It is currently 24 Jun 2017, 08:57

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

# Events & Promotions

###### Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

# Meteor showers and individual streaks of light that flash

Author Message
TAGS:

### Hide Tags

SVP
Joined: 16 Jul 2009
Posts: 1511
Schools: CBS
WE 1: 4 years (Consulting)
Meteor showers and individual streaks of light that flash [#permalink]

### Show Tags

17 Jun 2010, 14:32
14
This post was
BOOKMARKED
00:00

Difficulty:

5% (low)

Question Stats:

73% (01:37) correct 27% (00:35) wrong based on 643 sessions

### HideShow timer Statistics

Meteor showers and individual streaks of light that flash across the sky every night are generated when tiny flecks of celestial detritus, often no larger than grains of sand or of pebbles, burn up speeding through the atmosphere.

A. grains of sand or of pebbles, burn up speeding
B. grains of sand or pebbles, burn up while speeding
C. grains of sand or pebbles, which burn up while speeding
D. a grain of sand or pebble, which burns up as it speeds
E. a grain of sand or a pebble, burns up when it speeds
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

_________________

The sky is the limit
800 is the limit

GMAT Club Premium Membership - big benefits and savings

Last edited by noboru on 26 Jul 2010, 03:50, edited 1 time in total.
Director
Joined: 24 Aug 2009
Posts: 503
Schools: Harvard, Columbia, Stern, Booth, LSB,
Re: Meteor showers and individual streaks of light that flash [#permalink]

### Show Tags

06 Jul 2013, 00:38
8
KUDOS
1
This post was
BOOKMARKED
fozzzy wrote:
Can someone provide a detailed analysis on this question. Please explain each answer choice. Thanks!

Meteor showers and individual streaks of light that flash across the sky every night are generated when tiny flecks of celestial detritus, often no larger than grains of sand or of pebbles, burn up speeding through the atmosphere.
A. grains of sand or of pebbles, burn up speeding - Use of OF is incorrect. More over modifier SPEEDING creates confusion. Incorrect.
B. grains of sand or pebbles, burn up while speeding - Correct
C. grains of sand or pebbles, which burn up while speeding
- Placement of WHICH changes the meaning of the sentence because in this case WHICH refers to "a grain of sand or pebble" and means that sand or pebble burns rather than FLECKS burning. Thus Incorrect
D. a grain of sand or pebble, which burns up as it speeds
- Placement of WHICH changes the meaning of the sentence because in this case WHICH refers to "a grain of sand or pebble" and means that sand or pebble burns rather than FLECKS burning. Thus Incorrect
E. a grain of sand or a pebble, burns up when it speeds
- Its the tiny flecks that burns because FLECKS is plural, use of Singular pronoun & verb is incorrect. Thus Incorrect
_________________

If you like my Question/Explanation or the contribution, Kindly appreciate by pressing KUDOS.
Kudos always maximizes GMATCLUB worth
-Game Theory

If you have any question regarding my post, kindly pm me or else I won't be able to reply

Intern
Joined: 30 Dec 2008
Posts: 1
Re: Meteor showers and individual streaks of light that flash [#permalink]

### Show Tags

17 Jun 2010, 18:16
3
KUDOS
1
This post was
BOOKMARKED
I believe the answer is B and not A.
In A, 'grains of sand or of pebbles' means grains of sand or grains of pebbles. But 'Grains of pebbles' doesn't make sense.
Director
Status: Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. It's a dare. Impossible is nothing.
Affiliations: University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Joined: 26 Nov 2009
Posts: 960
Location: Singapore
Re: Meteor showers and individual streaks of light that flash [#permalink]

### Show Tags

17 Jun 2010, 22:07
1
KUDOS

http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/met ... t7945.html
Manager
Status: GMAT BATTLE - WIN OR DIE
Joined: 02 May 2011
Posts: 166
Concentration: General Management, Entrepreneurship
GMAT Date: 12-22-2011
GPA: 3.81
WE: General Management (Hospitality and Tourism)
Re: Meteor showers and individual streaks of light that flash [#permalink]

### Show Tags

28 Jul 2011, 04:32
1
KUDOS
Because which refers to near word, so when we use which in "X or Y " construction, it is ambigues to ey to X or Y it reffers

siddhans wrote:
noboru wrote:
Meteor showers and individual streaks of light that flash across the sky every night are generated when tiny flecks of celestial detritus, often no larger than grains of sand or of pebbles, burn up speeding through the atmosphere.

