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# Because of the flood of immigrants between 1905 and 1910, so

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Because of the flood of immigrants between 1905 and 1910, so overcrowded were the school buildings on the lower East Side beyond their capacity that the city converted a hospital ship into a school where ten thousand children received instruction.

(A) so overcrowded were the school buildings on the lower East Side beyond their capacity
(B) so overcrowded beyond their capacity were the school buildings on the lower East Side
(C) school buildings on the lower East Side were overcrowded so far beyond their capacity
(D) school buildings on the lower East Side were so overcrowded
(E) lower East Side school buildings were so overcrowded

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20 Jan 2004, 20:23
D? Frankly cant explain as I just started preparing for the GMAT and so not aware of any grammer rules.
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20 Jan 2004, 20:50
Should be D.

D is the most concise and follows the idiom ...so X that Y

"far beyond their capacity" is redundant as "overcrowded" already conveys that meaning.

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21 Jan 2004, 07:38
stoolfi wrote:
E.

More compact than D, nothing wrong with it.

Actually yes, E is more compact.
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21 Jan 2004, 13:16
This is a question on Misplaced Modifiers and School buildings needs to be immediately after the comma.
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21 Jan 2004, 13:27
I go with D...
There is no need to consider the first three, E is more concise but the modifiers are not in place as 'Gautamps' mentioned.School buildings should come after the comma.

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21 Jan 2004, 14:01
I pick D because it's more clear to me. Although, E displays correct usage of the subject after the comma...

But the question is... are schools located "on" the lower east side or "in" the lower east side. Or does it matter?
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21 Jan 2004, 16:18
D oe E?.... I chose D but E may be right.

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21 Jan 2004, 19:38
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D oe E?.... I chose D but E may be right.

Well, I got the question from another forum for which there wasn't an official answer. I like Stoolfi's explanation though.
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21 Jan 2004, 20:02
[quote="gmatanh"]I pick D because it's more clear to me. Although, E displays correct usage of the subject after the comma...

But the question is... are schools located "on" the lower east side or "in" the lower east side. Or does it matter?[/quote]

It has to be "on" the east side. Because you can never be "in" a side. You are always "on" a side. You live in Manhattan, but ON an Island.
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23 Jan 2004, 21:10

Because of the flood of immigrants .....Ask What?

So Over crowded... its kind of a brain twister Out of question

Lower east side........doesnt get modified well. Strike off

school buildings on the lower... fits good... so its C or D

Now why D because it it is overcrowded then it is most likely beyond capacity. C has redundant
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04 Aug 2010, 09:59
Hey All,

I got asked by PM to take this one on, so here I am!

Because of the flood of immigrants between 1905 and 1910, so overcrowded were the school buildings on the lower East Side beyond their capacity that the city converted a hospital ship into a school where ten thousand children received instruction.

(A) so overcrowded were the school buildings on the lower East Side beyond their capacity
PROBLEM: First, there's no reason to say "overcrowded...beyond their capacity". It's redundant in terms of meaning, because overcrowding is already beyond capacity. Also, this backwards construction is confusing here. We'd be better off saying "the school buildings were so overcrowded". Also "beyond their capacity" is oddly placed.

(B) so overcrowded beyond their capacity were the school buildings on the lower East Side
PROBLEM: The same two issues mentioned above (minus the third).

(C) school buildings on the lower East Side were overcrowded so far beyond their capacity
PROBLEM: The overcrowded/beyond their capacity redundancy issue.

(D) school buildings on the lower East Side were so overcrowded

(E) lower East Side school buildings were so overcrowded
PROBLEM: This makes me doubt this as an official question, because E is wrong here, even though it is more compact and there's no direct grammatical reason to cross it off. People are saying that "school buildings" needs to come after the comma, but that's not true. "lower East Side" is simply a bunch of adjectives. That's like saying that "buildings" needs to come after the comma, so we can't have "school" before it, which is not true. I'd say this is wrong because the meaning is slightly wrong here. There aren't really such things as "lower East Side school buildings". That makes it sound like there's some special kind of building constructed only in this area. In reality, they are just "school buildings ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE".

Hope that helps!

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04 Aug 2010, 10:55
I go with D.

Though E doesn't seem to be wrong as mentioned above, D looks like the correct one.
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05 Aug 2010, 10:36
I would mark D... thou E came in as a pretty close choice
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05 Aug 2010, 15:55
D

E is wrong because "lower East Side school buildings" may mean or imply that the school buildings are property of the lower East Side.
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05 Aug 2010, 17:55
Hey All,

A better explanation for E:

Consider these two sentences:

Businessmen in Spain are very interesting.

See how the first one is discussing ANY businessmen IN Spain, whereas the second one is describing any businessmen that are SPANISH? That's the difference here between D and E. "Lower East Side School Buildings" sounds like a type of school building (not the actual location).

Make more sense?

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