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Imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869, the gypsy moth was used by a French scientist in an attempt at developing a strong strain of silk-producing insects, crossing gypsy moths with adult silkworms.

(A) Imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869, the gypsy moth was used by a French scientist in an attempt at developing a strong strain of silk-producing insects, crossing gypsy moths with adult silkworms.

(B) Imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869, a French scientist was attempting to develop a strong strain of silk-producing insects by crossing gypsy moths with adult silkworms.

(C) To cross gypsy moths with adult silkworms, in attempting the development of a strong strain of silk-producing insects, a French scientist in 1869 imported the gypsy moth into Massachusetts from Europe.

(D) The gypsy moth was imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869 by a French scientist attempting to develop a strong strain of silk-producing insects by crossing gypsy moths with adult silkworms.

(E) In an attempt at the development of a strong strain of silk-producing insects, a French scientist, importing the gypsy moth from Europe into Massachusetts in 1869 in order to cross gypsy moths and adult silkworms.
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D for me. Attempt to is the correct idiom.

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dont you thnk ...D changes the meaning.. As it says the moth has been imported by the scientist which is not the case

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No, D doesn't alter the meaning. The moth should be the subject, and it is indeed the moth that was imported by the french scientist.

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D clearly...the only one that actually make sense

A. Imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869, the gypsy moth was used by a
French scientist in an attempt at developing a strong strain of silk-producing
insects, crossing gypsy moths with adult silkworms. - should be by crossing .....and no need for comma
B. Imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869, a French scientist was
attempting to develop a strong strain of silk-producing insects by crossing gypsy
moths with adult silkworms. -a french scientist was imported?!
C. To cross gypsy moths with adult silkworms, in attempting the development of a
strong strain of silk-producing insects, a French scientist in 1869 imported the
gypsy moth into Massachusetts from Europe. -in attempting the ...incorrect idiom
D. The gypsy moth was imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869 by a
French scientist attempting to develop a strong strain of silk-producing insects by
crossing gypsy moths with adult silkworms. - correct
E. In an attempt at the development of a strong strain of silk-producing insects, a
French scientist, importing the gypsy moth from Europe into Massachusetts in
1869 in order to cross gypsy moths and adult silkworms. - a french scientist...fragment?

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IMO D....it will be more better if a comma is put after French scientist....anyway attempt to is correct idiom...

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IMO D. Correct modifier and idiom

A - attempt at. Incorrect idiom
B - Imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869, a French scientist . Incorrect modifier
C - in attempting the development. Awkward construction IMO
E - In an attempt at. Incorrect idiom

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D alters the meaning saying that it was the scientist who imported the gypsy moth.
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Imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869, the gypsy moth was used by a French scientist in an attempt at developing a strong strain of silk-producing insects, crossing gypsy moths with adult silkworms.

A. Imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869, the gypsy moth was used by a French scientist in an attempt at developing a strong strain of silk-producing insects, crossing gypsy moths with adult silkworms.
B. Imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869, a French scientist was attempting to develop a strong strain of silk-producing insects by crossing gypsy moths with adult silkworms.
C. To cross gypsy moths with adult silkworms, in attempting the development of a strong strain of silk-producing insects, a French scientist in 1869 imported the gypsy moth into Massachusetts from Europe.
D. The gypsy moth was imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869 by a French scientist attempting to develop a strong strain of silk-producing insects by crossing gypsy moths with adult silkworms.
E. In an attempt at the development of a strong strain of silk-producing insects, a French scientist, importing the gypsy moth from Europe into Massachusetts in 1869 in order to cross gypsy moths and adult silkworms.
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Imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869, the gypsy moth was used by a French scientist in an attempt at developing a strong strain of silk-producing insects, crossing gypsy moths with adult silkworms.

A. Imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869, the gypsy moth was used by a French scientist in an attempt at developing a strong strain of silk-producing insects, crossing gypsy moths with adult silkworms.
B. Imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869, a French scientist was attempting to develop a strong strain of silk-producing insects by crossing gypsy moths with adult silkworms.
C. To cross gypsy moths with adult silkworms, in attempting the development of a strong strain of silk-producing insects, a French scientist in 1869 imported the gypsy moth into Massachusetts from Europe.
D. The gypsy moth was imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869 by a French scientist attempting to develop a strong strain of silk-producing insects by crossing gypsy moths with adult silkworms.
E. In an attempt at the development of a strong strain of silk-producing insects, a French scientist, importing the gypsy moth from Europe into Massachusetts in 1869 in order to cross gypsy moths and adult silkworms.


