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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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Can anyone please explain me why A and B are wrong?
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Can anyone please explain me why A and B are wrong?

Hello buddy.

A and B are wrong because they use "while". In fact, we need a constrast meaning here: X went good in the first period, but did not do so in the second period. "But" is a must here. If you place "while" you mean two actions happened simultaneously. That's wrong. The two actions happened in order (first good, second not good).

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Can anyone please explain me why A and B are wrong?

Hello buddy.

A and B are wrong because they use "while". In fact, we need a constrast meaning here: X went good in the first period, but did not do so in the second period. "But" is a must here. If you place "while" you mean two actions happened simultaneously. That's wrong. The two actions happened in order (first good, second not good).

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But in this problem from GMATprep:

Unlike mainstream American businesses, more than half of which fail, the failure rate
for businesses in the Amish community hovers around 5 percent.
A. Unlike mainstream American businesses, more than half of which fail
B. Unlike mainstream American businesses, in which the failure rate is more than half
C. Unlike mainstream American businesses, where more than half of them fail
D. While the rate of mainstream American businesses failing is more than half
E. While more than half of mainstream American businesses fail

Why do we pick E? If 'while' were to just convey simultaneity then E wouldn't be correct right?
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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.

Lets break the sentence:

Phrase 1: After several years of rapid growth - Correctly modifies health care company
Clause 1: the health care company became one of the largest health care providers in the metropolitan area - health care company is the subject and became is the verb.

Clause 2: while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to[/u] doctors and hospitals. - while starts new clause in whic it is the subject and proved is verb: Now while does not present contrast. Sentence intend to present contrast here


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 - But starts a new clause. It (sub) refers to health care company and proved is verb. comma+ing modifier correctly tells that how it proved unable. This should be the correct answer

D. but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying - No subject and verb in but clause

E. but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying - No subject in but clause

I don't understand that why E is correct. egmat can you please tell
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E. but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying - No subject in but clause

If the deconstruct the sentence, the core structure of the sentence is:

the health care company became....but then proved....

So, the parallelism is between became and proved (both are verbs). Basically, the health care company is the subject of the second clause as well.

Perhaps an easier example would help illustrate: Peter worked hard but did not perform well in the exam.

Peter is the subject of the second clause (did not perform well in the exam) as well.
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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
pay would be preferred over Payment (VAN rule). Also "while it" is wrong here.

B. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to
pay would be preferred over Payment (VAN rule). Also "while it" is wrong here.

C. but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying
in its paying is worng. Read this - "a comapany fell behind in its paying" (sounds awkward completely).

D. but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying
proving is wrong. proved is correct. because "company became..." but proved .... is correct construction.

E. but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying
"company became..." but proved .... is correct construction.
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Notice A, B and C unnecessarily repeat the subject by using the word “it”. “Became.. but…proved” in E is correct, rather than “became…but..proving” in D, as others have said. I didn’t like the singular “payment” in A and B. “Payments” sounds better to me. This problem is avoided in the correct answer, E. “But” emphasises the necessary contrast better than “while” does. “While” can sometimes be used as a word of contrast, but it can also be used to link two activities happening at the same time. The contrast is clearer in this sentence with the use of “but”.
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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

in option E but (conjunction) is preceded by comma which means that 'but' should be followed by an independent clause. But I do not find any noun in it.

Please correct me if I am wrong.


Am I right in understanding that it is not a rule that 'BUT' followed by ',' is an indication of complete clause? Please suggest
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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

in option E but (conjunction) is preceded by comma which means that 'but' should be followed by an independent clause. But I do not find any noun in it.

Please correct me if I am wrong.


Am I right in understanding that it is not a rule that 'BUT' followed by ',' is an indication of complete clause? Please suggest


an indication only - but not a confirmation. One may use Comma + but as a non-essential modifier.

Modifier: A skilled swimmer, but not as skilled as Michael, Jack covered 100 meters in 25 seconds.

When used to start a clause, the following rules apply:
2 clauses (correct): I went to the shop, but I could not find what I wanted.
1 clause with 2 verbs (correct) : I went to the shop but could not find what I wanted.
incomplete clause (wrong): I went to the shop, but could not find what I wanted.
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The company went on a success streak, became the ultimate and then failed.

Options A and B show that the company was largest and failed at the same time. Makes no sense. Hence, A and B are eliminated.

Ing form brings out a causal relationship. This is seen only in E. Hence, E
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possessive+doing+direct object

is never exist in english language. this point is purely grammatical and a little high. when doing refers to a general action, it can not go with possesive. this is rule purely . this use of doing is called gerund.
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Clearly, E makes sense here. None of the other options are correct.
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D sounded awkward so I chose E.

Can anyone tell what exactly is wrong with D?
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D sounded awkward so I chose E.

Can anyone tell what exactly is wrong with D?


After several years of rapid growth, the healthy 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.

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

Notice that there are two independent clauses joined in the sentence using "but".

But in D, proving and falling lack the verb, thereby making it a run on sentence. Hence, INCORRECT.
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sillyboy wrote:
D sounded awkward so I chose E.

Can anyone tell what exactly is wrong with D?


After several years of rapid growth, the healthy 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.

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

Notice that there are two independent clauses joined in the sentence using "but".

But in D, proving and falling lack the verb, thereby making it a run on sentence. Hence, INCORRECT.




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[quote="josepradeep"]After several years of rapid growth, the healthy 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


I alway learn the new thing from old official questions.
I think that "while" can not be used in choice A and B

I think the idea in "while" clause must happen a little before the idea in main clause and we use while to say that the idea in main clause is in contrast with idea in while -clause.
and as a result, "while" can not go with "then".

A and B is out.

in C, "paying" is not a noun , and, so, can not go with possesive "its". "its payment to" is correct. C is out.
in D, "but" a conjuction whichi is used to connect the two like entities. "proving" is not parallel with any entities. D is out
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in C, "paying" is not a noun , and, so, can not go with possesive "its". "its payment to" is correct. C is out.
in D, "but" a conjuction whichi is used to connect the two like entities. "proving" is not parallel with any entities. D is out


Hi @Victory46

While I agree with you about A and B, I don't agree with you about C.

Concrete nouns are preferred over gerunds but not insofar as to rule out an answer choice.

Nonetheless it would be good to get an experts opinion on that.

Paying could be a noun (gerund, verb/like noun) and the possessive "its" does the action of paying.


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I think option C would be correct if it were written like this: but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind paying its payment. paying after it is wrong and awkward.In fact thats the only acceptable split between C and E.
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