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31. A star will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole after it passes through a red giant stage, depending on mass.

(A) A star will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole after it passes through a red giant stage, depending on mass.
(B) After passing through a red giant stage, depending on its mass, a star will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole.
(C) After passing through a red giant stage, a star’s mass will determine if it compresses itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole.
(D) Mass determines whether a star, after passing through the red giant stage, will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole.
(E) The mass of a star, after passing through the red giant stage, will determine whether it compresses itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole.

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(A) A star will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole after it passes through a red giant stage, depending on mass.
(B) After passing through a red giant stage, depending on its mass, a star will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole.
(C) After passing through a red giant stage, a star’s mass will determine if it compresses itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole.
(D) Mass determines whether a star, after passing through the red giant stage, will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole.
(E) The mass of a star, after passing through the red giant stage, will determine whether it compresses itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole.

A-- modifier issue..
B-- .. its refers to the red giant stage, when it should refer to star
C-- star's mass does not pass through the red giant phase
D-- Looks Good
E.. Same issue as C
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A. The modifer 'depending on mass' lacks a pronoun and is really far away from the noun it is supposed to modify.

B. The modifer 'depending on its mass' is awkwardly placed (at least I think it is...). I might work out better if they placed it after '...will'

C. The star's mass is not what passes through the red giant stage, the star is. The modifier in the beginning to describing the mass.

D. My choice. Modifiers are in the correct spot and it tells us that it is the star, not its mass, that passes the red giant stage.

E. Same as C. The mass is not passing through the red giant stage.

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C and E are wrong because of wrong pronoun reference
D wrong subject
A unordered
B is ordered and retains the meaning. The correct answer.

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:stupid :???

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New post 10 Apr 2006, 15:36
Another one for D

[B has two modifiers back to back]

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my money is on (B) - 2 modifiers are allowed to clear the ambiguity

(D) - "Mass" - whose mass ??. It is not clear enough

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'D' it is. Clear and concise.

Mass determines whether a star, after passing through the red giant stage, will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole.

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One more to D.
A) "After it passes" points at neutral star, black hole or white drarf which is incorrect.

(B) 1st modifier seems to have no link to the star which is again incorrect.

(C) Here again "it" refers to star's mass.

(D) Best sentance. Correct.

(E) wrong again.

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Going for B. GOD!this is confusing... :shock:

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D for the correct position of the modifier.
' whether a star, after passing through '

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New post 10 Apr 2006, 22:36
Good Explanation here !
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... hite+dwarf
The answer seems to be D but my choice was B
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