GMAT Question of the Day - Daily to your Mailbox; hard ones only

It is currently 20 Oct 2019, 00:45

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Close

Request Expert Reply

Confirm Cancel

Despite Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time, the

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
TAGS:

Hide Tags

Find Similar Topics 
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 06 Apr 2015
Posts: 11
Location: India
Concentration: General Management, International Business
GMAT ToolKit User
Despite Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time, the  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post Updated on: 26 Sep 2018, 04:33
3
65
00:00
A
B
C
D
E

Difficulty:

  35% (medium)

Question Stats:

68% (01:36) correct 32% (01:50) wrong based on 2226 sessions

HideShow timer Statistics

Despite Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time, the prolonged peace during the Tokugawa shogunate produced an almost explosive expansion of commerce.


(A) Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time, the prolonged peace during the Tokugawa shogunate

(B) the relative isolation of Japan from world trade at the time and the Tokugawa shogunate’s prolonged peace, it

(C) being relatively isolated from world trade at the time, the prolonged peace during Japan’s Tokugawa shogunate

(D) Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time during the Tokugawa shogunate, prolonged peace

(E) its relative isolation from world trade then, prolonged peace in Japan during the Tokugawa shogunate


Verbal Question of The Day: Day 71: Sentence Correction


Subscribe to GMAT Question of the Day: E-mail | RSS
For All QOTD Questions Click Here



SC12460

Originally posted by royrijit1 on 30 Jun 2016, 20:30.
Last edited by Bunuel on 26 Sep 2018, 04:33, edited 6 times in total.
Renamed the topic and edited the question.
Most Helpful Expert Reply
GMAT Club Verbal Expert
User avatar
D
Status: GMAT and GRE tutor
Joined: 13 Aug 2009
Posts: 2864
Location: United States
GMAT 1: 780 Q51 V46
GMAT 2: 800 Q51 V51
GRE 1: Q170 V170
Re: QOTD: Despite Japan’s relative isolation  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 31 Jul 2017, 11:57
15
11
Quote:
(A) Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time, the prolonged peace during the Tokugawa shogunate

I have no idea what I'm supposed to be looking at here. I don't see anything fun: no pronouns or parallelism or comparisons or anything like that. I also don't see any problems, and the sentence seems to make sense. I guess we'll keep (A). *shrug*

Quote:
(B) the relative isolation of Japan from world trade at the time and the Tokugawa shogunate’s prolonged peace, it

The parallelism is weird here. Following the "and", we have "...the Tokugawa shogunate’s prolonged peace" and that phrase is structurally parallel to "the relative isolation of Japan from world trade." But that whole mess is preceded by "despite": so we have "despite... the the Tokugawa shogunate’s prolonged peace, it produced an almost explosive expansion of commerce."

That makes no sense. The expansion didn't happen despite the prolonged peace. It happened because of it. Eliminate (B).

Quote:
(C) being relatively isolated from world trade at the time, the prolonged peace during Japan’s Tokugawa shogunate

If we look at (C) strictly and literally, it's saying that "the prolonged peace" was relatively isolated from world trade at the time. (C) is out.

Quote:
(D) Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time during the Tokugawa shogunate, prolonged peace

There are a few subtle little problems with this one. First, "at the time during" is redundant. I'm not sure that it's automatically wrong, but it's not ideal: "during" or "at the time of" would be fine, but I don't really understand why we would use "at the time during."

More importantly, I think the meaning is distorted here, as the indefatigable daagh pointed out below. The point of the sentence seems to be that the prolonged peace happened during the Tokugawa shogunate -- and the prolonged peace of the shogunate produced an explosion of commerce during that time. I don't think that it's trying to say that the isolation from world trade happened during the shogunate. Plus, the "prolonged peace" isn't connected to the shogunate at all in the second part of the sentence. (A) conveys this meaning much more clearly, so (D) can be eliminated.

