GMAT Question of the Day - Daily to your Mailbox; hard ones only

It is currently 07 Dec 2019, 04:23

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Close

Request Expert Reply

Confirm Cancel

School desegregation has worked well in Buffalo, New York, in part bec

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
TAGS:

Hide Tags

Find Similar Topics 
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 01 Aug 2011
Posts: 33
Location: India
Concentration: Finance, Finance
GPA: 3.4
School desegregation has worked well in Buffalo, New York, in part bec  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post Updated on: 24 Sep 2018, 03:49
2
4
00:00
A
B
C
D
E

Difficulty:

  25% (medium)

Question Stats:

74% (01:28) correct 26% (01:22) wrong based on 254 sessions

HideShow timer Statistics

School desegregation has worked well in Buffalo, New York, in part because parents and teachers were given major roles in designing the city’s magnet schools, because extra federal funds were allocated to make each school unique, and because the federal judge enforced desegregation orders.


(A) because extra federal funds were allocated to make each school unique

(B) because of the allocation of extra federal funds that make each school unique

(C) because each school is made unique by allocating it extra federal funds

(D) extra federal funds were allocated in order to make each school unique

(E) extra federal funds were allocated for making each school unique



why is choice c incorrect

Originally posted by Ankit04041987 on 09 Jun 2012, 10:31.
Last edited by Bunuel on 24 Sep 2018, 03:49, edited 1 time in total.
Renamed the topic and edited the question.
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
User avatar
Joined: 13 Jan 2012
Posts: 273
Weight: 170lbs
GMAT 1: 740 Q48 V42
GMAT 2: 760 Q50 V42
WE: Analyst (Other)
Re: School desegregation has worked well in Buffalo, New York, in part bec  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 09 Jun 2012, 12:19
Not sure if this underlining is correct. Please post it in the future.

School desegregation has worked well in Buffalo, New York, in part because parents and teachers were given major roles in designing the city’s magnet schools, because extra federal funds were allocated to make each school unique, and because the federal judge enforced desegregation orders.

(A) because extra federal funds were allocated to make each school unique
(B) because of the allocation of extra federal funds that make each school unique
(C) because each school is made unique by allocating it extra federal funds
(D) extra federal funds were allocated in order to make each school unique
(E) extra federal funds were allocated for making each school unique

A is the obvious answer here after skimming the choices. Eliminate D & E because they break with the structure of the sentence. Eliminate B & C as they're simply poorly worded. To answer your specific question, I think we can eliminate C for three reasons: changes the tense, passive when there is a better active choice, and the usage of "by" here is confusing.
Manhattan Prep Instructor
User avatar
Joined: 06 Sep 2011
Posts: 50
GRE 1: Q800 V800

GRE 2: Q800 V800

Re: School desegregation has worked well in Buffalo, New York, in part bec  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 09 Jun 2012, 13:15
3
A and C are the only answers that are parallel. B might seem to be parallel, but in fact the because in B is followed by a noun phrase, while the two earlier becauses are followed by clauses.

So what's wrong with C? (1) It changes the meaning slightly. According to the original, the purpose of the extra funds was to make each school unique (whatever their actual affect), while according to C the extra funds did make each school unique (whatever they were intended for). (2) It is awkward. In particular, the usual direct object of the verb allocate is the stuff being allocated rather than person/agency/whatever receiving the stuff. But In C, the direct object of allocate is it (whose antecedent is each school) rather than the more standard funds.

Since vandygrad11 mentioned active/passive voice, I should point out a few thing:
-Answer A, the OA, is also in the passive voice, so voice doesn't seem to be the problem here.
-Standard Written English allows parallel clauses to have different voices, and in fact that's inevitable here, since the first of the parallel clauses (parents and teachers were given major roles) is passive, while the third (the federal judge enforced desegregation orders) is active. Neither of those is underlined, so neither of those will change, so were stuck with different voices.
-Different voices actually make sense here, since neither the parents nor the funds are agents in their clauses, while the judge is the agent in his.
-It's true that active is usually better than passive, but there are plenty of exceptions.
-It's true that consistent voice is better, but there are exceptions.
-Voice is not usually dispositive anyway. When passive is wrong, it's usually because the passive voice creates a distinct error. For instance, Thirsty after a long day of yard work, I drank the whole pitcher of lemonade. is better than Thirsty after a long day of yard work, the whole pitcher of lemonade was drunk by me. because according to the first I was thirsty, while according to the second, the pitcher of lemonade was thirsty.
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
User avatar
Joined: 13 Jan 2012
Posts: 273
Weight: 170lbs
GMAT 1: 740 Q48 V42
GMAT 2: 760 Q50 V42
WE: Analyst (Other)
Re: School desegregation has worked well in Buffalo, New York, in part bec  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 09 Jun 2012, 13:19
Yeah, that's a good point. I went back and noticed that. Rushed through the problem, I think.

