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The Official Guide for GMAT Review, 10th Edition, 2003

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Question No.: SC 253
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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, 21:30
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, 06:40
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, 20:46
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, 21:49
"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, 06:57
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
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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



A and C out
which incorrectly refers to "regions" .. it means regions slowed the sales .


Its between B and D.

slowing modifies "unexcited merchandise and weather"

B looks good.
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New post 07 May 2009, 10:53
I will go with A.

"slowing" begins adverbial clause and distorts the meaning. It was the weather, which slowed the sales. the clause between "weather" and "which" in the original sentence is a modifier to "weather".
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(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

Only B is clear. both "which" are wrong in A and C.
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kt00381n wrote:
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


which is referring to regions -- wrong-- A, C are out.

D out for being ( easy one)
E -- awkward ...

B wins.
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New post 07 May 2009, 17:35
My pick is B.
which - this clearly refers to the weather and
slowing - this is acting like a Noun
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IMO B

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 --> colder and wetter here will incorrectly modify for retail sales rather than weather. which after the commas also wrongly modifies for regions, meaning that regions slowed the sales
(B) which was colder and wetter than usual in some regions, slowing -->which best modifies for weather. Slowing ... also correctly modifies for unexciting merchandise
(C) since it was colder and wetter than usually in some regions, which slowed --> itdoes not clearly modify for any Noun. Besides, same error as A
(D) being colder and wetter than usually in some regions, slowing -->being is mostly wrong, usually is also wrong used
(E) having been colder and wetter than was usual in some regions and slowed -->complicated structure, distorted original meaning
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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 01 Sep 2012, 13:37
yes, the +ing modifier (Slowing) modifies the preceeding clause..... : Which (weather) was colder and wetter.....

How was the weather? : It was cold n wet

How cold n wet ? : It was very cold n wet........ Colder n Wetter than usual

What was the effect ? : Slowing down of Sales of X n Y

The weather was SO cold & SO wet...... It slowed down the sales of X n Y

Thus in B : Slowing aptly modifies the preceeding clause.
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