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# If a song is played on the radio often,

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If a song is played on the radio often, a practice favored by popular radio stations,it increases the chance that the singer will become famous.

(A) If a song is played on the radio often, a practice favored by popular radio stations, it
(B) If a song is played on the radio often, and favored by popular radio stations, it
(C) A practice favored by popular radio stations, a song played on the radio often,
(D) A song played on the radio often, a practice favored by popular radio stations,
(E) The playing of a song on the radio often, and a practice favored by popular radio stations,

I think I am missing something here , Please help to understand why OA is correct .

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19 Dec 2015, 09:43
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I may have to disagree with the OA. ; A modifier cocooned within a parenthesis is additional info and can be dispensed with, not affecting the essence of the core sentence.
Let’s do that.

If a song is played on the radio often, a practice favored by popular radio stations, it increases the chance that the singer will become famous.

(A) If a song is played on the radio often,a practice favored by popular radio stations, it -- The ‘it’ has no referent. It cannot refer to the song, playing often increases the chance. Secondly, a present conditional will need a future tense for the main clause as the cause happens now and the effect happens in the future.

(B) If a song is played on the radio often, and favored by popular radio stations, it --- Same as in A. meaning is also that the song is favored rather than the practice is favored.

(C) A practice favored by popular radio stations, a song played on the radio often,--- meaning changed

(D) A song played on the radio often, a practice favored by popular radio stations, ----- This carries the intended meaning correctly. The best choice.

E. The playing of a song on the radio often, and a practice favored by popular radio stations, --- 1. SV error; 2. Meaning changed

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19 Dec 2015, 09:50
Thanks for the reply daagh , I also rejected A,B for similar reason , but chose C because "a practice " is what increases the chances that the singer will be famous .While D says "a song " increases the chances . Is not C more logical than D ? .

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19 Dec 2015, 10:07
The meaning leans in favor of a song that is played often that increases the chance; In D, the sentence without the modifier is complete while in C a practice without the accompanying song being repeated isn't full-fledged. if C were to say-- A practice favored by popular radio stations of playing a song on the radio often-, that would be correct.
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30 Dec 2015, 03:59
I too picked D
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A seems incorrect as it is ambigous
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I think (A) is correct. The thing is, even if you remove the words between the two commas, you'll still need to keep ONE comma because of the "if". That's what we do even in normal situations with "if" and we shouldn't just mechanically remove both commas. If the preceeding sentence structure so requires, we should keep one comma.

(b) is incorrect because of "and" - we are not joining two independent clauses, nor are we creating a list
(c) is incorrect because of the comma at the end which makes it an incomplete sentence. Also, it distorts the meaning in the original - the frequent playing makes the artists popular, not the favoured practice or the song itself.
(d) invalid because a song is not a practice. you can't use one to describe the other in the appositive
(e) invalid for the same reason as (b)
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30 Dec 2015, 10:07
A is correct-mostly cause the other ones are garbage and have multiple issues. I'm going to try and bust out some grammar speak to explain why A is correct but I might mangle it, so be kind.

If a song is played on the radio often, a practice favored by popular radio stations, it increases the chance that the singer will become famous.

In this case, "if a song is played on the radio often" is the subject that "it" refers to. Ask yourself what increases the chance that a singer will become famous -> if a song is played on the radio often.
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30 Dec 2015, 16:16
Hi,

If we think "played on radio often" as the modifier then The Song becomes the subject and after masking all the modifiers, the core sentence becomes something like this, which I am not sure if conveys the correct meaning. Please advice.

A song played on the radio often, a practice favored by popular radio stations, increases the chance that the singer will become famous.

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I may have to disagree with the OA. ; A modifier cocooned within a parenthesis is additional info and can be dispensed with, not affecting the essence of the core sentence.
Let’s do that.

If a song is played on the radio often, a practice favored by popular radio stations, it increases the chance that the singer will become famous.

(A) If a song is played on the radio often,a practice favored by popular radio stations, it -- The ‘it’ has no referent. It cannot refer to the song, playing often increases the chance. Secondly, a present conditional will need a future tense for the main clause as the cause happens now and the effect happens in the future.

(B) If a song is played on the radio often, and favored by popular radio stations, it --- Same as in A. meaning is also that the song is favored rather than the practice is favored.

(C) A practice favored by popular radio stations, a song played on the radio often,--- meaning changed

(D) A song played on the radio often, a practice favored by popular radio stations, ----- This carries the intended meaning correctly. The best choice.

E. The playing of a song on the radio often, and a practice favored by popular radio stations, --- 1. SV error; 2. Meaning changed
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30 Dec 2015, 16:35
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If we think "played on radio often" as the modifier then The Song becomes the subject and after masking all the modifiers, the core sentence becomes something like this, which I am not sure if conveys the correct meaning. Please advice.

A song played on the radio often, a practice favored by popular radio stations, increases the chance that the singer will become famous.

daagh wrote:
I may have to disagree with the OA. ; A modifier cocooned within a parenthesis is additional info and can be dispensed with, not affecting the essence of the core sentence.
Let’s do that.

If a song is played on the radio often, a practice favored by popular radio stations, it increases the chance that the singer will become famous.

