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Analysts blamed May's sluggish retail sales on unexciting merchandise as well as the weather, colder and wetter than was usual in some regions, which slowed sales of barbecue grills and lawn furniture.

A. colder and wetter than was usual in some regions, which slowed
B. which was colder and wetter than usual in some regions, slowing
C. since it was colder and wetter than usually in some regions, which slowed
D. being colder and wetter than usually in some regions, slowing
E. having been colder and wetter than was usual in some regions and slowed
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The answer is B.

"which" clearly refers to the weather which was "slowing" the sales during the month.

I remember this from the OG (Hope I remembered the answer and reason right!)

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New post 05 Oct 2005, 22:30
we need 'which' to introduce the modifier for weather. This is in B. I would have like a 'for' in front of the 'slowing' though.

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New post 06 Oct 2005, 07:40
Definite B!

A- awkward
C - which is placed wrong..should describe the weather
D - being is almost always wrong
E - awkward, "than was" incorrect...


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Analysts blamed May's sluggish retail sales on unexciting merchandise as well as the weather, colder and wetter than was usual in some regions, which slowed sales of barbecue grills and lawn furniture.

A. colder and wetter than was usual in some regions, which slowed
B. which was colder and wetter than usual in some regions, slowing
C. since it was colder and wetter than usually in some regions, which slowed
D. being colder and wetter than usually in some regions, slowing
E. having been colder and wetter than was usual in some regions and slowed

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New post 06 Oct 2005, 21:46
The correct idiomatic construction is: comparative (-er) + than + usual.

B. Analysts blamed May's sluggish retail sales on unexciting merchandise as well as the weather, which was colder and wetter than usual in some regions, slowing sales of barbecue grills and lawn furniture.

A and E incorrectly interject was between than and usual.

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New post 06 Oct 2005, 22:49
"Which" is required in this case. So my answer is B.

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bravo to all!!!! B is OA
Explanation is : It is concise and idiomatic, and which has a clear referent, the weather. In A, the insertion of was is unnecessary, and the referent of which is not clear because regions, not weather, is the nearest noun. In C, the adjective usual is needed in place of the adverb usually, and the referent of which is unclear because regions, not weather, is the nearest noun. In D and E, the verb phrase( being colder..., having been colder...) do not refer as clearly to the noun weather as the pronoun which does. Choice D needs the adjective usual in place of the adverb usually, which choice E fails to maintain parallelism in verb tense( having been ...and slowed).

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New post 11 Apr 2006, 07:57
Yeah u r right, but since they didnt seem to be parallel , I choose A :( :(

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Nice one. B perfectly makes the sentence correct.

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In B, How can blamed and slowing be parallel?

it is NOT a parallel concept.


Analysts blamed May's sluggish retail sales on unexciting merchandise as well as the weather, which was colder and wetter than usual in some regions, slowing sales of barbecue grills and lawn furniture.

independent clause:Analysts blamed May's sluggish retail sales on unexciting merchandise as well as the weather,
relative clause: which was colder and wetter than usual in some regions,
participial phrase: slowing sales of barbecue grills and lawn furniture.

slowing is modifying the subject of the relative clause. the subject is which. which is modifying weather.

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[quote="laxieqv"]Analysts blamed May's sluggish retail sales on unexciting merchandise as well as the weather, colder and wetter than was usual in some regions, which slowed sales of barbecue grills and lawn furniture.

A. colder and wetter than was usual in some regions, which slowed
Which modifies Regions.

B. which was colder and wetter than usual in some regions, slowing
I go for B.

C. since it was colder and wetter than usually in some regions, which slowed
Usually is incorrect.

D. being colder and wetter than usually in some regions, slowing
Usually is unidiomatic

E. having been colder and wetter than was usual in some regions and slowed
Wordy.

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Analysts blamed May's sluggish retail sales on unexciting merchandise as well as the weather, colder and wetter than was usual in some regions, which slowed sales of barbecue grills and lawn furniture.

A. colder and wetter than was usual in some regions, which slowed
B. which was colder and wetter than usual in some regions, slowing
C. since it was colder and wetter than usually in some regions, which slowed
D. being colder and wetter than usually in some regions, slowing
E. having been colder and wetter than was usual in some regions and slowed


I am wrong doing this question.

I choose A because I think that "which slowed..." can modify a far noun "wheather". but this far modification is correct only when the distance between noun modified and adjectival is short. we do see this short distance in many official answers of OG books. Even this a little farness is acceptable , it is not prefered-we have not to choose it when there is better choice.

it is clear that sometimes adjectival far from noun modified is considered incorrect, other times correct. this situation make it hard for us to study Sentence correction section.
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Analysts blamed May's sluggish retail sales on unexciting merchandise as well as the weather, colder and wetter than was usual in some regions, which slowed sales of barbecue grills and lawn furniture.
In the given sentence, "which" is modifying region. if look at the meaning carefully, we would be able to understand that "which" should modify "weather".
So B is the correct choice..

A. colder and wetter than was usual in some regions, which slowed
B. which was colder and wetter than usual in some regions, slowing
C. since it was colder and wetter than usually in some regions, which slowed
D. being colder and wetter than usually in some regions, slowing
E. having been colder and wetter than was usual in some regions and slowed

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A. colder and wetter than was usual in some regions, which slowed Wrong - "which slowed" cannot modify regions because it modifies the entire clause prior; it's an adverbial modifier

B. which was colder and wetter than usual in some regions, slowing Correct - comparison is okay, since "[weather] was colder and wetter than usual [weather]"; words can be omitted if understood

C. since it was colder and wetter than usually in some regions, which slowed Wrong - "which slowed" cannot modify regions because it modifies the entire clause prior; it's an adverbial modifier; "usually" is an adverb and cannot modify noun "weather"

D. being colder and wetter than usually in some regions, slowing Wrong - "being" is not used correctly; "usually" is an adverb and cannot modify noun "weather"

E. having been colder and wetter than was usual in some regions and slowed Wrong - participle phrase "having been" changes the meaning of the sentence because "having been" can describe the verb as well as the entire clause

B

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New post 22 Jun 2014, 03:10
All those who think that being is always wrong in GMAT they need to correct their approach, If being was used here w/o comma, it usage wouldn't have been wrong.
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What's wrong with E.. Why we cant use having been in this sentence

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B is correct - The sentence is concise, correct, and idiomatic, and which has a clear referent, the weather
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Ruchita1907 wrote:
What's wrong with E.. Why we cant use having been in this sentence


Analysts blamed May's sluggish retail sales on unexciting merchandise as well as the weather, colder and wetter than was usual in some regions, which slowed sales of barbecue grills and lawn furniture.

A. colder and wetter than was usual in some regions, which slowed - which incorrectly refers to regions
B. which was colder and wetter than usual in some regions, slowing - Correct
C. since it was colder and wetter than usually in some regions, which slowed - which incorrectly refers to regions
D. being colder and wetter than usually in some regions, slowing - usage of being as a modifier
E. having been colder and wetter than was usual in some regions and slowed - having been is used to denote an action that was done before another action and thus its usage does not make sense here ; Also and slowed changes the meaning

Hi Ruchita1907 ,
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