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# Since the 1930's aircraft manufacturers have tried to build

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Since the 1930's aircraft manufacturers have tried to build [#permalink]

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Since the 1930's aircraft manufacturers have tried to
build airplanes with frictionless wings, shaped so
smoothly and perfectly
that the air passing over
them would not become turbulent.

(A) wings, shaped so smoothly and perfectly
(B) wings, wings so smooth and so perfectly shaped
(C) wings that are shaped so smooth and perfect
(D) wings, shaped in such a smooth and perfect manner
(E) wings, wings having been shaped smoothly and
perfectly so

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07 Jul 2004, 08:38
they all seem wrong to me

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07 Jul 2004, 08:58

I don't think wings can be "smoothly shaped", they can be "smooth and perfectly shaped"

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07 Jul 2004, 09:07
Well my final answer so D. But OlegC is much better.

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07 Jul 2004, 09:58
between A and B, I chose B
can't come up with a valid explanation, A just sounds wrong to my ear

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07 Jul 2004, 18:32
C??

B. "wings" is redundant. Further, smooth (adj.) and perfectly (ad.) are not parallel.
C. idiom so...that
D. no need of a comma. anyway, it is wordy.

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07 Jul 2004, 18:48
0A is B. I too thought wings was reduntant. But I guess one does not say "smoothly shaped".

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07 Jul 2004, 18:53
corporate_monkey wrote:
0A is B. I too thought wings was reduntant. But I guess one does not say "smoothly shaped".

need to research on this stuff... good question and into my error log

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07 Jul 2004, 19:36
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=5734
This will perhaps explain why B is better
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07 Jul 2004, 19:37
smooth can't modify shaped. it is the characteristic of the wing. so do perfectly(adverb) shaped.

Comma usage led to an incorrect referent. SHAPED : does it refer to the airplanes with smooth wings or the wings themselves. Using Resumative modifier (repeated usage of wings) clarifies what is being modified.

comma usage is wrong in A and D.

check this one too: http://www.testmagic.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1948

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