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07 Dec 2012, 10:54
Hii rich.
why do you think " by skimming.........." can't modify the preceding phrase. Because here the modifier can't modifier the preceding phrase, hence on changing the place of the modifier it will distort the meaning; it will not modify "fly".
That's all in my opinion.
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18 Dec 2012, 04:00
I think more on this is required , OA of the problem is not justified yet.
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18 Dec 2012, 10:24
rich895, Your doubt is correct! I also feel many times the same . First, even modifier is placed at different place, the sentence can not become wrong. Second, There would be other choices which are wrong in more strong reasons. Sometimes, you need to eliminate worst choices and choose little bad one

Coming to the question,
Given: a proposed new style of aircraft could, by skimming along the top of the atmosphere, fly between most points on Earth in under two hours.
Your way: a proposed new style of aircraft could fly by skimming along the top of the atmosphere between most points on Earth in under two hours.

Here 'by skimming along the top of the atmosphere between most points on Earth in under two hours' is an adverb clause and part of it is placed before the verb in Correct answer choice.
As per me, it doesn't not wrong as well as it doesn't change the meaning of it.

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According to its proponents, a proposed new style of aircraft could, by skimming along the top of the atmosphere, fly between most points on Earth in under two hours.

A. According to its proponents, a proposed new style of aircraft could, by skimming along the top of the atmosphere, fly between most points on Earth in under two hours.
B. By skimming along the top of the atmosphere, proponents of a proposed new style of aircraft say it could fly between most points on Earth in under two hours.
C. A proposed new style of aircraft could fly between most points on Earth in under two hours, according to its proponents, with it skimming along the top of the atmosphere.
D. A proposed new style of aircraft, say its proponents, could fly between most points on Earth in under two hours because of its skimming along the top of the atmosphere.
E. According to its proponents, skimming along the top of the atmosphere makes it possible that a proposed new style of aircraft could fly between most points on Earth in under two hours.
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02 Jan 2013, 22:46
I eliminated A. How can 'a proposed new style' fly?

I later found it to the be the correct answer.. but my doubt remains..

How can 'a proposed new style' fly?
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03 Jan 2013, 00:18
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How can 'a proposed new style' fly?

Yes Styles can fly. "Style" here means "model".
e.g. New hybrid "model" of Toyota Camry consumes less gas. Similarly this new proposed style of aircraft can fly!

Therefore, A is the correct answer.

I am still not sure how style can fly. Even if you consider the context or meaning??
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16 Jan 2013, 06:40
E. According to its proponents, skimming along the top of the atmosphere makes it possible that a proposed new style of aircraft could fly between most points on Earth in under two hours.

Is E Wrong only because it changes the meaning?

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16 Jan 2013, 07:08
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According to its proponents, skimming along the top of the atmosphere makes it possible that a proposed new style of aircraft could fly between most points on Earth in under two hours.

Hi Sachin, sort of, the issue is that it doesn't really make sense, the structure means that the 'proponents' must be talking about 'skimming' - highlighted. This is confusing as it's the aircraft that should be being talked about.

I also think there is an issue with 'makes' in this sentence.

Hope that's clear

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Thanks James for confirming. What is the issue with ' makes ' ?

So, there's no other grammatical error in the sentence if I am not incorrect.
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16 Jan 2013, 07:15
Hi,

'makes' is present tense, I would think that it would be better to have it in the future/conditional. I.e. Skimming would make it possible for a new aircraft....

It's not the major issue with the sentence though, and could possibly be argued the other way.

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08 May 2013, 02:53
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According to its proponents, a proposed new style of aircraft could, by skimming along the top of the atmosphere, fly between most points on Earth in under two hours.

A. According to its proponents, a proposed new style of aircraft could, by skimming along the top of the atmosphere, fly between most points on Earth in under two hours.
Everything else seems okay except the colored "its" referring to "a proposed new style". I wasn't sure if "a proposed new style's proponents" makes sense in the context.

B. By skimming along the top of the atmosphere, proponents of a proposed new style of aircraft say it could fly between most points on Earth in under two hours.
Meaning distortion. Having "by ~" in the front implies that "skimming ~" is the reason for the proponents' support.

