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# In 1929 relatively small declines in the market ruined many

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08 Jul 2003, 23:34
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In 1929 relatively small declines in the market ruined many speculators having bought on margin; they had to sell, and their selling pushed other investors to the brink.

(A) speculators having bought on margin; they had to sell, and
(B) speculators who had bought on margin having had to sell and
(C) speculators who had bought on margin they had to sell and
(D) speculators those who bad bought on margin these speculators had to sell and
(E) speculators who having bought on margin and having to sell
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09 Jul 2003, 18:57
...having to sell their selling????
could you explain?
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09 Jul 2003, 22:23
I myself still doubt, but E is the official answer
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09 Jul 2003, 23:31
I can say with certainty that none of those is right. Are there commas or semicolons in any choices except (A)?
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11 Jul 2003, 17:01
I could see (C) being correct if there were a semincolon after margin. However, because there is no comma after sell, this would become a run-on sentence because of the two independent clauses and a coordinating conjunction.

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15 Aug 2006, 00:43
Without the commas and semi-colons. I think the best of the worst here in (A).
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15 Aug 2006, 02:50
very surprised to see E as OA...

A looks okay with the right use of ;

otherwise C comes closer...
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15 Aug 2006, 08:36
C and D are run-on.

Only A and E comes closer.
I also selected A.

Can somebody tell me the meaning of "having to sell their selling" in E
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15 Aug 2006, 11:51
stolyar wrote:
E.

He gives his harness bells a shake
to find if there is some mistake?

Can't believe it's E!!
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15 Aug 2006, 14:47
Pretty sure the choices are missing punctuations... in the current scenario, I would select A.

OE? Source?
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15 Aug 2006, 21:00
I don't believe that E could possibly be correct in this case.

I think that B & C are missing semicolons. Personally I would choose C if it had a semicolon in the same position as in choice A.

As it stands, I can't really go for any of the answers.
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15 Aug 2006, 21:02
I just wanted to ask where this question came from.

Also, I have heard that the GMAT will not test punctuation. I have not personally seen any questions testing punctuation in the offical preperation guides or on the real test, but does anyone know for sure? It would make sense that they do not test punctuation because there are a number of accepted style manuals that differ in their punctuation rules.
15 Aug 2006, 21:02
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