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Here`s an appetizer for you SC beasts! Fresh meat for Bhai!!!

The first time that Larry walked down the ramp, laden with packages, he tripped and nearly dislocated his shoulder.

(A) Larry walked down the ramp, laden with packages,
(B) Larry walked, laden with packages, down the ramp
(C) Larry walked down the ramp, with laden packages,
(D) Larry, laden with packages, walked down the ramp
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29 Jan 2006, 00:04
This is good one Matt!

I arrived between "B" & "D". I go for "D".

I'll explain later if my choice is correct & if needed.
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29 Jan 2006, 01:25
yeah a very good one..
I would go with D.

The first time that Larry walked down the ramp, laden with packages, he tripped and nearly dislocated his shoulder.

(A) Larry walked down the ramp, laden with packages,
here looks like ramp is laden with packages
(B) Larry walked, laden with packages, down the ramp
Unnecessary disconnects..Its sounding as if larry is walking for the first time
(C) Larry walked down the ramp, with laden packages,
Same as A
(D) Larry, laden with packages, walked down the ramp
Correct
Unnecessary use of perfect
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29 Jan 2006, 02:06
Good one.
Yes it should be D.

for
-simple tense
-correct meaning.

Good explanation Andy!
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29 Jan 2006, 10:14
GMATT73 wrote:
The first time that Larry walked down the ramp, laden with packages, he tripped and nearly dislocated his shoulder.

(A) Larry walked down the ramp, laden with packages,
(B) Larry walked, laden with packages, down the ramp
(C) Larry walked down the ramp, with laden packages,
(D) Larry, laden with packages, walked down the ramp

Also go with D. simple past is correct because both events were happaning at the same time. E would be ok, if one even preceds the other but this is not the case here.

So bothe clauses are correct in simple past tense form.

but i still have doubt whether the sentence is correct because both clauses are independent and two independent clauses should be seperated by semi-colon ( ; ), which this sentence lacks. therefore i think it is run-on.
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29 Jan 2006, 23:36
Yap, straight D!

Good explaination Andy
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30 Jan 2006, 01:13
(D) all the way

No use to explain further after Andy's explanations.
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30 Jan 2006, 08:22
Bellcurves.com ranks this as a V45 level SC, yet you guys treat it like a lollipop!! (a prarie dog for Bhai)

OA is a dead set (D).

P.S. Bhai, you`re excused
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13 Jun 2008, 07:39
lionheart187 wrote:
Didn't Larry walk before he tripped????

Thats correct Larry walked before he tripped..

A -out becasue "laden with packages" modfies Ramp not "the Larry "
B -out "laden with packages" modifies Walked -- which is akward and wrong.
E -out "perfect tense" is not required.
D -
The first time that Larry, (laden with packages), walked down the ramp, he tripped and nearly dislocated his shoulder. (laden with packages) -- is appositive which gives more information about Larry ..
We can remove the appositves without changing orginal meaning of the sentence.

= The first time that Larry, walked down the ramp, he tripped and nearly dislocated his shoulder
This looks ok..

C - The first time that Larry walked down the ramp, with laden packages, he tripped and nearly dislocated his shoulder.
C aslo ok, but the modifier "with laden packages" modifies "Larry" so it should be placed as nearly as possible. D has no issues with this.

I picked D because of the above reasons.
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13 Jun 2008, 07:50
I hope bellcurves.com is right that it's a V45 level. That was easy!

GMATT73 wrote:
Bellcurves.com ranks this as a V45 level SC, yet you guys treat it like a lollipop!! (a prarie dog for Bhai)

OA is a dead set (D).

P.S. Bhai, you`re excused

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13 Jun 2008, 09:23
I disagree with the OA.

"laden with packages" does not modify larry, it modifies the way which larry walked. Carrying the packages did not cause larry to trip, carrying them down the ramp caused him to trip.

The MGMAT SC section on adverbial modifer mentioned this.
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13 Jun 2008, 09:48
I disagree with you disagreeing with the OA. lol

You're right. It appears that "laden with packages" does modifies how Larry walked. The reason D is the correct answer is because we need to show that Larry is laden with packages, and not show that is how he walked or that "laden with packages" modifies "ramp". The best way to accomplish this is via D.

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The first time that Larry walked down the ramp, laden with packages, he tripped and nearly dislocated his shoulder.

(A) Larry walked down the ramp, laden with packages,
(B) Larry walked, laden with packages, down the ramp
(C) Larry walked down the ramp, with laden packages,
(D) Larry, laden with packages, walked down the ramp

gmatnub wrote:
I disagree with the OA.

"laden with packages" does not modify larry, it modifies the way which larry walked. Carrying the packages did not cause larry to trip, carrying them down the ramp caused him to trip.

The MGMAT SC section on adverbial modifer mentioned this.

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13 Jun 2008, 15:14
x2suresh wrote:
lionheart187 wrote:
Didn't Larry walk before he tripped????

Thats correct Larry walked before he tripped..

A -out becasue "laden with packages" modfies Ramp not "the Larry "
B -out "laden with packages" modifies Walked -- which is akward and wrong.
E -out "perfect tense" is not required.
D -
The first time that Larry, (laden with packages), walked down the ramp, he tripped and nearly dislocated his shoulder. (laden with packages) -- is appositive which gives more information about Larry ..
We can remove the appositves without changing orginal meaning of the sentence.

= The first time that Larry, walked down the ramp, he tripped and nearly dislocated his shoulder
This looks ok..

C - The first time that Larry walked down the ramp, with laden packages, he tripped and nearly dislocated his shoulder.
C aslo ok, but the modifier "with laden packages" modifies "Larry" so it should be placed as nearly as possible. D has no issues with this.

I picked D because of the above reasons.

Yes but isn't the past perfect required in situations like this where one action preceds the other?

The first time Larry had walked, he tripped......Larry was walking before he tripped.

I don't understand why the past perfect is not required in this situation. "The first time" just states that it was the first time that Larry walked down the ramp and does not change the fact that he walked before tripping.

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