C. A proposed new style of aircraft could fly between most points on Earth in under two hours, according to its proponents, with it skimming along the top of the atmosphere.
The colored one sounds like 'skimming ~' is additional information.

D. A proposed new style of aircraft, [color=#0000ff]say its proponents, could[/color] fly between most points on Earth in under two hours because of its skimming along the top of the atmosphere.
S/V agreement error

E. According to its proponents, skimming along the top of the atmosphere makes it possible that a proposed new style of aircraft could fly between most points on Earth in under two hours
Missing the subject

I chose A as the answer.

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How can D have subject verb disagreement when "say" is the verb action attached to "proponents" which is plural.
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08 May 2013, 04:26
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uledssul wrote:
According to its proponents, a proposed new style of aircraft could, by skimming along the top of the atmosphere, fly between most points on Earth in under two hours.

A. According to its proponents, a proposed new style of aircraft could, by skimming along the top of the atmosphere, fly between most points on Earth in under two hours.
Everything else seems okay except the colored "its" referring to "a proposed new style". I wasn't sure if "a proposed new style's proponents" makes sense in the context.

B. By skimming along the top of the atmosphere, proponents of a proposed new style of aircraft say it could fly between most points on Earth in under two hours.
Meaning distortion. Having "by ~" in the front implies that "skimming ~" is the reason for the proponents' support.

C. A proposed new style of aircraft could fly between most points on Earth in under two hours, according to its proponents, with it skimming along the top of the atmosphere.
The colored one sounds like 'skimming ~' is additional information.

D. A proposed new style of aircraft, [color=#0000ff]say its proponents, could[/color] fly between most points on Earth in under two hours because of its skimming along the top of the atmosphere.
S/V agreement error

E. According to its proponents, skimming along the top of the atmosphere makes it possible that a proposed new style of aircraft could fly between most points on Earth in under two hours
Missing the subject

I chose A as the answer.

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How can D have subject verb disagreement when "say" is the verb action attached to "proponents" which is plural.

I believe that D is wrong because of the unsure antecedent of "its" rather than subject verb agreement
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21 May 2013, 09:32
Hi,

I dint understood meaning of a sentence.
even proponents can skim or investigate atmosphere and then proposed based on their analysis
or even aircraft can skim through atmosphere.
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01 Aug 2013, 19:47
uledssul wrote:
According to its proponents, a proposed new style of aircraft could, by skimming along the top of the atmosphere, fly between most points on Earth in under two hours.

A. According to its proponents, a proposed new style of aircraft could, by skimming along the top of the atmosphere, fly between most points on Earth in under two hours.
Everything else seems okay except the colored "its" referring to "a proposed new style". I wasn't sure if "a proposed new style's proponents" makes sense in the context.

B. By skimming along the top of the atmosphere, proponents of a proposed new style of aircraft say it could fly between most points on Earth in under two hours.
Meaning distortion. Having "by ~" in the front implies that "skimming ~" is the reason for the proponents' support.

C. A proposed new style of aircraft could fly between most points on Earth in under two hours, according to its proponents, with it skimming along the top of the atmosphere.
The colored one sounds like 'skimming ~' is additional information.

D. A proposed new style of aircraft, [color=#0000ff]say its proponents, could[/color] fly between most points on Earth in under two hours because of its skimming along the top of the atmosphere.
S/V agreement error

E. According to its proponents, skimming along the top of the atmosphere makes it possible that a proposed new style of aircraft could fly between most points on Earth in under two hours
Missing the subject

I chose A as the answer.

How can a new style (of aircraft) fly ????
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04 Aug 2013, 19:43
According to its proponents, a proposed new style of aircraft could, by skimming along the top of the atmosphere, fly between most points on Earth in under two hours.

A. According to its proponents, a proposed new style of aircraft could, by skimming along the top of the atmosphere, fly between most points on Earth in under two hours.
B. By skimming along the top of the atmosphere, proponents of a proposed new style of aircraft say it could fly between most points on Earth in under two hours.
C. A proposed new style of aircraft could fly between most points on Earth in under two hours, according to its proponents, with it skimming along the top of the atmosphere.
D. A proposed new style of aircraft, say its proponents, could fly between most points on Earth in under two hours because of its skimming along the top of the atmosphere.
E. According to its proponents, skimming along the top of the atmosphere makes it possible that a proposed new style of aircraft could fly between most points on Earth in under two hours

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The ans is A....

