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Most present-day people would be shocked to learn that, in the early twentieth century, when colored baby clothing was first widely distributed to North American consumers, they marketed pink clothes primarily to boys and blue clothes mainly to girls.

In A and E the pronoun "they" has no reference, as the word "people" does not appear in the sentence.
Option D
learn when colored baby clothing was first widely distributed to North American consumers
seems to suggest (be very literal) : "learn WHEN this thing happened" (the modifier "when" seems to modify the action, giving a time frame).
In C the misplaced modifier "in the 20th century" refers to the verb "learn"
learn, in the early twentieth century when colored baby clothing was first widely distributed to North American consumers,
and "primarily pink" indicates that the clothing was primarily (or mostly) pink.

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For all their usefulness in facilitating comparisons between cities of different sizes, per-capita statistics, especially crime rates, often shine an unfairly harsh light on small towns, in which a single incident can cause such figures to skyrocket.

In option B "despite" must be followed by a noun or a noun phrase, in option C "different sized cities" is incorrect as an adj "different" CANNOT modify another adjective "sized" (and adverb should be used).
Option D is not a sentence, as "per-capita statistics" has no verb, just modifiers.
Option E is incorrect because "For their usefulness" does not have the same meaning as the idiom "for all their usefulness".

OA: A.
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A recent report from the Bureau of Justice states although only a fraction of a percent of the American population is in prison, approximately one out of every thirty two Americans are either in prison or on parole or probation.

The verb "states" here should be followed by "that": A and E are incorrect.
B and C are out on subject-verb agreement: "one out of (...)" "is" and not "are.

OA: D.


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1.B
2.A
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What are the difficulty levels of the questions? 2nd one got me thinking for a while.
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1.B
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What are the difficulty levels of the questions? 2nd one got me thinking for a while.


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Here are my choices

1. B)
2. A)
3. D)
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A recent report from the Bureau of Justice states although only a fraction of a percent of the American population is in prison, approximately one out of every thirty two Americans are either in prison or on parole or probation.


A)although only a fraction of a percent of the American population is in prison, approximately one out of every thirty two Americans are either in prison or on parole or probation.
states is a bossy verb, it needs to be followed by that.
B)that while less than a percent of the American population is in prison, one out of every thirty two Americans are either in prison, on parole, or on probation.
the verb following one out of every should be singular
C)that although less than one out of every one hundred American people are in prison, more than three percent of Americans are either in prison, on parole, or on probation.
same as B
D)that while only a fraction of a percent of the American population is in prison, one out of every thirty two Americans is either in prison, on parole, or on probation.
Here we go.
E)while only a fraction of a percent of the American population is in prison, one out of every thirty two Americans is either in prison, on parole, or probation.
states while? ...nah
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Got all the three correct...

1. B
2. B
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I was stuck between A and B in this question. The prepositional modifier (in the early twentient century) modifies North americans. Isn't it expected to modify distributed?

Choice B seems to convey as though colored baby clothing was passed on to north americans through some sort of time travel.

I understand A is a better choice between the two but to me none of the options look correct. Please help! looks like my ship is sinking
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3) A recent report from the Bureau of Justice states although only a fraction of a percent of the American population is in prison, approximately one out of every thirty two Americans are either in prison or on parole or probation.
A) although only a fraction of a percent of the American population is in prison, approximately one out of every thirty two Americans are either in prison or on parole or probation.
B) that while less than a percent of the American population is in prison, one out of every thirty two Americans are either in prison, on parole, or on probation.
C) that although less than one out of every one hundred American people are in prison, more than three percent of Americans are either in prison, on parole, or on probation.
D) that while only a fraction of a percent of the American population is in prison, one out of every thirty two Americans is either in prison, on parole, or on probation.
E) while only a fraction of a percent of the American population is in prison, one out of every thirty two Americans is either in prison, on parole, or probation.

I received a p.m. about this question. I don't think it is a particularly high quality SC question.

The p.m. asked about the structure "either in prison, on parole, or on probation." The question concerns whether the "either ... or" structure can be used for more than two elements. I would say that 99% of the time that "either . . . or" is used, it is used for just two elements, but it is perfectly fine to use it for three or more. Oxford's Practical English Usage is a source I like, and it gives the green light to 3+ elements with this structure. I think if we have an "A, B, or C" structure in which the elements are sizable, then the "either" helps to organize the information---more logical clarity is always a good thing.

Now, would the GMAT test this? Hmmm. First of all, I have never seen it on any official question. In fact, this is the only GMAT practice SC question I have seen to use it. I believe that, technically, "either A, B, or C" is legitimate, so I suppose there is an outside chance that it could appear on the GMAT, although I would bet that 1000 different people could take 1000 different GMAT's and never see it. This is something exceptionally rare.

