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Computerization and modern methods of managing voter registration have improved the integrity of election results while at the same time they have placed unprecedented trust in a few private corporations, having been ignored by the mainstream press since their nearly silent rise to power more than a decade ago.


(A) while at the same time they have placed unprecedented trust in a few private corporations, having

(B) while at the same time placing unprecedented trust in a few private corporations that have

(C) while they have placed unprecedented trust in a few private corporations at the same time, and have

(D) but placing unprecedented trust in a few private corporations at the same time that have

(E) but at the same time place unprecedented trust in a few private corporations, having


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Originally posted by avohden on 06 Oct 2013, 16:51.
Last edited by Bunuel on 18 Dec 2018, 01:56, edited 1 time in total.
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New post 06 Oct 2013, 18:21
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Its a 2/3 split between while and but. Since there are 2 things happening, improved integrity and ignored corporations, we should go with while. So eliminate D and E
Having being ignored in A incorrectly modifies the trust in the corporations instead of the corporations themselves. Because the non-underlined portion reads: "since their nearly silent rise to power more than a decade ago." so it has to be corporations. (Trust cannot have a silent raise to power!). A is out.
So is C, because C also says "and have" similar to having. We want to say that the corporations have. Need to refer back to corporations only.
Answer choice B has the correct since it says " that have"
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Computerization and modern methods of managing voter registration have improved the
integrity of election results while at the same time they have placed unprecedented trust in
a few private corporations, having
been ignored by the mainstream press since their nearly
silent rise to power more than a decade ago.

(A) while at the same time they have placed unprecedented trust in a few private corporations, having

(B) while at the same time placing unprecedented trust in a few private corporations that have

(C) while they have placed unprecedented trust in a few private corporations at the same time, and have

(D) but placing unprecedented trust in a few private corporations at the same time that have

(E) but at the same time place unprecedented trust in a few private corporations, having


The use of but seems that the methods created an intentional effect which is not the case. Hence, while is correct

(A) while at the same time they have placed unprecedented trust in a few private corporations, having
they introduces a pronoun error. It should be these methods. Also trust in a few private corporations, having been.. is not correct. So A is out

(B) while at the same time placing unprecedented trust in a few private corporations that have
Bingo!. This one corrects the pronoun error and conveys the intented meaning clearly and concisely. Hence B is correct

(C) while they have placed unprecedented trust in a few private corporations at the same time, and have
Here the pronoun error persists. The introduction of and have distorts the meaning, implying that the methods are ignored. So C is out

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avohden wrote:
Computerization and modern methods of managing voter registration have improved the
integrity of election results while at the same time they have placed unprecedented trust in
a few private corporations, having
been ignored by the mainstream press since their nearly
silent rise to power more than a decade ago.

(A) while at the same time they have placed unprecedented trust in a few private corporations, having

(B) while at the same time placing unprecedented trust in a few private corporations that have

(C) while they have placed unprecedented trust in a few private corporations at the same time, and have

(D) but placing unprecedented trust in a few private corporations at the same time that have

(E) but at the same time place unprecedented trust in a few private corporations, having


The use of but seems that the methods created an intentional effect which is not the case. Hence, while is correct

(A) while at the same time they have placed unprecedented trust in a few private corporations, having
they introduces a pronoun error. It should be these methods. Also trust in a few private corporations, having been.. is not correct. So A is out

(B) while at the same time placing unprecedented trust in a few private corporations that have
Bingo!. This one corrects the pronoun error and conveys the intented meaning clearly and concisely. Hence B is correct

(C) while they have placed unprecedented trust in a few private corporations at the same time, and have
Here the pronoun error persists. The introduction of and have distorts the meaning, implying that the methods are ignored. So C is out

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Hi,

I am not sure if there is any pronoun error in A and C. Since "they can only refer to METHODS". Nouns/noun phrases in the sentence are "integrity of election results", "Computerization and modern methods". The integrity is singular so "they" can not refer to integrity.

I think it is because of the modifiers that we can eliminate A and C.

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Answer: B
The main problem with the sentence as written is the modifier at the end of the sentence. What has been ignored by the mainstream press is "a few private corporations," but starting the modifier with "having" means it should refer all the way to "they"--modern methods of voter registration. The mistake is repeated in (E), so we're left with the middle three choices. While the wording is different, the same mistake occurs in (C). "and have" turns "been ignored..." into the second part of a list, the first part is "placed ... trust." Again, the grammar indicates that the modern methods have been ignored by the press. That leaves (B) and (D). Choice (D) is an incomplete sentence. "placing unprecedented trust..." is a modifier of something that should come after it. However, there is no subject that corresponds with it. That leaves only (B), a complete sentence that correctly indicates that the private corporations are what has been ignored by the press. (B) is correct.
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avohden wrote:
Computerization and modern methods of managing voter registration have improved the
integrity of election results while at the same time they have placed unprecedented trust in
a few private corporations, having
been ignored by the mainstream press since their nearly
silent rise to power more than a decade ago.

(A) while at the same time they have placed unprecedented trust in a few private corporations, having

(B) while at the same time placing unprecedented trust in a few private corporations that have

(C) while they have placed unprecedented trust in a few private corporations at the same time, and have

(D) but placing unprecedented trust in a few private corporations at the same time that have

(E) but at the same time place unprecedented trust in a few private corporations, having

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Isn't while-at the same time redundant here?

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Isn't while-at the same time redundant here?

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The while is a Coordinating Conjunction. A coordinating conjunction connect words, phrases or clauses that are of equal importance or have the same grammatical structure within a sentence.

"Computerization and modern methods of managing voter registration have improved the integrity of election results ..." is an independent clause and while connects that clause to the dependent clause "at the same time placing unprecedented trust in a few private corporations that have been ignored by the mainstream press since their nearly silent rise to power more than a decade ago."
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avohden wrote:
Computerization and modern methods of managing voter registration have improved the
integrity of election results while at the same time they have placed unprecedented trust in
a few private corporations, having
been ignored by the mainstream press since their nearly
silent rise to power more than a decade ago.

(A) while at the same time they have placed unprecedented trust in a few private corporations, having

(B) while at the same time placing unprecedented trust in a few private corporations that have

(C) while they have placed unprecedented trust in a few private corporations at the same time, and have

(D) but placing unprecedented trust in a few private corporations at the same time that have

(E) but at the same time place unprecedented trust in a few private corporations, having

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Hi GmatNinja, Daagh

While is a subordinator, so after while there should be a clause. But in Option B there is no clause following while.
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my train of thought.

first, eliminated A, B and C because they use while and at the same time together, both means the same thing actually.

then looked at D and E and neither of those are okay.

D) this is not a complete sentence. definitely eliminate.

E) parallelism error and having been doesn't modify corporations. again, definitely eliminate.

now we have to go back to A, B and C.

A) having. same mistake with E. definitely eliminate.

B) would not favor for it but it seems okay for now. let's have a look at C.

C) last part should modify corporations and that is not satisfied again. it changes the meaning. definitely eliminate.

stuck with B.
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New post 03 Mar 2019, 06:47
There are two things happening simultaneously, that is the point of the sentence. So there is no need to show contrast, meaning that ‘but’ is not needed. Thus, D and E can be discarded. In option A ‘having been ignores’ modifies the trust in the corporations, rather than the corporations themselves. Option C makes the same error with the phrase ‘have placed’. Thus, since it is the only possibility left, B is the correct option.
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I did not quite understand the meaning of the sentence, what has been ignored?

Moreover, isn’t the usage of *while* and *at the same time* redundant???

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