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# Some of the tenth-century stave churches of Norway are still

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26 Nov 2007, 20:43
Some of the tenth-century stave churches of Norway are still standing, demonstrating that with sound design and maintenance, wooden buildings can last indefinitely.

A. standing, demonstrating that with sound design and maintenance, wooden buildings can last indefinitely

B. standing, demonstrating how wooden buildings, when they have sound design and maintenance, can last indefinitely

C. standing; they demonstrate if a wooden building has sound design and maintenance it can last indefinitely

D. standing, and they demonstrate wooden buildings can last indefinitely when there is sound design and maintenance

E. standing, and they demonstrate how a wooden building can last indefinitely when it has sound design and maintenance
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26 Nov 2007, 21:00
GMATBLACKBELT wrote:
Some of the tenth-century stave churches of Norway are still standing, demonstrating that with sound design and maintenance, wooden buildings can last indefinitely.

A. standing, demonstrating that with sound design and maintenance, wooden buildings can last indefinitely

B. standing, demonstrating how wooden buildings, when they have sound design and maintenance, can last indefinitely

C. standing; they demonstrate if a wooden building has sound design and maintenance it can last indefinitely

D. standing, and they demonstrate wooden buildings can last indefinitely when there is sound design and maintenance

E. standing, and they demonstrate how a wooden building can last indefinitely when it has sound design and maintenance

Shortlisted to A and B.

Would go with B
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27 Nov 2007, 06:25
hmm i said A
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27 Nov 2007, 06:32
GMATBLACKBELT wrote:
Some of the tenth-century stave churches of Norway are still standing, demonstrating that with sound design and maintenance, wooden buildings can last indefinitely.

A. standing, demonstrating that with sound design and maintenance, wooden buildings can last indefinitely

B. standing, demonstrating how wooden buildings, when they have sound design and maintenance, can last indefinitely

C. standing; they demonstrate if a wooden building has sound design and maintenance it can last indefinitely

D. standing, and they demonstrate wooden buildings can last indefinitely when there is sound design and maintenance

E. standing, and they demonstrate how a wooden building can last indefinitely when it has sound design and maintenance

Will go for 'E'
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27 Nov 2007, 07:03
I will go with A. Whats the OA?
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27 Nov 2007, 07:11
GMATBLACKBELT wrote:
Some of the tenth-century stave churches of Norway are still standing, demonstrating that with sound design and maintenance, wooden buildings can last indefinitely.

A. standing, demonstrating that with sound design and maintenance, wooden buildings can last indefinitely

B. standing, demonstrating how wooden buildings, when they have sound design and maintenance, can last indefinitely

C. standing; they demonstrate if a wooden building has sound design and maintenance it can last indefinitely

D. standing, and they demonstrate wooden buildings can last indefinitely when there is sound design and maintenance

E. standing, and they demonstrate how a wooden building can last indefinitely when it has sound design and maintenance

Ans -A

B- when incorrectly modifies buildings
C- unnecessary use of semicolon
D- Use of when
E- same as D

Amar
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27 Nov 2007, 08:41
GMATBLACKBELT wrote:
Some of the tenth-century stave churches of Norway are still standing, demonstrating that with sound design and maintenance, wooden buildings can last indefinitely.

A. standing, demonstrating that with sound design and maintenance, wooden buildings can last indefinitely

B. standing, demonstrating how wooden buildings, when they have sound design and maintenance, can last indefinitely

C. standing; they demonstrate if a wooden building has sound design and maintenance it can last indefinitely

D. standing, and they demonstrate wooden buildings can last indefinitely when there is sound design and maintenance

E. standing, and they demonstrate how a wooden building can last indefinitely when it has sound design and maintenance

I pick C.

A is wrong because it implies that the churches are doing 2 things: 1) standing and 2) demonstrating. I think this error is present in all choices except in C. The original sentence wants to convey that the churches standing demonstrates ....

Choice C breaks the sentence into 2 independent clauses, which are closely related. The only thing I didn't like in C is that it omits 'that' after demonstrate.

What's the OA?
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27 Nov 2007, 10:45
I go with A. Whats the OA
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27 Nov 2007, 10:51
GMATBLACKBELT wrote:
Some of the tenth-century stave churches of Norway are still standing, demonstrating that with sound design and maintenance, wooden buildings can last indefinitely.

