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After several years of rapid growth, the health care company became one of the largest health care providers in the metropolitan area, while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to doctors and hospitals.

A. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to

B. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to

C. but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying

D. but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

E. but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

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11 May 2009, 04:37
When handling difficult SC questions, my strategy is to eliminate possibilities and arrive at the answer.

So using that strategy, here's my answer to your question.

I eliminate A and B simply because of the "while" modifier. Not that the modifier is wrong, but because it seems quite obvious (to me at least) that the sentence is trying to say a company grew huge, then it got too big for its britches and fell apart. The modifier "while" implies that the company was expanding and falling behind on its payments concurrently. That doesn't make sense at all, so I'm throwing these two out.

Now I eliminate C because "falling months behind in its paying doctors doctors and hospitals" is grammatically incorrect ("its" is superfluous)

Now I am left with D and E. I eliminate D because "but then proving" is not the right tense as the first half of the sentence (simple past tense.) So by virtue of parallelism and tense agreement, I think E is the answer.

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11 May 2009, 05:07
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When handling difficult SC questions, my strategy is to eliminate possibilities and arrive at the answer.

So using that strategy, here's my answer to your question.

I eliminate A and B simply because of the "while" modifier. Not that the modifier is wrong, but because it seems quite obvious (to me at least) that the sentence is trying to say a company grew huge, then it got too big for its britches and fell apart. The modifier "while" implies that the company was expanding and falling behind on its payments concurrently. That doesn't make sense at all, so I'm throwing these two out.

Now I eliminate C because "falling months behind in its paying doctors doctors and hospitals" is grammatically incorrect ("its" is superfluous)

Now I am left with D and E. I eliminate D because "but then proving" is not the right tense as the first half of the sentence (simple past tense.) So by virtue of parallelism and tense agreement, I think E is the answer.

OK, A,B and D are definitely incorrect. Your explanation about ungrammatical its finally ignites me some grammatical sensation. Initially, I thought its paying doctors and hospitals is definitely grammatical: possessive pronoun + present participle V + Noun, and quickly neglecting this respect to focus on meaning

However, it seems like if its were still kept in the sentence, it should be its paid doctors and hospitals --> doctors are paid, not paying --> that's my problem

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12 May 2009, 22:44
There's one critical error in this sentence and that's similar to subject verb agreement. The subject in question here is 'payment' - it has to be in plural. If you identify this then the rest is quite easy. You are left with options D and E. It's easy to eliminate D as 'proving' indicates a present continuous action, where as the intention is for a past action.
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C and E are almost same except two pronouns - it and its - in C. So E is concise and better.
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14 May 2009, 01:12
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After several years of rapid growth, the health care company became one of the largest health care providers in the Metropolitan area, while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to doctors and hospitals

(A) while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to
(B) while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to
(C) but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying
(D) but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying
(E) but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

It's in Gmatprep, one of the hardest questions I have ever faced. Who can have the clearest answer ? I think it's all about meaning, which is sometimes above my knowledge

P?S: with each post, I will pose question against your explanation until I meet a stronger one than mine

C is the best

1. Guys, pay attention to the clue:Right before the underlined part of the sentence, you have a comma. The comma is the clue here, and the comma suggests that the sentence needs an independent clause that is parallel with the main clause "the health care company became one of the largest health care providers in the Metropolitan area". So D and E out

2. You need a participle "falling..." here to show the result of "Unable to handle the increase in business" of the company, so B out

3. I dont know how to explain the error in "its payment to", but A out (for me)

C remains
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14 May 2009, 07:09
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After several years of rapid growth, the health care company became one of the largest health care providers in the Metropolitan area, while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to doctors and hospitals

(A) while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to
(B) while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to
(C) but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying
(D) but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying
(E) but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

It's in Gmatprep, one of the hardest questions I have ever faced. Who can have the clearest answer ? I think it's all about meaning, which is sometimes above my knowledge

P?S: with each post, I will pose question against your explanation until I meet a stronger one than mine

C is the best

1. Guys, pay attention to the clue:Right before the underlined part of the sentence, you have a comma. The comma is the clue here, and the comma suggests that the sentence needs an independent clause that is parallel with the main clause "the health care company became one of the largest health care providers in the Metropolitan area". So D and E out

2. You need a participle "falling..." here to show the result of "Unable to handle the increase in business" of the company, so B out

3. I dont know how to explain the error in "its payment to", but A out (for me)

C remains

Here it says that OA is E: sc-gmatprep-1-healthcare-76041.html#p572414
However, you raised a point about comma that I find interesting.
Given we now know the OA, I would be keen to know what you think.
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15 May 2009, 08:36
I remmember somewhere in OG that if I want to use comma before conjunction, I must use a clause. Now I cannt find what sentence in OG. May be I misremember.

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had to make a choice between C & E. Finally,

C is out as after the comma, we need a dependent clause. The part after the the comma is an independent clause, thereby causing the sentence to include a run-on error.

E seems correct to me.

