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# A star will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron

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A star will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron [#permalink]

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05 Jan 2009, 13:37
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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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05 Jan 2009, 14:55
B, though i can't really find anything wrong with D.
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05 Jan 2009, 15:24
B, though i can't really find anything wrong with D.

It is actually D. Take out the dependent clause and it reads fine.

B has a modifier issue. I am not sure if we can call the depending on its mass a dependent clause and say there is no modifier issue. If you ask the Q who after passing through X, it refers to depending on its mass and not the star.
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05 Jan 2009, 19:26
OA is D.

I actually chose B as well but after further review, I realized "its" in the dependent clause can refer to the stage or the star.
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05 Jan 2009, 20:18
It cannot be B, I think D is the right choice
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06 Jan 2009, 02:54
B) depending on its mass
C) a star’s mass will determine
E) The mass of a star, after passing through the red giant stage, will determine

So D is the Right choice for me!
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06 Jan 2009, 12:45
ALD wrote:
i think it's E

It can't be E. E makes it sounds like the mass of the star goes through the stage. Mass is not the subject, star is. E changes the meaning of the sentence.
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08 Jan 2009, 03:54
D is flawlesss
Re: SC - Star   [#permalink] 08 Jan 2009, 03:54
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