How can a new style(of aircraft) fly ??
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According to its proponents, a proposed new style of aircraft could, by skimming along the top of the atmosphere, fly between most points on Earth in under two hours.

A. According to its proponents, a proposed new style of aircraft could, by skimming along the top of the atmosphere, fly between most points on Earth in under two hours.

Remove the modifier "by skimming..... atmosphere" and the sentence makes sense as per below:

According to its proponents, a proposed new style of aircraft could fly between most points on Earth in under two hours.Also the "by skimming ...atmosphere" is an adverbial phrase modifying "could"

B. By skimming along the top of the atmosphere, proponents of a proposed new style of aircraft say it could fly between most points on Earth in under two hours.
Proponents are not skimming , it is the aircraft which is skimming.
C. A proposed new style of aircraft could fly between most points on Earth in under two hours, according to its proponents, with it skimming along the top of the atmosphere.
WITH IT.... with WHAT?........ IT is ambiguous as it can refer to Earth/aircraft.
D. A proposed new style of aircraft, say its proponents, could fly between most points on Earth in under two hours because of its skimming along the top of the atmosphere.
CAUSE = BECAUSE and EFFECT= aircraft could fly..... when it is not required in the original sentence.
E. According to its proponents, skimming along the top of the atmosphere makes it possible that a proposed new style of aircraft could fly between most points on Earth in under two hours.
makes it possible=wordy
ITS is far from its antecedent.

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According to its proponents, a proposed new style of aircraft could, by skimming along the top of the atmosphere, fly between most points on Earth in under two hours.

A. According to its proponents, a proposed new style of aircraft could, by skimming along the top of the atmosphere, fly between most points on Earth in under two hours.
B. By skimming along the top of the atmosphere, proponents of a proposed new style of aircraft say it could fly between most points on Earth in under two hours.
C. A proposed new style of aircraft could fly between most points on Earth in under two hours, according to its proponents, with it skimming along the top of the atmosphere.
D. A proposed new style of aircraft, say its proponents, could fly between most points on Earth in under two hours because of its skimming along the top of the atmosphere.
E. According to its proponents, skimming along the top of the atmosphere makes it possible that a proposed new style of aircraft could fly between most points on Earth in under two hours

I couldn't choose correct answer because of two doubts.
1> Who is flying ? Aircraft or new style? Sentence says Style.
2> Who is skimming? Proponents or Aircraft? Sentence says Proponents.
3> Is modifier clause 'by skimming along the top of the atmosphere' present at correct place?

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19 Sep 2013, 11:54
A proposed new style (of aircraft, say its proponents,) could fly between most points........
Development of a hydrogen car can go for 100 miles without refueling....
I hope it reminds us something which we studied in MGMAT SC Chapter 3....Subject and verb make sense together.
C and D out... straight away.
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04 Feb 2014, 19:47
D is wrong because it changed the meaning of the sentence.

"its skimming along the top of the atmosphere"is a modifier,not a cause-effect.

Hence A is correct although it seemed strange.
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09 Oct 2014, 17:57
I'm a bit confused here: The noun 'aircraft' is inside a prepositional phrase, so the main subject is 'style. Then how can a 'style' fly between two points? Can somebody please explain?
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According to its proponents, a proposed new style of aircraft could, by skimming along the top of the atmosphere, fly between most points on Earth in under two hours.

A. According to its proponents, a proposed new style of aircraft could, by skimming along the top of the atmosphere, fly between most points on Earth in under two hours.
correct
B. By skimming along the top of the atmosphere, proponents of a proposed new style of aircraft say it could fly between most points on Earth in under two hours.
First clause modifying proponents which is wrong
C. A proposed new style of aircraft could fly between most points on Earth in under two hours, according to its proponents, with it skimming along the top of the atmosphere.
Its reference is ambiguous.
D. A proposed new style of aircraft, say its proponents, could fly between most points on Earth in under two hours because of its skimming along the top of the atmosphere.
same as C
E. According to its proponents, skimming along the top of the atmosphere makes it possible that a proposed new style of aircraft could fly between most points on Earth in under two hours
Same as D

Hence A
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