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# Although the market tempts guitarists with digital signal processors

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Although the market tempts guitarists with digital signal processors of every shape and size, few of these products manage to come close to creates the characteristic analog sound that hand-made effects pedals provide.

(A) few of these products manage to come close to creates the characteristic analog sound that hand-made effects pedals provide

(B) few of these products manage to come close to creating the characteristic analog sound that hand-made effects pedals providing

(C) only some of these products managing to come close to creating the characteristic analog sound that hand-made effects pedals provide

(D) hardly any of these products manage to came close to creating the characteristic analog sound that hand-made effects pedals provide

(E) a hand-made effects pedal provides a characteristic analog sound that only some of these products manage to come close to creating

Originally posted by goodyear2013 on 06 Apr 2014, 16:02.
Last edited by Bunuel on 05 Mar 2019, 07:41, edited 1 time in total.
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02 May 2015, 21:13
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This is clear split between D and E

But D changes meaning of oringinal statement -
as per original statement .. only few of those products come close to XYZ
but D has - Hardly any -
Now look at below meaning changing example -

Hardly increased – means little increase
Hardly any increase –no increase

as per statement D - no product come close to XYZ... which changes intended meaning of original statement.

Hence E is correct.
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12 Dec 2015, 13:41
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souvik101990 wrote:
Although the market tempts guitarists with digital signal processors of every shape and size, few of these products manage to come close to creates the characteristic analog sound that hand-made effects pedals provide.

A. few of these products manage to come close to creates the characteristic analog sound that hand-made effects pedals provide

B. few of these products manage to come close to creating the characteristic analog sound that hand-made effects pedals providing

C. only some of these products managing to come close to creating the characteristic analog sound that hand-made effects pedals provide

D. hardly any of these products manage to came close to creating the characteristic analog sound that hand-made effects pedals provide

E. a hand-made effects pedal provides a characteristic analog sound that only some of these products manage to come close to creating

can someone explain the question whether it is correctly formed?
how can E be the answer as it ends with v+ing form.
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29 Dec 2015, 03:32
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Nevernevergiveup wrote:
souvik101990 wrote:
Although the market tempts guitarists with digital signal processors of every shape and size, few of these products manage to come close to creates the characteristic analog sound that hand-made effects pedals provide.

A. few of these products manage to come close to creates the characteristic analog sound that hand-made effects pedals provide

B. few of these products manage to come close to creating the characteristic analog sound that hand-made effects pedals providing

C. only some of these products managing to come close to creating the characteristic analog sound that hand-made effects pedals provide

D. hardly any of these products manage to came close to creating the characteristic analog sound that hand-made effects pedals provide

E. a hand-made effects pedal provides a characteristic analog sound that only some of these products manage to come close to creating

can someone explain the question whether it is correctly formed?
how can E be the answer as it ends with v+ing form.
experts help

i think the SV agreement has to be with 'come' and not with 'creating'.
for example: "Chelsea came close to winning the match against Arsenal but they lost."
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29 Dec 2015, 04:05
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Nevernevergiveup, can you clarify your question? What is your objection to ending with "creating"?
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29 Dec 2015, 04:27
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DmitryFarber wrote:
Nevernevergiveup, can you clarify your question? What is your objection to ending with "creating"?

Hi,
i may not have the objection mentioned but yes I do feel the choice E is not conveying the contrast that 'although' is supposed to..

Although the market tempts guitarists with digital signal processors of every shape and size, a hand-made effects pedal provides a characteristic analog soundthat only some of these products manage to come close to creating...
the portion after that modifies the sound part..
How is contrast being conveyed with the structure of words/sentence....
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Although there are many digital products, only some of them can come close to an analog sound. There's a contrast between the wide availability of products and the ability of those products to produce a certain desirable sound.
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29 Dec 2015, 04:43
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DmitryFarber wrote:
Although there are many digital products, only some of them can come close to an analog sound. There's a contrast between the wide availability of products and the ability of those products to produce a certain desirable sound.

