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# Sold over the counter at the turn of the century, the

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Sold over the counter at the turn of the century, the government now prohibits the sale of cocaine derivatives.

A. Sold over the counter at the turn of the century
B. While sold over the counter at the turn of the century
C. Being sold over the counter at the turn of the century
D. Although they were selling them over the counter at the turn of the century
E. Although they were sold over the counter at the turn of the century

Originally posted by sacmanitin on 28 Sep 2009, 03:18.
Last edited by gmat1393 on 12 Oct 2018, 09:35, edited 2 times in total.
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28 Sep 2009, 03:28
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Will go with D
that option uses the Modifier correctly
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28 Sep 2009, 03:51
E
a,b and c wrongly modify the government ...
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28 Sep 2009, 04:21
chandru42 wrote:
Will go with D
that option uses the Modifier correctly

In D : "they were selling them...." here "they" wrongly refers to the government which is incorrect.

E for me.
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28 Sep 2009, 05:15
sacmanitin wrote:
Sold over the counter at the turn of the century, the government now prohibits the sale of cocaine derivatives.

Sold over the counter at the turn of the century incorrect use of prepositional phrase "Sold over the counter at the turn of the century" incorrectly modifying "the government"
While sold over the counter at the turn of the century - "while" shuld be used to indicate two activities in in parallel
Being sold over the counter at the turn of the century
Although they were selling them over the counter at the turn of the century
Although they were sold over the counter atthe turn of the century correct. "they" correctly refers to cocaine derivatives

which one is correct and why ??

IMO E.

One thing to note - the first part of the sentence is in passive voice but the second part is in active voice. I have not seen such sentence contruction in OG. Though this construction is grammatically correct, I believe GMAT prefers sentences in active voice.

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28 Sep 2009, 05:43
i think it should be E ,the source is princeton
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28 Sep 2009, 06:34
Agree it should be E... what is OA
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05 Aug 2017, 07:26
How option d is wrong and option e right? The pronoun 'they' in (d) refers to government while 'they' in option (e) refers to cocaine.
Since we know that in this type of question, we need to change the phrase to clause so as to have its own subject, and the subject in the dependent clause should point out to the subject of the independent clause.And the subject of the independent clause is 'the government'.

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05 Aug 2017, 09:51
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How option d is wrong and option e right? The pronoun 'they' in (d) refers to government while 'they' in option (e) refers to cocaine.
Since we know that in this type of question, we need to change the phrase to clause so as to have its own subject, and the subject in the dependent clause should point out to the subject of the independent clause.And the subject of the independent clause is 'the government'.

Reread the the question and notice how the government prohibit"s". This makes using they to replace government wrong.
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05 Aug 2017, 10:22
sacmanitin wrote:
Sold over the counter at the turn of the century, the government now prohibits the sale of cocaine derivatives.

Sold over the counter at the turn of the century
While sold over the counter at the turn of the century
Being sold over the counter at the turn of the century
Although they were selling them over the counter at the turn of the century
Although they were sold over the counter atthe turn of the century

which one is correct and why ??

IMO

A,B and C incorrect modifier
D pronoun error : they were selling them
So E is correct
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06 Aug 2017, 02:06
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swatygi wrote:
How option d is wrong and option e right? The pronoun 'they' in (d) refers to government while 'they' in option (e) refers to cocaine.
Since we know that in this type of question, we need to change the phrase to clause so as to have its own subject, and the subject in the dependent clause should point out to the subject of the independent clause.And the subject of the independent clause is 'the government'.

Reread the the question and notice how the government prohibit"s". This makes using they to replace government wrong.

Can you please explain me in terms of clauses... this could clear my doubt further on clauses

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