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How in the world did no one point out that the comma wasn't underlined in the original question at the top?? I would have chosen C if that comma was underlined!

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How in the world did no one point out that the comma wasn't underlined in the original question at the top?? I would have chosen C if that comma was underlined!

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Originally a trading port, Hong-Kong, currently estimated to be fourth most densely-populated region in the world, turned into a dependent territory of Great Britain in 1842 and was transferred to China on July 1st, 1997.

(1) Originally a trading port, Hong-Kong, currently estimated to be fourth most densely-populated region in the world,
(2) Hong-Kong, currently estimated to be fourth most densely-populated region in the world, was originally a trading port that
(3) Hong-Kong, currently estimated to be fourth in the list of the most densely-populated regions in the world, was originally a trading port that
(4) Hong-Kong, currently estimated to be fourth in the list of most densely-populated regions in the world, was originally a trading port that
(5) Originally a trading port estimated to be the fourth most densely-populated region in the world, Hong-Kong


The question is probably flawed so Don't bother about the OA. The OA 'C' has incorrect meaning even though article 'the' is correctly used.
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Thats not good...how in the world am I supposed to know which threads have wrong answer printed as correct answers and vice versa?

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Thats not good...how in the world am I supposed to know which threads have wrong answer printed as correct answers and vice versa?


Well the simple and straightforward answer is : TRY to stick to official sources as far as possible esp. for Verbal.
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Thats not good...how in the world am I supposed to know which threads have wrong answer printed as correct answers and vice versa?


What dentobizz said above is absolute truth. If anyone wants firm improvement, especially in verbal section, stick to dependable sources such as OG, MGMAT, Veritas, e-GMAT, Magoosh, Kaplan, etc.

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ryanrudin wrote:
Thats not good...how in the world am I supposed to know which threads have wrong answer printed as correct answers and vice versa?


Well the simple and straightforward answer is : TRY to stick to official sources as far as possible esp. for Verbal.
DO NOT solve questions from debatable sources like 1000 SC/CR/RC , brutal SC, Barron's and from non gmat sources like LSAT (
If the source is unspecified and OA is debatable, seek an expert reply or ignore the question.

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Also google the question and you will find discussions on alternate forums.
As well as stick to reliable sources for practice-MGMT,Aristotle,etc
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Originally a trading port, Hong-Kong, currently estimated to be fourth most densely-populated region in the world, turned into a dependent territory of Great Britain in 1842 and was transferred to China on July 1st, 1997.

This sentence is giving some information about Hong Kong. These information include:
1. Hong Kong is originally a trading port.
2. Currently it is estimated to be the fourth most densely-populated region in the world.
3. It turned into a dependent territory of Greta Britain in 1842.
4. It was transferred to China on July 1st, 1997.

On carefully reading this sentence, we notice that all information given about Honk Kong are independent. They are not related anyway except for the fact that all these information are about the same place Honk Kong. Since, choice A is incorrect for the reason already discussed in the thread, we need to find an answer choice that provides all these information.

Choice C: Hong-Kong, currently estimated to be fourth in the list of the most densely-populated regions in the world, was originally a trading port that
This is the correct answer choice and the explanation for the same has already been provided in previous discussions. This choice does not change the meaning of the sentence in any way. Except for choice E, all the answer choices convey the intended meaning.
Choice C presents all the information that we get from the original sentence. In this clause “that turned into dependent territory…”, “that” stands for “a trading port” and what is that trading port? Honk Kong is that trading port. So it’s telling the same thing in a different way. All the information remains the same. So there is no change in meaning in choice C.

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Shraddha,

I do understand what you are trying to convey. However, here the decision point is between choice B C and D, where we have to chose between the following parts of sentences that are different when being compared to the rest of the sentence

'currently estimated to be fourth most densely-populated region in the world'
'currently estimated to be fourth in the list of the most densely-populated regions in the world'
'currently estimated to be fourth in the list of most densely-populated regions in the world'

Could you please explain the reason why the answer is C and not B or D.

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Why is B wrong. Though B and C both seem correct, C can be eliminated coz it is wordy.
Why B is wrong??
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IMHO:
I doubt whether this Q is selected from GMAT level Question Bank.
The OA is ALTERING the meaning (conveying that Port is turned into dependent teritory, whereas original sentence says HONG KNOG is turned to dependent teritory), which is totally against the gmat strategy.
The main theme of sentence correction in GMAT is to convey the clear meaning. When that particular cause is not fulfulled all other grammar goes to dustbin.
In common usage OA seems to be right, But in actual context I dont find right answer at all. Atleast to select the best available choice, Primary requirement of SC is not fullfilled.

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A different stroke

The expression ‘the most’, a superlative degree is required to be identified by the definite article ‘the’. It has to be either 'the most or the fourth most' densely populated. Therefore, A, B and D can be dropped. Between C and E, E is totally off the mark in meaning as Metallicafan has pointed out; Hence C is the answer.


But isnt "that" modifying trading ports wrong ?

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options A, B and D can be dropped based on the supelative degree.,,, it required "the most" ,,,hence c and E left

C conveys the meaning properly

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Why is A wrong?

In C, it says that a trading port that turned into a dependent.....

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Why is A wrong?

In C, it says that a trading port that turned into a dependent.....


Though not gramatically incorrect, two modifiers on two sides of a noun is considerd awkward in GMAT. Do not eliminate on this basis immediately, but if you are finally left with two apparently correct choices, you may use this basis to eliminate one of them.

In Option A, the modifiers "Originally a trading port" and "currently estimated to be fourth most densely-populated region in the world" appear on two sides of the noun "Hong-Kong". A better way to use two modifiers for the same noun is to use them on the same side of the noun, joining them by a conjunction:

Originally a trading port and currently estimated to be fourth most densely-populated region in the world, Hong-Kong turned into....

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