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In contrast to large steel plants that take iron ore through all the steps needed to produce several different kinds of steel, processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products has enabled small mills to put capital into new technology and remain economically viable.

(A) processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products has enabled small mills to put capital into new technology and remain

(B) processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products has enabled small mills to put capital into new technology, remaining

(C) the processing of steel scrap into a specialized group of products has enabled small mills to put capital into new technology, remaining

(D) small mills, by processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products, have been able to put capital into new technology and remain

(E) small mills, by processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products, have been able to put capital into new technology and remained

Originally posted by prasannar on 22 Apr 2008, 06:31.
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22 Apr 2008, 06:39
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E - || large plants... small mills, have been... (have) remained
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22 Apr 2008, 06:53
prasannar wrote:
In contrast to large steel plants that take iron ore through all the steps needed to produce several different kinds of steel, processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products has enabled small mills to put capital into new technology and remain economically viable.

(A) processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products has enabled small mills to put capital into new technology and remain

(B) processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products has enabled small mills to put capital into new technology, remaining

(C) the processing of steel scrap into a specialized group of products has enabled small mills to put capital into new technology, remaining

(D) small mills, by processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products, have been able to put capital into new technology and remain

(E) small mills, by processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products, have been able to put capital into new technology and remained

eliminate b enabled does not agree with remaining
eliminate c enabled does not agree with remaining
eliminate d comparison not parallel should be "large plants that take" to "small mills (insert verb)"
eliminate e "remained" is in the past tense

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D works. Incorrect comparison in ABC and incorrect tense in E.
prasannar wrote:
In contrast to large steel plants that take iron ore through all the steps needed to produce several different kinds of steel, processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products has enabled small mills to put capital into new technology and remain economically viable.

(A) processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products has enabled small mills to put capital into new technology and remain

(B) processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products has enabled small mills to put capital into new technology, remaining

(C) the processing of steel scrap into a specialized group of products has enabled small mills to put capital into new technology, remaining

(D) small mills, by processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products, have been able to put capital into new technology and remain

(E) small mills, by processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products, have been able to put capital into new technology and remained
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D)small mills, by processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products, have been able to put capital into new technology and remain
Option D has || and to put and to remain are also||(second to is not necessary) so E cannot be correct.
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Sentence has parallel comparison issue: In contrast to X, Y
Eliminate A, B and C

Parallel Issue – to put … and remain – eliminate E

(A) processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products has enabled small mills to put capital into new technology and remain

(B) processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products has enabled small mills to put capital into new technology, remaining

(C) the processing of steel scrap into a specialized group of products has enabled small mills to put capital into new technology, remaining

(D) small mills, by processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products, have been able to put capital into new technology and remain

(E) small mills, by processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products, have been able to put capital into new technology and remained

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prasannar wrote:
In contrast to large steel plants that take iron ore through all the steps needed to produce several different kinds of steel, processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products has enabled small mills to put capital into new technology and remain economically viable.

(A) processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products has enabled small mills to put capital into new technology and remain

(B) processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products has enabled small mills to put capital into new technology, remaining

(C) the processing of steel scrap into a specialized group of products has enabled small mills to put capital into new technology, remaining

(D) small mills, by processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products, have been able to put capital into new technology and remain

(E) small mills, by processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products, have been able to put capital into new technology and remained

eliminate b enabled does not agree with remaining
eliminate c enabled does not agree with remaining
eliminate d comparison not parallel should be "large plants that take" to "small mills (insert verb)"
eliminate e "remained" is in the past tense

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In contrast to large steel plants that take iron ore through all the steps needed to produce several different kinds of steel, small mills, by processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products, have been able to put capital into new technology and (have) remained economically viable.

Can we not have " have" omitted here? In that case, "E" will be OK.
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In contrast to large steel plants that take iron ore through all the steps needed to produce several different kinds of steel, small mills, by processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products, have been able to put capital into new technology and (have) remained economically viable.

Can we not have " have" omitted here? In that case, "E" will be OK.

