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

 It is currently 18 Feb 2019, 15:34

### 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

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

## Events & Promotions

###### Events & Promotions in February
PrevNext
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
272829303112
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
242526272812
Open Detailed Calendar
• ### Valentine's day SALE is on! 25% off.

February 18, 2019

February 18, 2019

10:00 PM PST

11:00 PM PST

We don’t care what your relationship status this year - we love you just the way you are. AND we want you to crush the GMAT!
• ### Get FREE Daily Quiz for 2 months

February 18, 2019

February 18, 2019

10:00 PM PST

11:00 PM PST

Buy "All-In-One Standard (\$149)", get free Daily quiz (2 mon). Coupon code : SPECIAL

# For smaller retailers and Web sites, which pay regular mail

Author Message
TAGS:

### Hide Tags

Manager
Joined: 19 Apr 2011
Posts: 188
Schools: Booth,NUS,St.Gallon
For smaller retailers and Web sites, which pay regular mail  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

26 Sep 2012, 21:39
5
00:00

Difficulty:

65% (hard)

Question Stats:

58% (01:43) correct 42% (01:42) wrong based on 420 sessions

### HideShow timer Statistics

For smaller retailers and Web sites, which pay regular mail rates and may be shipping from only one location, free shipping is not nearly as affordable and often must be added into prices

A. which pay regular mail rates and may be shipping from only one location, free shipping is not nearly as affordable and often must
B. that pay regular mail rates and may ship from only one location, free shipping is not nearly as affordable and often must
C. who pay regular mail rates and may ship from only one location, free shipping is not nearly so affordable and it often must
D. which pays regular mail rates and may ship from only one location, free shipping is not as nearly affordable and often must
E. which pay regular mail rates and may ship from only one location, free shipping is not nearly as affordable and often must

_________________

+1 if you like my explanation .Thanks

Manager
Status: GMAT Instructor
Joined: 23 Jun 2013
Posts: 134
Location: India
GRE 1: Q790 V710
GPA: 3.3
WE: Editorial and Writing (Education)
Re: For smaller retailers and Web sites, which pay regular mail  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

24 Apr 2014, 07:57
6
4
Let me first offer some examples to clarify the distinction between "which" and "that".

Suppose the other room has some books, and I issue one of the following commands:

1. Get me the red book, which is mine.
First of all, note the comma after "book". The comma is an important separator on the GMAT. In this sentence, the comma tells us that what follows it is extra information about the book. So you should be able to remove "which is mine" from this sentence, and the command should still make perfect sense. This suggests that there is exactly one red book in the other room.
The command in this case translates to the following two sentences:
Get me the red book. The red book is mine.

2. Get me the red book, that is mine.
This sentence is incorrect. You cannot have the comma and "that" together like this. Note that "that" can start an independent sentence. So the above construction has two independent sentences without a conjunction to connect them. "That" is not allowed.

3. Get me the red book that is mine.
Note that there's no comma in this command. This means the "that" provides essential information to unambiguously identify the book I am interested in. The command suggests that there are possibly many red books in the other room but that only one of them belongs to me.

4. Get me the red book which is mine.
Again, there's no comma in this command. This command provides the same information that is provided in 3.
There is some confusion over whether you can use "which" without the comma to provide essential information. The GMAT official guide has a couple examples in which "which" is used without a comma. The official guide doesn't call out those sentences as incorrect, but it admits that the rule is controversial.

The bottom line is that, if you are forced to choose between 3 and 4, you should prefer 3. But I do not expect the GMAT to make you choose between the two without providing other markers to adequately separate the correct answer from the incorrect ones.

The scope of "which" is restricted. Typically, it can modify only the noun immediately preceding it. In some cases, it can modify a noun that's slightly far away. For example: He composed an album of songs, which is/are popular. In this construction, which can modify either album (in which case you need "is") or songs (in which case you need "are").

If you want to modify an entire clause/an action, you should use an "ing" modifier. Alternatively, you can use a word or a phrase that captures the essence of the action (sometimes called a "resumptive modifier" because it introduces some repetition to eliminate ambiguity).

In this question, both B and E are correct. The GMAT would not make you choose between them and would typically place other errors in the sentences. But if it makes you choose, you should choose "that", as there's no confusion about its usage in restrictive clauses that do not employ the comma.

Hope this helps.