Quote:
(E) its relative isolation from world trade then, prolonged peace in Japan during the Tokugawa shogunate

"Its" seems to refer to "prolonged peace" here, and that doesn't make sense. I'm also not thrilled with "then" -- I guess it refers to the shogunate, but it's not super-clear. But that pronoun thing is a definite error. (E) is out, and (A) wins.
_________________
GMAT/GRE tutor @ www.gmatninja.com (we're hiring!) | GMAT Club Verbal Expert | Instagram | Blog | Bad at PMs

Beginners' guides to GMAT verbal: RC | CR | SC

YouTube LIVE verbal webinars: Series 1: SC & CR Fundamentals | Series 2: Developing a Winning GMAT Mindset | Series 3: Word Problem Bootcamp + Next-Level SC & CR

SC articles & resources: How to go from great (760) to incredible (780) on GMAT SC | That "-ing" Word Probably Isn't a Verb | That "-ed" Word Might Not Be a Verb, Either | No-BS Guide to GMAT Idioms | "Being" is not the enemy | WTF is "that" doing in my sentence?

RC, CR, and other articles & resources: All GMAT Ninja articles on GMAT Club | Using LSAT for GMAT CR & RC |7 reasons why your actual GMAT scores don't match your practice test scores | How to get 4 additional "fake" GMAT Prep tests for $29.99 | Time management on verbal

SC & CR Questions of the Day (QOTDs), featuring expert explanations: All QOTDs | Subscribe via email | RSS

Need an expert reply? Hit the request verbal experts' reply button; be specific about your question, and tag @GMATNinja. Priority is always given to official GMAT questions.
Most Helpful Community Reply
Intern
Intern
User avatar
S
Joined: 21 Nov 2014
Posts: 31
Location: Viet Nam
GMAT 1: 760 Q50 V44
Re: Despite Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time, the  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 01 Jul 2016, 03:34
11
1
A) Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time, the prolonged peace during the Tokugawa shogunate
In this sentence, the time clearly refers to during the Tokugawa shogunate. It's clear that the peace during Tokugawa shogunate, not other periods, produce the expansion --> Correct.

B) the relative isolation of Japan from world trade at the time and the Tokugawa shogunate’s prolonged peace, it
What is the antecedent of "it"? the isolation or the peace. Also the prolonged peace did not hinder or prevent the expansion of commerce, hence we cannot write: Despite the Tokugawa shogunate’s prolonged peace, it produced...

C) being relatively isolated from world trade at the time, the prolonged pace during Japan’s Tokugawa shogunate
What does being modify? It supposes to modify Japan, but here it modifies the subject after comma, which is "the prolonged pace during Japan’s Tokugawa shogunate". This doesn't make sense.

D) Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time during the Tokugawa shogunate, prolonged peace
The confuse here is between A & D, which one is better? Clearly A. In D, we don't know the prolonged peace is BEFORE, DURING, or AFTER the Tokugawa shogunate, while in A, it's clearly stated "the peace during the Tokugawa shogunate".

E) its relative isolation from world trade then, prolonged peace in Japan during the Tokugawa shogunate
"its" refers to the whole noun phrase "prolonged peace in Japan during the Tokugawa shogunate", which doesn't make sense.
_________________
GMAT Group for Vietnamese:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/644070009087525/
General Discussion
Manager
Manager
avatar
B
Joined: 12 Aug 2015
Posts: 117
Location: India
Concentration: General Management, Strategy
GMAT 1: 690 Q50 V32
GPA: 3.38
Reviews Badge
Re: Despite Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time, the  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 06 Nov 2016, 02:21
Please help why E is incorrect.
VP
VP
User avatar
P
Joined: 27 Mar 2010
Posts: 1476
Location: India
Schools: ISB
GPA: 3.31
Re: Despite Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time, the  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 07 Nov 2016, 00:59
1
1988achilles wrote:
Please help why E is incorrect.

Hi 1988achilles, a handy thing to remember is that when a pronoun appears as part of the introductory modifier, that pronoun refers to the noun immediately after the introductory modifier.

