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# Though viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may

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Though viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may appear to be smooth and continuous, they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets when viewed up close.

(A) Though viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may appear to be smooth and continuous, they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets when viewed up close.
(B) Though Saturn's main rings may appear smooth and continuous when viewed from a distance, they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets when viewed up close.
(C) Saturn's main rings, when viewed from a distance, may appear to be smooth and continuous, though when viewed up close they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets.
(D) When viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may appear smooth and continuous, but closer viewing reveals them to be composed
of thousands of separate icy ringlets.
(E) Though composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets if viewed up close, the main rings of Saturn may appear smooth and continuous
when they are viewed from a distance.
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08 Nov 2010, 19:30
D is the only one that makes sense to me..
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10 Nov 2010, 03:14
@Reshma: From what it looks, the entire passage is to be underlined I suppose, in contrast to the part - underlining given in the text. This makes a significant difference to the concept of Sentence correction in GMAT, wherein we are supposed to take the non - underlined portion, per se, as correct.

Secondly the author’s reasoning that choice is A is not correct, because it repeats the original, is erroneous. A is not right because it has some error but not because of repetition. In fact aren’t all A choices invariably repeats of the original? But a good one-fifth of them may contain no error and hence will be the right answers. How did the original miss this?

However, this doesn’t in any way divert the debate on the usage of although vs. when or close viewing vs. viewed close up.

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OA is D.

I chose B on the practice exam.

B: 'composed of thousands of icy ringlets when viewd up close' suggests that viewing up close changed the property of the Saturn's rings.

D: I thought that 'reveals them to be composed of' was unnessary and wordy, but D conveys the meaning correctly and avoids appears 'to be'. Appear (o) vs Appears to be (x redundant)

A lot of 700+ questions seem to play with meaning rather than grammar.
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Why not B?

"they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets when viewed up close."

