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13 Apr 2016, 06:58
A. At nearly thirty-eight million dollars, one of the least costly options being considered, the delegate's proposal was ultimately rejected not only on account of its sizable budget but also on account of its considerable risk.

B. Even at nearly thirty-eight million dollars, the delegate's proposal was among the less costly options being considered; it was ultimately rejected not on account of its sizable budget but on account of its riskiness.

Doesn't B change the meaning of the original sentence?
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13 Apr 2016, 07:21
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A. At nearly thirty-eight million dollars, one of the least costly options being considered, the delegate's proposal was ultimately rejected not only on account of its sizable budget but also on account of its considerable risk.

B. Even at nearly thirty-eight million dollars, the delegate's proposal was among the less costly options being considered; it was ultimately rejected not on account of its sizable budget but on account of its riskiness.

Doesn't B change the meaning of the original sentence?

Yes It does but in the right way.
Think meaning wise............If the 38 million dollars is the one of the least costly options, then why will they reject on account of its budget. Other options are either have same cost or more isn't it?
option B, C and D display the same.
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14 Apr 2016, 11:42
Can someone please explain me the concept of double -ves, or give me a link to study about it?
D it contain double negating words "Nevertheless" and "not" altogether
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Can someone please explain me the concept of double -ves, or give me a link to study about it?
D it contain double negating words "Nevertheless" and "not" altogether

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Nevertheless means
despite that/everything, after everything, having said that, that said, just the same, all the same, at the same time, in any event, come what may, at any rate, notwithstanding, regardless, anyway, anyhow etc.

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The delegate's thirty-eight million dollar proposal, nevertheless among the least costly options being considered, was ultimately not rejected on account of its sizable budget, but its riskiness.

Here nevertheless indicates that proposal is among the least costly options irrespective of all reasons.
not is used to explain the reason behind rejection in a simple manner and is part of not/but idiom.
These are negative words but double negation is altogether a different concept.
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Can somebody please explain why is (E) wrong? I know that (B) is gramatically correct but it is also changing the meaning and we can change the meaning of original sentence if and only if every other option has atleast 1 gramatical error. Hence, the exercise boils down to finding error in every option.
So, My issues are
1. Original sentence says that it is "one of the least costly options being considered", meaning that there may be options that are less costly than the one rejected. So, a devil's advocate would say that it can be rejected because of the budget. Therefore, (B) is not necessarily changing the meaning in the Positive direction. It is simply canging the meaning.
2. Now analyse (E) - We have an opening modifier that is correctly modifying correct noun "the delegate's proposal", which in turn is further modified by an appositive "even at thirty-eight million dollars", and finally we have the main verb of the sentence.
Structure -> Fine at the minimum and prefered by GMAT in reality because of the presence of appositive.
3. The only (possible) error that I can try to point is the usage of "Due to". I am not sure if it is correctly used here or must we use "because of". Except for this everything is fine. There are no errors in parallelism, tenses, agreement, meaning, wordiness, redundancy and punctuation.
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27 Jul 2016, 10:22
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Can somebody please explain why is (E) wrong? I know that (B) is gramatically correct but it is also changing the meaning and we can change the meaning of original sentence if and only if every other option has atleast 1 gramatical error. Hence, the exercise boils down to finding error in every option.
So, My issues are
1. Original sentence says that it is "one of the least costly options being considered", meaning that there may be options that are less costly than the one rejected. So, a devil's advocate would say that it can be rejected because of the budget. Therefore, (B) is not necessarily changing the meaning in the Positive direction. It is simply canging the meaning.
2. Now analyse (E) - We have an opening modifier that is correctly modifying correct noun "the delegate's proposal", which in turn is further modified by an appositive "even at thirty-eight million dollars", and finally we have the main verb of the sentence.
Structure -> Fine at the minimum and prefered by GMAT in reality because of the presence of appositive.
3. The only (possible) error that I can try to point is the usage of "Due to". I am not sure if it is correctly used here or must we use "because of". Except for this everything is fine. There are no errors in parallelism, tenses, agreement, meaning, wordiness, redundancy and punctuation.

