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# If a song is played on the radio often, a practice favored by popular

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If a song is played on the radio often, a practice favored by popular radio stations,it increases the chance that the singer will become famous.

(A) If a song is played on the radio often, a practice favored by popular radio stations, it
(B) If a song is played on the radio often, and favored by popular radio stations, it
(C) A practice favored by popular radio stations, a song played on the radio often,
(D) A song played on the radio often, a practice favored by popular radio stations,
(E) The playing of a song on the radio often, and a practice favored by popular radio stations,

Originally posted by ABMVD on 19 Dec 2015, 09:08.
Last edited by Bunuel on 11 Oct 2018, 03:50, edited 1 time in total.
Renamed the topic and edited the question.
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19 Dec 2015, 09:43
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I may have to disagree with the OA. ; A modifier cocooned within a parenthesis is additional info and can be dispensed with, not affecting the essence of the core sentence.
Let’s do that.

If a song is played on the radio often, a practice favored by popular radio stations, it increases the chance that the singer will become famous.

(A) If a song is played on the radio often,a practice favored by popular radio stations, it -- The ‘it’ has no referent. It cannot refer to the song, playing often increases the chance. Secondly, a present conditional will need a future tense for the main clause as the cause happens now and the effect happens in the future.

(B) If a song is played on the radio often, and favored by popular radio stations, it --- Same as in A. meaning is also that the song is favored rather than the practice is favored.

(C) A practice favored by popular radio stations, a song played on the radio often,--- meaning changed

(D) A song played on the radio often, a practice favored by popular radio stations, ----- This carries the intended meaning correctly. The best choice.

E. The playing of a song on the radio often, and a practice favored by popular radio stations, --- 1. SV error; 2. Meaning changed

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19 Dec 2015, 09:50
Thanks for the reply daagh , I also rejected A,B for similar reason , but chose C because "a practice " is what increases the chances that the singer will be famous .While D says "a song " increases the chances . Is not C more logical than D ? .

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19 Dec 2015, 10:07
The meaning leans in favor of a song that is played often that increases the chance; In D, the sentence without the modifier is complete while in C a practice without the accompanying song being repeated isn't full-fledged. if C were to say-- A practice favored by popular radio stations of playing a song on the radio often-, that would be correct.
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I think (A) is correct. The thing is, even if you remove the words between the two commas, you'll still need to keep ONE comma because of the "if". That's what we do even in normal situations with "if" and we shouldn't just mechanically remove both commas. If the preceeding sentence structure so requires, we should keep one comma.

(b) is incorrect because of "and" - we are not joining two independent clauses, nor are we creating a list
(c) is incorrect because of the comma at the end which makes it an incomplete sentence. Also, it distorts the meaning in the original - the frequent playing makes the artists popular, not the favoured practice or the song itself.
(d) invalid because a song is not a practice. you can't use one to describe the other in the appositive
(e) invalid for the same reason as (b)
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30 Dec 2015, 16:16
Hi,

If we think "played on radio often" as the modifier then The Song becomes the subject and after masking all the modifiers, the core sentence becomes something like this, which I am not sure if conveys the correct meaning. Please advice.

A song played on the radio often, a practice favored by popular radio stations, increases the chance that the singer will become famous.

daagh wrote:
I may have to disagree with the OA. ; A modifier cocooned within a parenthesis is additional info and can be dispensed with, not affecting the essence of the core sentence.
Let’s do that.

If a song is played on the radio often, a practice favored by popular radio stations, it increases the chance that the singer will become famous.

(A) If a song is played on the radio often,a practice favored by popular radio stations, it -- The ‘it’ has no referent. It cannot refer to the song, playing often increases the chance. Secondly, a present conditional will need a future tense for the main clause as the cause happens now and the effect happens in the future.

(B) If a song is played on the radio often, and favored by popular radio stations, it --- Same as in A. meaning is also that the song is favored rather than the practice is favored.

(C) A practice favored by popular radio stations, a song played on the radio often,--- meaning changed

(D) A song played on the radio often, a practice favored by popular radio stations, ----- This carries the intended meaning correctly. The best choice.

E. The playing of a song on the radio often, and a practice favored by popular radio stations, --- 1. SV error; 2. Meaning changed
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30 Dec 2015, 16:35
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Hi,

If we think "played on radio often" as the modifier then The Song becomes the subject and after masking all the modifiers, the core sentence becomes something like this, which I am not sure if conveys the correct meaning. Please advice.

A song played on the radio often, a practice favored by popular radio stations, increases the chance that the singer will become famous.

daagh wrote:
I may have to disagree with the OA. ; A modifier cocooned within a parenthesis is additional info and can be dispensed with, not affecting the essence of the core sentence.
Let’s do that.

If a song is played on the radio often, a practice favored by popular radio stations, it increases the chance that the singer will become famous.

(A) If a song is played on the radio often,a practice favored by popular radio stations, it -- The ‘it’ has no referent. It cannot refer to the song, playing often increases the chance. Secondly, a present conditional will need a future tense for the main clause as the cause happens now and the effect happens in the future.

(B) If a song is played on the radio often, and favored by popular radio stations, it --- Same as in A. meaning is also that the song is favored rather than the practice is favored.

(C) A practice favored by popular radio stations, a song played on the radio often,--- meaning changed

(D) A song played on the radio often, a practice favored by popular radio stations, ----- This carries the intended meaning correctly. The best choice.

E. The playing of a song on the radio often, and a practice favored by popular radio stations, --- 1. SV error; 2. Meaning changed

I don't believe "a song" is the subject. "If" introduces a scenario and so the entire scenario becomes the subject. Hence, "it" refers to the entire first clause.

If [a scenario occurs] it increase the chances that [cause from scenario]. D introduces no condition and changes the meaning. Plus it is very awkward.
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30 Dec 2015, 22:22
A song can increase smth - this is illogical.
the practice of playing the song often - increases the chance of the artist to become famous.
I say C is better worded, but only the first part...
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A song can increase smth - this is illogical.
the practice of playing the song often - increases the chance of the artist to become famous.
I say C is better worded, but only the first part...

well well well...after 1year+, i solved it in the same way...clearly it is a bad question for practice for the above mentioned reasons.
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07 Jul 2017, 22:54
please can some expert confirm if OA is indeed correct.
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17 Jul 2017, 11:14
stne wrote:
please can some expert confirm if OA is indeed correct.

I agree with daagh above -- this question is pretty suspect, and really doesn't sound like an official GMAT question to me. So unless somebody can confirm that this is a legit, official question, I wouldn't recommend spending any more of your time and energy on this one.

And just another friendly reminder: please please please always include the question source when you post in the verbal forum!
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11 Oct 2018, 03:50
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If a song is played on the radio often, a practice favored by popular radio stations,it increases the chance that the singer will become famous.

(A) If a song is played on the radio often, a practice favored by popular radio stations, it
(B) If a song is played on the radio often, and favored by popular radio stations, it
(C) A practice favored by popular radio stations, a song played on the radio often,
(D) A song played on the radio often, a practice favored by popular radio stations,
(E) The playing of a song on the radio often, and a practice favored by popular radio stations,

MANHATTAN REVIEW OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:

B changes the meaning. The sentence as written refers to the practice being favored, not the song being favored. Eliminate B. C incorrectly implies that a song is a practice favored by stations. D has the same mistake. E incorrectly has the word ‘and’. The subject of this option is therefore plural, but the verb ‘increases’ is singular. The correct choice is A.
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11 Oct 2018, 06:59
admin, please remove such questions. It doesn't seem to have a single correct choice.
People end up wasting time and add to confusion

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