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Nicolaus Copernicus realized that they were not stars but were satellites that orbit the giant planet in much the same way the planets themselves travel around the Sun, a discovery that finally demolished the human conceit that Earth is the center of the solar system, even the universe.


A) Nicolaus Copernicus realized that they were not stars but were satellites that orbit the giant planet in much the same way the planets themselves travel around the Sun, a discovery that finally demolished the human conceit that Earth is the center of the solar system, even the universe.

B) Nicolaus Copernicus realized that they were not stars but satellites that orbit the giant planet in much the same way the planets themselves travel around the Sun, finally demolishing the human conceit that Earth is the center of the solar system, even the universe.

C) Nicolaus Copernicus realized that they were not stars but were satellites orbiting the giant planet in much the same way the planets themselves travel around the Sun, a discovery finally demolishing the human conceit that Earth is the center of the solar system, even the universe.

D) Nicolaus Copernicus realized that they were not stars but satellites that orbit the giant planet in much the same way the planets themselves travel around the Sun, a discovery that finally demolished the human conceit that Earth is the center of the solar system, even the universe.

E) Nicolaus Copernicus had realized that they were not stars but satellites that orbit the giant planet in much the same way the planets themselves travel around the Sun, a discovery to finally demolish the human conceit that Earth is the center of the solar system, even the universe.
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Well done my friend, that's correct. Let me know your approach.
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A has incorrect idiom usage.. The correct usage is not x but y

B makes it appear that the realisation of NC demolished the conceit

C has tense error realised doesn't go with demolishing

E a discovery to... is incorrect and awkward

So we are left with D


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Hi,
As per my knowledge,we can use ing-modifier to express result of an action.So while solving I thought that the realization must have resulted to demolish the human conceit.Can someone please explain why am I wrong.

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Hi,
As per my knowledge,we can use ing-modifier to express result of an action.So while solving I thought that the realization must have resulted to demolish the human conceit.Can someone please explain why am I wrong.


Your understanding of ing modifier is perfect. But, you have to realize that "its the discovery" that demolished the misconception, not the "realization".

If the sentence have been written as :

Nicolaus Copernicus discovered that .........., demolishing... : it would have been correct.

In doubt, apply negation ( or as per the great Mitch Hunt, its Intrinsic test): http://www.beatthegmat.com/gmat-sc-egma ... 81131.html
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A COMMA + VERBing modifier refers not only to the preceding subject but also to the preceding VERB.
When correctly used, a COMMA + VERBing modifier serves to express an action that is an INTRINSIC PART OF THE PRECEDING ACTION.
For this reason, a COMMA + VERBing modifier should pass what I call THE INTRINSIC TEST:
If the COMMA + VERBing modifier is reversed, the action in the main clause will be CONTRADICTED


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A) Nicolaus Copernicus realized that they were not stars but were satellites that orbit the giant planet in much the same way the planets themselves travel around the Sun, a discovery that finally demolished the human conceit that Earth is the center of the solar system, even the universe.

D) Nicolaus Copernicus realized that they were not stars but satellites that orbit the giant planet in much the same way the planets themselves travel around the Sun, a discovery that finally demolished the human conceit that Earth is the center of the solar system, even the universe.


Why D and not A? Why would we choose "that they were not stars but satellites" over "that they were not stars but were satellites"?

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Nicolaus Copernicus realized that they were not stars but were satellites that orbit the giant planet in much the same way the planets themselves travel around the Sun, a discovery that finally demolished the human conceit that Earth is the center of the solar system, even the universe.

A) Nicolaus Copernicus realized that they were not stars but were satellites that orbit the giant planet in much the same way the planets themselves travel around the Sun, a discovery that finally demolished the human conceit that Earth is the center of the solar system, even the universe.

B) Nicolaus Copernicus realized that they were not stars but satellites that orbit the giant planet in much the same way the planets themselves travel around the Sun, finally demolishing the human conceit that Earth is the center of the solar system, even the universe.

C) Nicolaus Copernicus realized that they were not stars but were satellites orbiting the giant planet in much the same way the planets themselves travel around the Sun, a discovery finally demolishing the human conceit that Earth is the center of the solar system, even the universe.

D) Nicolaus Copernicus realized that they were not stars but satellites that orbit the giant planet in much the same way the planets themselves travel around the Sun, a discovery that finally demolished the human conceit that Earth is the center of the solar system, even the universe.

E) Nicolaus Copernicus had realized that they were not stars but satellites that orbit the giant planet in much the same way the planets themselves travel around the Sun, a discovery to finally demolish the human conceit that Earth is the center of the solar system, even the universe.[/quote]
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A) Nicolaus Copernicus realized that they were not stars but were satellites that orbit the giant planet in much the same way the planets themselves travel around the Sun, a discovery that finally demolished the human conceit that Earth is the center of the solar system, even the universe.

D) Nicolaus Copernicus realized that they were not stars but satellites that orbit the giant planet in much the same way the planets themselves travel around the Sun, a discovery that finally demolished the human conceit that Earth is the center of the solar system, even the universe.


Why D and not A? Why would we choose "that they were not stars but satellites" over "that they were not stars but were satellites"?

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Hello linakherchi - The correct IDIOM is - "Not X But Y"

"Not X But Were Y" is incorrect.

Hope this helps.
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