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# In the process of developing a successful career, self-motivation's im

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In the process of developing a successful career, self-motivation's importance is paramount.

(A) In the process of developing a successful career, self-motivation's importance is paramount
(B) When developing a successful career's process, the importance of self-motivation is paramount
(C) The importance of self-motivation is paramount in the process of developing a career filled with successes
(D) Self-motivation's importance is paramount when in the process of developing a successful career
(E) The importance of self-motivation is paramount in the process of developing a successful career

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28 Feb 2020, 01:27
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(A) Modifier "In the process of developing a successful career" indicates that the subject, "importance", is in this process, which is nonsensical.
(B) Similar issue as above.
(C) "a career filled with successes" is too wordy. "a successful career" is so much better.
(D) "when" is superfluous.
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28 Feb 2020, 07:37
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In the process of developing a successful career, self-motivation's importance is paramount.

(A) In the process of developing a successful career, self-motivation's importance is paramount
Seems good.

(B) When developing a successful career's process, the importance of self-motivation is paramount
Non-sense.

(C) The importance of self-motivation is paramount in the process of developing a career filled with successes

Modifier error, in the process seems to modify paramount, the placement is not right as per me.

(D) Self-motivation's importance is paramount when in the process of developing a successful career
Gmat uses "when" literally, meaning doesn't seem correct.

(E) The importance of self-motivation is paramount in the process of developing a successful career

Same as C

Hence A
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29 Feb 2020, 01:31
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E is the best answer in my view.

In A, self motivation's importance has an awkward meaning, hence not correct. self motivation's importance creates an awkward meaning as though there is some type or kind of importance that is ascribed solely to self-motivation. On the other hand, self motivation's importance could also mean the importance of self-motivation, which is the intended meaning. Better to go for an option that uses the importance of self motivation rathan than self motivation's importance. Eliminate A.

In B, Career's process creates an awkward and wrong meaning as if career has a process in the possessive sense. The intended meaning is when developing a successful career or In the process of developing a successful career. Eliminate B.

C is wordy and inferior to E. The noun modifier successful in E to modify career is concise compared to the wordier option filled with successes in C. Eliminate C.

The error A enumerated above is repeated in D. In addition, when in the process of developing creates redundancy in the sentence. You either say when developing or say in the process of developing. Eliminate D.

E is left as the best answer out of the lot.

(A) In the process of developing a successful career, self-motivation's importance is paramount
(B) When developing a successful career's process, the importance of self-motivation is paramount
(C) The importance of self-motivation is paramount in the process of developing a career filled with successes
(D) Self-motivation's importance is paramount when in the process of developing a successful career
(E) The importance of self-motivation is paramount in the process of developing a successful career
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02 Mar 2020, 00:19
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OFFICIAL EXPLANATION

In the process of developing a successful career, self-motivation's importance is paramount.

(A) In the process of developing a successful career, self-motivation's importance is paramount

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect: self-motivation is an abstract noun, and using 's to express possession is only allowed with concrete nouns.

(B) When developing a successful career's process, the importance of self-motivation is paramount

Incorrect.

While this answer choice corrects the original Possession mistake, it is still grammatically incorrect: career is an abstract noun, and using 's to express possession is only allowed with concrete nouns.

Also, this answer choice changes the meaning of the original sentence by linking the word process to career. In the original sentence, what is developed is a career. In this answer choice, what is developed is a process.

(C) The importance of self-motivation is paramount in the process of developing a career filled with successes

Incorrect.

Although this answer corrects the original Possession mistake and is grammatically correct, it is stylistically flawed. Replacing the two-word phrase successful career with the four-word phrase career filled with successes creates redundancy. This phrase is not only wordy but also awkward.

(D) Self-motivation's importance is paramount when in the process of developing a successful career

Incorrect.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect and repeats the original mistake: self-motivation is an abstract noun, and using 's to express possession is only allowed with concrete nouns.

This answer choice is also stylistically flawed as the addition of the word when creates redundancy.

(E) The importance of self-motivation is paramount in the process of developing a successful career

Self-motivation is an abstract noun, so the correct way to express possession to it is using of rather than 's.
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