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There is firm evidence that the absolute age of the Milky Way galaxy,
which contains our solar system as well as 200 billion stars, is between
10 and 17 billion years.


(A) There is firm evidence that the absolute age of the Milky Way galaxy,
which contains our solar system as well as 200 billion stars, is between
10 and 17 billion years

(B) Containing our solar system as well as 200 billion stars, there is firm
evidence that the absolute age of the Milky Way galaxy is between 10
and 17 billion years

(C) There is firm evidence that the absolute age of the Milky Way galaxy
is between 10 and 17 billion years, containing our sun as well as 200 billion stars

(D) Firm evidence being that the absolute age of the Milky Way galaxy
is between 10 and 17 billion years, it contains our solar system as well
as 200 billion stars

(E) Between 10 and 17 billion years old, the Milky Way galaxy contains
our solar system as well as 200 billion stars, for which there is firm evidence
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Director
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Status: 1,750 Q's attempted and counting
Affiliations: University of Florida
Joined: 09 Jul 2013
Posts: 513
Location: United States (FL)
Schools: UFL (A)
GMAT 1: 600 Q45 V29
GMAT 2: 590 Q35 V35
GMAT 3: 570 Q42 V28
GMAT 4: 610 Q44 V30
GPA: 3.45
WE: Accounting (Accounting)
Followers: 25

Kudos [?]: 664 [0], given: 630

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New post 29 Oct 2013, 22:17
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Choice A
is the answer. The adjective clause which contains our solar system as 200 billion stars correctly describes the noun immediately before it, the Milky Way galaxy. Since the absolute age of the Milky Way constitutes a complete "noun idea," the adjective clause could also have described the age itself. Remember, an adjective clause can describe either the subject or the noun in a prepositional phrase. Choice A is correct; the other answer choices either introduce a misplaced modifier (by moving the adjective clause away from the noun that it is meant to describe) or contain awkward language.
Re: There is firm evidence that the absolute age of the Milky   [#permalink] 29 Oct 2013, 22:17
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