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# As the honeybee s stinger is heavily barbed, staying where

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As the honeybee’s stinger is heavily barbed, staying where it is inserted, this results in the act of stinging causing the bee to sustain a fatal injury.

(A) As the honeybee’s stinger is heavily barbed, staying where it is inserted, this results in the act of stinging causing
(B) As the heavily barbed stinger of the honeybee stays where it is inserted, with the result that the act of stinging causes
(C) The honeybee’s stinger, heavily barbed and staying where it is inserted, results in the fact that the act of stinging causes
(D) The heavily barbed stinger of the honeybee stays where it is inserted, and results in the act of stinging causing
(E) The honeybee’s stinger is heavily barbed and stays where it is inserted, with the result that the act of stinging causes
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As the honeybee’s stinger is heavily barbed, staying where it is inserted, this results in the act of stinging causing the bee to sustain a fatal injury.

(A) As the honeybee’s stinger is heavily barbed, staying where it is inserted, this results in the act of stinging causing
(B) As the heavily barbed stinger of the honeybee stays where it is inserted, with the result that the act of stinging causes
(C) The honeybee’s stinger, heavily barbed and staying where it is inserted, results in the fact that the act of stinging causes
(D) The heavily barbed stinger of the honeybee stays where it is inserted, and results in the act of stinging causing
(E) The honeybee’s stinger is heavily barbed and stays where it is inserted, with the result that the act of stinging causes

Hi Souvik,

Really a good question ... i think took me around 4-5 min to guess the answer (was between A & E).Finally had to look at the OA

I will take a shot at this question (as per my understanding)

(A) As the honeybee’s stinger is heavily barbed, staying where it is inserted, this results in the act of stinging causing

1)this -- pronoun -- does not have the clear refferent -- should refer to the staying where it is inserted which is a clause and hence cannot be referred to.

(B) As the heavily barbed stinger of the honeybee stays where it is inserted, with the result that the act of stinging causes

1)As the heavily barbed stinger of the honeybee stays where it is inserted -- Dep. Clause
2)with the result that the act of stinging causes --- Modifier modifying stays
3)Indep. Clause missing ?

(C) The honeybee’s stinger, heavily barbed and staying where it is inserted, results in the fact that the act of stinging causes

1)does not conveys the intended meaning of the sentence....

(D) The heavily barbed stinger of the honeybee stays where it is inserted, and results in the act of stinging causing

1)Seems from the meaning of the sentence that stinger results in the act of stinging whereas it is the act of stinger staying which results in.... (as per my understanding)

(E) The honeybee’s stinger is heavily barbed and stays where it is inserted, with the result that the act of stinging causes
Correct option

But what bothers me in this sentence is that this sentence (Option E) defines two characterstics of the Honeybee's stinger whereas the original sentence started with the meaning that
As the honeybee’s stinger is heavily barbed, staying where it is inserted

it looks as if since the honeybee's stinger is heavily barbed it stays where it is inserted (Pls correct me if i'm misintrepreting the meaaning of the sentence here)

Pls correct me if i'm missing some pt here.

@Ivan: couldn't agree more with you

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09 Oct 2012, 21:23
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souvik101990 wrote:
As the honeybee’s stinger is heavily barbed, staying where it is inserted, this results in the act of stinging causing the bee to sustain a fatal injury.

(A) As the honeybee’s stinger is heavily barbed, staying where it is inserted, this results in the act of stinging causing
(B) As the heavily barbed stinger of the honeybee stays where it is inserted, with the result that the act of stinging causes
(C) The honeybee’s stinger, heavily barbed and staying where it is inserted, results in the fact that the act of stinging causes
(D) The heavily barbed stinger of the honeybee stays where it is inserted, and results in the act of stinging causing
(E) The honeybee’s stinger is heavily barbed and stays where it is inserted, with the result that the act of stinging causes

Hi Souvik,

Really a good question ... i think took me around 4-5 min to guess the answer (was between A & E).Finally had to look at the OA

I will take a shot at this question (as per my understanding)

(A) As the honeybee’s stinger is heavily barbed, staying where it is inserted, this results in the act of stinging causing

1)this -- pronoun -- does not have the clear refferent -- should refer to the staying where it is inserted which is a clause and hence cannot be referred to.

(B) As the heavily barbed stinger of the honeybee stays where it is inserted, with the result that the act of stinging causes

1)As the heavily barbed stinger of the honeybee stays where it is inserted -- Dep. Clause
2)with the result that the act of stinging causes --- Modifier modifying stays
3)Indep. Clause missing ?