Hi DmitryFarber,
Yes, this is what the sentence is expected to bring out, but does it do that clearly?

Although the market tempts guitarists with digital signal processors of every shape and size, only some of these products manage to come close to creating a analog sound that a hand......

How can contrast be created by the contrast itself hiding in a subordinate clause..
although the market......, main clause .. that .. the contrast..
I am sure we should have the clause carrying the contrast close to the 'comma' rather than tucked in a corner..
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29 Dec 2015, 07:00
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DmitryFarber wrote:
Nevernevergiveup, can you clarify your question? What is your objection to ending with "creating"?

To me option E looks like a fragment and improperly structured as it looks as below

Quote:
Although the market tempts sb with sth,
a hand-made effects pedal provides a characteristic analog sound that only some of these products manage to come close to creating.

I feel it is awkward for a sentence to end with verb+ing and can be much better.
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30 Dec 2015, 22:17
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what's wrong with D?
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30 Dec 2015, 22:33
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mvictor wrote:
what's wrong with D?

Although the market tempts guitarists with digital signal processors of every shape and size, few of these products manage to come close to creates the characteristic analog sound that hand-made effects pedals provide.

D. hardly any of these products manage to came close to creating the characteristic analog sound that hand-made effects pedals provide

past tense form of verb come i.e., came plays the spoilsport here in option D.
Since whole sentence is in simple present tense, past tense verb came does not fit here and hence option D is incorrect.
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31 Dec 2015, 00:08
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Also, the infinitive form of a verb never changes, regardless of tense. In other words, "to came" will never be correct under any circumstances.

I wanted to come to the party.
I have wanted to come to the party ever since I heard about it.
I had wanted to come to the party before I found out where it was.
I want to come to the party.
I am dying to come to the party.
I will probably want to come to the party.

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31 Dec 2015, 00:16
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Nevernevergiveup,

You have correctly identified the core: Although the market tempts, a pedal provides. This is in no way a fragment. All of the other elements, including the part with "creating" at the end, are just modifiers and have no bearing on the larger structure. Don't throw something out just because it feels awkward, or the GMAT will often trick you into eliminating the right answer.

Here are a few other correct constructions with similar endings:

He makes more money than I have any chance of earning.
My friend travels to places that I can only dream of visiting.
This is an offer that I would consider accepting.

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DmitryFarber wrote:
Nevernevergiveup,

You have correctly identified the core: Although the market tempts, a pedal provides. This is in no way a fragment. All of the other elements, including the part with "creating" at the end, are just modifiers and have no bearing on the larger structure. Don't throw something out just because it feels awkward, or the GMAT will often trick you into eliminating the right answer.

Here are a few other correct constructions with similar endings:

He makes more money than I have any chance of earning.
My friend travels to places that I can only dream of visiting.
This is an offer that I would consider accepting.

Thanks DmitryFarber, this is a bit new for me.

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It will be much better if u can explain by adding few more examples.
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I'm glad to help. Basically, in all my examples, the main action of the sentence is over. The -ing words show an action in a hypothetical scenario. Rather than provide more of the same, maybe I should explain the examples I already used.

He makes more money than I have any chance of earning.
Translation: He makes \$x, and I have no chance of earning \$x.

My friend travels to places that I can only dream of visiting.
Translation: There are places in the world that I cannot visit. I can only dream of visiting them. These are the places my friend visits.

This is an offer that I would consider accepting.
Translation: If I were made a particular offer, I might accept it. In other words, I would consider accepting the offer.

Here are some other types of sentences that end in -ing. (Just for fun, I made them all rhyme.)

What were you thinking?
My ship is sinking.
A skunk is good at stinking.
We switched off the two machines that the cable had been linking.
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Nevernevergiveup wrote:
souvik101990 wrote:
Although the market tempts guitarists with digital signal processors of every shape and size, few of these products manage to come close to creates the characteristic analog sound that hand-made effects pedals provide.

