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# Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, which

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Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, which would make it seem that elk are mountain dwellers, while they once ranged over virtually all of the continental United States except for a small strip in the extreme Southwest.

A. Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, which would make it seem that elk are mountain dwellers, while
B. The fact that elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains would make it seem that they are mountain dwellers, but
C. It would seem that elk would be mountain dwellers because of their living now solely almost in the Rocky Mountains, but still
D. Now living almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, it would seem that elk were mountain dwellers, although
E. It seems that elk would be mountain dwellers from the fact that they now live solely almost in the Rocky Mountains, since
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humtum0 wrote:
Agree with A. In a "which" is modifying the entire clause.

I see a lot of people going for B...

B. The fact that elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains would make it seem that they are mountain dwellers, but

I would go for B if you can explain who "it" and "they" are referring tooo..

Is elk - singular or plural -- thats my doubt...I see in choice A -- "are" referring to elk ...confuses me a lot.

Hi there,

This is the sentence with the correct answer choice B:

The fact that elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains would make it seem that they are mountain dwellers, but they once ranged over virtually all of the continental United States except for a small strip in the extreme Southwest.

In this sentence, “it” is not functioning as a proper pronoun. It is rather working as what is called “a placeholder”. For example:

It is very windy today.

In this sentence, “it” is just functioning as a placeholder and thus does not have a definite antecedent. This is the case with the sentence in question as well.

Now, pronoun “they” is referring to “Elk” only. In three out of two choices, “Elk” has been mentioned as plural. This is not uncommon because there are many animals whose plural form does not take “s” at the end. For example: sheep, fish, deer, etc. Also note that the animals belonging to the deer family have the same singular and plural forms. “Elk” happens to be one of them. If you do not know what an “elk” is, read the answer choices. If any of the answer choices has a singular verb to with “Elk” then we may need to see if this entity is singular or plural.
However, in this sentence, it is clear that “elk” has been used as plural entity.

Hope this helps.
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Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, which would make it seem that elk are mountain dwellers, while they once ranged over virtually all of the continental United States except for a small strip in the extreme Southwest.

First look: Grammatical construction, logical predication - In general, anytime there is a cause and effect relationship, test-makers have a field day in switching the position of relationship so as to form other answer choices. Typically, if the relationship is constructed with appropriate verb forms, the inverted relationship stands. That said, it's important to stay disciplined and test each clause for its proper components - i.e. verb form, logic predication, etc.

A. Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, which would make it seem that elk are mountain dwellers, while "while" signifies at the same time and "ranged once" was past tense, so I thought the sentence was illogical.

B. The fact that elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains would make it seem that they are mountain dwellers, but Correct - "They" agree with the pronoun in the non-underlined section of the sentence. The sentence is inherently wordy, so I looked for a better one first.

C. It would seem that elk would be mountain dwellers because of their living now solely almost in the Rocky Mountains, but still Wrong - "But still" is redundant. "Because of their living" is awkward and nonsensical. "solely almost" is reversed and non-sensical.

D. Now living almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, it would seem that elk were mountain dwellers, although Wrong - "Now living" is an dangling modifier.

E. It seems that elk would be mountain dwellers from the fact that they now live solely almost in the Rocky Mountains, since "Solely almost" is reversed, awkward, and non-sensical. Also, I think this answer choice is wordy
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14 Oct 2007, 11:25
I am in for D- tried to avoid pronoun error, which is there in other choices!
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14 Oct 2007, 12:36
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singh_amit19 wrote:
I am in for D- tried to avoid pronoun error, which is there in other choices!

Going with B here.

For D "Now living almost solely in the Rocky Mountains," should be immediately followed by elk.
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14 Oct 2007, 17:11
singh_amit19 wrote:
Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, which would make it seem that elk are mountain dwellers, while they once ranged over virtually all of the continental United States except for a small strip in the extreme Southwest.

A. Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, which would make it seem that elk are mountain dwellers, while
B. The fact that elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains would make it seem that they are mountain dwellers, but
C. It would seem that elk would be mountain dwellers because of their living now solely almost in the Rocky Mountains, but still
D. Now living almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, it would seem that elk were mountain dwellers, although
E. It seems that elk would be mountain dwellers from the fact that they now live solely almost in the Rocky Mountains, since

Hard decision between B and D.

I went with D, because "The fact that" in B is needlessly wordy.
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14 Oct 2007, 17:44
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singh_amit19 wrote:
Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, which would make it seem that elk are mountain dwellers, while they once ranged over virtually all of the continental United States except for a small strip in the extreme Southwest.

A. Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, which would make it seem that elk are mountain dwellers, while
B. The fact that elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains would make it seem that they are mountain dwellers, but
C. It would seem that elk would be mountain dwellers because of their living now solely almost in the Rocky Mountains, but still
D. Now living almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, it would seem that elk were mountain dwellers, although
E. It seems that elk would be mountain dwellers from the fact that they now live solely almost in the Rocky Mountains, since

'E' - incorrect - usage of 'would be' - a future tense. Also usage of 'Since' incorrect

'C' - incorrect - same as 'E'

'A' - incorrect - 'it' - Ambiguous and Farway Antecedent

'D' - incorrect - 'were' and 'now' doesn't reconcile.