_________________

EnterMBA

##### General Discussion
Manager
Status: Fighting again to Kill the GMAT devil
Joined: 02 Jun 2009
Posts: 107
Location: New Delhi
WE 1: Oil and Gas - Engineering & Construction
Re: For smaller retailers and Web sites  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

27 Sep 2012, 00:46
1
saikarthikreddy wrote:
For smaller retailers and Web sites, which pay regular mail rates and may be shipping from only one location, free shipping is not nearly as affordable and often must be added into prices

A. which pay regular mail rates and may be shipping from only one location, free shipping is not nearly as affordable and often must
B. that pay regular mail rates and may ship from only one location, free shipping is not nearly as affordable and often must
C. who pay regular mail rates and may ship from only one location, free shipping is not nearly so affordable and it often must
D. which pays regular mail rates and may ship from only one location, free shipping is not as nearly affordable and often must
E. which pay regular mail rates and may ship from only one location, free shipping is not nearly as affordable and often must
A- Incorrect because verb form 'pay' and 'may be shipping' need to be parallel i.e. Should be in same tense, here it should be 'pay' and 'may ship' simple present.
B-Incorrect because 'that' is not correct to refer the subject here.
C- Incorrect because 'who' is not correct to refer the subject here.
D- Incorrect - 'pays' is incorrect because subject is plural, 'small retailers and websites'.
E- correct as it uses correct and parallel simple present tense 'pay' and 'may ship'

_________________

Giving Kudos, is a great Way to Help the GC Community Kudos

Manager
Joined: 27 Jul 2011
Posts: 145
Re: For smaller retailers and Web sites  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

27 Sep 2012, 02:25
Sentence is akward to me.
I have a doubt with the correct option(E)

For smaller retailers and Web sites, which pay regular mail rates and may be shipping from only one location, free shipping is not nearly as affordable and often must be added into prices

For smaller retailers and Web sites, which pay regular mail rates and may ship from only one location, free shipping is not nearly as affordable and often must be be added into prices

Is the usage of AS correct here. I think is not as affordable as X should be used here. Am i wrong.

_________________

If u can't jump the 700 wall , drill a big hole and cross it .. I can and I WILL DO IT ...need some encouragement and inspirations from U ALL

Manager
Joined: 06 May 2012
Posts: 58
Re: For smaller retailers and Web sites  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

29 Sep 2012, 08:34
Quote:
For smaller retailers and Web sites, which pay regular mail rates and may be shipping from only one location, free shipping is not nearly as affordable and often must be added into prices

A. which pay regular mail rates and may be shipping from only one location, free shipping is not nearly as affordable and often must
B. that pay regular mail rates and may ship from only one location, free shipping is not nearly as affordable and often must
C. who pay regular mail rates and may ship from only one location, free shipping is not nearly so affordable and it often must
D. which pays regular mail rates and may ship from only one location, free shipping is not as nearly affordable and often must
E. which pay regular mail rates and may ship from only one location, free shipping is not nearly as affordable and often must

I know which will refer to the preceding word (website)

In this example which will not refer to compound subject - smaller retailers and web sites?
SVP
Joined: 06 Sep 2013
Posts: 1695
Concentration: Finance
Re: For smaller retailers and Web sites  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

04 Apr 2014, 08:12
gmatchase wrote:
Quote:
For smaller retailers and Web sites, which pay regular mail rates and may be shipping from only one location, free shipping is not nearly as affordable and often must be added into prices

A. which pay regular mail rates and may be shipping from only one location, free shipping is not nearly as affordable and often must
B. that pay regular mail rates and may ship from only one location, free shipping is not nearly as affordable and often must
C. who pay regular mail rates and may ship from only one location, free shipping is not nearly so affordable and it often must
D. which pays regular mail rates and may ship from only one location, free shipping is not as nearly affordable and often must
E. which pay regular mail rates and may ship from only one location, free shipping is not nearly as affordable and often must

I know which will refer to the preceding word (website)

In this example which will not refer to compound subject - smaller retailers and web sites?

Same doubt here, could anybody please clarify. This question provides the opportunity for a huge takeaway in 'which' vs 'that construction

Thanks!
Cheers
J
Manager
Status: GMAT Instructor
Joined: 23 Jun 2013
Posts: 134
Location: India
GRE 1: Q790 V710
GPA: 3.3
WE: Editorial and Writing (Education)
Re: For smaller retailers and Web sites, which pay regular mail  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

04 Apr 2014, 09:00
3
"Which" should refer to both smaller retailers and websites in the above example.
If you want "which" to refer to only websites, you can modify the sentence as follows:
For smaller retailers and FOR websites, which...

EnterMBA.in
_________________

EnterMBA

Manager
Joined: 23 Jan 2013
Posts: 138
Concentration: Technology, Other
Schools: Berkeley Haas
GMAT Date: 01-14-2015
WE: Information Technology (Computer Software)
Re: For smaller retailers and Web sites, which pay regular mail  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

05 Apr 2014, 01:22
For smaller retailers and Web sites, which pay regular mail rates and may be shipping from only one location, free shipping is not nearly as affordable and often must be added into prices

I am a little confused as to which tense do we have here

"Pay regular rates " --- present tense
"may be shipping " --- is this present continuous tense , though may is a likelihood !!
Intern
Joined: 16 Feb 2014
Posts: 15
Schools: ISB
Re: For smaller retailers and Web sites, which pay regular mail  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

05 Apr 2014, 05:21
Same here too.... which will refer to websites,why can't who which will refer to both retailers and websites
SVP
Joined: 06 Sep 2013
Posts: 1695
Concentration: Finance
Re: For smaller retailers and Web sites, which pay regular mail  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

24 Apr 2014, 06:57
prasi55 wrote:
"Which" should refer to both smaller retailers and websites in the above example.
If you want "which" to refer to only websites, you can modify the sentence as follows:
For smaller retailers and FOR websites, which...

