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# As foreign-language learning moves online, the paradigm that, to speak

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As foreign-language learning moves online, the paradigm that, to speak a foreign language, we need to converse with a native speaker is becoming swiftly obsolete.

A) As foreign-language learning moves online, the paradigm that, to speak a foreign language, we need to converse with a native speaker is becoming
B) With the learning of a foreign language moving online, the paradigm that we need to converse with a native speaker to speak a foreign language becomes
C) With foreign-language learning moving online, conversing with a native speaker to speak a foreign language, which is the paradigm, is becoming
D) Because the learning of a foreign language moves online, the need to converse with a native speaker to speak a foreign language is the paradigm, which has become
E) As foreign-language learning moves online, the paradigm, which is we need a native speaker in order to speak a foreign language, has become

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The point here is to focus on the correct use of the tense form of the verb to describe on going things. ‘As something happens, the other thing is happening’ brings out the on - going nature of the context in proper perspective

A) As foreign-language learning moves online, the paradigm that, to speak a foreign language, we need to converse with a native speaker is becoming --- A is the best among the lot, as per the explanation above

B) With the learning of a foreign language moving online, the paradigm that we need to converse with a native speaker to speak a foreign language becomes --- ‘becomes’ is more used for daily happenings, or universal happenings, than for ongoing happenings

C) With foreign-language learning moving online, conversing with a native speaker to speak a foreign language, which is the paradigm, is becoming – 'which' referring to the language is fatal

D) Because the learning of a foreign language moves online, the need to converse with a native speaker to speak a foreign language is the paradigm, which has become --- The present perfect is out context
E) As foreign-language learning moves online, the paradigm, which is we need a native speaker in order to speak a foreign language, has become - same as in D
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19 Oct 2017, 12:34
In option A, the phrase "to speak a foreign language" is placed within commas. Doesn't this mean that the phrase now is a non essential modifier?
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08 Nov 2017, 05:11
Is the use of a comma after "that" correct in the sentence?
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In option A, the phrase "to speak a foreign language" is placed within commas. Doesn't this mean that the phrase now is a non essential modifier?

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the order can change. In other word, this is another way to write A. "the paradigm that we need to converse with a native speaker to speak a foreign language...."
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24 May 2018, 23:28

MAGOOSH Official Explanation:

(A) This question is an example of how the GMAT will sometimes choose an OA that is less than ideal. (A) is an example of such an imperfect sentence. Typically, a comma doesn’t follow “that”. Here it is okay because we are reversing the clause, “we need to converse with a native speaker to speak a foreign language”, becomes “to speak a foreign language, we need to converse with a native speaker”.

(B) The phrase beginning with “with” should logically modify the subject “the paradigm," but in this case it does not logically do so. The paradigm is actually that we need to converse with a native speaker. Thus, this is an example of a misplaced modifier.

(C) A clause beginning with “with” is always suspect on the GMAT, since it usually illogically modifies what comes after the comma. This case is no different. Does the action of foreign-language moving online describe the act of “conversing with a native speaker”? The two are clearly independent. Also, the “which” does not have a clear referent.

(D) implies that the paradigm has become swiftly obsolete. It also says that "the need to converse with a native speaker to speak a foreign language" is the paradigm because foreign language learning moves online. This is illogical and changes the meaning.

(E) After a long beginning adverbial clause, separating the subject “paradigm” from the verb with a long relative clause is a no-no. The more obvious error, however, is the “paradigm, which”. We are describing a specific paradigm, not all paradigms in general. Therefore, we want “that”. Finally, there is a slight change in meaning. The original sentence says the paradigm is becoming obsolete. (E) implies the paradigm has already become obsolete.

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25 May 2018, 07:03
Harley1980 wrote:
As foreign-language learning moves online, the paradigm that, to speak a foreign language, we need to converse with a native speaker is becoming swiftly obsolete.

A) As foreign-language learning moves online, the paradigm that, to speak a foreign language, we need to converse with a native speaker is becoming
B) With the learning of a foreign language moving online, the paradigm that we need to converse with a native speaker to speak a foreign language becomes
C) With foreign-language learning moving online, conversing with a native speaker to speak a foreign language, which is the paradigm, is becoming
D) Because the learning of a foreign language moves online, the need to converse with a native speaker to speak a foreign language is the paradigm, which has become
E) As foreign-language learning moves online, the paradigm, which is we need a native speaker in order to speak a foreign language, has become

the main error of choice B is " becomes".
simple present is used to show a condition which exist indefinitely or at least i think so. the earth orbit the sun.
if in B we used becomes, its meaing is the becoming exist indefinitely before and after learning moves online. this is not logic.
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