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A new satellite sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles is called POLAR, giving scientists their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field.

(A) A new satellite sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles is called POLAR, giving scientists their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field.

(B) A new satellite called POLAR that is giving scientists their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field, sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles.

(C) Scientists are getting their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field, from a new satellite sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles called POLAR.

(D) Sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles, a new satellite called POLAR is giving scientists their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field.

(E) Sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles, scientists’ best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field, is coming from a new satellite called POLAR.

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A. A new satellite sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles is called POLAR, giving scientists their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field. - Incorrect. Illogical. 'giving scientists their.....' appears to illogically modify the previous clause 'a new satellite......is called POLAR'.

B. A new satellite called POLAR that is giving scientists their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field, sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles. - Incorrect. Missing verb error.

C. Scientists are getting their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field, from a new satellite sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles called POLAR. - Incorrect. Illogical.

D. Sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles, a new satellite called POLAR is giving scientists their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field. - Correct.

E. Sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles, scientists’ best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field, is coming from a new satellite called POLAR. - Incorrect. Modifier error.

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A new satellite sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles is called POLAR, giving scientists their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field.

A. A new satellite sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles is called POLAR, giving scientists their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field.
B. A new satellite called POLAR that is giving scientists their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field, sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles.
C. Scientists are getting their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field, from a new satellite sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles called POLAR.
D. Sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles, a new satellite called POLAR is giving scientists their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field.
E. Sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles, scientists’ best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field, is coming from a new satellite called POLAR.
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A new satellite sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles is called POLAR, giving scientists their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field.

A. A new satellite sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles is called POLAR, giving scientists their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field. --> giving scientists after comma makes the sentence run on. Hence, incorrect.

B. A new satellite called POLAR that is giving scientists their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field, sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles. --> Missing Verb Error.

C. Scientists are getting their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field, from a new satellite sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles called POLAR. --> Are we saying 32000 miles are called POLAR? Change in meaning and illogical meaning.

D. Sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles, a new satellite called POLAR is giving scientists their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field.

E. Sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles, scientists’ best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field, is coming from a new satellite called POLAR. --> Scientists look is sweeping over the poles. Lol.
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A new satellite sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles is called POLAR, giving scientists their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field.

A. A new satellite sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles is called POLAR, giving scientists their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field. - Incorrect use of modifier. is called POLAR is seem to be modified by giving scientists their..
B. A new satellite called POLAR that is giving scientists their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field, sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles. - Incorrect since it is looks like a fragment.
C. Scientists are getting their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field, from a new satellite sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles called POLAR. - Seems illogical.
D. Sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles, a new satellite called POLAR is giving scientists their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field. - Correct choice.
E. Sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles, scientists’ best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field, is coming from a new satellite called POLAR. - Incorrect use of modifiers. Two different dependent clauses seem to modify one clause.
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The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review 2018
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Question no. 211

A new satellite sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles is called POLAR, giving scientists their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field.

A. A new satellite sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles is called POLAR, giving scientists their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field.
B. A new satellite called POLAR that is giving scientists their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field, sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles.
C. Scientists are getting their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field, from a new satellite sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles called POLAR.
D. Sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles, a new satellite called POLAR is giving scientists their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field.
E. Sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles, scientists’ best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field, is coming from a new satellite called POLAR.


before we can do this problem fast, we need to practice realizing the grammatical roles of phrases in a sentence a long time. this process is done when we learn english. in the past, I did not practice this way . persons who practice this have good english and can beat gmat soon.
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I am a bit confused to the word "their." How can "a new satellite" giving scientist "their" best look? I instinctively chose C when I first practiced this question...
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Also confused with their. What's it antecedent ?
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Also confused with their. What's it antecedent ?


'their' is closest to 'scientists' and that's also the logical antecedent
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AbdurRakib wrote:
The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review 2018
Practice Question
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Question no. 211

A new satellite sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles is called POLAR, giving scientists their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field.

(A) A new satellite sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles is called POLAR, giving scientists their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field.

(B) A new satellite called POLAR that is giving scientists their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field, sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles.

(C) Scientists are getting their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field, from a new satellite sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles called POLAR.

(D) Sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles, a new satellite called POLAR is giving scientists their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field.

(E) Sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles, scientists’ best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field, is coming from a new satellite called POLAR.


it takes me a long time before i get to correct answer. hard one, basic and hard.

doing on sc give us a lot of trouble. my takeaway is that whenever we see doing , ask ourself weather it is modifying verb or noun and which modification is more logic. doing only this way make us realize the meaning error quickly.

the problem is how to choose between choice C and D. sweeping in C modifies noun and that in D modify a verb. modification of the verb is more logic because there are meaing relation between sweeping and giving .

choice C is gone because it can not show the relation between sweeping and giving.

basically, gmat test us meaning error. most of the hard meaning errors focus on split between noun modification and verb modification

WHENEVER WE FACE A HARD DICISION BETWEEN 2 CHOICE, think about split between noun modification and verb modification. once we realize which choice is noun modification and which one is verb modification, we realize the logic.

the creator of gmat can make the many versions of split between noun modification and verb modification and challenge us to realize meaning error. we NEED TO ANTICIPATE this split to be able to solve the meaning problem in a few tens seconds in the test room.
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I'm confused that in the sentence " A new satellite is called Polar, giving scientists their best look." . "Giving" can modify either "Polar" or "a new satellite" , which is the subject of the previous sentence. Logically it seems OK to me, because it's either "Polar" or "a new satellite", which can give scientists their best look. So why is A incorrect.
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I'm confused that in the sentence "A new satellite is called Polar, giving scientists their best look." "Giving" can modify either "Polar" or "a new satellite", which is the subject of the previous sentence. Logically it seems OK to me, because it's either "Polar" or "a new satellite", which can give scientists their best look. So why is A incorrect.


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Whether ", giving" modifies the Polar or the satellite is not the issue in A. The problem is about calling the poles at 32000 miles as the POLAR. In terms of proper word order, 'the new satellite and the Polar' should have been placed back to back. You may see why D is correct.
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(A) A new satellite sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles is called POLAR, giving scientists their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field.

The moment we see that comma + "verb-ing" construction, we know that we're evaluating modifier placement and logic. In this case, "giving" illogically modifies the previous clause. It sounds as though the fact that the satellite is called POLAR somehow gives the scientists a better look at the magnetosphere. While it would be very interesting if a product's name could influence that product's effectiveness, this is certainly not the author's intent. (A) is out.

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(B) A new satellite called POLAR that is giving scientists their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field, sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles.

The noun phrase "A new satellite called POLAR" is followed by a series of modifiers. Because we have no main verb, this is a fragment, and not an actual sentence. Not cool.


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(C) Scientists are getting their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field, from a new satellite sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles called POLAR.

Now it sounds as though it's the the altitudes of 32,000 miles that are called POLAR, rather than the satellite. That's illogical.


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(D) Sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles, a new satellite called POLAR is giving scientists their best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field.

No problems here. The initial modifier in red logically modifies the "new satellite." And the ending modifier in blue correctly modifies the "magnetosphere." Looks like we have a contender.

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(E) Sweeping over the poles at altitudes of up to 32,000 miles, scientists’ best look yet at the magnetosphere, the region of space under the invisible influence of Earth’s magnetic field, is coming from a new satellite called POLAR.


Now it sounds as though "the scientists' best look" is "sweeping over the poles." But that makes no sense: it's the satellite that's sweeping over the poles. (E) is gone, and so (D) is our answer.

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