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# Of the top-grossing films of the 1980s, only a few, having a

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Of the top-grossing films of the 1980s, only a few, having a compliance with MPAA standards, could be seen by children without parental guidance.

A) Of the top-grossing films of the 1980s, only a few, having a compliance with MPAA standards,

B) Of the top-grossing films of the 1980s, only a few, which complied with MPAA standards,

C) Only a few of the top-grossing films of the 1980s, complying with MPAA standards

D) Only a few of the top-grossing films of the 1980s, in which the MPAA standards were complied with,

E) Only a few of the top-grossing films of the 1980s complied with MPAA standards,

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06 Dec 2006, 19:04
I will go with B.

Of the top-grossing films of the 1980s, only a few, having a compliance with MPAA standards, could be seen by children without parental guidance.

A) Of the top-grossing films of the 1980s, only a few, having a compliance with MPAA standards,
having a compliance is wrong here
B) Of the top-grossing films of the 1980s, only a few, which complied with MPAA standards,
makes most sense when "only a few"vis removed
C) Only a few of the top-grossing films of the 1980s, complying with MPAA standards
complying not correct usage
D) Only a few of the top-grossing films of the 1980s, in which the MPAA standards were complied with,
close but not concise
E) Only a few of the top-grossing films of the 1980s complied with MPAA standards,
wrong

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09 Dec 2006, 18:33
E needs 'AND' to connect the clauses.

So E cannot be correct.

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09 Dec 2006, 20:32
Why not C??

Seems less wordy and still grammatically correct.

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C is not correct because it is unclear if the children are complying or if the films are complying.

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10 Dec 2006, 02:26
Could somepne please explain difference between B and C

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10 Dec 2006, 03:16
yogeshsheth wrote:
Could somepne please explain difference between B and C

Why not C?
> ING form is less prefered than which : passive mode
> Complying is "very far" from one of them
> missing a comma typo?

Why B?
> which refers directly to "only a few"
> easy to comprehend

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10 Dec 2006, 03:33
Fig wrote:
yogeshsheth wrote:
Could somepne please explain difference between B and C

Why not C?
> ING form is less prefered than which : passive mode
> Complying is "very far" from one of them
> missing a comma typo?

Why B?
> which refers directly to "only a few"
> easy to comprehend

I thought passive voice was not preferred in gmat.

This is tricky but think i will go with B.
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10 Dec 2006, 04:19
DreamMBA wrote:
Fig wrote:
yogeshsheth wrote:
Could somepne please explain difference between B and C

Why not C?
> ING form is less prefered than which : passive mode
> Complying is "very far" from one of them
> missing a comma typo?

Why B?
> which refers directly to "only a few"
> easy to comprehend

I thought passive voice was not preferred in gmat.

This is tricky but think i will go with B.

I meand ING = passive mode.... I did the same mistake as inside C ... The modifier is too far

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10 Dec 2006, 06:16
Something worth remebering from Manhattan SC book

On Gmat it is preferable to use a modifer begning with a relative pronoun and a simple verb tense than using -ing form of the verb.

Thus one more reason why B is prefered over C

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11 Dec 2006, 03:04

Also, another reason for going with B - consistency in tense
'complied' -> 'could'
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20 Sep 2015, 05:47
Can someone explain what is wrong with C.

I was confused with B and C. I chose C because it is less wordy than B.

I dont agree with above comments stating, ing form is unclear.

-ing modifier modifies the subject or whole clause. In C, subject is "few of the top-grossing films". I dont see what is unclear.

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Hi,
Can any expert please answer this. The reason to choose B over C.

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03 Jan 2017, 12:23
Although C is not grammatically incorrect, option B is preferable because the modifier "which complied with MPAA standards" follows the modifier touch-rule. In absence of B, C would be correct.
(C can be grammatically justified by an exception rule to modifier touch rule, according to which a mission-critical modifier may fall in between a modifier and the noun it refers to. The less important modifier then modifies the noun and the mission-critical modifier together as in option C).

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28 Jan 2017, 00:29
Could you please explain why option B is correct and not c?

There is already an expert reply in the bottom most section, but i am not able to understand it.

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28 Jan 2017, 10:37
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Could you please explain why option B is correct and not c?

There is already an expert reply in the bottom most section, but i am not able to understand it.

First try to understand the following rules:

Rule A - Modifier touch rule: A noun modifier should ideally touch the noun it modifies.

Rule B.1 - Exception 1 to modifier touch rule: ( The following is an excerpt from Manhattan SC guide explaining the first exception of the touch rule):
In general, noun modifiers must touch their nouns. However, there are a few exceptions to the Touch Rule.
1. A “mission-critical” modifier falls between. This modifier is often an Of phrase that defines the noun. The less important modifier refers to the noun plus the first modifier.
Right: He had a way OF DODGING OPPONENTS that impressed the scouts.
Here, the “mission-critical” modifier of dodging opponents defines the noun way.

Now consider option B and C. Option B is alright as per rule A.
Option C is alright as per rule B.1.

If you still have doubts, please post again.

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29 Jan 2017, 07:16
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Could you please explain why option B is correct and not c?

There is already an expert reply in the bottom most section, but i am not able to understand it.

First try to understand the following rules:

Rule A - Modifier touch rule: A noun modifier should ideally touch the noun it modifies.

Rule B.1 - Exception 1 to modifier touch rule: ( The following is an excerpt from Manhattan SC guide explaining the first exception of the touch rule):
In general, noun modifiers must touch their nouns. However, there are a few exceptions to the Touch Rule.
1. A “mission-critical” modifier falls between. This modifier is often an Of phrase that defines the noun. The less important modifier refers to the noun plus the first modifier.
Right: He had a way OF DODGING OPPONENTS that impressed the scouts.
Here, the “mission-critical” modifier of dodging opponents defines the noun way.

Now consider option B and C. Option B is alright as per rule A.
Option C is alright as per rule B.1.

If you still have doubts, please post again.

Hi Sayantan,

Though I chose the correct ans, I still have some doubts. I eliminated option E, because I think, this option lacks one comma in the end and this made this option inappropriate. But I am not sure why option A is incorrect. Can you please explain?

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sayantanc2k wrote:
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Could you please explain why option B is correct and not c?

There is already an expert reply in the bottom most section, but i am not able to understand it.

First try to understand the following rules:

Rule A - Modifier touch rule: A noun modifier should ideally touch the noun it modifies.

Rule B.1 - Exception 1 to modifier touch rule: ( The following is an excerpt from Manhattan SC guide explaining the first exception of the touch rule):
In general, noun modifiers must touch their nouns. However, there are a few exceptions to the Touch Rule.
1. A “mission-critical” modifier falls between. This modifier is often an Of phrase that defines the noun. The less important modifier refers to the noun plus the first modifier.
Right: He had a way OF DODGING OPPONENTS that impressed the scouts.
Here, the “mission-critical” modifier of dodging opponents defines the noun way.

Now consider option B and C. Option B is alright as per rule A.
Option C is alright as per rule B.1.

If you still have doubts, please post again.

Hi Sayantan,

Though I chose the correct ans, I still have some doubts. I eliminated option E, because I think, this option lacks one comma in the end and this made this option inappropriate. But I am not sure why option A is incorrect. Can you please explain?

Why is A wrong?
V-A-N rule states that verbs are preferred to nouns. Hence "which complied" (verb) or "complying" (verbal) is better than "having the compliance".

Why is E wrong?
The past participle "complied.." is wrong - it should be present participle "complying". The following post may help explain:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/the-gap-in-t ... l#p1796492

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