Answer D: Attempt to.. Imported by French scientist - correct

A: Attempting At - Incorrect Idiom
B: Modifier; A french scientist was not imported :D
C: Akward and wordy
E: Attempt At - Incorrect

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Imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869, the gypsy moth was used by a French scientist in an attempt at developing a strong strain of silk-producing insects, crossing gypsy moths with adult silkworms.

A. Imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869, the gypsy moth was used by a French scientist in an attempt at developing a strong strain of silk-producing insects, crossing gypsy moths with adult silkworms.
B. Imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869, a French scientist was attempting to develop a strong strain of silk-producing insects by crossing gypsy moths with adult silkworms.
C. To cross gypsy moths with adult silkworms, in attempting the development of a strong strain of silk-producing insects, a French scientist in 1869 imported the gypsy moth into Massachusetts from Europe.
D. The gypsy moth was imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869 by a French scientist attempting to develop a strong strain of silk-producing insects by crossing gypsy moths with adult silkworms.
E. In an attempt at the development of a strong strain of silk-producing insects, a French scientist, importing the gypsy moth from Europe into Massachusetts in 1869 in order to cross gypsy moths and adult silkworms.


From Option A we cannot figure out "who imported gypsy moth", however, OA (D) says that "the gypsy moth was imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869 by a French scientist".. Will this result into change of meaning?

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From Option A we cannot figure out "who imported gypsy moth", however, OA (D) says that "the gypsy moth was imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869 by a French scientist".. Will this result into change of meaning?


Within the purview of the question, D is the best option. As I see, D is passive (and correct GMAT options are rarely passive) and the meanings of A (given sentence) and D are different. But, this being a fully underlined question, the other options having blaring errors, we are forced to select D, which clearly is idiomatic and correct on modifiers.
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A. Imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869, the gypsy moth was used by a French scientist in an attempt at developing a strong strain of silk-producing insects, crossing gypsy moths with adult silkworms. It's better to use infinitive of purpose "to develop" than "at developing"; participle "crossing" seems to be an adverbial modifier, which can modify the how the gypsy moth was used OR can illogically modify the entire preceding clause

B. Imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869, a French scientist was attempting to develop a strong strain of silk-producing insects by crossing gypsy moths with adult silkworms. "Imported..." is a misplaced modifier

C. To cross gypsy moths with adult silkworms, in attempting the development of a strong strain of silk-producing insects, a French scientist in 1869 imported the gypsy moth into Massachusetts from Europe. Inverted word order changes the meaning of the sentence; "To cross" is a dangling modifier; "in attempting the development" is wordy

D. The gypsy moth was imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869 by a French scientist attempting to develop a strong strain of silk-producing insects by crossing gypsy moths with adult silkworms. OK - modifiers are placed in a logical way; "attempting to develop" is precise

E. In an attempt at the development of a strong strain of silk-producing insects, a French scientist, importing the gypsy moth from Europe into Massachusetts in 1869 in order to cross gypsy moths and adult silkworms. Not a complete sentence; "in an attempt at the development" is wordy

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Imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869, the gypsy moth was used by a French
scientist in an attempt at developing a strong strain of silk-producing insects, crossing
gypsy moths with adult silkworms.

A. Imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869, the gypsy moth was used by a
French scientist in an attempt at developing a strong strain of silk-producing
insects, crossing gypsy moths with adult silkworms.
B. Imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869, a French scientist was
attempting to develop a strong strain of silk-producing insects by crossing gypsy
moths with adult silkworms.
C. To cross gypsy moths with adult silkworms, in attempting the development of a
strong strain of silk-producing insects, a French scientist in 1869 imported the
gypsy moth into Massachusetts from Europe.
D. The gypsy moth was imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869 by a
French scientist attempting to develop a strong strain of silk-producing insects by
crossing gypsy moths with adult silkworms.
E. In an attempt at the development of a strong strain of silk-producing insects, a
French scientist, importing the gypsy moth from Europe into Massachusetts in
1869 in order to cross gypsy moths and adult silkworms.


A. Imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869, the gypsy moth was used by a
French scientist in an attempt at developing a strong strain of silk-producing
insects, crossing gypsy moths with adult silkworms. Incorrect idiom

B. Imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869, a French scientist was
attempting to develop a strong strain of silk-producing insects by crossing gypsy
moths with adult silkworms. Changes meaning - the scientist wasn't imported.

