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

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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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17 Aug 2009, 10:48
I think it should be B.

Whats the OA?
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17 Aug 2009, 10:59
IMO D uses 'mass' as the subject

The pronoun "its" has no clear referrent in B
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17 Aug 2009, 11:15
Issue tested here is "modifier"
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17 Aug 2009, 11:25
apoorvasrivastva wrote:
IMO D uses 'mass' as the subject

The pronoun "its" has no clear referrent in B

Is not "a star" the clear referrent of "its"? or the referrent should appear before?

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17 Aug 2009, 13:49
noboru wrote:
apoorvasrivastva wrote:
IMO D uses 'mass' as the subject

The pronoun "its" has no clear referrent in B

Is not "a star" the clear referrent of "its"? or the referrent should appear before?

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referrent in the modifier can appear before also.
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17 Aug 2009, 14:03
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I think, in C, the modifier is modifying 'a star’s mass ' , which is wrong...
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17 Aug 2009, 15:48
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.--->depending on mass of red giant stage or star???not clear
(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.-->here star's mass is referred by it so wrong and it has no proper referrent
(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.--->whose mass???
(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.---> too wordy
Hence IMO C.. OA plz
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17 Aug 2009, 17:40
D sounds the best as mass is what determines everything...and mass clearly is refering to the star's mass as nothing else is mentioned in the sentence...

reason for not choosing B: two modifiers in front of star sounds kinda weird, if it's "After going through the red giant stage, a star, depending on its mass, will ....." would sound a lot better...
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17 Aug 2009, 20:15
I go with D. All referants are clearly established.
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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.

B, C and E reads as if its the mass that is passing through the red giant stage or the mass of the red giant stage is the determination.
A is just awkward.
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17 Aug 2009, 22:29
D should be the right answer.

(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.

The modifier "after passing through the red giant stage" modifies "a star". Hence, it should be nearest to it.

Option A can be eliminated. Opt C and E modifies "Mass of the star" which changes the meaning. Opt B is pretty close however due to "depending on its mass" in between, we have to choose the best answer,D. Hope I am in right here.

OA pls.
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18 Aug 2009, 00:06
Plz post the OA and if possible OE as well
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Plz post the OA and if possible OE as well

OA is D
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18 Aug 2009, 02:06
Got that right...
thanks for the OA
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19 Aug 2009, 05:37
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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.

Mass determines what will be the star but in B it is in ,...., construction so it can be threw out from the sentence implying it is not important then we left with D
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25 Oct 2009, 20:15
Even I was eliminating D readily as it was passive, but since all other choices have pronoun referent issues and D is clear in meaning and has no errors, here answer is D, I think, even though its passive.

lesson learnt (by me) - never readily rule out a passive choice
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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.

Mass determines what will be the star but in B it is in ,...., construction so it can be threw out from the sentence implying it is not important then we left with D

hey great point. I see that 'mass' is the one decides, so 'mass' shouldn't be in the non-restrictive phrase (between the two commas) as you mentioned.
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29 Jul 2010, 19:32
good question. it is between B and D.

Now in B.....'its' can refer to 'red giant stage' or 'star'

So D.
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29 Jul 2010, 21:30
Was in favor of B earlier, but upon reading D.. D is the better of the 2 choices
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