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Although offering a dynamic range simply absent on the harpsichord, the original fortepiano, invented in the early eighteenth century — indeed the name comes from the Italian forte (“loud”) + piano (“soft”) — the fortepiano would now sound dynamically limited compared to our modern grand pianos.
(A) Although offering a dynamic range simply absent on the harpsichord, the original fortepiano, invented in the early eighteenth century
(B) Although the original fortepiano, invented in the early eighteenth century, offered a dynamic range simply absent on the harpsichord
(C) Although it offered a dynamic range simply absent on the harpsichord, the original fortepiano, invented in the early eighteenth century
(D) Invented in the early eighteenth century, the original fortepiano offered a dynamic range simply absent on the harpsichord
(E) The original fortepiano, invented in the early eighteenth century, although it offered a dynamic range simply absent on the harpsichord

One of the five answer choices may appear correct but it would make the entire sentence a run-on sentence. Here is a blog article that not only explores the idea of the run-on sentence error but also gives a detailed explanation to the above SC question.
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/run-on-sen ... questions/

Experts --- any further tips you would like to add concerning run-on sentences?

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29 Sep 2014, 16:13
Very tricky and confusing. Not sure what the role of — indeed the name comes from the Italian forte (“loud”) + piano (“soft”) is in the sentence. maybe this is what confused me.

Meaning says, fortepiano did something earlier but now its doing something. Only B, clearly expresses that meaning.

mikemcgarry wrote:
Although offering a dynamic range simply absent on the harpsichord, the original fortepiano, invented in the early eighteenth century — indeed the name comes from the Italian forte (“loud”) + piano (“soft”) — the fortepiano would now sound dynamically limited compared to our modern grand pianos.
(A) Although offering a dynamic range simply absent on the harpsichord, the original fortepiano, invented in the early eighteenth century
(B) Although the original fortepiano, invented in the early eighteenth century, offered a dynamic range simply absent on the harpsichord
(C) Although it offered a dynamic range simply absent on the harpsichord, the original fortepiano, invented in the early eighteenth century
(D) Invented in the early eighteenth century, the original fortepiano offered a dynamic range simply absent on the harpsichord
(E) The original fortepiano, invented in the early eighteenth century, although it offered a dynamic range simply absent on the harpsichord

One of the five answer choices may appear correct but it would make the entire sentence a run-on sentence. Here is a blog article that not only explores the idea of the run-on sentence error but also gives a detailed explanation to the above SC question.
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/run-on-sen ... questions/

Experts --- any further tips you would like to add concerning run-on sentences?

Mike

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26 Mar 2015, 18:47
Thanks for the Q, Mike.

What I don't quite understand about b) is how this is "100% correct", so as to say...

(B) Although the original fortepiano, (sth), offered a dynamic range simply absent on the harpsichord — (sth) — the fortepiano would now sound dynamically limited compared to our modern grand pianos.

Isn't this quite redundant/wordy?
Why not? Because the 1st is the "original" and the 2nd is the "current" one?

Most probably would say that placing "it" instead of the 2nd "fortepiano" would be ambiguous, but repeating the word sounds incorrect to me.
(I guess "sounds incorrect" is not good enough to eliminate an option)

Regarding d), couldn't the 2nd hyphen act as a semicolon, separating two independent clauses?

(D) Invented in the early eighteenth century, the original fortepiano offered a dynamic range simply absent on the harpsichord — (sth) the fortepiano would now sound dynamically limited compared to our modern grand pianos.

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Thanks for the Q, Mike.

What I don't quite understand about b) is how this is "100% correct", so as to say...

(B) Although the original fortepiano, (sth), offered a dynamic range simply absent on the harpsichord — (sth) — the fortepiano would now sound dynamically limited compared to our modern grand pianos.

Isn't this quite redundant/wordy? Why not? Because the 1st is the "original" and the 2nd is the "current" one? Most probably would say that placing "it" instead of the 2nd "fortepiano" would be ambiguous, but repeating the word sounds incorrect to me.
(I guess "sounds incorrect" is not good enough to eliminate an option)

Regarding d), couldn't the 2nd hyphen act as a semicolon, separating two independent clauses?

(D) Invented in the early eighteenth century, the original fortepiano offered a dynamic range simply absent on the harpsichord — (sth) the fortepiano would now sound dynamically limited compared to our modern grand pianos.

Dear PANCHODV
I'm happy to respond.
First of all, keep in mind: the OA of GMAT SC questions will be error-free, but it will not necessarily be ideal.

