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Coming late for class, to a party, a movie or anything else is not just fashionable, but has become a habit these days.

Which of the following statements does the above give maximum support to?

People come late for every important meeting now-a-days.
People come late for gaining importance.
People are not so bothered about coming late these days.
Being punctual is out of fashion.
Being punctual is no more given credit to.

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Coming late for class, to a party, a movie or anything else is not just fashionable, but has become a habit these days.

Which of the following statements does the above give maximum support to?

People come late for every important meeting now-a-days.
People come late for gaining importance.
People are not so bothered about coming late these days.
Being punctual is out of fashion.
Being punctual is no more given credit to.

Dear SajjadAhmad,

I'm happy to respond. :-)

My friend, I am sorry to say that this is not a particularly good question and not at all GMAT-like. It is exceptionally difficult to write a high-quality GMAT Verbal practice questions. Many of the math questions I have seen on GMAT Club are pretty good, if not excellent--it's relatively easy to write high-quality GMAT Quant questions. By contrast, I have seen dozens and dozens of atrocious Verbal practice questions. Unfortunately, some of the companies out there that sell questions they call "GMAT Verbal Practice Questions" don't have a clue about the standards of the GMAT.

This question has a number of problems:
1) The topic is neither academic nor business-related; it more like something that would be discussed on social media
2) The tone is casual, again, as one might find on social media, not the formal tone of academia
3) The language in (B) is awkward, not as a native speaker would phrase this idea
4) The prompt question is not a standard CR prompt question
5) The prompt question ends with a preposition: I have never seen an official CR prompt question violate this norm. Choice (E) violates the same norm.
6) On a good CR practice question, there's one clear right answer and four answers that are unambiguously wrong for clear reasons. On this question, a very strong argument can be made for (D)--if being late is "more than fashionable," then clearly being prompt is out of fashion. Choice (D) is possibly correct---certainly not clearly wrong.

I am sorry to say that this question demonstrates almost no understanding of the standards held by the GMAT, and it fails in almost every respect to emulate an official CR question.

I took a look at that site, "test prep practice." My friend, are you familiar with the cynical assessment "Free--and worth every penny"? Since there is so much bad verbal content for which people already are paying money, I am going to go out on a limb and predict that nothing that you find for free will have any value.

Here's a high quality CR practice question:
The element ytterbium

Does all this make sense?
Mike :-)
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