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# A substance derived from the Madagascar periwinkle, which

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A substance derived from the Madagascar periwinkle, which has proved useful in decreasing mortality among young leukemia patients, is cultivated in China as part of a program to integrate traditional herbal medicine into a contemporary system of health care.

(A) A substance derived from the Madagascar periwinkle, which has proved useful in decreasing mortality among young leukemia patients,
(B) A derivative, which has proved useful in decreasing mortality among young leukemia patients, of the Madagascar periwinkle,
(C) A Madagascar periwinkle derivative, which has proved useful in decreasing mortality among young leukemia patients,
(D) The Madagascar periwinkle has a derivative which has proved useful in decreasing mortality among young leukemia patients, that
(E) The Madagascar periwinkle, a derivative of which has proved useful in decreasing mortality among young leukemia patients,
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02 Sep 2005, 06:29
will go for C. has best use of modifiers I think. could be wrong.
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02 Sep 2005, 09:16
I wud choose E. The rest of the choices distorts the meaning of the sentence. How can a derivative be cultivated? It is the plant, madagascar periwinkle, that is cultivated

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02 Sep 2005, 09:54
yeah on second hand I'll go for E.

I was thinking about the modifier problem but must've
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02 Sep 2005, 10:55
OA is E.
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02 Sep 2005, 14:04
With the options given. E is answer.
but the phrase:
"<derivative> has proved" in all sentences seems not right. my feeling is it shud be <derivative> has been proved
though i know gmat hate passive voice
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02 Sep 2005, 15:23
E is saying the madagascar periwinkle is cultuivated in china whereas it should be its derivative which is cultivated in China right? This is why I eliminated E.

why is C wrong?
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02 Sep 2005, 20:45
My vote is for E

C is wrong because, you cannot cultivate a derivative. You cultivate a plant and then you get the derivative out of it! Its like saying Im growing orange juice. You grow orange and then get juice from those oranges. What say?
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03 Sep 2005, 01:25
Decibel wrote:
E is saying the madagascar periwinkle is cultuivated in china whereas it should be its derivative which is cultivated in China right? This is why I eliminated E.

why is C wrong?

(C) A Madagascar periwinkle derivative, which has proved useful in decreasing mortality among young leukemia patients,

C is wrong because it says the derivative is being cultivated instead of the plant.
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