I immediately eliminated E as I read the very first part of the sentence. The author was saying 38 million dollars is one of the least costly options. As such, it's not logical to say that it is rejected because of its sizeable budget. Don't get your head buried too much in option A. It doesn't make sense if you say it out loud in real life ain't it
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Can somebody please explain why is (E) wrong? I know that (B) is gramatically correct but it is also changing the meaning and we can change the meaning of original sentence if and only if every other option has atleast 1 gramatical error. Hence, the exercise boils down to finding error in every option.
So, My issues are
1. Original sentence says that it is "one of the least costly options being considered", meaning that there may be options that are less costly than the one rejected. So, a devil's advocate would say that it can be rejected because of the budget. Therefore, (B) is not necessarily changing the meaning in the Positive direction. It is simply canging the meaning.
2. Now analyse (E) - We have an opening modifier that is correctly modifying correct noun "the delegate's proposal", which in turn is further modified by an appositive "even at thirty-eight million dollars", and finally we have the main verb of the sentence.
Structure -> Fine at the minimum and prefered by GMAT in reality because of the presence of appositive.
3. The only (possible) error that I can try to point is the usage of "Due to". I am not sure if it is correctly used here or must we use "because of". Except for this everything is fine. There are no errors in parallelism, tenses, agreement, meaning, wordiness, redundancy and punctuation.

You are absolutely on the right track. "Due" is an adjective and must refer to a noun (or noun phrase). Here "due to" refers to the past participle "rejected" and hence wrong. "Rejection was due to" could have been correct,but then the entire structure would have been required to be modified.
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29 Jul 2016, 04:54
Chose the wrong option.

Now i think that since the argument mentions the cost of the budget twice, each mention should be part of independent clauses.
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05 Jul 2017, 05:00
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A gud ques from a reliable and trusted source, I.e Veritas Prep. Was able to narrow it down to B & C but after that I was pretty not sure , although I marked one along them. Pls someone tell me that in many a lot SC ques I am narrow it down to 2 options with high level of surity but I get confused after this between these 2 options. Pls somebody ( esp this verbal forum moderators) throw some light on this and help me get over my plight , so that even one more member is able to score in the high 700's.

C is wrong for two main reasons: first of all, the sentence lacks of the main verbe. When you have HAD this tense must be paired with the simple past to maintain the parallellism.

You have two actions in the past: the first one is expressed with the simple past, and the second one, which is antecedent to the same, logically comes before the first one.

Secondly: if you cut off the long modifier the sentence loses its meaning; you do have only part of the story that it wants to convey

Hope this helps

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Could you please also explain why A is wrong?
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Vinitkhicha1111 wrote:
A gud ques from a reliable and trusted source, I.e Veritas Prep. Was able to narrow it down to B & C but after that I was pretty not sure , although I marked one along them. Pls someone tell me that in many a lot SC ques I am narrow it down to 2 options with high level of surity but I get confused after this between these 2 options. Pls somebody ( esp this verbal forum moderators) throw some light on this and help me get over my plight , so that even one more member is able to score in the high 700's.

C is wrong for two main reasons: first of all, the sentence lacks of the main verbe. When you have HAD this tense must be paired with the simple past to maintain the parallellism.

You have two actions in the past: the first one is expressed with the simple past, and the second one, which is antecedent to the same, logically comes before the first one.

Secondly: if you cut off the long modifier the sentence loses its meaning; you do have only part of the story that it wants to convey

Hope this helps

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Could you please also explain why A is wrong?

One might put up the following explanation to eliminate A:

The subject "the delegate’s proposal " has two consecutive modifiers without a conjunction between them:
1. At nearly 38 million dollars
2. one of the least costly options being considered

Two consecutive modifiers without a conjunction and referring to the same noun / noun phrase is considered wrong. (note in this sentence I used "and" between "without a conjunction" and "referring to the same noun / noun phrase "). In absence of the conjunction the second modifier erroneously refers to a noun in the first modifier rather than the intended noun. (e.g. in my sentence, if I did not use "and", then "referring to the same noun / noun phrase" would wrongly refer to "conjunction" rather than "modifiers".).

However the problem with the above reasoning to eliminate A is that the second modifier "one of the least costly options being considered" can as well refer to "38 million Dollars" rather than "the delegate’s proposal". This construction makes sense too. Hence I do not see this as a solid reason to eliminate A.

