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A male musician can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher after he graduates from college with a degree in music, depending on his talent.
(A) A male musician can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher after he graduates from college with a degree in music, depending on his talent.
(B) After graduating from college with a degree in music, depending on his talent, a male musician can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher.
(C) After graduating from college with a degree in music, a male musician’s talent will determine if he can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher.
(D) Talent determines whether a male musician, after graduating from college with a degree in music, can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher.
(E) The talent of a male musician, after graduating from college with a degree in music, will determine whether he can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher.
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Whats wrong with B?

I thought whether cannot be used when we are talking about more than 1 case.
My understanding is that whether implies X happens or not.

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This is essentially a question of the proper word order and modification.

(A) A male musician can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher after he graduates from college with a degree in music, depending on his talent. ---- ‘Depending on his talent’, modifies the entire clause and hence should find its place at the beginning of the sentence.

(B) After graduating from college with a degree in music, depending on his talent, a male musician can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher. --- Depending on his talent is unnecessarily intruding between the initial modifier and the modified noun.

(C) After graduating from college with a degree in music, a male musician’s talent will determine if he can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher ---- The initial modifier is modifying talent rather than the male musician.

(D) Talent determines whether a male musician, after graduating from college with a degree in music, can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher. --- This is the best choice – 'After graduating' correctly modifies the male musician.

(E) The talent of a male musician, after graduating from college with a degree in music, will determine whether he can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher. --- It looks as if the talent of a male musician will determine

To choose the correct version, the distinction of the modification logic between D and E should be deciphered.
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Thanks for your reply. I was able to understand the explanation properly.

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I believe OA changes the meaning in the original sentence.

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A male musician can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher after he graduates from college with a degree in music, depending on his talent.

(A) A male musician can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher after he graduates from college with a degree in music, depending on his talent. ==> misplaced modifier. It should be in the begining of the sentence to modify a male musician

(B) After graduating from college with a degree in music, depending on his talent, a male musician can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher. Awkward. Put 2 long modifiers in a row to modify a noun is awkward.

(C) After graduating from college with a degree in music, a male musician’s talent will determine if he can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher. Be careful with possession.

(D) Talent determines whether a male musician, after graduating from college with a degree in music, can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher. correct

(E) The talent of a male musician, after graduating from college with a degree in music, will determine whether he can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher. ==> Dangling modifier

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choice A is correct
depending on work as a preposition working as an adverb.
A is correct.

in D, talent determines is not clear. which talent?
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This is simulation of yet another topic from the 1000SC series. One might be interested in seeing how MGMAT has reviewed it. The answer is D in that topic too.
https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/foru ... t1988.html
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This is essentially a question of the proper word order and modification.

(A) A male musician can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher after he graduates from college with a degree in music, depending on his talent. ---- ‘Depending on his talent’, modifies the entire clause and hence should find its place at the beginning of the sentence.

(B) After graduating from college with a degree in music, depending on his talent, a male musician can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher. --- Depending on his talent is unnecessarily intruding between the initial modifier and the modified noun.

(C) After graduating from college with a degree in music, a male musician’s talent will determine if he can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher ---- The initial modifier is modifying talent rather than the male musician.

(D) Talent determines whether a male musician, after graduating from college with a degree in music, can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher. --- This is the best choice – 'After graduating' correctly modifies the male musician.

(E) The talent of a male musician, after graduating from college with a degree in music, will determine whether he can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher. --- It looks as if the talent of a male musician will determine

To choose the correct version, the distinction of the modification logic between D and E should be deciphered.



I am still confused between D and E, can you please elaborate. From my understanding- it is the talent that the male musician has, along with his college degree will enable him to chose a right career.

Please help!

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I incorrectly chose E, but looking at it I think it boils down to passive/active and the GMAT's preference for an active sentence. I otherwise don't see the error in E

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daagh wrote:
This is essentially a question of the proper word order and modification.