C. To cross gypsy moths with adult silkworms, in attempting the development of a
strong strain of silk-producing insects, a French scientist in 1869 imported the
gypsy moth into Massachusetts from Europe. Awkward construction

D. The gypsy moth was imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869 by a
French scientist attempting to develop a strong strain of silk-producing insects by
crossing gypsy moths with adult silkworms. Easy to dismiss since it has no punctuation in a long sentence, but the best answer among the choices available

E. In an attempt at the development of a strong strain of silk-producing insects, a
French scientist, importing the gypsy moth from Europe into Massachusetts in
1869 in order to cross gypsy moths and adult silkworms. Incorrect idiom

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Imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869, the gypsy moth was used by a
French scientist in an attempt at developing a strong strain of silk-producing
insects, crossing gypsy moths with adult silkworms. Incorrect idiom


the problem with option A is not as much with the idiom as it is with the incorrect usage of "comma + verbing" modifier

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A. Imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869, the gypsy moth was used by a
French scientist in an attempt at developing a strong strain of silk-producing
insects, crossing gypsy moths with adult silkworms.

First of all, the correct idiomatic usage is attempt TO, not attempt AT.
Second, the comma verb-ing seems to suggest that moth themselves are crossing the moths


B. Imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869, a French scientist was
attempting to develop a strong strain of silk-producing insects by crossing gypsy
moths with adult silkworms.

Scientist is being imported into Massachusetts - not correct

C. To cross gypsy moths with adult silkworms, in attempting the development of a
strong strain of silk-producing insects, a French scientist in 1869 imported the
gypsy moth into Massachusetts from Europe.

To cross..., in attempting...., a French Scientist - this sentence construction is awkward at best

D. The gypsy moth was imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869 by a
French scientist attempting to develop a strong strain of silk-producing insects by
crossing gypsy moths with adult silkworms.

CORRECT

E. In an attempt at the development of a strong strain of silk-producing insects, a
French scientist
, importing the gypsy moth from Europe into Massachusetts in
1869 in order to cross gypsy moths and adult silkworms.

same idiomatic error stated in (A).
Also note that we have a fragment sentence. We only have the subject "a french scientist".

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D. The gypsy moth was imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869 by a
French scientist attempting to develop a strong strain of silk-producing insects by
crossing gypsy moths with adult silkworms. Easy to dismiss since it has no punctuation in a long sentence, but the best answer among the choices available



I had precisely eliminated it for this reason..I should be more careful in my exam tomorrow!

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Lets just understand the meaning of each of the options. The grammatical analysis comes later.

A) Imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869, the gypsy moth was used by a
French scientist in an attempt at developing a strong strain of silk-producing
insects, crossing gypsy moths with adult silkworms.

The way this sentence is framed, it looks like that "the gypsy moth was used by a French scientist in an attempt at developing a strong strain of silk-producing insects" and "the gypsy moth was crossing gypsy moths with adult silkworms". The comma before the last fragment of the sentence makes "the gypsy moth" as its subject.
This does not make any sense.

B) Imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869, a French scientist was
attempting to develop a strong strain of silk-producing insects by crossing gypsy
moths with adult silkworms.

Very conspicuously, it can inferred that "a French scientist" was imported.
This does not make any sense.

C)To cross gypsy moths with adult silkworms, in attempting the development of a
strong strain of silk-producing insects, a French scientist in 1869 imported the
gypsy moth into Massachusetts from Europe.

If read clearly, it can be noticed that "To cross gypsy moths with adult silkworms a French scientist in 1869 imported the
gypsy moth into Massachusetts from Europe." From the original sentence it can be deduced that the scientist's motive is to develop the strong strain of silk-producing insects (and not how he does it)
This alters the meaning of the original sentence.

We will see D later

E) In an attempt at the development of a strong strain of silk-producing insects, a
French scientist, importing the gypsy moth from Europe into Massachusetts in
1869 in order to cross gypsy moths and adult silkworms.

The sentence has no verb for the french scientist. It does not convey any particular meaning.

D) The gypsy moth was imported into Massachusetts from Europe in 1869 by a
French scientist attempting to develop a strong strain of silk-producing insects by
crossing gypsy moths with adult silkworms.

This sentence does not have any ambiguous meaning. The gypsy moth was imported by scientist to do this by doing this.
The original sentence does not tell us whether or not the moth was imported by the scientist. Other options do not convey a clear meaning or diverts from the original intent.

From idioms point of view, "attempt to" is the correct idiom.

But from meaning alone, other options can be eliminated.

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Where does the original sentence say that the French scientist imported the Gypsy moth? How can we infer that? I only eliminated option D on this basis, thinking that what is not told in the initial statement cannot be concluded.

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Where does the original sentence say that the French scientist imported the Gypsy moth? How can we infer that? I only eliminated option D on this basis, thinking that what is not told in the initial statement cannot be concluded.

Any clarifications?


D clearly changes the meaning, so this is just one of those few times where the people making the GMAT got it wrong. It happens.

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