Does all this make sense?
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3) A recent report from the Bureau of Justice states although only a fraction of a percent of the American population is in prison, approximately one out of every thirty two Americans are either in prison or on parole or probation.
A) although only a fraction of a percent of the American population is in prison, approximately one out of every thirty two Americans are either in prison or on parole or probation.
B) that while less than a percent of the American population is in prison, one out of every thirty two Americans are either in prison, on parole, or on probation.
C) that although less than one out of every one hundred American people are in prison, more than three percent of Americans are either in prison, on parole, or on probation.
D) that while only a fraction of a percent of the American population is in prison, one out of every thirty two Americans is either in prison, on parole, or on probation.
E) while only a fraction of a percent of the American population is in prison, one out of every thirty two Americans is either in prison, on parole, or probation.

I received a p.m. about this question. I don't think it is a particularly high quality SC question.

The p.m. asked about the structure "either in prison, on parole, or on probation." The question concerns whether the "either ... or" structure can be used for more than two elements. I would say that 99% of the time that "either . . . or" is used, it is used for just two elements, but it is perfectly fine to use it for three or more. Oxford's Practical English Usage is a source I like, and it gives the green light to 3+ elements with this structure. I think if we have an "A, B, or C" structure in which the elements are sizable, then the "either" helps to organize the information---more logical clarity is always a good thing.

Now, would the GMAT test this? Hmmm. First of all, I have never seen it on any official question. In fact, this is the only GMAT practice SC question I have seen to use it. I believe that, technically, "either A, B, or C" is legitimate, so I suppose there is an outside chance that it could appear on the GMAT, although I would bet that 1000 different people could take 1000 different GMAT's and never see it. This is something exceptionally rare.

Does all this make sense?
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Thank you for the reply mikemcgarry.

I do agree that that such a construction and usage of "either...or" is not that common.
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1)Most present-day people would be shocked to learn that, in the early twentieth century, when colored baby clothing was first widely distributed to North American consumers, they marketed pink clothes primarily to boys and blue clothes mainly to girls.

CORRECT Answer : B
A)learn that, in the early twentieth century, when colored baby clothing was first widely distributed to North American consumers, they marketed pink clothes primarily --- They has no reference. Incorrect
B)learn that, when colored baby clothing was first widely distributed to North American consumers in the early twentieth century, pink clothes were marketed primarily -- Correct. Use of "That". Modifier correctly placed
C)learn, in the early twentieth century when colored baby clothing was first widely distributed to North American consumers, that primarily pink clothes were marketed - Misplaced modifier.
D)learn when colored baby clothing was first widely distributed to North American consumers, in the early twentieth century, pink clothes, which were marketed primarily --- "That" is needed. Incorrect
E)learn, in the early twentieth century, that when colored baby clothing was first widely distributed to North American consumers, they marketed primarily pink clothes --- They has no reference. Incorrect.




In option B , sentence is not parallel in 2nd part:pink clothes were marketed primarily to boys and blue clothes mainly to girls.

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summer101 wrote:
1)Most present-day people would be shocked to learn that, in the early twentieth century, when colored baby clothing was first widely distributed to North American consumers, they marketed pink clothes primarily to boys and blue clothes mainly to girls.

CORRECT Answer : B
A)learn that, in the early twentieth century, when colored baby clothing was first widely distributed to North American consumers, they marketed pink clothes primarily --- They has no reference. Incorrect
B)learn that, when colored baby clothing was first widely distributed to North American consumers in the early twentieth century, pink clothes were marketed primarily -- Correct. Use of "That". Modifier correctly placed
C)learn, in the early twentieth century when colored baby clothing was first widely distributed to North American consumers, that primarily pink clothes were marketed - Misplaced modifier.
D)learn when colored baby clothing was first widely distributed to North American consumers, in the early twentieth century, pink clothes, which were marketed primarily --- "That" is needed. Incorrect
E)learn, in the early twentieth century, that when colored baby clothing was first widely distributed to North American consumers, they marketed primarily pink clothes --- They has no reference. Incorrect.




In option B , sentence is not parallel in 2nd part:pink clothes were marketed primarily to boys and blue clothes mainly to girls.

Please clear.


It is OK to omit repeated parts from the second element of a parallel structure as long as the meaning is clear.

Here the first element is: pink clothes were marketed primarily to boys
Second element: blue clothes (were marketed) mainly to girls

Since were marketed is the repeated verb, it has been omitted in the second element.
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