Hence, in E, its would erroneously refer to prolonged peace (whereas it should actually have referred to Japan).

p.s. Our book EducationAisle Sentence Correction Nirvana discusses this Pronoun issue, its application and examples in significant detail. If someone is interested, PM me your email-id; I can mail the corresponding section.
_________________
Thanks,
Ashish
EducationAisle, Bangalore

Sentence Correction Nirvana available on Amazon.in and Flipkart

Now! Preview the entire Grammar Section of Sentence Correction Nirvana at pothi.com
Intern
Intern
avatar
B
Joined: 10 Feb 2017
Posts: 41
Location: India
GMAT 1: 680 Q50 V30
GPA: 3.9
Reviews Badge
Re: Despite Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time, the  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 31 Mar 2017, 05:26
please someone explain why is option D wrong

also in option A is 'trade at the time,' correct??

what does the time in option A refer to?? which time? time of tokugawa shokugate or time of prolonged peace during tokugawa shokugate???
Manhattan Prep Instructor
User avatar
S
Joined: 22 Mar 2011
Posts: 1564
Re: Despite Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time, the  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 01 Apr 2017, 01:12
smanujahrc, that's a pretty fine distinction! True, those two periods can in theory be different, since the shogunate may have lasted longer than the period of peace within it. However, the opening phrase is modifying the main clause: "the prolonged period of peace. . . produced," so it must refer to the period of time during which this peace produced an expansion. (Of course, that period was during the Tokugawa shogunate!)
_________________

Dmitry Farber | Manhattan Prep GMAT Instructor | San Diego


Manhattan GMAT Discount | Manhattan GMAT Course Reviews | View Instructor Profile |
Manhattan GMAT Reviews
Retired Moderator
User avatar
V
Joined: 28 Mar 2017
Posts: 1195
Location: India
GMAT 1: 730 Q49 V41
GPA: 4
Re: QOTD: Despite Japan’s relative isolation  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 31 Jul 2017, 12:43
1
Answer -> D

Despite Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time, the prolonged peace during the Tokugawa shogunate produced an almost
explosive expansion of commerce.

A) Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time, the prolonged peace during the Tokugawa shogunate -The first part of the sentence is neither complete nor modifying the second part of the sentence; therefore this option isn't making any sense.
B) the relative isolation of japan from world trade at the time and the Tokugawa shogunate’s prolonged peace, it -"it" doesn't have any antecedent
C) being relatively isolated from world trade at the time, the prolonged peace during Japan’s Tokugawa shogunate -First part is wrongly modifying the prolonged peace. It should modify Japan
D) Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time during the Tokugawa shogunate, prolonged peace -CORRECT
E) its relative isolation from world trade then, prolonged peace in Japan during the Tokugawa shogunate -"its" doesn't have an antecedent
_________________
Retired Moderator
User avatar
V
Status: enjoying
Joined: 19 Feb 2007
Posts: 5101
Location: India
WE: Education (Education)
Re: QOTD: Despite Japan’s relative isolation  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 01 Aug 2017, 00:18
4
Top Contributor
1
Despite Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time, the prolonged peace during the Tokugawa shogunate produced an almost explosive expansion of commerce.

A) Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time, the prolonged peace during the Tokugawa shogunate -- the correct choice.

B) the relative isolation of Japan from world trade at the time and the Tokugawa shogunate’s prolonged peace, it - diametrical change of meaning; looks as if the commerce expanded despite shogunate's prolonged peace.


C) being relatively isolated from world trade at the time, the prolonged peace during Japan’s Tokugawa shogunate -- modification problem. as if the peace was isolated.

D) Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time during the Tokugawa shogunate, prolonged peace ---1. Almost good enough except that 'at that time during the shogunate' is a little murky because of the redundancy of 'at that time during the Tokugawa shogunate -2. the dropping of the definite article before prolonged isn't an issue I suppose. Probably a tad lower than A

E) its relative isolation from world trade then, prolonged peace in Japan during the Tokugawa shogunate-- 'its' modifies prolonged peace in Japan.

_________________
Are you stuck around 630? If you can't make out how to pole-vault over the 630-barrier, you can do so with my one-to-one lessons. (+919884544509)
Retired Moderator
User avatar
V
Joined: 28 Mar 2017
Posts: 1195
Location: India
GMAT 1: 730 Q49 V41
GPA: 4
Re: QOTD: Despite Japan’s relative isolation  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 01 Aug 2017, 01:56
daagh wrote:
Despite Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time, the prolonged peace during the Tokugawa shogunate produced an almost explosive expansion of commerce.

A) Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time, the prolonged peace during the Tokugawa shogunate -- the correct choice.

B) the relative isolation of Japan from world trade at the time and the Tokugawa shogunate’s prolonged peace, it - diametrical change of meaning; looks as if the commerce expanded despite shogunate's prolonged peace.


