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# Excellent example of Gmat Trap..

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18 Aug 2007, 12:23
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Hi guys,
Just re-posting a question which I think represents a good trap that GMAT test writer setup to confuse the test takers. Atleast I fell into the trap, so thought just to caution you

The question is :
In June of 1989, Princeton Township approved a developer's plans to build 300 houses on a large portion of the 210-acre site of the Battle of Princeton, one of only eight Revolutionary War battlefields

(A) one of only eight Revolutionary War
(B) one of eight of the only Revolutionary War
battlefields that have remained undeveloped
(C) one of the only eight undeveloped Revolutionary
War battlefields that remains
(D) only one of eight Revolutionary War
battlefields to remain undeveloped
(E) only one of the eight remaining undeveloped
Revolutionary War battlefields

Now in a hurry, I tried to find which option is correct by determining which is right "one of eight of the only" or "one of the only eight " or any other choice.. Where as the problem here was of tenses.. There are 2 events involved here.. Approved a plan and lying under-developed.. Former following the later.. Hence option A is right.. and it was so simply to find out.
So lesson learnt is not to loose out on getting the overall meaning of the sentence rather than searching for erratic words and then looking in the options..
Hope this helps ..

For more explanation:
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... +princeton
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Amit05 wrote:
In June of 1989, Princeton Township approved a developer's plans to build 300 houses on a large portion of the 210-acre site of the Battle of Princeton, one of only eight Revolutionary War battlefields that had remained undeveloped.

(A) one of only eight Revolutionary War battlefields that had remained undeveloped.
(B) one of eight of the only Revolutionary War battlefields that have remained undeveloped
(C) one of the only eight undeveloped Revolutionary War battlefields that remains
(D) only one of eight Revolutionary War battlefields to remain undeveloped
(E) only one of the eight remaining undeveloped Revolutionary War battlefields

A. no error.

since we know the sentence is in past tense, we need the modifier in past perfect. so only A is in PP.

(A) one of only eight Revolutionary War battlefields that had remained undeveloped.
(B) one of eight of the only Revolutionary War battlefields that have remained undeveloped
(C) one of the only eight undeveloped Revolutionary War battlefields that remains
(D) only one of eight Revolutionary War battlefields to remain undeveloped
(E) only one of the eight remaining undeveloped Revolutionary War battlefields => it is even not complete.

so A is obvious and stright...
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18 Aug 2007, 13:19
Fistail wrote:
Amit05 wrote:
In June of 1989, Princeton Township approved a developer's plans to build 300 houses on a large portion of the 210-acre site of the Battle of Princeton, one of only eight Revolutionary War battlefields that had remained undeveloped.

(A) one of only eight Revolutionary War battlefields that had remained undeveloped.
(B) one of eight of the only Revolutionary War battlefields that have remained undeveloped
(C) one of the only eight undeveloped Revolutionary War battlefields that remains
(D) only one of eight Revolutionary War battlefields to remain undeveloped
(E) only one of the eight remaining undeveloped Revolutionary War battlefields

A. no error.

since we know the sentence is in past tense, we need the modifier in past perfect. so only A is in PP.

(A) one of only eight Revolutionary War battlefields that had remained undeveloped.
(B) one of eight of the only Revolutionary War battlefields that have remained undeveloped
(C) one of the only eight undeveloped Revolutionary War battlefields that remains
(D) only one of eight Revolutionary War battlefields to remain undeveloped
(E) only one of the eight remaining undeveloped Revolutionary War battlefields => it is even not complete.

so A is obvious and stright...

It is pretty straight but you tend to overlook these small things when you are in a hurry ...atleast I could not do that .. Hence thought to share ..I have experienced this many times.. I mean the error is something else and you waste time trying to analyze something else.. so either end up wasting crucial seconds or ending in a wrong choice.. This may not be with everyone ... May be this has still go get into my blood !!!
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18 Aug 2007, 13:21
Fistail wrote:
Amit05 wrote:
In June of 1989, Princeton Township approved a developer's plans to build 300 houses on a large portion of the 210-acre site of the Battle of Princeton, one of only eight Revolutionary War battlefields that had remained undeveloped.

(A) one of only eight Revolutionary War battlefields that had remained undeveloped.
(B) one of eight of the only Revolutionary War battlefields that have remained undeveloped
(C) one of the only eight undeveloped Revolutionary War battlefields that remains
(D) only one of eight Revolutionary War battlefields to remain undeveloped
(E) only one of the eight remaining undeveloped Revolutionary War battlefields

A. no error.

since we know the sentence is in past tense, we need the modifier in past perfect. so only A is in PP.

