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# Even though computer technology has made creating musiC

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08 Mar 2014, 05:06
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Even though computer technology has made creating music easier, however, thinking up and producing high quality material are a matter of knowledge, experience and talent.

A) Even though computer technology has made creating music easier, however, thinking up and producing high quality material are a matter of knowledge, experience and talent

B) Even though computer technology has made creating music easier, thinking and producing high quality material are a matter of knowledge, experience and talent

C) Although computer technology has made music creation easier, thinking up and producing high quality material, however, are a matter of knowledge, experience and talent

D) Computer technology has made creating music easier, but thinking up and producing high quality material are a matter of talent, knowledge, and experience

E) Computer technology has made the process of the creation of music easier, but thinking up and producing high quality material are a matter of talent, knowledge, and experience
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10 Mar 2014, 10:49
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ConnectTheDots wrote:
In the comparisons:

X and Y are a matter of A, B, C
X and Y are matters of A, B, C

Unemployment and recession are a matter of great economic concern.
Unemployment and recession are matters of great economic concern.

Which one is correct ? I prefer the second one.

I do not like this question for similar confusing structure.
Thinking (up) and Producing high quality music are a matter of knowledge, experience and talent.

Dear ConnectTheDots,
I'm happy to respond.

First of all, I would say --- don't worry about this question. This is a truly abysmal SC practice question. This is not at all up to the standards of the GMAT. The differences between the answer choices are minimum and virtually meaningless. Puzzling over this question will get you no closer to GMAT success.

As to your question, it depends very much on perspective. If X and Y are clearly 100% different things, not even in the same category, then we would need to treat them as plural
Baseball and opera are matters of ....
Mathematics and French cuisine are matters of ...

With the example you gave, it's much more ambiguous. The speaker could be thinking about a single economic state, a state characterized by "unemployment and recession" --- therefore, if these things go together and are part of a synergistic whole, we should refer to them as a single "matter." In context, we are more interested in talking about this single thing and what this thing causes or involves. To use the plural, "matters," implies that we are going to say something about a contrast. If I started "Both baseball and opera are matters of ...", that sentence would be about some unexpected similarity between two very different things. That's not the case in the economics sentence --- we are not interested in explore the difference between unemployment and recession. Instead, we are interested in what they have in common. For the purposes of the sentence, they are a single "matter."

In the sentence above, the compound was:
"thinking up and producing high quality material"
Of course, the construction "thinking up" is a grade-school colloquialism that never in 100 years would appear in the formal environment of the GMAT. I can't believe that anyone would think it was formal enough to use in a college paper. Let's change that to something a little more GMAT-like:
"composing and producing high quality material are a matter of ..."
Here, these two actions, the action of composing a piece of music and the action of producing it, are part of the same process, and in some cases, there will be a blurred line where one ends and the other begins. Much in the same way, we are not concerned in the sentence with creating a contrast between two different "matters." We are interested in lumping these two actions together and explaining what they have in common. That's why it's completely appropriate to refer to them as a single matter.

Does this make sense?
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08 Mar 2014, 11:44
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IMO D for the below reasons.

A. Wrong Construction (eventhough ... however...)
B. Construction seems fine, lets look at the other options.
C. Wrong Construction (although... however...)
D. Construction seems fine
E. Construction seems fine

So, it is between B,D and E. Both D and E use the sub-ordinate conjunction 'But'.

We cannot use 'Even though' in this sentence, because of the following reasons.

"thinking up and producing high quality material are a matter of knowledge, experience and talent" is a fact, and it is not affected by whether 'computer technology making the music creation easier'. 'Even though' can only be used if the the main clause gets affected by the idea mentioned in the sub-ordinate clause using 'Even though'.

So, B is eliminated.

E is unnecessarily lengthy. Hence D should be the answer.
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08 Mar 2014, 21:11
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gmatter0913 wrote:
We cannot use 'Even though' in this sentence, because of the following reasons.

"thinking up and producing high quality material are a matter of knowledge, experience and talent" is a fact, and it is not affected by whether 'computer technology making the music creation easier'. 'Even though' can only be used if the the main clause gets affected by the idea mentioned in the sub-ordinate clause using 'Even though'.

Kindly elaborate. In B, why do you think that the main clause is not affected by the sub-ordinate clause? I think both are related.
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08 Mar 2014, 23:04
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gmatter0913 wrote:
We cannot use 'Even though' in this sentence, because of the following reasons.

"thinking up and producing high quality material are a matter of knowledge, experience and talent" is a fact, and it is not affected by whether 'computer technology making the music creation easier'. 'Even though' can only be used if the the main clause gets affected by the idea mentioned in the sub-ordinate clause using 'Even though'.

Kindly elaborate. In B, why do you think that the main clause is not affected by the sub-ordinate clause? I think both are related.

Even though [Sub-ordinate clause], [main clause].

The action mentioned in the "sub-ordinate clause" should have an affect on the main clause.
Ex: Even though I was stuck in traffic, I reached office on time.

Now, let's do a small exercise.

Let's say, I tell you only the sub-ordinate clause - Even though I was stuck in traffic, and then I ask you to complete the main clause 'I reached office ______'.

In the above case, you will be able to fill it with some word that means 'on time' or 'not delayed'.

You won't be able to do that in the sentence from the question because they are not affected by each other.

Think about what should follow "Even though computer technology has made creating music easier"? You expect that the writer is going to say something that didn't make the music creation easier.
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09 Mar 2014, 05:56
In the comparisons:

X and Y are a matter of A, B, C
X and Y are matters of A, B, C

Unemployment and recession are a matter of great economic concern.
Unemployment and recession are matters of great economic concern.

Which one is correct ? I prefer the second one.

I do not like this question for similar confusing structure.
Thinking (up) and Producing high quality music are a matter of knowledge, experience and talent.
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28 Feb 2019, 02:51
A – ‘however’ is redundant.
B – SV agreement error, ‘are’ should be ‘is’
C – Same as A
D – Correct
E – ‘the process of the creation’ is redundant and awkward.

D is the best choice.
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