C) being relatively isolated from world trade at the time, the prolonged peace during Japan’s Tokugawa shogunate -- modification problem. as if the peace was isolated.

D) Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time during the Tokugawa shogunate, prolonged peace ---1. Almost good enough except that 'at that time during the shogunate' is a little murky because of the redundancy of 'at that time during the Tokugawa shogunate -2. the dropping of the definite article before prolonged isn't an issue I suppose. Probably a tad lower than A

E) its relative isolation from world trade then, prolonged peace in Japan during the Tokugawa shogunate-- 'its' modifies prolonged peace in Japan.


Hello daagh,

Please explain how the original sentence is correct?

"Despite Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time" -> This is not making any sense for me. What time are we talking of here? I agree that "D" has redundancy issue but "A" doesn't express the desired meaning.

Regards
_________________
Retired Moderator
User avatar
V
Status: enjoying
Joined: 19 Feb 2007
Posts: 5101
Location: India
WE: Education (Education)
Re: QOTD: Despite Japan’s relative isolation  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 01 Aug 2017, 02:33
Top Contributor
gmatexam439

1. But then what's the desired meaning that should have been expressed in A other than that from the text?
Are the text and A are so absurd that we have to change them to more sensible versions?

2. How far is D different from 'A' in meaning?

That would greatly help
_________________
Are you stuck around 630? If you can't make out how to pole-vault over the 630-barrier, you can do so with my one-to-one lessons. (+919884544509)
Manager
Manager
avatar
B
Joined: 02 Nov 2015
Posts: 163
GMAT 1: 640 Q49 V29
Re: QOTD: Despite Japan’s relative isolation  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 01 Aug 2017, 03:00
daagh wrote:
gmatexam439

1. But then what's the desired meaning that should have been expressed in A other than that from the text?
Are the text and A are so absurd that we have to change them to more sensible versions?

2. How far is D different from 'A' in meaning?

That would greatly help

Hello sir
Can u pls explain the subtle meaning difference between options A and D.
I felt as if in option A it's not talking about any definite time period while in D it's talking about a definite time period.

I am sure I am missing something but cannot catch it.

Kindly help .
Thanks in advance.
gmatexam439 wrote:
daagh wrote:
Despite Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time, the prolonged peace during the Tokugawa shogunate produced an almost explosive expansion of commerce.

A) Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time, the prolonged peace during the Tokugawa shogunate -- the correct choice.

B) the relative isolation of Japan from world trade at the time and the Tokugawa shogunate’s prolonged peace, it - diametrical change of meaning; looks as if the commerce expanded despite shogunate's prolonged peace.


C) being relatively isolated from world trade at the time, the prolonged peace during Japan’s Tokugawa shogunate -- modification problem. as if the peace was isolated.

D) Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time during the Tokugawa shogunate, prolonged peace ---1. Almost good enough except that 'at that time during the shogunate' is a little murky because of the redundancy of 'at that time during the Tokugawa shogunate -2. the dropping of the definite article before prolonged isn't an issue I suppose. Probably a tad lower than A

E) its relative isolation from world trade then, prolonged peace in Japan during the Tokugawa shogunate-- 'its' modifies prolonged peace in Japan.


Hello daagh,

Please explain how the original sentence is correct?

"Despite Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time" -> This is not making any sense for me. What time are we talking of here? I agree that "D" has redundancy issue but "A" doesn't express the desired meaning.

Regards



Sent from my Lenovo TAB S8-50LC using GMAT Club Forum mobile app
Retired Moderator
User avatar
V
Status: enjoying
Joined: 19 Feb 2007
Posts: 5101
Location: India
WE: Education (Education)
Re: QOTD: Despite Japan’s relative isolation  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 01 Aug 2017, 06:16
Top Contributor
I rather think there is no difference between both since both talk about the definite era of the Tokugawa shogunate in the 17th through 19th centuries.
_________________
Are you stuck around 630? If you can't make out how to pole-vault over the 630-barrier, you can do so with my one-to-one lessons. (+919884544509)
Retired Moderator
User avatar
V
Joined: 28 Mar 2017
Posts: 1195
Location: India
GMAT 1: 730 Q49 V41
GPA: 4
Re: QOTD: Despite Japan’s relative isolation  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 01 Aug 2017, 09:46
daagh wrote:
gmatexam439

1. But then what's the desired meaning that should have been expressed in A other than that from the text?
Are the text and A are so absurd that we have to change them to more sensible versions?

