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For the coach who manages to keep them uninjured, providing them with the best physical therapists, and training them carefully, Olympic runners are achieving upwards of 30 personal records each year.

(A) providing them with the best physical therapists, and training them carefully, Olympic runners are achieving

(B) providing them with the best physical therapists, and trained carefully, the Olympic runner achieves

(C) providing with the best physical therapists, and training them carefully, Olympic runners are achieving

(D) providing with the best physical therapists, and trained carefully, the Olympic runners achieves

(E) provided with the best physical therapists, and trained carefully, Olympic runners will achieve
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Hi aaba,

Another great question! Let's tackle this one problem at a time, and see if we can find the correct answer quickly!

After running through the answers quickly, it looks like their endings are the main difference between each one. So let's figure out which ones work, and which ones don't. Consider things like subject/verb agreement, proper verb tense, and logic.

A: providing them with the best physical therapists, and training them carefully, Olympic runners are achieving

This answer is INCORRECT because it doesn't make logical sense. In the beginning, the phrase "who manages to keep" suggests that the coaches are working in the present to help the Olympic runners set records in the future. Since this phrase says they are currently setting records, this doesn't really make sense.

B: providing them with the best physical therapists, and trained carefully, the Olympic runner achieves

This answer is INCORRECT because it doesn't agree in number with the first part of the sentence. Earlier, it refers to the runners by the plural pronoun "them," but later uses the singular "the Olympic runner."

C: providing with the best physical therapists, and training them carefully, Olympic runners are achieving

This answer is INCORRECT because it doesn't make logical sense. It suggests that coaches still need to help Olympic runners, but they're already achieving their goals?

D: providing with the best physical therapists, and trained carefully, the Olympic runners achieves

This answer is INCORRECT because it doesn't have the right subject/verb agreement. It uses the plural "runners" and the singular "achieves."

E: provided with the best physical therapists, and trained carefully, Olympic runners will achieve

This answer is CORRECT because it makes sense to use the future tense (coaches help runners now, they set more records in the future), and it uses proper subject/verb agreement.

I hope this helps!
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Its still not clear to me why option A is wrong.I think the participle phrases are clearly modifying coaches..
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Its still not clear to me why option A is wrong.I think the participle phrases are clearly modifying coaches..


Hey techiesam ,

This question is exactly similar to the one here.

You need to understand the sequencing of the events.

As per the meaning of the sentence, coach should first provide the training and then the Olympic runners should achieve the target. So, if you are talking about coaches providing training in present tense, the score should be achieved in the future.

This is what is wrong in option A and correct in option E.

Does that make sense?
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would be great of someone can explain the reasoning behind terming choice A as incorrect
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Hi, whats the cue to use the future tense? Couldn't the question mean that the runners are already achieving upwards of 30 personal record every year?
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Hi Shraddha, it's actually a conditional statement in disguise:

If you work hard, you will score well.

Similarly,

If a coach <does something>, Olympic runners will <achieve something>.
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For the coach who manages to keep them uninjured, providing them with the best physical therapists, and training them carefully, Olympic runners are achieving upwards of 30 personal records each year.

(A) providing them with the best physical therapists, and training them carefully, Olympic runners are achieving

(B) providing them with the best physical therapists, and trained carefully, the Olympic runner achieves

(C) providing with the best physical therapists, and training them carefully, Olympic runners are achieving

(D) providing with the best physical therapists, and trained carefully, the Olympic runners achieves

(E) provided with the best physical therapists, and trained carefully, Olympic runners will achieve

1. I doubt whether this is an official GMAT Prep question. Somebody has plagiarized the original question cited by Abhimana. Will GMAT Prep ever give such a problem with cosmetic changes? A small query to the original poster. What is the real source of this question?

2. The basic tenet of a verb+ing modification that is separated by a comma from the previous part is to modify the subject and its action of the previous clause. If there is no previous clause as in this context, where we find only an introductory prepositional noun phrase, then the "verb+ing" will be modifying the following noun after the end of the modifier. As such, 'the modifiers 'providing' and 'training' are modifying the runners, which is diametrically opposite to what the text says. They are the people who are provided and trained.

That is the reason A, B, C, and D are instantly out. B has the additional problem of subject-pronoun error. D has parallelism problem too. In D, yet again, I wonder what the phrase "runners achieves" is doing in a GMAT Prep question.

That leaves us with E with correct modification and sub-pronoun agreement.

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