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Children often pick up on gender norms very early in life, as many parents discover when their toddlers recoil at toys that have only been designed to appeal to toddlers of the opposite sex.

(A) their toddlers recoil at toys that have only been designed to appeal to toddlers of the opposite sex
(B) only their toddlers recoil at toys that have been designed to appeal to toddlers of the opposite sex
(C) their toddlers recoil at toys that have been designed to appeal to toddlers of the opposite sex only
(D) toys that have only been designed to appeal to toddlers of the opposite sex cause their toddlers to recoil
(E) only toys that have been designed to appeal to toddlers of the opposite sex cause their toddlers to recoil
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In everyday English, I'm sure we can all agree not much sounds wrong with the original sentence.
But this is GMAT. You've got to nitpick at times, and logic is crucial.

Here, the key error is the location of the word "only". It needs to properly modify the phrase "toddlers of the opposite sex", not "designed to appeal to...". Toys are designed with lots of functions in consideration - entertainment, safety, etc. and the word "only" severely restricts it!

(A) --> Incorrect
(B) --> "Only their toddlers"? This is even worse. Next!
(C) --> Correctly modifies "toddlers of the opposite sex". Contender!
(D) --> Again.. "Only been designed to appeal to" is wrong for the same reason as explained above, so, eliminate.
(E) --> The use of "only" is incorrect here as well - eliminate.
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Children often pick up on gender norms very early in life, as many parents discover when their toddlers recoil at toys that have only been designed to appeal to toddlers of the opposite sex.

1. their toddlers recoil at toys that have only been designed to appeal to toddlers of the opposite sex

2. only their toddlers recoil at toys that have been designed to appeal to toddlers of the opposite sex

3. their toddlers recoil at toys that have been designed to appeal to toddlers of the opposite sex only

4. toys that have only been designed to appeal to toddlers of the opposite sex cause their toddlers to recoil

5. only toys that have been designed to appeal to toddlers of the opposite sex cause their toddlers to recoil
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Children often pick up on gender norms very early in life, as many parents
discover when their toddlers recoil at toys that have only been designed to
appeal to toddlers of the opposite sex.


1. their toddlers recoil at toys that have only been designed to appeal to
toddlers of the opposite sex
2. only their toddlers recoil at toys that have been designed to appeal to
toddlers of the opposite sex
3. their toddlers recoil at toys that have been designed to appeal to toddlers of
the opposite sex only
4. toys that have only been designed to appeal to toddlers of the opposite sex
cause their toddlers to recoil
5. only toys that have been designed to appeal to toddlers of the opposite sex
cause their toddlers to recoil


This is actually true scenario..When my nephew (2 years) was given a Barbie toy, he thrown it away..:).

Meaning : Children often pick up on gender norms very early in life and parents discovered that when their toddlers were given toys of the opposite sex they rejected them.

A) ONLY been designed - the toddlers recoil - This is limiting the toys choice but as per meaning wise they consider recoiling all toys of opposite sex.
B) ONLY their toddlers means their own babies throw them away but not others..meaning error.
C) This is correct as per meaning wise.
D) Toys which are designed cause the toddlers - meaning error.
E) Same as D...I see that D and E are same.
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Children often pick up on gender norms very early in life, as many parents discover when their toddlers recoil at toys that have only been designed to appeal to toddlers of the opposite sex.


This thread is attempting the elucidate how limiting adverbs such as only, almost, now, rarely, seldom etc can mean differently when placed at different places in a clause. As a thumb rule, the limiting modifier modifies what comes next to it, except when they end the clauses. If they end the clause obviously, they have to modify what is in front.

1. their toddlers recoil at toys that have only been designed to appeal to toddlers of the opposite sex-- only been designed means that the toys have only been designed but not released.

2. only their toddlers recoil at toys that have been designed to appeal to toddlers of the opposite sex ---Only their toddlers means that only their toddlers but no other toddlers.


3. their toddlers recoil at toys that have been designed to appeal to toddlers of the opposite sex only—Here only modifies correctly the toddlers of the opposes sex


4. toys that have only been designed to appeal to toddlers of the opposite sex cause their toddlers to recoil –the same error as in A makes it out of sync with the intended meaning.

5. only toys that have been designed to appeal to toddlers of the opposite sex cause their toddlers to recoil—here only refers to toys and not toddlers of the opposite sex.

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New post 06 Dec 2017, 22:04
the word "only" in this question is quite tricky for international students.
C is correct b/c "only" modifies "sex"; the meaning is that toys are for one sex will not appeal to the opposite sex.
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