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# By choosing glass apartments towering a hundred feet over

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By choosing glass apartments towering a hundred feet over brownstone units designed for earlier generations, seemingly younger-than-ever moneyed professionals have embraced a modern design ethic that accentuated their luxury-laden lives.

a) By choosing glass apartments towering a hundred feet over brownstone units designed for earlier generations, seemingly younger-than-ever moneyed professionals have embraced a modern design ethic that accentuated

b) By choosing glass apartments towering a hundred feet over brownstone units designed for earlier generations, seeming younger-than-ever moneyed professionals have embraced a modern design ethic that accentuates

c) In choosing glass apartments in hundred-foot towers instead of brownstone units designed for earlier generations, seemingly younger-than-ever moneyed professionals have embraced a modern design ethic that accentuates

d) In choosing glass apartments in hundred-foot towers instead of brownstone units designed for earlier generations, seemingly younger-than-ever moneyed professionals have embraced a modern design ethic that accentuated

e) In choosing glass apartments towering a hundred feet over brownstone units designed for earlier generations, seeming younger-than-ever moneyed professionals have embraced a modern design ethic, accentuating
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02 Oct 2010, 12:32
Going By choosing over In choosing,Hence down to A and B.A because of use of accentuated over accentuates.Moreover use of seemingly correct over seeming as modifying professionals.May be wrong.Go with A
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02 Oct 2010, 12:33
We need an adverb "seemingly" -> B,E are out
"have embraced " X that attentuates Y ->Parallelism
-> A,D ->out

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03 Oct 2010, 02:36
goalsnr wrote:
We need an adverb "seemingly" -> B,E are out
"have embraced " X that attentuates Y ->Parallelism
-> A,D ->out

Isn't the idiom choosing X OVER Y, not choosing X INSTEAD OF Y?
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03 Oct 2010, 03:30
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there is a couple of things wrong here :

(a) the use of "seeming younger than ever"
(b) ending the sentence with "accentuated", that should be in the present tense

If you use these are markers, you can eliminate all the choices except C.

Its a very good question, because if you reason like this, it is easy to get to C but the correct answer choice uses "instead of", something that typically GMAT questions don't consider correct, its almost always "rather than" ... this sentence being the almost in almost always !
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03 Oct 2010, 04:44
OA is C
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03 Oct 2010, 17:38
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17 Mar 2012, 07:40
I eliminated C,D,E because I could not justify the use of 'in' rather than 'by' . In which cases is it ok to replace them with each other ? I am not a native speaker and hadn't seen usage of in like this one before.
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17 Mar 2012, 18:43
Since the whole sentence is underlined , we can check out the choices independently for actual intent of the author.

Keeping Grammar in mind the split between choices is

2) Looking at tense consistency, we can figure out that we would need to have a present tense for accentuate - A and D out.

Left with C.

I agree if the choice was between By choosing and In choosing, I would have preferred By choosing. But that question did not arise as there were grammatical errors in all other choices.

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17 Mar 2012, 19:17
So I chose B,

Re arrange the sentence by starting with second half (after the comma) and add first half to the rest of the sentence. Between, A and B, B fits well for using 'accentuates' with 'Have' (in the second part). But I am not sure if I tripped on 'Seemingly' vs Seeming as mentioned in the post above.
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23 Mar 2012, 16:09
Interesting question. 1 more for C.
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23 Mar 2012, 22:19
I agree on C. It's tough for me because c has a slightly different meaning from A. Towering 100 feet over other buildings is different than 100-foot towers? Did that bother anyone else?
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22 Jun 2014, 11:44
in this context, "by choosing" and "in choosing" have nearly identical meanings; as a result, this split is immaterial.
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By choosing glass apartments towering a hundred feet over brownstone units designed for earlier generations, seemingly younger-than-ever moneyed professionals have embraced a modern design ethic that accentuated their luxury-laden lives.

a) By choosing glass apartments towering a hundred feet over brownstone units designed for earlier generations, seemingly younger-than-ever moneyed professionals have embraced a modern design ethic that accentuated

b) By choosing glass apartments towering a hundred feet over brownstone units designed for earlier generations, seeming younger-than-ever moneyed professionals have embraced a modern design ethic that accentuates

c) In choosing glass apartments in hundred-foot towers instead of brownstone units designed for earlier generations, seemingly younger-than-ever moneyed professionals have embraced a modern design ethic that accentuates

d) In choosing glass apartments in hundred-foot towers instead of brownstone units designed for earlier generations, seemingly younger-than-ever moneyed professionals have embraced a modern design ethic that accentuated

e) In choosing glass apartments towering a hundred feet over brownstone units designed for earlier generations, seeming younger-than-ever moneyed professionals have embraced a modern design ethic, accentuating

My 2 cents on this question.
I think this question is from OG.

By choosing glass apartments towering a hundred feet over brownstone units designed for earlier generations, seemingly younger-than-ever moneyed professionals have embraced a modern design ethic that accentuated their luxury-laden lives.

a) By choosing glass apartments towering a hundred feet over brownstone units designed for earlier generations, seemingly younger-than-ever moneyed professionals have embraced a modern design ethic that accentuated >>> By choosing is correct; towering 100 ft over brownstone... is not the intended meaning of the sentece. The sentence intends to compare glass apt in 100ft buildings to brownstone units, where as the construct indicates that glass apts are 100 meter taller than brown units. "that accentuated" is improper tense. The verb should be in present tense , since the 1st part is in present perfect.

b) By choosing glass apartments towering a hundred feet over brownstone units designed for earlier generations, seeming younger-than-ever moneyed professionals have embraced a modern design ethic that accentuates

c) In choosing glass apartments in hundred-foot towers instead of brownstone units designed for earlier generations, seemingly younger-than-ever moneyed professionals have embraced a modern design ethic that accentuates >>> No difference between "by choosing" and "in choosing" this is a trick. This statement is correct.

d) In choosing glass apartments in hundred-foot towers instead of brownstone units designed for earlier generations, seemingly younger-than-ever moneyed professionals have embraced a modern design ethic that accentuated >>> Wrong tense as explained in option A.

e) In choosing glass apartments towering a hundred feet over brownstone units designed for earlier generations, seeming younger-than-ever moneyed professionals have embraced a modern design ethic, accentuating >>> towering 100 ft over... is wrong(same as option A). Use of accentuating as an adverbial modifier changes the meaning.
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18 Dec 2015, 21:28
The three genuine splits in this case are:

1. The correct 'seemingly younger' or incorrect 'seeming younger'? – Eliminate B and E. Among A, C, and D:
2. 'over' or 'instead of'? – Over may imply that the glass towers physically stand over the brownstone units and hence is inappropriate. Eliminate A. Between C and D:
3. Present tense or past tense? We need the present ‘accentuates’ to the past’ accentuated’ – Eliminate D.

By choosing or in choosing is not a critical factor
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