(A) If a song is played on the radio often,a practice favored by popular radio stations, it -- The ‘it’ has no referent. It cannot refer to the song, playing often increases the chance. Secondly, a present conditional will need a future tense for the main clause as the cause happens now and the effect happens in the future.

(B) If a song is played on the radio often, and favored by popular radio stations, it --- Same as in A. meaning is also that the song is favored rather than the practice is favored.

(C) A practice favored by popular radio stations, a song played on the radio often,--- meaning changed

(D) A song played on the radio often, a practice favored by popular radio stations, ----- This carries the intended meaning correctly. The best choice.

E. The playing of a song on the radio often, and a practice favored by popular radio stations, --- 1. SV error; 2. Meaning changed

I don't believe "a song" is the subject. "If" introduces a scenario and so the entire scenario becomes the subject. Hence, "it" refers to the entire first clause.

If [a scenario occurs] it increase the chances that [cause from scenario]. D introduces no condition and changes the meaning. Plus it is very awkward.
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30 Dec 2015, 22:22
A song can increase smth - this is illogical.
the practice of playing the song often - increases the chance of the artist to become famous.
I say C is better worded, but only the first part...
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A song can increase smth - this is illogical.
the practice of playing the song often - increases the chance of the artist to become famous.
I say C is better worded, but only the first part...

well well well...after 1year+, i solved it in the same way...clearly it is a bad question for practice for the above mentioned reasons.
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10 Feb 2017, 10:19
In option A, the pronoun "it" is ruining the party.Go for D.

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11 Feb 2017, 12:52
Agreed. 'D' should be the answer. There is no clear referent of it in the answer choice 'A'.
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13 Feb 2017, 09:55
If a song is played on the radio often, a practice favored by popular radio stations,it increases the chance that the singer will become famous.

(A) If a song is played on the radio often, a practice favored by popular radio stations, it
(B) If a song is played on the radio often, and favored by popular radio stations, it
(C) A practice favored by popular radio stations, a song played on the radio often,
(D) A song played on the radio often, a practice favored by popular radio stations,
(E) The playing of a song on the radio often, and a practice favored by popular radio stations,

Lets do the process of elimination

According to me option A seems correct and coherent with the remaining sentence therfore keeping it for now,
In B the meaning of the sentence is changed as originally by playing the song many times the radio stations are favouring the song but in B the song is played multiple times and is favoured seperatly as well so not correct.
In C the structure of the sentence is changed and the subject is now th practice that favours the songs increases the chances.In this the second phrase is not coherrent with the sentences therfore wrong.
in D the changes in meaning makes the choice eliminated as it means that just by playing a song on the radio often increases the chance of the singer to become famous. worng
In E the meaning of the sentence is changed here also as it means that playing of a song often and a practice together increases the chances of the singer to be popular is wrong.

So we are left with A which is correct

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Here is my approach: modifiers

If a song is played on the radio often, a practice favored by popular radio stations, it increases the chance that the singer will become famous.

(A) If a song is played on the radio often, a practice favored by popular radio stations, it - Correct: noun modifier a practice correctly modifies the clause a song is played on the radio often

(B) If a song is played on the radio often, and favored by popular radio stations, it - to join two identities, we do not need comma before conjuntion and

(C) A practice favored by popular radio stations, a song played on the radio often, - here a song incorrectly modifies A practice. How can a practice could be a song!!!

(D) A song played on the radio often, a practice favored by popular radio stations, - same error as C

(E) The playing of a song on the radio often, and a practice favored by popular radio stations, - to join two identities, we do not need comma before conjuntion and. Furthermore, we need a singular noun instead of a coumpoud noun to make S + V agreement (increases).

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20 Apr 2017, 03:14
If a song is played on the radio often, a practice favored by popular radio stations,it increases the chance that the singer will become famous.

(A) If a song is played on the radio often, a practice favored by popular radio stations, it
(B) If a song is played on the radio often, and favored by popular radio stations, it
(C) A practice favored by popular radio stations, a song played on the radio often,
(D) A song played on the radio often, a practice favored by popular radio stations,
(E) The playing of a song on the radio often, and a practice favored by popular radio stations,

a practice favored by popular radio stations is a modifier if we remove sentence should make sense
If a song is played on the radio often increases the chance that the singer will become famous.
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20 Apr 2017, 10:38
OA should be D.
1) "It" can refer only to noun but not the "action/verb" . So options A & B out.
Options C --"increases the chance that the singer will become famous" is result of "A song is played" but not "a practice....." --- So option C out.

Option E--Awkward construction and also verb is missing.
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07 Jul 2017, 22:54
please can some expert confirm if OA is indeed correct.
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08 Jul 2017, 01:57
Can "it" refer to the noun and modifiers "a practice favored by..." in this case? btw it can sometimes refer to clauses too and not only nouns. E.g. It worries many doctors that many patients are obese. It in this case stands in for the "that" clause
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17 Jul 2017, 11:14
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please can some expert confirm if OA is indeed correct.

I agree with daagh above -- this question is pretty suspect, and really doesn't sound like an official GMAT question to me. So unless somebody can confirm that this is a legit, official question, I wouldn't recommend spending any more of your time and energy on this one.

And just another friendly reminder: please please please always include the question source when you post in the verbal forum!
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