(A) A male musician can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher after he graduates from college with a degree in music, depending on his talent. ---- ‘Depending on his talent’, modifies the entire clause and hence should find its place at the beginning of the sentence.

(B) After graduating from college with a degree in music, depending on his talent, a male musician can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher. --- Depending on his talent is unnecessarily intruding between the initial modifier and the modified noun.

(C) After graduating from college with a degree in music, a male musician’s talent will determine if he can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher ---- The initial modifier is modifying talent rather than the male musician.

(D) Talent determines whether a male musician, after graduating from college with a degree in music, can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher. --- This is the best choice – 'After graduating' correctly modifies the male musician.

(E) The talent of a male musician, after graduating from college with a degree in music, will determine whether he can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher. --- It looks as if the talent of a male musician will determine

To choose the correct version, the distinction of the modification logic between D and E should be deciphered.



I am still confused between D and E, can you please elaborate. From my understanding- it is the talent that the male musician has, along with his college degree will enable him to chose a right career.

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A male musician can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher after he graduates from college with a degree in music, depending on his talent.
(A) A male musician can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher after he graduates from college with a degree in music, depending on his talent.
(B) After graduating from college with a degree in music, depending on his talent, a male musician can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher.
(C) After graduating from college with a degree in music, a male musician’s talent will determine if he can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher.
(D) Talent determines whether a male musician, after graduating from college with a degree in music, can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher.
(E) The talent of a male musician, after graduating from college with a degree in music, will determine whether he can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher.


whats wrong with B.
D changes the meaning, focus became talent.

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RomiSingh wrote:
A male musician can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher after he graduates from college with a degree in music, depending on his talent.
(A) A male musician can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher after he graduates from college with a degree in music, depending on his talent.
(B) After graduating from college with a degree in music, depending on his talent, a male musician can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher.
(C) After graduating from college with a degree in music, a male musician’s talent will determine if he can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher.
(D) Talent determines whether a male musician, after graduating from college with a degree in music, can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher.
(E) The talent of a male musician, after graduating from college with a degree in music, will determine whether he can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher.


A:it isn't the degree that depends on the talent
B:the initial modifier must be immediately followed by the subject
C: the talent can't graduate!
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E:the talent can't graduate!

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RomiSingh wrote:
A male musician can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher after he graduates from college with a degree in music, depending on his talent.
(A) A male musician can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher after he graduates from college with a degree in music, depending on his talent.
(B) After graduating from college with a degree in music, depending on his talent, a male musician can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher.
(C) After graduating from college with a degree in music, a male musician’s talent will determine if he can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher.
(D) Talent determines whether a male musician, after graduating from college with a degree in music, can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher.
(E) The talent of a male musician, after graduating from college with a degree in music, will determine whether he can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher.



"after graduating from college with a degree in music" should modify the musician not talent.....

D does that properly,,,

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abrakadabra21 wrote:
RomiSingh wrote:
A male musician can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher after he graduates from college with a degree in music, depending on his talent.
(A) A male musician can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher after he graduates from college with a degree in music, depending on his talent.
(B) After graduating from college with a degree in music, depending on his talent, a male musician can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher.
(C) After graduating from college with a degree in music, a male musician’s talent will determine if he can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher.
(D) Talent determines whether a male musician, after graduating from college with a degree in music, can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher.
(E) The talent of a male musician, after graduating from college with a degree in music, will determine whether he can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher.


whats wrong with B.
D changes the meaning, focus became talent.


Hi abrakadabra21

(B) After graduating from college with a degree in music, depending on his talent, a male musician can find a career as a solo performer, an orchestra member, or a music teacher.

After graduating from college with a degree in music is a modifier that should modify the subject of the main clause - a male musician. In B, it nonsensically modifies another modifier depending on his talent, purely because of the placement of the 2nd modifier.

As a rule of thumb,
- 2 modifiers - subsequently placed, should not be modifying the main subject or the clause.
- A sentence starting with participial phrase, should immediately be followed by the main subject of the sentence


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