A. grains of sand or of pebbles, burn up speeding
B. grains of sand or pebbles, burn up while speeding
C. grains of sand or pebbles, which burn up while speeding
D. a grain of sand or pebble, which burns up as it speeds
E. a grain of sand or a pebble, burns up when it speeds

Clearly between A and B. What is your choice and why?

Why is the usage of which wrong in C...B and C according to me are exactly the same... which refers to 'grain' since 'of sand or pebbles' is a prepositional phrase....
Intern
Status: On the battlefield of applications, savoring each day
Joined: 06 Feb 2009
Posts: 35
Location: United States
Schools: Owen '14 (A)
WE: Information Technology (Insurance)
Re: Meteor showers and individual streaks of light that flash [#permalink]

### Show Tags

17 Jun 2010, 19:19
The answer should be 'B' because it is comparison by size which is taking place.

See 'grains of sand or of pebbles' is not correct because we can't say grains of pebbles (pebbles are small stones).
actual parallelism here is 'often larger than X Or Y'
which would then be 'grains of sand or pebbles'.
Hence B.

Somebody needs to correct the OA.
Director
Status: Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. It's a dare. Impossible is nothing.
Affiliations: University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Joined: 26 Nov 2009
Posts: 960
Location: Singapore
Re: Meteor showers and individual streaks of light that flash [#permalink]

### Show Tags

17 Jun 2010, 22:05
In A "tiny flecks of celestial detritus" are compared w/ "grains of sand" and "grains of pebbles"

In B "tiny flecks of celestial detritus" are compared w/ "grains of sand" and "pebbles"

In B "burn up while speeding" makes sense. So B.
_________________

Please press kudos if you like my post.

Senior Manager
Joined: 25 Feb 2010
Posts: 461
Re: Meteor showers and individual streaks of light that flash [#permalink]

### Show Tags

29 Jun 2010, 19:50
Looks like the original owner has the wrong OA.
_________________

GGG (Gym / GMAT / Girl) -- Be Serious

Its your duty to post OA afterwards; some one must be waiting for that...

SVP
Joined: 16 Jul 2009
Posts: 1511
Schools: CBS
WE 1: 4 years (Consulting)
Re: Meteor showers and individual streaks of light that flash [#permalink]

### Show Tags

26 Jul 2010, 03:51
onedayill wrote:
Looks like the original owner has the wrong OA.

OA is B.
Source GMATPrep.
_________________

The sky is the limit
800 is the limit

GMAT Club Premium Membership - big benefits and savings

Manager
Joined: 08 Jan 2010
Posts: 183
Re: Meteor showers and individual streaks of light that flash [#permalink]

### Show Tags

28 Jul 2010, 23:34
I wnt for B too but A looked good for but for not having While ........."of sand or of pebbles" or "of sand or pebbles" which one is right ?
Manager
Joined: 08 Jan 2010
Posts: 183
Re: Meteor showers and individual streaks of light that flash [#permalink]

### Show Tags

28 Jul 2010, 23:35
Yeah looked at the explanation understood my mistake......amnhattan forum explanation very good
Senior Manager
Affiliations: Volunteer Operation Smile India, Creative Head of College IEEE branch (2009-10), Chief Editor College Magazine (2009), Finance Head College Magazine (2008)
Joined: 26 Jul 2010
Posts: 464
Location: India
WE2: Entrepreneur (E-commerce - The Laptop Skin Vault)
Concentration: Marketing, Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 710 Q49 V38
WE: Marketing (Other)
Re: Meteor showers and individual streaks of light that flash [#permalink]

