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Originally developed for detecting air pollutants, a technique called proton-induced x-ray emission, which can quickly analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it, is finding uses in medicine, archaeology, and criminology.

(A) Originally developed for detecting air pollutants, a technique called proton-induced x-ray emission, which can quickly analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it,

(B) Originally developed for detecting air pollutants, having the ability to analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it, a technique called proton induced x-ray emission

(C) A technique originally developed for detecting air pollutants, called proton-induced x-ray emission, which can quickly analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it,

(D) A technique originally developed for detecting air pollutants, called proton-induced x-ray emission, which has the ability to analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance quickly and without destroying it,

(E) A technique that was originally developed for detecting air pollutants and has the ability to analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance quickly and without destroying the substance, called proton-induced x-ray emission,
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Hi,

You can refer to Stacey's discussion here http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/og- ... t1277.html
I found it to be a nice explanation of this problem.

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New post 03 Oct 2009, 03:21
IMO A
a technique called X, X must be near to 'a technique'

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New post 03 Oct 2009, 11:03
A is the best, considering modifier placement, and verb agreement.

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Correct answer C)

A technique originally developed for detecting
air pollutants, called proton-induced X-ray
emission, which can quickly analyze the
chemical elements in almost any substance
without destroying it,

Subject + Adverb + Verb + Complement Subject + blah blah + is + blah blah blah

D and E although similar are just over wording statements

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LUGO wrote:
Correct answer C)

A technique originally developed for detecting
air pollutants, called proton-induced X-ray
emission, which can quickly analyze the
chemical elements in almost any substance
without destroying it,

Subject + Adverb + Verb + Complement Subject + blah blah + is + blah blah blah

D and E although similar are just over wording statements


I got the same answer, but OA is A.
can someone have an explanation for that?

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LUGO wrote:
Correct answer C)

A technique originally developed for detecting
air pollutants, called proton-induced X-ray
emission, which can quickly analyze the
chemical elements in almost any substance
without destroying it,

Subject + Adverb + Verb + Complement Subject + blah blah + is + blah blah blah

D and E although similar are just over wording statements


I got the same answer, but OA is A.
can someone have an explanation for that?


Do not see the reason why but I guess that like other similar English constructions in the GMAT, is all about what the examiners' preferred style is more than what it is grammatically correct i.e. adverb swap by the subject. You need to learn these tricks, and hope you get it right in the exam.

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Called proton-induced X-ray emission should
be placed next to a technique and should
not be set off by commas; relative clause
introduced by which incorrectly and
illogically modifies emission.

that is the Official guide 12 edition explanation.
I dont understand why "which" here is not referred to A technique..

if you want to check is the question 107

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if you want to check is the question 107

Thanks for your input but after my first attempt with the GMAT I am done with it and waiting for interview.

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but in A, which is modifying emission, and that is incorrect, isnt it?

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yeh agree with A ....


C) the modifier "called proton-induced X-ray emission" should be placed closer to "A technique"

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but in A, which is modifying emission, and that is incorrect, isnt it?

hi noboru, I was under the same impression that 'which' is modifying 'emission' but that is not correct. "which" in A is correctly modifying "technique" . Actually "called proton-induced X-ray emission" is just a descriptive phrase for "technique" and "which" is modifying the extended noun phrase. Also, "proton-induced X-ray emission" is the name of the technique and the phrase "technique called proton-induced X-ray emission" has to be together and closer to "Originally developed for directing air pollutants".

Hope that makes sense.

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A it is. it is the technique which is called "... emission". they should stick with each other.

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IMO A.

All part (modifying immediatly preceding part or modifying the parts in the same clause) seems correct to me.
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can anyone help to find out the principal clause and all the subordinate clauses. I think we are missing comma..
Here the principal clause has two verbs.

Originally developed for detecting air pollutants, a
technique called proton-induced X-ray emission, which
can quickly analyze the chemical elements in almost
any substance without destroying it, is finding uses in
medicine, archaeology, and criminology.
(A) Originally developed for detecting air pollutants, a technique called proton-induced X-ray emission, which can quickly analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance
without destroying it,
(B) Originally developed for detecting air pollutants, having the ability to analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it, a technique called proton-induced X-ray emission
(C) A technique originally developed for detecting air pollutants, called proton-induced X-ray emission, which can quickly analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it,
(D) A technique originally developed for detecting air pollutants, called proton-induced X-ray emission, which has the ability to analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance quickly and without destroying it,
(E) A technique that was originally developed for detecting air pollutants and has the ability to analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance quickly and without destroying the substance, called proton-induced X-ray emission,

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(A) Originally developed for detecting air pollutants, a technique called proton-induced x-ray emission, which can quickly analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it,

- Construction is A has correct modifier
Orginally developed ..., a technique x-ray emission, which...


(C) A technique originally developed for detecting air pollutants, called proton-induced x-ray emission, which can quickly analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it,

Construction is C is such that the part called proton-induced x-ray emission has become a sub-ordinate clause which can be supressed. So rewriting the sentence supressing the clause shows that which after comma is redundant

If I were to write it correctly, I would say -
A technique originally developed for detecting air pollutants, called proton-induced x-ray emission, can quickly analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it,

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but in A, which is modifying emission, and that is incorrect, isnt it?

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but in A, which is modifying emission, and that is incorrect, isnt it?

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Hi noboru,
"Which" is not modifying emission, it is modifying "proton-induced x-ray emission". That's the noun.
"Which" gives more detail abou the technique. That's why A is correct.

Hope it helps 8-)
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but in A, which is modifying emission, and that is incorrect, isnt it?

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Hi noboru,
"Which" is not modifying emission, it is modifying "proton-induced x-ray emission". That's the noun.
"Which" gives more detail abou the technique. That's why A is correct.

Hope it helps 8-)


Actually I think that "which" modifies "technique", which would make sense to me. In that case, "called proton-induced x-ray emission" is kind of an adjective that gives more detail to "technique".
What do you think about that?
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Why is E not the answer


Because "Called proton induced x-ray emission" is not place after technique.
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