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# Contrary to popular belief, video games aren t just for

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Contrary to popular belief, video games aren‘t just for killing an idle Thursday evening, in fact, a variety of recent studies have begun to demonstrate their teaching potential.
A. video games aren‘t just for killing an idle Thursday evening, in fact, a variety of recent studies have begun to demonstrate
B. video games aren‘t just to kill an idle Thursday evening, but a variety of recent studies, in fact, have begun to demonstrate
C. video games aren‘t just for killing an idle Thursday evening; in fact, a variety of recent studies has begun to demonstrate
D. video games aren‘t just for killing an idle Thursday evening; in fact, a variety of recent studies have begun to demonstrate
E. video games aren‘t just for killing an idle Thursday evening, and a variety of recent studies have begun in demonstration of
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05 Oct 2012, 01:28
getgyan wrote:
Contrary to popular belief, video games aren‘t just for killing an idle Thursday evening, in fact, a variety of recent studies have begun to demonstrate their teaching potential.
A. video games aren‘t just for killing an idle Thursday evening, in fact, a variety of recent studies have begun to demonstrate
B. video games aren‘t just to kill an idle Thursday evening, but a variety of recent studies, in fact, have begun to demonstrate
C. video games aren‘t just for killing an idle Thursday evening; in fact, a variety of recent studies has begun to demonstrate
D. video games aren‘t just for killing an idle Thursday evening; in fact, a variety of recent studies have begun to demonstrate
E. video games aren‘t just for killing an idle Thursday evening, and a variety of recent studies have begun in demonstration of

IMO B...
not just ...but a variety .... is the correct usage other issues with sentences have been marked in red.
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05 Oct 2012, 02:25
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Tricky one.
I shortlisted A and D. Going with D as I think ';' is required.

in B. "Not just... but a variety" seems clumsy or a kind of a run on sentence to me.

OA and explanation plz...
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OA and explanation plz...

+1D

A comma cannot be used to link two independent clauses. We require a conjunction, full stop or a semi colon after "evening"

Eliminate option A, B and E

Plural "Studies' will take the verb have and not has

C. video games aren‘t just for killing an idle Thursday evening; in fact, a variety of recent studies has begun to demonstrate
D. video games aren‘t just for killing an idle Thursday evening; in fact, a variety of recent studies have begun to demonstrate

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Joining two independent sentences, hence ; is needed. Eliminate A,B.
C. recent studies + Has -> SVA issue.
E. in demonstration of is incorrect.

D wins.
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11 Apr 2013, 20:36
A question on SV agreement.

Why isn't it variety...has begun to demonstrate, correct, and thus answer choice C?
That is, why is it "studies have begun to demonstrate" rather than "variety...has begun"? Can't you just ignore the of clause?

C. video games aren‘t just for killing an idle Thursday evening; in fact, a variety of recent studies has begun to demonstrate
D. video games aren‘t just for killing an idle Thursday evening; in fact, a variety of recent studies have begun to demonstrate
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banaorange wrote:
A question on SV agreement.

Why isn't it variety...has begun to demonstrate, correct, and thus answer choice C?
That is, why is it "studies have begun to demonstrate" rather than "variety...has begun"? Can't you just ignore the of clause?

C. video games aren‘t just for killing an idle Thursday evening; in fact, a variety of recent studies has begun to demonstrate
D. video games aren‘t just for killing an idle Thursday evening; in fact, a variety of recent studies have begun to demonstrate

I have the same question. Why isn't C correct? A variety... has begun to demonstrate.

Studies is in the prepositional phrase "of recent studies" and "a variety" is not quantity unlike majority etc. So isnt the OA C. Please clarify.
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A question on SV agreement.

Why isn't it variety...has begun to demonstrate, correct, and thus answer choice C?
That is, why is it "studies have begun to demonstrate" rather than "variety...has begun"? Can't you just ignore the of clause?

C. video games aren‘t just for killing an idle Thursday evening; in fact, a variety of recent studies has begun to demonstrate
D. video games aren‘t just for killing an idle Thursday evening; in fact, a variety of recent studies have begun to demonstrate

I have the same question. Why isn't C correct? A variety... has begun to demonstrate.

Studies is in the prepositional phrase "of recent studies" and "a variety" is not quantity unlike majority etc. So isnt the OA C. Please clarify.

After searching in google, I found the below link that has great explanation from knewton

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31 May 2013, 06:28
Can anybody tell me , what is wrong with option B?
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28 Jun 2014, 05:37
I don't this is a valid question , because the difference between A and D is only the punctuation, GMAT would never differentiate between two sentences based JUST on punctuation.
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I don't this is a valid question , because the difference between A and D is only the punctuation, GMAT would never differentiate between two sentences based JUST on punctuation.

It's a normal and a less difficult question. Here we are just dealing with punctuation and subject verb errors, whereas other types of questions demands understanding of meaning as well.

In choice A, sentence is run on because we have not placed any proper coordinating conjunction. such error is not just a punctuation error in gmat world: it's serious crime.

I would say don't juxtapose A with D. Just assess whether A is acceptable as such or not. In D punctuation is smartly used to connect two ICs.

If you have just begin with SC then I say your perspective will change with time towards such question in coming days. This question is within limits of tested concepts in GMAT.

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Isn't a "variety of studies" single?
It's not the same as a "number of studies"? or is it?
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Isn't a "variety of studies" single?
It's not the same as a "number of studies"? or is it?

Yes, "Variety" similar to "bunch" and "a number" => A collection of distinct items.

"A number" is plural. "The number" is singular.
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