A. few of these products manage to come close to creates the characteristic analog sound that hand-made effects pedals provide

B. few of these products manage to come close to creating the characteristic analog sound that hand-made effects pedals providing

C. only some of these products managing to come close to creating the characteristic analog sound that hand-made effects pedals provide

D. hardly any of these products manage to came close to creating the characteristic analog sound that hand-made effects pedals provide

E. a hand-made effects pedal provides a characteristic analog sound that only some of these products manage to come close to creating

can someone explain the question whether it is correctly formed?
how can E be the answer as it ends with v+ing form.
experts help

I am not expert I was able to eliminate abcd on solid grounds so selected E.

a) Creates does not sync with plural verb products

b) Providing is incorrect ..somehow this does not sound correct to my ear :D ... It should be 'provide'

C) No verb in this statement

D) "came" ?????

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DmitryFarber wrote:
Although there are many digital products, only some of them can come close to an analog sound. There's a contrast between the wide availability of products and the ability of those products to produce a certain desirable sound.

Hi DmitryFarber,
Yes, this is what the sentence is expected to bring out, but does it do that clearly?

Although the market tempts guitarists with digital signal processors of every shape and size, only some of these products manage to come close to creating a analog sound that a hand......

How can contrast be created by the contrast itself hiding in a subordinate clause..
although the market......, main clause .. that .. the contrast..
I am sure we should have the clause carrying the contrast close to the 'comma' rather than tucked in a corner..
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22 Jan 2016, 13:22
Chetan2u,

The word "although" indicates a contrast between two entire clauses, so we don't have to worry about where the contrasting information is hiding. It's still part of the clause. Also, we have a contrast before we get to the modifier: While there are many digital products, a hand-made pedal creates a distinctive analog sound. Since analog is the alternative to digital (all effects will be one or the other), we've already drawn a contrast. The modifier certainly amplifies that contrast (no pun intended), but we're fine either way.

However, I certainly won't dig in my heels to defend a competitor's material. In the end, official questions are by far the best study material for SC.
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23 Jan 2016, 03:00
This question is particularly bothersome due to some awful errors that one will not find at even school levels. Particularly the phrases ‘to creates’ and ‘to came ‘are indicative of casualness. In addition, the official choice E seems to contrast the digital signal processors with the sound that a pedal instrument provides. IMO, since the non-underlined part mentions a hardware, the contrasting part also should cite a hardware and not what a hardware provides.
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goodyear2013 wrote:
Although the market tempts guitarists with digital signal processors of every shape and size, few of these products manage to come close to creates the characteristic analog sound that hand-made effects pedals provide.

A) few of these products manage to come close to creates the characteristic analog sound that hand-made effects pedals provide
B) few of these products manage to come close to creating the characteristic analog sound that hand-made effects pedals providing
C) only some of these products managing to come close to creating the characteristic analog sound that hand-made effects pedals provide
D) hardly any of these products manage to came close to creating the characteristic analog sound that hand-made effects pedals provide
E) a hand-made effects pedal provides a characteristic analog sound that only some of these products manage to come close to creating

A) few of these products manage to come close to creates the characteristic analog sound that hand-made effects pedals provide
SV pair disagreement- 'products' requires plural form 'create'
B) few of these products manage to come close to creating the characteristic analog sound that hand-made effects pedals providing
'creating' is not right.
C) only some of these products managing to come close to creating the characteristic analog sound that hand-made effects pedals provide
'Products manage to come close' has different meaning from 'products managing to come close'
D) hardly any of these products manage to came close to creating the characteristic analog sound that hand-made effects pedals provide
'Hardly any' is not same as 'only some'
E) a hand-made effects pedal provides a characteristic analog sound that only some of these products manage to come close to creating. Best out of the given choices
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