" needs to follow the prepositon that (which in turn refers to the "emotional reactions")
3. I cut C and D too - I was not comfortable with "in turn" after the verb "creating" and "to create". Since the "in turn" modifies "that" - a prepositon to "emotional reactions".

A is right

Please let me know if there is anything wrong in my justifications (especially 3 above)
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I go with A. :lol:

We are talking about "lying"

A/ B straight. "in turn" is in wrong place in B.

Hence A
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D is wrong since it says lying creates unconscious physiological response. "to create" is wrong

Its the emotional reactions that in turn create unconscious physiological response.

Here is the diagram

lying -> emotional reactions -> unconscious physiological response
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I am still not clear why E is wrong.

"The use of lie detectors is based on the assumption that lying produces emotional reactions in an individual who creates unconscious physiological responses in turn."

Can someone please explain why can we not interpret the statement as 'it is the individual who creates the unconcious physiological responses' ?
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E) who creates unconscious physiological responses in turn.

who is a personal pronoun. cannot be used for "emotional reactions"

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I am still not clear why E is wrong.

"The use of lie detectors is based on the assumption that lying produces emotional reactions in an individual who creates unconscious physiological responses in turn."

Can someone please explain why can we not interpret the statement as 'it is the individual who creates the unconcious physiological responses' ?

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The use of lie detectors is based on the assumption that lying produces emotional reactions in an individual that, in turn, create unconscious physiological response.
A) that, in turn, create unconscious physiological responses.
B) that creates unconscious physiological responses in turn.
C) creating, in turn, unconscious physiological responses.
D) to create, in turn, physiological responses that are unconscious.
E) who creates unconscious physiological responses in turn.


At first I chose E because the clause who creates unconscious physiological responses in turn modifies the noun individual. E may be grammatically correct, but it distorts the intended meaning of the sentence.

Look closely at the meaning of the sentence:
[ Lying produces emotional reactions in an individual ], and the rest of the sentence implies that emotional reactions create unconscious physiological responses. Therefore, relative pronoun "that" refers to "emotional reactions".

Well, the answer choices are quite confusing.
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