In the OA here, if the second "fortepiano" were replaces by "it," that would be a classic pronoun mistake that is 100% wrong on the GMAT. Compared to something that is 100% wrong, a little redundancy is not bad. Perhaps there would be a way to rearrange and rephrase the entire sentence so that we only said the word once and there was no ambiguity, but that's not an option here. We have to go with the best of the options listed.

As to your question with (D), the short answer is no. I'll preface this by saying that the GMAT SC doesn't really test punctuation, so your question and my answer are a bit beyond what you need to know for the GMAT. Nevertheless, you asked. It turns out, the dash has a few different, well-defined uses. One is as a colon, which conceivably could separate independent clauses. That's true when just one dash appears between two independent clauses. Another use is an aside, a parenthetical comment, as we have here: in this construction, two dashes separate the aside from the flow of the sentence, and the implication is that if we removed the dashes and what was between then, the sentence would flow as an uninterrupted whole. In other words, the two-dash "aside" construction does not prepare us to anticipate the kind of logical break and interruption of flow that a single dash presents. Again, this is a level of detail beyond what the GMAT expects you to know.

Does all this make sense?
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27 Mar 2015, 11:38
Crystal clear, Mike.
Thanks a lot.
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07 Apr 2015, 09:32
Hi mikemcgarry, I tried to contact you through PM here and Magoosh blog but I think I could not in either way.

Is there a way I can have a word with you?
I'd need to improve my verbal score (Q49, V35) in the next 30-40 days.

Maybe you can recommend some Magoosh product or sth like that, apart from the tips I've already read in your posts.

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07 Apr 2015, 13:01
PANCHODV wrote:
Hi mikemcgarry, I tried to contact you through PM here and Magoosh blog but I think I could not in either way.

Is there a way I can have a word with you?
I'd need to improve my verbal score (Q49, V35) in the next 30-40 days.

Maybe you can recommend some Magoosh product or sth like that, apart from the tips I've already read in your posts.

Francisco

Dear Francisco,
I'm happy to respond. My friend, that's a tall order, improving from reasonably good to elite territory. First of all, I have a couple blogs you need to read:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2014/how-to-imp ... bal-score/
Reading sophisticated material, for an hour a day beyond any GMAT studying, definitely needs to be part of your plan. Also,
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2014/gmat-study ... 0-or-more/
Understand, there is nothing step-by-step that I or anyone can give you that will magically work. The drive for excellence must come from you and must permeate everything you do. You must embody all the habits of excellence.

Now, having said that, here's an intense one-month plan:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/1-month-gm ... -schedule/
You will have to join Magoosh to follow this. Make sure you watch every verbal video, twice if possible, and make sure you answer every verbal question and watch the accompanying video explanation. Again, the habit of excellence: you can't afford to leave any resource untouched. If you time while following this rigorous plan, I would also suggest reading the MGMAT books on the verbal questions. If you can do all of that, in the next 30-40 days, and retain it all, you have a chance of seeing the kind of improvement you want to see.

Does all this make sense?
Mike
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07 Apr 2015, 13:28
Mike, thanks a lot for the quick response.

It does make sense.

I understand this can be tough.
But on the other hand I'm confident I can do it: my mock scores were V38 (MGMAT), V42 & V46 (GMAT Prep) and V37 (Kaplan).
I mean, the goal will be to mantain/improve 1-2 points my mock scores. Am I correct?

I already read MGMAT books for SC and RC, which are my weak spots.
For CR I used Powerprep book. I'm OK in CR.

Questions:
I don't want to sound rude, not my intention at all... but,
do you think Verbal Magoosh subscription can help me with this "fine tuning" and advanced concepts I need?
Or this is aimed for going from 25 to 35, so as to say?

If so, which product do you recommend?

Also, since I'm retaking the exam and i work ~12 hours a day, would you recommend to use weekends to do mocks?
Or spend that time with concepts + spot exercises?

Thanks again.
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08 Apr 2015, 14:10
PANCHODV wrote:
Mike, thanks a lot for the quick response.

It does make sense.

I understand this can be tough.
But on the other hand I'm confident I can do it: my mock scores were V38 (MGMAT), V42 & V46 (GMAT Prep) and V37 (Kaplan).
I mean, the goal will be to mantain/improve 1-2 points my mock scores. Am I correct?

I already read MGMAT books for SC and RC, which are my weak spots.
For CR I used Powerprep book. I'm OK in CR.

