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# Despite its covering the entire planet, Earth has a crust that is not

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18 Jul 2017, 06:24
chesstitans wrote:
How can I know which idiom of despite is used properly in gmat?

"Despite" can be used with a concrete noun or a present participle. A gerund is not a good fit for "despite".

"Despite covering the entire planet"... correct ( present participle).
"Despite ist covering the entire planet".. wrong ( gerund)

You will find standard usages of "despite" (and "in spite of") here:
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/grammar ... nd-despite
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02 Sep 2017, 09:44
sayantanc2k wrote:
chesstitans wrote:
How can I know which idiom of despite is used properly in gmat?

"Despite" can be used with a concrete noun or a present participle. A gerund is not a good fit for "despite".

"Despite covering the entire planet"... correct ( present participle).
"Despite ist covering the entire planet".. wrong ( gerund)

You will find standard usages of "despite" (and "in spite of") here:
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/grammar ... nd-despite

Is usage of "but rather" not redundant?
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05 Sep 2017, 14:51
goalMBA1990 wrote:

Is usage of "but rather" not redundant?

Hello goalMBA1990,

Redundancy error occurs when two words having the same meaning is used in a sentence to express the same idea. For example:

1. Every year, she donates a good proportion of salary annually to various charities.

2. Although he was sick, but he attended the meeting.

As you can see, in sentence 1, use of every year and annually together leads to redundancy error because both the words convey the same meaning.

Similarly, in sentence 2, use of although and but together leads to redundancy error because both the words suggest contrast.

However, the expression but rather does not lead to redundancy because but presents contrast and rather presents preference.

The expression but rather is correct and idiomatic on GMAT SC.

Hope this helps.
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Despite its covering the entire planet, Earth has a crust that is not seamless or stationary, rather it is fragmented into mobile semirigid plates.

(A) Despite its covering the entire planet, Earth has a crust that is not seamless or stationary, rather it is

(B) Despite the fact that it covers the entire planet, Earth's crust is neither seamless nor is it stationary, but is

(C) Despite covering the entire planet, Earth's crust is neither seamless nor is it stationary, but rather

(D) Although it covers the entire planet, Earth's crust is neither seamless nor stationary, but rather

(E) Although covering the entire planet, Earth has a crust that is not seamless or stationary, but

Important: When a sentence begins with a with noun modifier (as it does in the original sentence), stop at the comma and ask the question that the modifier raises

So, once we read, Despite its covering the entire planet, we should stop and ask . . .

"What covers the entire planet?"

If the sentence is properly constructed, the part that immediately follows the comma will answer that question in a logical manner.

A) Earth...
Earth covers the entire planet?
Makes no sense. Eliminate A

B) Earth's crust
Earth's crust covers the entire planet.
Makes sense. Keep B

C) Earth's crust
Makes sense. Keep C

D) Earth's crust
Makes sense. Keep D

E) Earth...
Makes no sense. Eliminate E

We're left with B, C and D. So, we'll look for other issues.

(B) Despite the fact that it covers the entire planet, Earth's crust is neither seamless nor is it stationary, but is
Here we have the NEITHER/NOR correlative
So, the parts that immediately follow NEITHER and NOR must be parallel
Here we have ... Earth's crust is NEITHER seamless NOR is it stationary
Not parallel.
Eliminate B

(C) Despite covering the entire planet, Earth's crust is NEITHER seamless NOR is it stationary
This construction suffers from the same issue that we found in answer choice B
Eliminate C

By the process of elimination, D must be the correct answer.

ASIDE: Let's take a look at D for kicks.
(D) Although it covers the entire planet, Earth's crust is NEITHER seamless NOR stationary
PERFECT - seamless and stationary are both adjectives.
Parallelism is maintained.

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01 Apr 2018, 01:40
I do agree that D is the best choice. However, is it acceptable for the pronoun it to refer to a possessive noun ie Earth's crust?
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01 Apr 2018, 02:22
shahMeet wrote:
I do agree that D is the best choice. However, is it acceptable for the pronoun it to refer to a possessive noun ie Earth's crust?

Hey shahMeet ,

Yes, it is perfectly used in D. It is referring to "crust". And "Earth's" is telling whose crust. So, there isn't any issue with the usage in option D.
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02 Apr 2018, 08:11
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Despite its covering the entire planet, Earth has a crust that is not seamless or stationary, rather it is fragmented into mobile semirigid plates.

(A) Despite its covering the entire planet, Earth has a crust that is not seamless or stationary, rather it is

(B) Despite the fact that it covers the entire planet, Earth's crust is neither seamless nor is it stationary, but is

(C) Despite covering the entire planet, Earth's crust is neither seamless nor is it stationary, but rather

(D) Although it covers the entire planet, Earth's crust is neither seamless nor stationary, but rather

(E) Although covering the entire planet, Earth has a crust that is not seamless or stationary, but

(A) Despite its covering the entire planet, Earth has a crust that is not seamless or stationary, rather it is ("Its" should be "It's" and Earth's crust should come after comma)

(B) Despite the fact that it covers the entire planet, Earth's crust is neither seamless nor is it stationary, but is (neither is followed by an adjective but nor is followed by a clause)

(C) Despite covering the entire planet, Earth's crust is neither seamless nor is it stationary, but rather (same as B)

(D) Although it covers the entire planet, Earth's crust is neither seamless nor stationary, but rather

(E) Although covering the entire planet, Earth has a crust that is not seamless or stationary, but (Earth's crust should come after comma)

Hence (D)
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16 Apr 2018, 07:19
Despite its covering the entire planet, Earth has a crust that is not seamless or stationary, rather it is fragmented into mobile semirigid plates.

(A) Despite its covering the entire planet, Earth has a crust that is not seamless or stationary, rather it is

(B) Despite the fact that it covers the entire planet, Earth's crust is neither seamless nor is it stationary, but is

(C) Despite covering the entire planet, Earth's crust is neither seamless nor is it stationary, but rather

(D) Although it covers the entire planet, Earth's crust is neither seamless nor stationary, but rather

(E) Although covering the entire planet, Earth has a crust that is not seamless or stationary, but

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A) - earth cant cover itself - illogical
B) - "the fact that" is redundant," neither_nor_ " is not parallel here
C) - missing verb in first clause , neither_nor_ " is not parallel here
D) - everything is absolutely perfect- CORRECT
E) - missing verb in first clause
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30 May 2018, 06:15
Despite its covering the entire planet, Earth has a crust that is not seamless or stationary, rather it is fragmented into mobile semirigid plates.

(A) Despite its covering the entire planet, Earth has a crust that is not seamless or stationary, rather it is - > What is its referring to ? and its refers to Earths crust and not earth . Wrong usage .

(B) Despite the fact that it covers the entire planet, Earth's crust is neither seamless nor is it stationary(Not parallel with neither ), but is

(C) Despite covering the entire planet, Earth's crust is neither seamless nor is it stationary(Not parallel with Neither), but rather

(D) Although it covers the entire planet, Earth's crust is neither seamless nor stationary, but rather - Correct usage . The earths crust is what covers the entire planet and not Earth . Neither and nor are parallel to each other .

(E) Although covering the entire planet, Earth has a crust that is not seamless or stationary, but - The earths crust is what covers the entire planet and not Earth
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27 Aug 2018, 21:31
ChrisLele wrote:
First off, we need to figure out what is 'covering the entire planet.' 'Earth' would not make sense as earth does not cover earth. Eliminate (A) and (E). Next, the construction is NEITHER X NOR Y. Eliminate (B) and (C). Both contain 'it.' And just like that the answer is (D) .

I like your explanations. Short and sweet.
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