(C) The honeybee’s stinger, heavily barbed and staying where it is inserted, results in the fact that the act of stinging causes

1)does not conveys the intended meaning of the sentence....

(D) The heavily barbed stinger of the honeybee stays where it is inserted, and results in the act of stinging causing

1)Seems from the meaning of the sentence that stinger results in the act of stinging whereas it is the act of stinger staying which results in.... (as per my understanding)

(E) The honeybee’s stinger is heavily barbed and stays where it is inserted, with the result that the act of stinging causes
Correct option

But what bothers me in this sentence is that this sentence (Option E) defines two characterstics of the Honeybee's stinger whereas the original sentence started with the meaning that
As the honeybee’s stinger is heavily barbed, staying where it is inserted

it looks as if since the honeybee's stinger is heavily barbed it stays where it is inserted (Pls correct me if i'm misintrepreting the meaaning of the sentence here)

Pls correct me if i'm missing some pt here.

@Ivan: couldn't agree more with you

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Jatin

Hey Jatin!
You totally nailed it.
I would just like to add that both C and D contain the same error (means that the bee itself results in.... blah blah)

This is just a very solid example of the next gen GMAT SC question!
A bunch of them can be found here:
the-most-comprehensive-collection-of-everything-official-sc-140372.html
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09 Oct 2012, 22:07
souvik101990 wrote:
As the honeybee’s stinger is heavily barbed, staying where it is inserted, this results in the act of stinging causing the bee to sustain a fatal injury.

(A) As the honeybee’s stinger is heavily barbed, staying where it is inserted, this results in the act of stinging causing
(B) As the heavily barbed stinger of the honeybee stays where it is inserted, with the result that the act of stinging causes
(C) The honeybee’s stinger, heavily barbed and staying where it is inserted, results in the fact that the act of stinging causes
(D) The heavily barbed stinger of the honeybee stays where it is inserted, and results in the act of stinging causing
(E) The honeybee’s stinger is heavily barbed and stays where it is inserted, with the result that the act of stinging causes

This question is mainly based on meaning Clarity.
Evaluation of each option.

In A, the meaning of the sentence is completely distorted.
It is trying to show that action "staying" is subordinate to "heavily barbed". Incorrect.

In B, there is sentence fragment.
There is no verb in the first part and also in the second part.
Option B makes the entire sentence a fragment. Incorrect

In C, the meaning is incorrect.
It shows that the stinger results in the act of stinging. But it is the action of "staying where it is inserted" which results in the act of stinging.

D shows that staying and resulting are two different actions. Incorrect

E - Correct.
In this "with the result" clearly modifies the action "stays where it is inserted".

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The original meaning is correct only if it is logical.
Logic of the sentence is- "honeybee has a stinger which is heavily barbed. Whenever the honeybee stings someone, its stinger stays intact where its inserted, resulting in a fatal injury."
Error analysis:
A) Modifier problem. "staying where it is inserted" can modify "heavily barbed" or "this results".
B) Its a run on sentence.
C) Honeybee's stinger results in the fact?
D) Both the acts are independent and the latter implies that stinger results in stinging. Incorrect.
E) CORRECT.
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12 Dec 2014, 12:59
really tough one.
I had to just start eliminating as i could not focus more with timer running. so this is how approached and guessed.
I looked at non underlined part "the bee" so causing the bee is wrong. eliminated A and D.
read B, with the result is awkward.
read c, results in the fact is awkward.
guess E and move on.
Although there is right approach provided by experts so one should definitely follow them.

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As the honeybee’s stinger is heavily barbed, staying where it is inserted, this results in the act of stinging causing the bee to sustain a fatal injury.

(A) As the honeybee’s stinger is heavily barbed, staying where it is inserted, this results in the act of stinging causing
(B) As the heavily barbed stinger of the honeybee stays where it is inserted, with the result that the act of stinging causes
(C) The honeybee’s stinger, heavily barbed and staying where it is inserted, results in the fact that the act of stinging causes
(D) The heavily barbed stinger of the honeybee stays where it is inserted, and results in the act of stinging causing
(E) The honeybee’s stinger is heavily barbed and stays where it is inserted, with the result that the act of stinging causes

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25 Dec 2014, 11:44
Why the usage of "causing" is wrong? Can we look it as cause effect?
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