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# MGMAT is hard =( Though viewed from a distance, Saturn's

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Though viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may appear to be smooth and continuous, they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets when viewed up close.

a Though viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may appear to be smooth and continuous, they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets when viewed up close.
b Though Saturn's main rings may appear smooth and continuous when viewed from a distance, they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets when viewed up close.
c Saturn's main rings, when viewed from a distance, may appear to be smooth and continuous, though when viewed up close they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets.
d When viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may appear smooth and continuous, but closer viewing reveals them to be composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets.
e Though composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets if viewed up close, the main rings of Saturn may appear smooth and continuous when they are viewed from a distance.

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26 Jul 2009, 09:55
I think it should be D

The problem with the original sentence is "viewed up close". To modify the verb "viewed" we should use an adverb "closely" and not the adjective "close". "When viewed closely" would have been a much better option.

This problem has been repeated in all the options except for option D. Option D has corrected this error by using "closer viewing". Also, I don't see any other error in option D
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26 Jul 2009, 10:33
Tough one!!

"Viewed up close" is correct in this case as 'close' can be used as an adverb.
e.g. Don't get too close to the fire.

I think the key here is the word 'reveal'.
Intent here in the sentence is that closer look reveals the details.

So, IMO D.
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26 Jul 2009, 12:08
gmat club members are smart...

viewed up close is correct grammar. i chose (b) because I was fooled by the parallelism of the sentence, but b implies that viewing up close is what makes them composed of a thousand ringlets

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26 Jul 2009, 13:42
bipolarbear wrote:
gmat club members are smart...

viewed up close is correct grammar. i chose (b) because I was fooled by the parallelism of the sentence, but b implies that viewing up close is what makes them composed of a thousand ringlets

duly noted

you may find this post on Manhattan useful.
http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/post1290.html
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26 Jul 2009, 13:46
B is crispier. But as everyone mentioned it has ambiguity with the "when" part.

Good question..let them flow
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27 Jul 2009, 06:58
this Q is tough .. went for B but agreed with the explanation in the link... D is correct.
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27 Jul 2009, 15:53
Tough one bro...even I picked up B.

Good question.

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