Can someone explain why "proving" in D is wrong?
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17 Feb 2011, 02:41
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(D) but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying
Option D is in present continuous whereas the sentence is in pass tense. Became is not parallel to proving.
Health care provider failed to handle the increasing in business.
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21 Apr 2011, 07:35
Surprisingly, OA is E.
Could anybody explain why "it" is not needed after but to make an independent clause?
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21 Apr 2011, 07:37
I once learned that when you have Independent clause, FANBOY "here you need an independent clause", so "it" would be needed.
Could anybody explain why "it" is missing in E (OA is E)?
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I once learned that when you have Independent clause, FANBOY "here you need an independent clause", so "it" would be needed.
Could anybody explain why "it" is missing in E (OA is E)?
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C. but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying--What does the "it" refer to? "its paying" is definitely wrong here.

I dont agree with that.
The "it" of the second (independent) clause refers to the subject of the first clause (health care company).
No ambiguity for me there.
Moreover, when you have an independent clause, a comma and a "but", after that you need an independent clause.
Could anybody clarify this point?
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IC, FANBOY IC.
Therefore, "it" should be needed.
Could anybody clarify?
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Sondeso, I'm with you.
I have read on the OG that independent clause, FANBOY independent clause; so "it" would be needed.

If there were no comma: The health care company became X but proved Y would be fine. However, with the comma, things change: The health care company became X, but it proved Y would be the best option.

Could anybody clarify this point?
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After several years of rapid growth, the health care company became one of the largest health care providers in the Metropolitan area, while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to doctors and hospitals

(A) while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to
(B) while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to
(C) but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying
(D) but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying
(E) but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

It's in Gmatprep, one of the hardest questions I have ever faced. Who can have the clearest answer ? I think it's all about meaning, which is sometimes above my knowledge

P?S: with each post, I will pose question against your explanation until I meet a stronger one than mine

C is the best

1. Guys, pay attention to the clue:Right before the underlined part of the sentence, you have a comma. The comma is the clue here, and the comma suggests that the sentence needs an independent clause that is parallel with the main clause "the health care company became one of the largest health care providers in the Metropolitan area". So D and E out

2. You need a participle "falling..." here to show the result of "Unable to handle the increase in business" of the company, so B out

3. I dont know how to explain the error in "its payment to", but A out (for me)

C remains

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I have read on the OG that independent clause, FANBOY independent clause; so "it" would be needed.

If there were no comma: The health care company became X but proved Y would be fine. However, with the comma, things change: The health care company became X, but it proved Y would be the best option.

Could anybody clarify this point?
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Minheequang wrote:
After several years of rapid growth, the health care company became one of the largest health care providers in the Metropolitan area, while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to doctors and hospitals

(A) while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to
(B) while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to
(C) but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying
(D) but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying
(E) but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

It's in Gmatprep, one of the hardest questions I have ever faced. Who can have the clearest answer ? I think it's all about meaning, which is sometimes above my knowledge

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OA is E

Here's how I went about it:

Step 1) While vs but then

I knew that the "healthcare company became one of the largest"---and then the part where it says "unable to handle the increase in business"---implies that the transition word we need is something that implies "however"

The idea is the company became really bit...BUT THEN...it couldn't handle being big.

So that's what I saw in (C), (D), and (E). I crossed off (A) and (B) for now.

Step 2) It proved Vs proving Vs proved.......
"Proving" in (D) doesn't make sense here. "but then proving unable to do blah blah blah, [something here]"
But that's not the sentence structure we see. So we know (D) is no good.

As far as "it proved" vs "proved in choices (C) and (E)---it's hard to say definitively so I keep reading the sentence.

Step 3) Looking closer at (C) and (E).
Then I notice they're trying to test me on "In its paying doctors" Vs "In paying doctors"

Well, "in its paying doctors" sounds kind of awkward. "In paying doctors" is much simpler and gets to the point

So there we have it--answer (E) but just doing a few simple thought processes the GMATPill way.

Hope that helps!

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I think we can fairly easily boil it down to C & E...
Now the question is do we need "it" or not...

At first I missed this question as well but... Here is my explanation...
(C)... "it"??? whenever "it" is used in a sentence in a pronoun context... it refer to the noun that is closest... so "it" could be for "the Metropolitan area" or "health care company"

(E) makes it simple but not using "it"

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After several years of rapid growth, the health care company became one of the largest health care providers in the Metropolitan area, while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to doctors and hospitals

(A) while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to
(B) while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to
(C) but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying
(D) but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying
(E) but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

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14 Oct 2012, 22:10
In A and B, while it then is a contradiction in terms.
While -- even when it serves to indicate contrast -- implies AT THE SAME TIME.
Then means LATER.
Eliminate A and B.

In C, its paying doctors is incorrect.
POSSESSIVE + GERUND + DIRECT OBJECT is not a viable construction on the GMAT.
Eliminate C.

In D, proving is not parallel with became.
A conjunction such as but must connect PARALLEL FORMS.
Eliminate D.

The correct answer is E.
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