Hence 'B' will be my choice of answer
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14 Oct 2007, 18:34
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singh_amit19 wrote:
Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, which would make it seem that elk are mountain dwellers, while they once ranged over virtually all of the continental United States except for a small strip in the extreme Southwest.

A. Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, which would make it seem that elk are mountain dwellers, while
B. The fact that elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains would make it seem that they are mountain dwellers, but
C. It would seem that elk would be mountain dwellers because of their living now solely almost in the Rocky Mountains, but still
D. Now living almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, it would seem that elk were mountain dwellers, although
E. It seems that elk would be mountain dwellers from the fact that they now live solely almost in the Rocky Mountains, since

B.

A: which incorrectly refers to rocky mountains.
C: long awkward phrase. "because of their living" should signal a red flag.
D: Now living almost soley in the rocky mountains... should be followed by the Elk, but the modifier is not so this choice is incorrect.
E: I didn't like this choice because it seemed to change the meaning.
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21 Oct 2007, 12:44
Agree with A. In a "which" is modifying the entire clause.
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21 Oct 2007, 12:47
humtum0 wrote:
Agree with A. In a "which" is modifying the entire clause.

I see a lot of people going for B...

B. The fact that elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains would make it seem that they are mountain dwellers, but

I would go for B if you can explain who "it" and "they" are referring tooo..

Is elk - singular or plural -- thats my doubt...I see in choice A -- "are" referring to elk ...confuses me a lot.
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21 Oct 2007, 18:27
After elimination A & B remain.

A. Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, which would make it seem that elk are mountain dwellers, while

If I ignore the modifying phrase "which would make it seem that elk are mountain dwellers", the sentence would become:

Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains while they once ranged over virtually all of the continental United States except for a small strip in the extreme Southwest.

The sentence becomes nonsensical.

B. The fact that elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains would make it seem that they are mountain dwellers, but

Although wordy, B coveys the idea correctly.
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23 Oct 2007, 18:03
singh_amit19 wrote:
OA is A

Can you please post the official explanation.

Thank you...
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24 Oct 2007, 01:14
Beyond700 wrote:
singh_amit19 wrote:
OA is A

Can you please post the official explanation.

Thank you...

Don't have official explanations just answers! Apologies!
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24 Oct 2007, 09:43
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singh_amit19 wrote:
OA is A

While I agree that the construction "The fact that..." in B is not the best of constructions yet it's the only answer choice that's error free.

In A - which does NOT have a noun which it can refer to... and in GMAT which usually refers to the nearest preceding noun which in this case is mountains - but that would make the sentence illogical.

I disagree sadly but whole heartedly with the OA.
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24 Oct 2007, 09:52
OA is A?

I would have said B. The "but" in B shows there is some contradiction to the original clause.

A has "while" which also works--however, B would appear to have a stronger stance.

If the OA is truly A, I'm in need of much more SC practice!
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30 Nov 2008, 01:00
Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, which would make it seem that elk
are mountain dwellers, while
they once ranged over virtually all of the continental United
States except for a small strip in the extreme Southwest.
A. Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, which would make it seem
that elk are mountain dwellers, while
B. The fact that elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains would make it
seem that they are mountain dwellers, but
C. It would seem that elk would be mountain dwellers because of their living now
solely almost in the Rocky Mountains, but still
D. Now living almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, it would seem that elk were
mountain dwellers, although
E. It seems that elk would be mountain dwellers from the fact that they now live
solely almost in the Rocky Mountains, since
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30 Nov 2008, 03:58
uf! this is a tough one!

I'd say B because for me it's the less worse

OA and Source?

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30 Nov 2008, 18:12
JL,

I am not sure what makes B the less worse. IMO, B does not have any issues and the correct answer.
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01 Dec 2008, 12:18
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JL,

I am not sure what makes B the less worse. IMO, B does not have any issues and the correct answer.

yep, reviewing the question again B doesn't sound so bad...

However, I try to avoid answers beginning with "The fact that" because it sounds wordy to me...
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01 Dec 2008, 12:27
vivektripathi wrote:
Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, which would make it seem that elk
are mountain dwellers, while
they once ranged over virtually all of the continental United
States except for a small strip in the extreme Southwest.
A. Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, which would make it seem
that elk are mountain dwellers, while
B. The fact that elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains would make it
seem that they are mountain dwellers, but
C. It would seem that elk would be mountain dwellers because of their living now
solely almost in the Rocky Mountains, but still
D. Now living almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, it would seem that elk were
mountain dwellers, although
E. It seems that elk would be mountain dwellers from the fact that they now live
solely almost in the Rocky Mountains, since

This consumed time..phew! whats the source & OA?

B

A - which & usage of it
B - I feel the usage of it is wrong, but went for this. I'm not convinced though.
C - because of their
D - it modifies mountains, which is wrong
E - makes no sense, lots of errors
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