2. How far is D different from 'A' in meaning?

That would greatly help


Hello daagh,

Despite Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time, the prolonged peace during the Tokugawa shogunate produced an almost explosive expansion of commerce.

I am not very clear about the time the first part of the sentence is referring to. "Tokugawa shogunate" is an era, a time period, and not just a specific moment of time.

For example: Despite the medication received at the time, the blood loss due to heavy wounds during the fight made John weak.
If we see this example, fight occurred before the medication.

I am just confused. When we say "at the time", we mean to say A PARTICULAR MOMENT OF TIME. While, if we say "during the time", we mean to specify A TIME PERIOD.

How can we infer in the original question that the "at the time" is "during Tokugawa shogunate".

Since the OA is "A", please correct my understanding. I am just trying to learn the critical nuances of English, so that I can be successful in GMAT.

Regards
_________________
Retired Moderator
User avatar
V
Status: enjoying
Joined: 19 Feb 2007
Posts: 5101
Location: India
WE: Education (Education)
Re: QOTD: Despite Japan’s relative isolation  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 01 Aug 2017, 10:22
4
Top Contributor
In History, 'at that time' can refer to an era, and in this context an era that ran for nearly 300 years. It may be noted that the text talks about a prolonged peace and can it be logically expected that such an extended peace was obtained at a specific point of time?

Since the topic is from GMAT Prep, I hope you are not having any doubts about its veracity. Similarly, how we can take that D is superior when after all, D is also using "at that time", "during the shogunate" and "prolonged peace?

I can see your anxiety when you were confused about an official answer from GMATPrep. Normally people take them in their stride. Wish you good luck.
_________________
Are you stuck around 630? If you can't make out how to pole-vault over the 630-barrier, you can do so with my one-to-one lessons. (+919884544509)
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
avatar
G
Joined: 07 Mar 2019
Posts: 328
Location: India
GMAT 1: 580 Q43 V27
WE: Sales (Energy and Utilities)
CAT Tests
Re: Despite Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time, the  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 10 Oct 2019, 11:48
royrijit1 wrote:
Despite Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time, the prolonged peace during the Tokugawa shogunate produced an almost explosive expansion of commerce.


(A) Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time, the prolonged peace during the Tokugawa shogunate

(B) the relative isolation of Japan from world trade at the time and the Tokugawa shogunate’s prolonged peace, it

(C) being relatively isolated from world trade at the time, the prolonged peace during Japan’s Tokugawa shogunate

(D) Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time during the Tokugawa shogunate, prolonged peace

(E) its relative isolation from world trade then, prolonged peace in Japan during the Tokugawa shogunate


Verbal Question of The Day: Day 71: Sentence Correction


Subscribe to GMAT Question of the Day: E-mail | RSS
For All QOTD Questions Click Here



SC12460


Though little vague but I have question that's more inclined towards logical aspect.

Except B all others some or the other way say that 'the prolonged peace' produced expansion of commerce. How is it possible??

Rather i see that 'the prolonged peace' helped in expansion of commerce.
If my interpretation is wrong please share enlightening thoughts.

Anyone ..!!
Experts..!!
_________________
Ephemeral Epiphany..!

GMATPREP1 590(Q48,V23) March 6, 2019
GMATPREP2 610(Q44,V29) June 10, 2019
GMATPREPSoft1 680(Q48,V35) June 26, 2019
Senior SC Moderator
avatar
V
Joined: 22 May 2016
Posts: 3560
Despite Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time, the  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 10 Oct 2019, 14:55
1
lnm87 wrote:
royrijit1 wrote:
Despite Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time, the prolonged peace during the Tokugawa shogunate produced an almost explosive expansion of commerce.


(A) Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time, the prolonged peace during the Tokugawa shogunate
(B) the relative isolation of Japan from world trade at the time and the Tokugawa shogunate’s prolonged peace, it
(C) being relatively isolated from world trade at the time, the prolonged peace during Japan’s Tokugawa shogunate
(D) Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time during the Tokugawa shogunate, prolonged peace
(E) its relative isolation from world trade then, prolonged peace in Japan during the Tokugawa shogunate

Though little vague but I have question that's more inclined towards logical aspect.