I'm curious if you've seen many instances of passive/active voice being tested on the GMAT. I would like to get a V51 if possible!
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 01 Aug 2011
Posts: 33
Location: India
Concentration: Finance, Finance
GPA: 3.4
Re: School desegregation has worked well in Buffalo, New York, in part bec  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 09 Jun 2012, 22:15
Is option a in passive voice because federal fund is the object of the verb allocation but it is acting as a subject

what if i write option c as because each school is made unique by allocating extra federal funds to the school , would there still be object error
Manager
Manager
User avatar
Affiliations: Project Management Professional (PMP)
Joined: 30 Jun 2011
Posts: 122
Location: New Delhi, India
Re: School desegregation has worked well in Buffalo, New York, in part bec  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 12 Jun 2012, 08:53
MichaelS wrote:
A and C are the only answers that are parallel. B might seem to be parallel, but in fact the because in B is followed by a noun phrase, while the two earlier becauses are followed by clauses.

So what's wrong with C? (1) It changes the meaning slightly. According to the original, the purpose of the extra funds was to make each school unique (whatever their actual affect), while according to C the extra funds did make each school unique (whatever they were intended for). (2) It is awkward. In particular, the usual direct object of the verb allocate is the stuff being allocated rather than person/agency/whatever receiving the stuff. But In C, the direct object of allocate is it (whose antecedent is each school) rather than the more standard funds.

Since vandygrad11 mentioned active/passive voice, I should point out a few thing:
-Answer A, the OA, is also in the passive voice, so voice doesn't seem to be the problem here.
-Standard Written English allows parallel clauses to have different voices, and in fact that's inevitable here, since the first of the parallel clauses (parents and teachers were given major roles) is passive, while the third (the federal judge enforced desegregation orders) is active. Neither of those is underlined, so neither of those will change, so were stuck with different voices.
-Different voices actually make sense here, since neither the parents nor the funds are agents in their clauses, while the judge is the agent in his.
-It's true that active is usually better than passive, but there are plenty of exceptions.
-It's true that consistent voice is better, but there are exceptions.
-Voice is not usually dispositive anyway. When passive is wrong, it's usually because the passive voice creates a distinct error. For instance, Thirsty after a long day of yard work, I drank the whole pitcher of lemonade. is better than Thirsty after a long day of yard work, the whole pitcher of lemonade was drunk by me. because according to the first I was thirsty, while according to the second, the pitcher of lemonade was thirsty.

Between A and C can we also say that use of "is" in C also contributes in making it incorrect as the main sentence uses "were"
CR Forum Moderator
avatar
V
Joined: 25 Apr 2018
Posts: 671
GMAT 1: 680 Q49 V34
Reviews Badge CAT Tests
Re: School desegregation has worked well in Buffalo, New York, in part bec  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 24 Sep 2018, 03:47
Ankit04041987 wrote:
School desegregation has worked well in Buffalo, New York, in part because parents and teachers were given major roles in designing the city’s magnet schools, because extra federal funds were allocated to make each school unique, and because the federal judge enforced desegregation orders.
(A) because extra federal funds were allocated to make each school unique
(B) because of the allocation of extra federal funds that make each school unique
(C) because each school is made unique by allocating it extra federal funds
(D) extra federal funds were allocated in order to make each school unique
(E) extra federal funds were allocated for making each school unique

why is choice c incorrect

Hi generis

Kindly underline the highlighted part

Thanks!
Math Expert
User avatar
V
Joined: 02 Sep 2009
Posts: 59588
Re: School desegregation has worked well in Buffalo, New York, in part bec  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 24 Sep 2018, 03:50
1
gmat1393 wrote:
Ankit04041987 wrote:
School desegregation has worked well in Buffalo, New York, in part because parents and teachers were given major roles in designing the city’s magnet schools, because extra federal funds were allocated to make each school unique, and because the federal judge enforced desegregation orders.
(A) because extra federal funds were allocated to make each school unique
(B) because of the allocation of extra federal funds that make each school unique
(C) because each school is made unique by allocating it extra federal funds
(D) extra federal funds were allocated in order to make each school unique
(E) extra federal funds were allocated for making each school unique

why is choice c incorrect

Hi generis

Kindly underline the highlighted part

Thanks!


______________________
Fixed. Thank you.
_________________
Manager
Manager
avatar
B
Joined: 20 Oct 2018
Posts: 140
CAT Tests
Re: School desegregation has worked well in Buffalo, New York, in part bec  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 28 Nov 2019, 22:39
Ankit04041987 wrote:
School desegregation has worked well in Buffalo, New York, in part because parents and teachers were given major roles in designing the city’s magnet schools, because extra federal funds were allocated to make each school unique, and because the federal judge enforced desegregation orders.



(A) because extra federal funds were allocated to make each school unique
- Correct
-parallel with other elements "because parents and Y + Verb" , "because fedral judge + verb"

(B) because of the allocation of extra federal funds that make each school unique
- wrong
- meaning error: the fund are allocated to make funds unique. Thus means the schools are already unique

(C) because each school is made unique by allocating it extra federal funds
- Wrong
- meaning error: this suggests that it is a general fact and normally schools are made unique.

(D) extra federal funds were allocated in order to make each school unique
- Wrong
"To" is better than "in order to"

(E) extra federal funds were allocated for making each school unique
- wrong
- "to make" is correct idiom..

Posted from my mobile device
GMAT Club Bot
Re: School desegregation has worked well in Buffalo, New York, in part bec   [#permalink] 28 Nov 2019, 22:39
Display posts from previous: Sort by

School desegregation has worked well in Buffalo, New York, in part bec

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  





Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group | Emoji artwork provided by EmojiOne