EnterMBA.in

But still unclear on 'which' vs 'that' split on B and E

Could you please elaborate a little bit more on why one is right and the other wrong?

Thanks
Cheers!
J
SVP
Joined: 06 Sep 2013
Posts: 1695
Concentration: Finance
Re: For smaller retailers and Web sites, which pay regular mail  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

24 Apr 2014, 08:34
This was awesome. Thanks so much Prasad
Kudos for you!

Cheers!
J
Manager
Joined: 27 Dec 2013
Posts: 234
Re: For smaller retailers and Web sites, which pay regular mail  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

16 Jun 2015, 23:21
Hi All,

I picked the correct option but still do like the wording associated.

The right answer is E. If you see the last section of the line 'free shipping is not nearly as affordable and often must be added into prices'

I can understand that free shipping is not nearly affordable but I am unable to understand the 'must be added into prices'.

It sounds to me like...'free shipping must be added into the prices' (instead it should say the 'shipping charges must be added into th prices')

Does any one agree.

saikarthikreddy wrote:
For smaller retailers and Web sites, which pay regular mail rates and may be shipping from only one location, free shipping is not nearly as affordable and often must be added into prices

A. which pay regular mail rates and may be shipping from only one location, free shipping is not nearly as affordable and often must
B. that pay regular mail rates and may ship from only one location, free shipping is not nearly as affordable and often must
C. who pay regular mail rates and may ship from only one location, free shipping is not nearly so affordable and it often must
D. which pays regular mail rates and may ship from only one location, free shipping is not as nearly affordable and often must
E. which pay regular mail rates and may ship from only one location, free shipping is not nearly as affordable and often must

_________________

Kudos to you, for helping me with some KUDOS.

Senior Manager
Joined: 05 Apr 2015
Posts: 373
Re: For smaller retailers and Web sites, which pay regular mail  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

17 Jun 2015, 23:44
Hi Shriram,

True,This sentence is so awkward meaning wise.

Option E sounds like "free shipping is not nearly as affordable and often must be added"???? Why will it be added if its not affordable.

How can you add free shipping to prices? Shipping rates/regular mail rates(as mentioned in the "which" clause) have to be added to the prices.

There has to be a reference to what has to be added again after the and.

Regards,
Dom.
Manager
Joined: 03 Oct 2016
Posts: 79
Concentration: Technology, General Management
WE: Information Technology (Computer Software)
Re: For smaller retailers and Web sites, which pay regular mail  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

05 Oct 2016, 07:44
PTN :

Who modifies only people ; we need which here and a plural verb pay -

E. which pay regular mail rates and may ship from only one location, free shipping is not nearly as affordable and often must
_________________

KINDLY KUDOS IF YOU LIKE THE POST

Intern
Joined: 16 Oct 2017
Posts: 18
Re: For smaller retailers and Web sites, which pay regular mail  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

17 Oct 2018, 01:13
1
Between options B and E, I chose Option B because in my opinion 'which' can't refer to a clause. Which only refers to the noun preceding comma.
And here the noun preceding comma is Web sites and Web sites can't pay regular mail rates. Rather retailers pay for mail rates. Therefore the use of 'That' is more suitable.

Intern
Joined: 29 Aug 2018
Posts: 1
Re: For smaller retailers and Web sites, which pay regular mail  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

17 Oct 2018, 01:30
1
ishan95jaiswal wrote:
Between options B and E, I chose Option B because in my opinion 'which' can't refer to a clause. Which only refers to the noun preceding comma.
And here the noun preceding comma is Web sites and Web sites can't pay regular mail rates. Rather retailers pay for mail rates. Therefore the use of 'That' is more suitable.

There is a comma before the underlined portion, so here which will be a right construction.
,+that- as a modifier generally wrong.... GMAT prefers , which...............
Intern
Joined: 16 Oct 2017
Posts: 18
Re: For smaller retailers and Web sites, which pay regular mail  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

17 Oct 2018, 09:37
1
Abhishekjha wrote:
ishan95jaiswal wrote:
Between options B and E, I chose Option B because in my opinion 'which' can't refer to a clause. Which only refers to the noun preceding comma.
And here the noun preceding comma is Web sites and Web sites can't pay regular mail rates. Rather retailers pay for mail rates. Therefore the use of 'That' is more suitable.

There is a comma before the underlined portion, so here which will be a right construction.
,+that- as a modifier generally wrong.... GMAT prefers , which...............

Yaa this makes sense! Why don't start teaching? Thanks! :D
Re: For smaller retailers and Web sites, which pay regular mail   [#permalink] 17 Oct 2018, 09:37
Display posts from previous: Sort by