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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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D for me.
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.
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a proposed new style of aircraft after the modifier

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.
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propnents after the modifier

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.
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According to its proponents should have started the sentence. with it skimming looks odd

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.
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Hold It

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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Skimming just after modifier

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14 May 2008, 19:21
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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.

This one is cool. First A is the first given sentence. Difficult to find mistake. According to its proponents, (its refer to a proposed new style of aircraft).
D - say its proponents does not sound good (though it is subjunctive). Also two 'its' be careful. Possessive Poison.
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14 May 2008, 19:51
Modifier Issue:
A new Style cannot fly … rather its Aircraft that fly. Eliminate A, E
By Skimming along the top …. Proponents – definitely not proponents but its Aircraft – eliminate B
It has no clear referent – eliminate C
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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wow..a tough-one + 1..for post a gmatprep question and not labeling it that way..now when i take the gmatprep my result would be skewed

A for me too..after reading it again and again..

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15 May 2008, 13:11
fresinha12 wrote:
wow..a tough-one + 1..for post a gmatprep question and not labeling it that way..now when i take the gmatprep my result would be skewed

A for me too..after reading it again and again..

Thanks .This question is not from GPrep.

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15 May 2008, 13:14
saravalli wrote:
fresinha12 wrote:
wow..a tough-one + 1..for post a gmatprep question and not labeling it that way..now when i take the gmatprep my result would be skewed

A for me too..after reading it again and again..

Thanks .This question is not from GPrep.

hmm...really? i just searched it on google and saw it in a gmatprep screen..maybe its a gmatter software??

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21 May 2008, 06:45
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Can somebody explain why D is incorrect. Sorry but I am little lost here.

I too chose D but then realized that the second 'its' does not have a clear anticedent. (aircraft / earth?)

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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. Skimming wrongly modifies proponents
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 skimming is not right
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.because of its skimming is wrong
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 what is Mr."it" referring to?

A??

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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. - 'By skimming along the top of the atmosphere' is incorrectly modifying 'proponents'
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. - 'it' can refer to 'Earth' or '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. - 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 - awkward

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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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05 Dec 2012, 22:25
"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."

The above sentence is the correct answer choice for one of the question in OG. Shouldn't the modifier "by skimming along the top of the atmosphere" be placed after "fly", as it essentially modifies how the aircraft flies. Is it because its a verb modifier it can come anywhere? Still if it can be placed anywhere why not after "fly", that seems more correct. Am I missing something.

Pls let me know if we need the entire passage and choice. I gave only the correct choice as I have concern only on that (I am able to see why others are wrong, but able to see how this is correct, as the misplaced modifier bothers me).

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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, 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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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.
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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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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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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.

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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

James

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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