Except B all others some or the other way say that 'the prolonged peace' produced expansion of commerce. How is it possible??

Rather i see that 'the prolonged peace' helped in expansion of commerce.
If my interpretation is wrong please share enlightening thoughts.

Anyone ..!!
Experts..!!

lnm87 , you are correct, although you might be taking a general guideline too far and applying it too strictly.

The guideline is that inanimate things or abstract ideas cannot, in reality, actively do anything.
So you want the prolonged peace to be a helper rather than an active doer.

It's true: in a very literal and scientifically accurate sense, the prolonged peace only "helped" to create an explosion of commerce.
Prolonged peace did not itself direct an economy, invest capital, or open production facilities and transaction markets.

Human agency was required to convert the benefits of relative peace into expanded commerce.

But the issue you raise is not a decision point.
Not one option tests the issue.
The correct answer does not say "helped."

The guideline saying that "inanimate things cannot have human agency" is not hard-and-fast.

We have a signal from GMAT.
Despite the fact that inanimate objects lack volition and agency, on the GMAT, sometimes things can be said to create other things.
Quite a few official questions give this same signal.

Although GMAC generally prefers that inanimate objects not have agency, at times it is appropriate to imbue something such as a prolonged peace with "agency."

Prolonged peace frees up capital and human resources. The relative surplus of those resources creates conditions in which commerce can expand.

If this question had different answer choices, you would choose differently.
If you had an equally grammatical and logical choice in which inanimate things did not actively do anything, you would pick that answer.
Your doubt makes sense.
But now you know that the guideline under which I think you were functioning is not an ironclad rule. The guideline is a fairly strong preference.

I hope that helps.
_________________
SC Butler has resumed! Get two SC questions to practice, whose links you can find by date, here.


Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. -- Mary Oliver
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
avatar
G
Joined: 07 Mar 2019
Posts: 328
Location: India
GMAT 1: 580 Q43 V27
WE: Sales (Energy and Utilities)
CAT Tests
Re: Despite Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time, the  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 10 Oct 2019, 20:01
generis wrote:
you are correct, although perhaps taking a general guideline too far and applying it too strictly.

In a very literal and scientifically accurate sense, the prolonged peace only "helped" to create an explosion of commerce.
Prolonged peace did not itself direct an economy, invest capital, or open production facilities and transaction markets.

Human agency was required to convert the benefits of relative peace into expanded commerce.

But the issue you raise is not a decision point.
Not one option tests the issue.
The correct answer does not say "helped."

Guidelines such as "inanimate things cannot have human agency" are not hard-and-fast rules.

We thus have a signal from GMAT.
Despite their not having volition or agency, inanimate things sometimes can be said to create other things.
Quite a few official questions give this same signal.

Although GMAC generally prefers that inanimate objects not have agency, at times it is appropriate to imbue something such as a prolonged peace with "agency."

Prolonged peace frees up capital and human resources; the relative surplus of both create conditions in which commerce can expand.

Your doubt makes sense.
And now you know that the guideline under which I think you were functioning is not an ironclad rule but rather a preference.

I hope that helps.


Thanks for your prompt response.

Though i marked correct answer A but can't deny the initial hiccup i had while reading the A and B(others i could eliminate . I was stuck with A for the reason which i asked but marking B as correct answer was also not making sense since the option changed the meaning slightly. Marked B almost
but that meaning issue with it made me eliminate it.

Yes you are right about the decision point but since i answered using POE minus that confidence, I thought its better to ask.

:thumbup:
_________________
Ephemeral Epiphany..!

GMATPREP1 590(Q48,V23) March 6, 2019
GMATPREP2 610(Q44,V29) June 10, 2019
GMATPREPSoft1 680(Q48,V35) June 26, 2019
GMAT Club Bot
Re: Despite Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time, the   [#permalink] 10 Oct 2019, 20:01
Display posts from previous: Sort by

Despite Japan’s relative isolation from world trade at the time, the

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  





Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group | Emoji artwork provided by EmojiOne