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# GMAT Plus has wrong answers?

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23 Sep 2003, 18:40
I've just started studying with the GMAT Plus material. It's weird--- some of the questions are obviously a little messed up (for example, in a SC, a phrase in the question stem may be repeated when it's clear that it should only be there once).

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone else has noticed any wrong answers? or general weirdness with GMAT Plus?

Here is one I noticed... but tell me if you understand the answer!

In June of 1987, The Bridge of Trinquetaille, Vincent van Gogh's view of an iron bridge over the __Rhone sold for \$20.2 million and it was__ and the second highest price ever paid for a painting at auction.

a)
b) Rhone, which sold for \$20.2 million, was
c) Rhone, was sold for \$20.2 million
d) Rhone was sold for \$20.2 million, being
e) Rhone, sold for \$20.2 million, and was

GMAT Plus says the answer is (c), but clearly, the last clause in the sentence is missing a verb with this answer. ("..was sold for \$million and the [was] second highest price"). I thought it was (e). The only complication with this answer was the comma after million... it really shouldn't be there. But (e) was the best answer I could see.

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23 Sep 2003, 20:21

The only thing thats missing is the comma and i am absolutely sure its a typo...which you will find in the best of guides (Except the OG)

Quote:
In June of 1987, The Bridge of Trinquetaille, Vincent van Gogh's view of an iron bridge over the rhone, was sold for 20.2 million, the second highest price ever paid for an auction.

"The second highest price" correctly modifies the price 20.2 million..

lets look at E

Quote:
Rhone, sold for \$20.2 million, and was

here "and was" suggests that Vincent van Gogh's view of an iron bridge over the rhone was the second highest price !!!

how can "and was " ever modify 20.2 million!

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23 Sep 2003, 20:53
If I put in answer (C) directly into the sentence, it reads:

In June of 1987, The Bridge of Trinquetaille, Vincent van Gogh's view of an iron bridge over the <b>Rhone, was sold for \$20.2 million</b> and the second highest price ever paid for a painting at auction.

Even if we add in the missing comma, isn't there an extra "and" before "the second highest price"? But I guess that could be part of the typo.

I understand about E now... thanks! E has "price" modify "The Bridge of Trinquetaille", which is absurd.

praetorian123 wrote:

The only thing thats missing is the comma and i am absolutely sure its a typo...which you will find in the best of guides (Except the OG)

Quote:
In June of 1987, The Bridge of Trinquetaille, Vincent van Gogh's view of an iron bridge over the rhone, was sold for 20.2 million, the second highest price ever paid for an auction.

"The second highest price" correctly modifies the price 20.2 million..

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24 Sep 2003, 09:38
If I put in answer (C) directly into the sentence, it reads:

Quote:
In June of 1987, The Bridge of Trinquetaille, Vincent van Gogh's view of an iron bridge over the <b>Rhone, was sold for \$20.2 million</b> and the second highest price ever paid for a painting at auction.

you are not making the right substitution

The correct version is

In June of 1987, The Bridge of Trinquetaille, Vincent van Gogh's view of an iron bridge over the <b>Rhone, was sold for \$20.2 million,</b> the second highest price ever paid for a painting at auction.

There is no "AND" in there

thanks

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