The correct reasoning is that we need a contrast that shows that the proposal was one of the least costly options, YET it was rejected. This contrast is better projected in B because of the word "even".
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22 Jul 2017, 08:15
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At nearly 38 million dollars, one of the least costly options being considered, the delegate’s proposal was ultimately rejected not only on account of its sizable budget but also on account of its considerable risk.

(A) At nearly 38 million dollars, one of the least costly options being considered, the delegate’s proposal was ultimately rejected not only on account of its sizable budget but also on account of its considerable risk.

(B) Even at nearly 38 million dollars, the delegate’s proposal was among the less costly options being considered; it was ultimately rejected not on account of its sizable budget but on account of its riskiness.

(C) The delegate’s 38-million-dollar proposal, which was ultimately not rejected on account of its sizable budget but on account of its riskiness, had actually been one of the less costly options being considered.

(D) The delegate’s 38-million-dollar proposal, nevertheless among the least costly options being considered, was ultimately not rejected on account of its sizable budget, but its riskiness.

(E) Ultimately rejected due not just to its sizable budget but also to its considerable risk, the delegate’s proposal, even at 38 million dollars, was one of the least costly options under consideration.

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Doesn't B change the intent?
The question says "not only because of but alos because of B"
This can not be same as " not because of A, but because of B".
Also, what is wrong with A?
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is the usage of "being" correct in the sentence? It is neither used as a verb (in passive voice) nor used as a noun

I think it is used as a modifier modifying "options"

Please correct me if I am wrong
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At nearly 38 million dollars, one of the least costly options being considered, the delegate’s proposal was ultimately rejected not only on account of its sizable budget but also on account of its considerable risk.

(A) At nearly 38 million dollars, one of the least costly options being considered, the delegate’s proposal was ultimately rejected not only on account of its sizable budget but also on account of its considerable risk.

(B) Even at nearly 38 million dollars, the delegate’s proposal was among the less costly options being considered; it was ultimately rejected not on account of its sizable budget but on account of its riskiness.

(C) The delegate’s 38-million-dollar proposal, which was ultimately not rejected on account of its sizable budget but on account of its riskiness, had actually been one of the less costly options being considered.

(D) The delegate’s 38-million-dollar proposal, nevertheless among the least costly options being considered, was ultimately not rejected on account of its sizable budget, but its riskiness.

(E) Ultimately rejected due not just to its sizable budget but also to its considerable risk, the delegate’s proposal, even at 38 million dollars, was one of the least costly options under consideration.

(C) (D) (E) are immediately out because they distorted the intended meaning by removing the word "nearly.
Nearly 38 million is not the same as precisely 38 million.

I'll admit, it was difficult for me to pick out the errors in (A). I'm assuming it is because the modifier "at nearly 38 million dollars" is too far from the subject being modified (the delegate's proposal)
This is absolutely not the way to approach problems.
I just know (B) is a better answer.
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13 Feb 2018, 08:48
Could someone please explain why is D wrong.
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At nearly 38 million dollars, one of the least costly options being considered, the delegate’s proposal was ultimately rejected not only on account of its sizable budget but also on account of its considerable risk.

(A) At nearly 38 million dollars, one of the least costly options being considered, the delegate’s proposal was ultimately rejected not only on account of its sizable budget but also on account of its considerable risk. begins with 2 fragmented sentences

(B) Even at nearly 38 million dollars, the delegate’s proposal was among the less costly options being considered; it was ultimately rejected not on account of its sizable budget but on account of its riskiness. The dependent clause (Even at nearly ~) is being explained with the latter sentence.

(C) The delegate’s 38-million-dollar proposal, which was ultimately not rejected on account of its sizable budget but on account of its riskiness, had actually been one of the less costly options being considered. wordy

(D) The delegate’s 38-million-dollar proposal, nevertheless among the least costly options being considered, was ultimately not rejected on account of its sizable budget, but its riskiness. parallel error

(E) Ultimately rejected due not just to its sizable budget but also to its considerable risk, the delegate’s proposal, even at 38 million dollars, was one of the least costly options under consideration. wordy

I think the key here is to distinguish whether clauses are independent or dependent.
Sentence needs at least one main clause (independent), dependent clause cannot stand alone.
Thus, B is the correct answer.
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