because B implies that when they are viewed up close, they are composed of thousands of separate icy crystals. This is incorrect. They are composed of icy ringlets, no matter where you view them from. When you view up close, it only reveals their composition.
B has inaccurate meaning error.
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Get started with Veritas Prep GMAT On Demand for $199 Veritas Prep Reviews Manager Joined: 16 Jul 2010 Posts: 161 Followers: 3 Kudos [?]: 12 [0], given: 0 Re: Saturn's main rings. [#permalink] ### Show Tags 12 Nov 2010, 04:45 All other options except D tend to imply that the rings are formed 'when viewed up close' and not at other times! Intern Joined: 15 Mar 2012 Posts: 1 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 3 Re: Though viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may [#permalink] ### Show Tags 15 Mar 2012, 20:51 The original sentence introduces the main clause with "though viewed from a distance", which sets up the expectation of a contradiction that never materializes. For example, "Though sleepy, the child stayed awake" is correct, whereas "Though sleepy, the child may have eaten soup" is not. Also, "when viewed up close" is placed in such a way as to illogically suggest that the rings are composed of icy ringlets as a result of being viewed up close. Finally, "appear to be" is redundant. (A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence. (B) This choice incorrectly introduces the main clause with "though." Additionally, the placement of "when viewed up close" illogically suggests that the rings are composed of icy ringlets as a result of being viewed up close. (C) This choice incorrectly uses the redundant phrase "appears to be." Additionally, the use and placement of the words "when viewed up close, they are . . ." illogically suggests that the rings are composed of icy ringlets as a result of being viewed up close. (D) CORRECT. This choice replaces "though" with "when" and shortens "appear to be" to "appear." Further, its use of the phrase "closer viewing reveals" clearly indicates that the close viewing only reveals (not causes) the composition of the rings. (E) This choice incorrectly introduces the main clause with "though." Additionally, the placement of "if viewed up close" illogically suggests that the rings are composed of icy ringlets as a result of being viewed up close. Senior Manager Status: May The Force Be With Me (D-DAY 15 May 2012) Joined: 06 Jan 2012 Posts: 289 Location: India Concentration: General Management, Entrepreneurship Followers: 3 Kudos [?]: 250 [0], given: 16 Re: Though viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may [#permalink] ### Show Tags 15 Mar 2012, 20:58 +1 B I read in a verbal post that for completely underlined sentences the answer is 90% of the times D or E. Any one has had a similar experience? _________________ Giving +1 kudos is a better way of saying 'Thank You'. Senior Manager Joined: 12 Mar 2012 Posts: 369 Concentration: Operations, Strategy Followers: 2 Kudos [?]: 160 [0], given: 31 Re: Though viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may [#permalink] ### Show Tags 15 Mar 2012, 22:13 D for me, correctly said hope these kindda question stays away on gmat _________________ Practice Practice and practice...!! If my reply /analysis is helpful-->please press KUDOS If there's a loophole in my analysis--> suggest measures to make it airtight. Manager Joined: 07 Dec 2011 Posts: 174 Location: India Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 41 [0], given: 24 Re: Though viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may [#permalink] ### Show Tags 23 Mar 2012, 08:47 Nice question. Thanks Karishma for the explanation. GMAT Club Legend Joined: 01 Oct 2013 Posts: 10444 Followers: 886 Kudos [?]: 191 [0], given: 0 Re: Though viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may [#permalink] ### Show Tags 03 Feb 2015, 00:31 Hello from the GMAT Club VerbalBot! Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos). Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email. GMAT Club Legend Joined: 01 Oct 2013 Posts: 10444 Followers: 886 Kudos [?]: 191 [0], given: 0 Re: Though viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may [#permalink] ### Show Tags 14 Feb 2016, 11:26 Hello from the GMAT Club VerbalBot! Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos). Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email. SVP Joined: 17 Jul 2014 Posts: 2091 Location: United States (IL) Concentration: Finance, Economics Schools: Stanford '19 GMAT 1: 550 Q39 V27 GMAT 2: 560 Q42 V26 GMAT 3: 560 Q43 V24 GMAT 4: 650 Q49 V30 WE: General Management (Transportation) Followers: 18 Kudos [?]: 248 [0], given: 124 Re: Though viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may [#permalink] ### Show Tags 16 Feb 2016, 19:55 scheol79 wrote: Though viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may appear to be smooth and continuous, they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets when viewed up close. (A) Though viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may appear to be smooth and continuous, they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets when viewed up close. (B) Though Saturn's main rings may appear smooth and continuous when viewed from a distance, they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets when viewed up close. (C) Saturn's main rings, when viewed from a distance, may appear to be smooth and continuous, though when viewed up close they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets. (D) When viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may appear smooth and continuous, but closer viewing reveals them to be composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets. (E) Though composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets if viewed up close, the main rings of Saturn may appear smooth and continuous when they are viewed from a distance. oh man..what a nightmare the question..took me slightly less than 3 minutes. was stuck between B and D. A. run-on sentence. so out. B. "when viewed up close" - i would rather try to put the adverbial modifier as close as possible to the verb that it modifies. As it is - the rings are in fact composed of icy ringlets when viewed...illogical.. C. when viewed - they are in fact - I dont like it. D - looks good. E - IF viewed - out right away. Manager Joined: 22 Feb 2016 Posts: 83 Location: India Concentration: Economics, Healthcare GMAT 1: 690 Q42 V47 GMAT 2: 710 Q47 V39 GPA: 3.57 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 185 Re: Though viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may [#permalink] ### Show Tags 01 Nov 2016, 20:34 scheol79 wrote: Though viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may appear to be smooth and continuous, they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets when viewed up close. (A) Though viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may appear to be smooth and continuous, they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets when viewed up close. (B) Though Saturn's main rings may appear smooth and continuous when viewed from a distance, they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets when viewed up close. (C) Saturn's main rings, when viewed from a distance, may appear to be smooth and continuous, though when viewed up close they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets. (D) When viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may appear smooth and continuous, but closer viewing reveals them to be composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets. (E) Though composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets if viewed up close, the main rings of Saturn may appear smooth and continuous when they are viewed from a distance. The sentences C and D seem to state the facts straight, What is the error in C . I cannot spot it Veritas Prep GMAT Instructor Joined: 16 Oct 2010 Posts: 7076 Location: Pune, India Followers: 2089 Kudos [?]: 13304 [0], given: 222 Re: Though viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may [#permalink] ### Show Tags 01 Nov 2016, 21:00 AmritaSarkar89 wrote: scheol79 wrote: Though viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may appear to be smooth and continuous, they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets when viewed up close. (A) Though viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may appear to be smooth and continuous, they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets when viewed up close. (B) Though Saturn's main rings may appear smooth and continuous when viewed from a distance, they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets when viewed up close. (C) Saturn's main rings, when viewed from a distance, may appear to be smooth and continuous, though when viewed up close they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets. (D) When viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may appear smooth and continuous, but closer viewing reveals them to be composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets. (E) Though composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets if viewed up close, the main rings of Saturn may appear smooth and continuous when they are viewed from a distance. The sentences C and D seem to state the facts straight, What is the error in C . I cannot spot it (C) has the same error as does (B). "when viewed up close they are in fact..." The point is that they are composed of separate icy ringlets no matter how and from where you view them. Closer viewing just reveals that they are composed of separate ringlets. Check this: though-viewed-from-a-distance-saturn-s-main-rings-may-104457.html#p816941 (D) is the correct answer. _________________ Karishma Veritas Prep | GMAT Instructor My Blog Get started with Veritas Prep GMAT On Demand for$199

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