You can see the breakage of structural //ism in the colored part. If E has to be chosen as structurally and logically //, the correct version should be -- “have been able to put capital into new technology and (have) been able to remain economically viable. Instead we have passive voice on one side and active voice on the other. That is the reason D is better
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23 Aug 2012, 10:51
Hi

Thank you for your detailed explanation.

still I am not clear on this: About your question, 'have been' doesn't indicate passive voice here. 'Remain' is parallel to 'put'. "have been able to" is present perfect form of "to be able to".

I dont know how to spot parallelism here. When i saw verb " remained" , I assumed the subject of the verb "remained" must be "small firms". can you please suggest some tips on how to spot parallelism.

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I dont know how to spot parallelism here. When i saw verb " remained" , I assumed the subject of the verb "remained" must be "small firms". can you please suggest some tips on how to spot parallelism.

subject is Small firms because as piya correctly shared her pointer , its a contrast ( between Large firms & Small mills ) , so we can zone in between D & E

In D n E ; remove the middle modifier & reread

D : Small firms have been able to PUT................AND............REMAIN.......

E : Small firms have been able to PUT...................AND...........REMAINED..........

you can always be in look out for markers such as AND / OR............. and then try to check the portions before / after AND ( they should be parallel )

Parallelism : more like A ( B+C) = AB + AC

A : SMALL FIRMS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO , B : Put , C : Remain/Remained

Now do a quick check wrt to the above equation substituting the individual variables:

LHS : Small firms have been able to ( PUT + REMAIN/REMAINED )

RHS for D : Small firms have been able to PUT ..............+........... Small firms have been able to remain

RHS for E : Small firms have been able to PUT ..............+........... Small firms have been able to REMAINED ( does this sound correct ?) = Eliminate

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Hi Tom,

The key to identify the correct intended parallel list in the sentence is to understand the logical intended meaning ofthe sentence. Here is the analysis of this question with all due importance to the intended meaning.

In contrast to large steel plants that take iron ore through all the steps needed to produce several different kinds of steel, processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products has enabled small mills to put capital into new technology and remain economically viable.

• The sentence presents a contrast.
• Large steel plants process iron ore to produce several kinds of steel.
• Unlike them, small mills process steel scrap into specific products.
• This has enabled them to do two things:
o put capital into new technology.
o remain economically viable.

Error Analysis:

• In contrast to large steel plants
o that take iron ore through all the steps needed to produce several different kinds of steel,
• (cont. of first clause.) processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products has enabled small mills to put capital into new technology and remain economically viable.

(blue = subjects, pink = verbs)

The two entities contrasted in the idiom in use - in contrast to X, Y … are not logically parallel. X= large steel plants (noun phrase) which is not logically parallel to Y= processing steel scrap… (verb-ing phrase).

POE:

(A) processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products has enabled small mills to put capital into new technology and remain: Incorrect for the reason stated above.

(B) processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products has enabled small mills to put capital into new technology, remaining: Incorrect.
a. Same error as choice A.
b. Processing steel scrap has enabled small plants to – i) put capital into new technology and ii) remain economically viable. The two are independent purposes. “Remaining” ∦”to put”. Furthermore, this choice distorts the meaning. It unnecessarily links the two independent purposes. The choice now suggests that “remaining economically viable” is the result of the action of small mills “putting capital in the technology”. This is not the intended meaning of the sentence. Furthermore its not clear what is “remaining economically viable”. Per the structure of the sentence, “processing steel scrap” is remaining economically viable, but this is illogical.

(C) the processing of steel scrap into a specialized group of products has enabled small mills to put capital into new technology, remaining: Incorrect. Same errors as in choice B.

(D) small mills, by processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products, have been able to put capital into new technology and remain: Correct.

(E) small mills, by processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products, have been able to put capital into new technology and remained: Incorrect. "to put" is not parallel "remained".

1. The two entities compared/ contrasted must be logically as well as grammatically parallel.
2. Identify the correct list in the sentence. You can identify the correct list if you have understood the intended meaning well.