### Show Tags

30 Jul 2010, 00:38
I thought it was D still a bit confused
_________________

Kidchaos

http://www.laptopskinvault.com

Follow The Laptop Skin Vault on:

Consider Kudos if you think the Post is good
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot. Nothing is going to change. It's not. - Dr. Seuss

Senior Manager
Joined: 29 Jan 2011
Posts: 358
Re: Meteor showers and individual streaks of light that flash [#permalink]

### Show Tags

28 Jul 2011, 03:07
noboru wrote:
Meteor showers and individual streaks of light that flash across the sky every night are generated when tiny flecks of celestial detritus, often no larger than grains of sand or of pebbles, burn up speeding through the atmosphere.

A. grains of sand or of pebbles, burn up speeding
B. grains of sand or pebbles, burn up while speeding
C. grains of sand or pebbles, which burn up while speeding
D. a grain of sand or pebble, which burns up as it speeds
E. a grain of sand or a pebble, burns up when it speeds

Clearly between A and B. What is your choice and why?

Why is the usage of which wrong in C...B and C according to me are exactly the same... which refers to 'grain' since 'of sand or pebbles' is a prepositional phrase....
Director
Joined: 29 Nov 2012
Posts: 878
Re: Meteor showers and individual streaks of light that flash [#permalink]

### Show Tags

06 Jul 2013, 00:09
Can someone provide a detailed analysis on this question. Please explain each answer choice. Thanks!
_________________

Click +1 Kudos if my post helped...

Amazing Free video explanation for all Quant questions from OG 13 and much more http://www.gmatquantum.com/og13th/

GMAT Prep software What if scenarios http://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-prep-software-analysis-and-what-if-scenarios-146146.html

GMAT Club Legend
Joined: 01 Oct 2013
Posts: 10158
Re: Meteor showers and individual streaks of light that flash [#permalink]

### Show Tags

04 Aug 2014, 06:27
Hello from the GMAT Club VerbalBot!

Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos).

Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email.
GMAT Club Legend
Joined: 01 Oct 2013
Posts: 10158
Re: Meteor showers and individual streaks of light that flash [#permalink]

### Show Tags

25 Oct 2015, 12:37
Hello from the GMAT Club VerbalBot!

Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos).

Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email.
VP
Joined: 09 Jun 2010
Posts: 1414
Re: Meteor showers and individual streaks of light that flash [#permalink]

### Show Tags

25 Oct 2015, 20:49
trytrytry wrote:
I believe the answer is B and not A.
In A, 'grains of sand or of pebbles' means grains of sand or grains of pebbles. But 'Grains of pebbles' doesn't make sense.

thank you.

this is problem of count and non count of nouns. very basic but not easy at all. we need to meet this case many times to remember count and noun count problem of this type
_________________

visit my facebook to help me.
on facebook, my name is: thang thang thang

Intern
Joined: 04 Dec 2015
Posts: 17
Re: Meteor showers and individual streaks of light that flash [#permalink]

### Show Tags

23 Dec 2015, 10:21
In option A,there is supposed to be *,* before speeding.

B is perfect
Re: Meteor showers and individual streaks of light that flash   [#permalink] 23 Dec 2015, 10:21
Similar topics Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
6 Every year, there are thousands of reports of mysterious flashing ligh 8 09 Jun 2017, 03:40
8 The average individual’s cost of going into space is estimated at a... 9 27 Mar 2017, 10:19
9 GMATPrep © Questions Practice in Flash SC 4 23 Jan 2017, 07:53
17 The nutritionist defined an obese individual 20 27 Mar 2017, 10:54
2 Meteor showers and individual streaks of light that flash 3 22 May 2014, 12:20
Display posts from previous: Sort by

# Meteor showers and individual streaks of light that flash

 Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.