(A) one of only eight Revolutionary War battlefields that had remained undeveloped.
(B) one of eight of the only Revolutionary War battlefields that have remained undeveloped
(C) one of the only eight undeveloped Revolutionary War battlefields that remains
(D) only one of eight Revolutionary War battlefields to remain undeveloped
(E) only one of the eight remaining undeveloped Revolutionary War battlefields => it is even not complete.

so A is obvious and stright...

Hey Fistail, you are in Chicago B-school...tht's great ..just saw your avataar.. when did you give your GMAT ..??
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18 Aug 2007, 13:40
Amit05 wrote:
Fistail wrote:
Amit05 wrote:
In June of 1989, Princeton Township approved a developer's plans to build 300 houses on a large portion of the 210-acre site of the Battle of Princeton, one of only eight Revolutionary War battlefields that had remained undeveloped.

(A) one of only eight Revolutionary War battlefields that had remained undeveloped.
(B) one of eight of the only Revolutionary War battlefields that have remained undeveloped
(C) one of the only eight undeveloped Revolutionary War battlefields that remains
(D) only one of eight Revolutionary War battlefields to remain undeveloped
(E) only one of the eight remaining undeveloped Revolutionary War battlefields

A. no error.

since we know the sentence is in past tense, we need the modifier in past perfect. so only A is in PP.

(A) one of only eight Revolutionary War battlefields that had remained undeveloped.
(B) one of eight of the only Revolutionary War battlefields that have remained undeveloped
(C) one of the only eight undeveloped Revolutionary War battlefields that remains
(D) only one of eight Revolutionary War battlefields to remain undeveloped
(E) only one of the eight remaining undeveloped Revolutionary War battlefields => it is even not complete.

so A is obvious and stright...

It is pretty straight but you tend to overlook these small things when you are in a hurry ...atleast I could not do that .. Hence thought to share ..I have experienced this many times.. I mean the error is something else and you waste time trying to analyze something else.. so either end up wasting crucial seconds or ending in a wrong choice.. This may not be with everyone ... May be this has still go get into my blood !!!

you are right.

its my target school.
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18 Aug 2007, 17:58
Damn, thanks. I picked C. I see why A is right now.
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19 Aug 2007, 22:36
Amit05 wrote:
Fistail wrote:
Amit05 wrote:
In June of 1989, Princeton Township approved a developer's plans to build 300 houses on a large portion of the 210-acre site of the Battle of Princeton, one of only eight Revolutionary War battlefields that had remained undeveloped.

(A) one of only eight Revolutionary War battlefields that had remained undeveloped.
(B) one of eight of the only Revolutionary War battlefields that have remained undeveloped
(C) one of the only eight undeveloped Revolutionary War battlefields that remains
(D) only one of eight Revolutionary War battlefields to remain undeveloped
(E) only one of the eight remaining undeveloped Revolutionary War battlefields

A. no error.

since we know the sentence is in past tense, we need the modifier in past perfect. so only A is in PP.

(A) one of only eight Revolutionary War battlefields that had remained undeveloped.
(B) one of eight of the only Revolutionary War battlefields that have remained undeveloped
(C) one of the only eight undeveloped Revolutionary War battlefields that remains
(D) only one of eight Revolutionary War battlefields to remain undeveloped
(E) only one of the eight remaining undeveloped Revolutionary War battlefields => it is even not complete.

so A is obvious and stright...

Hey Fistail, you are in Chicago B-school...tht's great ..just saw your avataar.. when did you give your GMAT ..??

now do not assume and say that I am in Goldman Sachs.

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20 Aug 2007, 03:14
Good point!
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20 Aug 2007, 04:29
Point taken amit !
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20 Aug 2007, 08:16
I kinda scratch my head for few minutes and boiled it down to A and E. E was not carrying the intended meaning, so picked A.

A good one!
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13 Jun 2010, 14:11
BD wrong because of tense. DE are wrong because of placement of only. E is also a fragment. D wrongly uses the infinitive form. A is correct. The present perfect tense is correct here because the plan was made in 1989 and the site remained undeveloped till then.
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25 Aug 2010, 02:06
I pick C but I understand now.

Thanks for the explanation.
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31 Aug 2010, 12:00
this was not that hard.

1. I eliminated b + c + d because the tense did not make sense
2. E is easy to eliminate as well - only on is total rubbish - it is already known that Township approved plans to build on one of 8 battlefields -- That there are ONLY 8 of these battlefields is here important.
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03 Sep 2010, 07:08
Thought of C but A is seems correct thanks
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22 Jan 2011, 08:00
A through POE
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27 Jan 2011, 14:20
Picked C too - good post!
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