Hope this helps.
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To Egmat : why cant we view the parallelism in E as follows :
E: small mills, by processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products, have been able to put capital into new technology and (have) remained

in other words "have" can go along with "been able" and "remained"
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To Egmat : why cant we view the parallelism in E as follows :
E: small mills, by processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products, have been able to put capital into new technology and (have) remained

in other words "have" can go along with "been able" and "remained"

Note that "been" is very much part of "have". The present perfect helping verb verb is "have been". To this you can add any verb in its participle form to create a proper verb in a sentence. In choice E, "have been able" is a correct verb but we cannot say "have been remained". Also, we just CANNOT choose to remove "been" for the sake of parallelism. If we need to keep helping verbs understood then we need to keep "have been" understood", not just anyone.

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In contrast to large steel plants that take iron ore through all the steps needed to produce several different kinds of steel, processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products has enabled small mills to put capital into new technology and remain economically viable.

In contrast to large steel plants .......................................small mills ....
1. We need "smalls mills" to rectify the comparison issue.
2. Small mills....have been able to do two things
a) put capital into new technology
b) remain economically viable

(A) processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products has enabled small mills to put capital into new technology and remain - Incorrect as explained above in point 1

(B) processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products has enabled small mills to put capital into new technology, remaining - [b]Incorrect as explained above in points 1 and 2

(C) the processing of steel scrap into a specialized group of products has enabled small mills to put capital into new technology, remaining - Incorrect as explained above in points 1 and 2

(D) small mills, by processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products, have been able to put capital into new technology and remain - Correct. rectifies comparison error and both sides of parallel marker and are parallel

(E) small mills, by processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products, have been able to put capital into new technology and remained - Incorrect. Resolves comparison error but put and remained are not parallel as explained in point 2
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In contrast to large steel plants that take iron ore through all the steps needed to produce several different kinds of steel, processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products has enabled small mills to put capital into new technology and remain economically viable.

(A) processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products has enabled small mills to put capital into new technology and remain - Illogical comparison - large steel plants is a noun phrase and processing steel scrap is verb- ing phrase.

(B) processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products has enabled small mills to put capital into new technology, remaining - same error as A . Remaining distorts meaning

(C) the processing of steel scrap into a specialized group of products has enabled small mills to put capital into new technology, remaining - same error as B

(D) small mills, by processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products, have been able to put capital into new technology and remain - Correct

(E) small mills, by processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products, have been able to put capital into new technology and remained - parallelism issue - to put and remained are not parallel

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Dear mikemcgarry, GMATNinjaTwo, GMATNinja, MagooshExpert Carolyn, sayantanc2k,

I picked up E because of two action that small mills do
#1 have been able to put
#2 (have) remained

Why "have been able to put" cannot be parallel with "(have) remained" ,which omits have

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Dear mikemcgarry, GMATNinjaTwo, GMATNinja, MagooshExpert Carolyn, sayantanc2k,

I picked up E because of two action that small mills do
#1 have been able to put
#2 (have) remained

Why "have been able to put" cannot be parallel with "(have) remained" ,which omits have

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Hi zoezhuyan!

Happy to help

The main problem with E is just that "remained" shouldn't be in past tense, period. The rest of the verbs in the sentence are all in some version of the present tense, and it doesn't make sense to just throw in a verb in the past tense with no context.

Also, we cannot just omit "have" in a verb -- that changes the tense. The verb "have remained" is in the past perfect tense, and "remained" is in the simple past tense.

Of course, neither of these work in this context because they're in some form of past tense, which we just shouldn't have at all here. We want "remain" to match "have been able to put", which would be "have been able to remain". That's why we want "remain" here, not "remained"

Here's an article about parallelism that might be useful!

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In contrast to large steel plants that take iron ore through all the steps needed to produce several different kinds of steel, processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products has enabled small mills to put capital into new technology and remain economically viable.

"In contrast to x, Y" is the correct structure.
A, B and C are eliminated.

(A) processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products has enabled small mills to put capital into new technology and remain

(B) processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products has enabled small mills to put capital into new technology, remaining

(C) the processing of steel scrap into a specialized group of products has enabled small mills to put capital into new technology, remaining

(D) small mills, by processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products, have been able to put capital into new technology and remain

This the correct choice.

(E) small mills, by processing steel scrap into a specialized group of products, have been able to put capital into new technology and remained
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21 Apr 2018, 04:36
have been able to put capital into new technology and remain

Those who said the word "and" connects "have been" and "(have) remained" should look at the sentence more closely.

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