Questions:
I don't want to sound rude, not my intention at all... but,
do you think Verbal Magoosh subscription can help me with this "fine tuning" and advanced concepts I need?
Or this is aimed for going from 25 to 35, so as to say?

If so, which product do you recommend?

Also, since I'm retaking the exam and i work ~12 hours a day, would you recommend to use weekends to do mocks?
Or spend that time with concepts + spot exercises?

Thanks again.
Francisco

Francisco,
My friend, it sounds as if you are already quite strong in Quant. From the Quant videos, you may learn a new trick or two here or there, but given the huge increase you want in Verbal, I would recommend the Verbal only.

Understand that, given you time constraints, you have set a monumental challenge for yourself. You will have to devote every waking minute to verbal improvement, including full day sessions on weekends. Follow the one-month study schedule, as far as when to do practice tests and when to do other studying.

Can the Magoosh Verbal help with "fine tuning"? Yes, potentially. You see, in part it depends on what "fine tuning" you need. Magoosh has a thorough series of SC lessons, and more importantly, after each question, we have a video explanation: it's very important not to underestimate the amount of teaching that occurs in those VEs following the questions. You may find some concrete facts that will help you, and certainly Magoosh can help you build instincts for what to expect on the GMAT SC, what mistake patterns to spot, etc.

Finally, I will say: appreciate, once again, how hard what you are trying to do is. If you had a one-month vacation in which you could devote full time attention to GMAT improvement, even then, this kind of tremendous increase would be challenging. You want to improve this much inside a month while you are working 12 hour days. Wow! Magoosh will provide you with fabulous material, but you need to provide extraordinary discipline & determination & stamina to integrate all this and learn it thoroughly. You need to live & breathe excellence in your study habits. I almost hate to say this, but remember that getting adequate sleep, through the month, will be part and parcel of any deep learning, the brain needs REM sleep to integrate information at a deep level. Being successful will require, among other things, very skilled time-management abilities.

Does all this make sense?
Mike
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Good. Thanks.
I understand it will be tough.
I'll think about it and, if I get to join Magoosh, I'll probably let you know.

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13 Apr 2016, 18:08
For more insight on this really tough question (and to uncloud any issues that may exist), here's a similar one from OG:

OG15 132:
132. Although appearing less appetizing than most of their round and red supermarket cousins, heirloom tomatoes, grown from seeds saved during the previous year—they are often green and striped, or have plenty of bumps and bruises—heirlooms are more flavorful and thus in increasing demand.
(A) Although appearing less appetizing than most of their round and red supermarket cousins, heirloom tomatoes, grown from seeds saved during the previous year
(B) Although heirloom tomatoes, grown from seeds saved during the previous year, appear less appetizing than most of their round and red supermarket cousins
(C) Although they appear less appetizing than most of their round and red supermarket cousins, heirloom tomatoes, grown from seeds saved during the previous year
(D) Grown from seeds saved during the previous year, heirloom tomatoes appear less appetizing than most of their round and red supermarket
cousins
(E) Heirloom tomatoes, grown from seeds saved during the previous year, although they appear less appetizing than most of their round and red supermarket cousins

OE:
Rhetorical construction; Grammatical construction

The intended meaning could be communicated more effectively by mentioning heirloom tomatoes as early as possible in the sentence, so that we know that the writer is comparing heirloom tomatoes with supermarket tomatoes. The placement of heirloom tomatoes and heirlooms makes the sentence ungrammatical.

A This is ungrammatical. If heirloom tomatoes is the subject of are more flavorful … then heirlooms has no predicate and is nonsensically superfluous. If heirlooms is the subject, heirloom tomatoes has no predicate.

B Correct. The noun heirloom tomatoes is mentioned early in the sentence, followed by a parenthetical definition, and is the subject of the verb appear, and heirlooms is the subject of are.

C The noun heirloom tomatoes appears too late in the sentence. Parsing is made harder by introducing the pronoun they and revealing its antecedent later in the sentence. The sentence is also ungrammatical. If heirloom tomatoes is the subject of are more flavorful … then heirlooms has no predicate and is nonsensically superfluous. If heirlooms is the subject, heirloom tomatoes has no predicate.

D Beginning the sentence with the explanatory clause grown from seeds … gives it too much importance. It could be construed as the reason why heirloom tomatoes appear less appetizing, which is contrary to the truth. The sentence is also ungrammatical.

E Rhetorical structure requires that although appear in the beginning of the clause to which it pertains. Placing it later necessitates the pronoun they with antecedent heirloom tomatoes, which is redundant. The sentence is also ungrammatical.

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