A. standing, demonstrating that with sound design and maintenance, wooden buildings can last indefinitely

B. standing, demonstrating how wooden buildings, when they have sound design and maintenance, can last indefinitely

C. standing; they demonstrate if a wooden building has sound design and maintenance it can last indefinitely

D. standing, and they demonstrate wooden buildings can last indefinitely when there is sound design and maintenance

E. standing, and they demonstrate how a wooden building can last indefinitely when it has sound design and maintenance

OA is A. I swear I have done this question b/f on the forums and the OA then was not A. The reason they told me the OA was not A was b/c standing, demonstrating should not go together. Thats why I picked C, but honestly I dont see why A would be wrong.
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27 Nov 2007, 11:08
GMATBLACKBELT wrote:
GMATBLACKBELT wrote:
Some of the tenth-century stave churches of Norway are still standing, demonstrating that with sound design and maintenance, wooden buildings can last indefinitely.

A. standing, demonstrating that with sound design and maintenance, wooden buildings can last indefinitely

B. standing, demonstrating how wooden buildings, when they have sound design and maintenance, can last indefinitely

C. standing; they demonstrate if a wooden building has sound design and maintenance it can last indefinitely

D. standing, and they demonstrate wooden buildings can last indefinitely when there is sound design and maintenance

E. standing, and they demonstrate how a wooden building can last indefinitely when it has sound design and maintenance

OA is A. I swear I have done this question b/f on the forums and the OA then was not A. The reason they told me the OA was not A was b/c standing, demonstrating should not go together. Thats why I picked C, but honestly I dont see why A would be wrong.

I eliminated A for the same reason. A conveys that the churches are doing 2 things: 1) standing and 2) demonstrating.

What is the source of this question? If its a SC1000 or Brutals question then the 'OA' may not be the OA....
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27 Nov 2007, 11:18
GMATBLACKBELT wrote:
GMATBLACKBELT wrote:
Some of the tenth-century stave churches of Norway are still standing, demonstrating that with sound design and maintenance, wooden buildings can last indefinitely.

A. standing, demonstrating that with sound design and maintenance, wooden buildings can last indefinitely

B. standing, demonstrating how wooden buildings, when they have sound design and maintenance, can last indefinitely

C. standing; they demonstrate if a wooden building has sound design and maintenance it can last indefinitely

D. standing, and they demonstrate wooden buildings can last indefinitely when there is sound design and maintenance

E. standing, and they demonstrate how a wooden building can last indefinitely when it has sound design and maintenance

OA is A. I swear I have done this question b/f on the forums and the OA then was not A. The reason they told me the OA was not A was b/c standing, demonstrating should not go together. Thats why I picked C, but honestly I dont see why A would be wrong.

GMATBLACKBELT, you still on SC? i thought we finished in the summer?!

A is correct because....

Some of the tenth-century stave churches of Norway are still standing
is a independent clause

followed by an active tense particpial phrase
demonstrating that with sound design and maintenance, wooden buildings can last indefinitely.

where the particpial phrase has its own subordinated clause.

demonstrating that
With sound design and maintenance, wooden buildings can last indefinitely.
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27 Nov 2007, 11:37
fantastic explanation by Paul at http://www.gmatclub.com/forum/t14224
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27 Nov 2007, 17:32
GK_Gmat wrote:
fantastic explanation by Paul at http://www.gmatclub.com/forum/t14224

Thank You GK_Gmat...

It is an eye opener...

For me following are the golden rules for subordinate clauses..

2 or more subordinate clauses (or independent clauses) don't go back to back, unless they have coordinating conjunction

2 clauses when they are connected they should always have a logical connection

But this one is a good example of an exception to the above rule..
Unlike what Paul said I believe the second clause is an appositive rather than a absolute phrase

Appositive is an exception. That allows the usage 'standing, demonstrating'
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28 Nov 2007, 08:20
Beyond700 wrote:
GK_Gmat wrote:
fantastic explanation by Paul at http://www.gmatclub.com/forum/t14224

Thank You GK_Gmat...

It is an eye opener...

For me following are the golden rules for subordinate clauses..

2 or more subordinate clauses (or independent clauses) don't go back to back, unless they have coordinating conjunction

2 clauses when they are connected they should always have a logical connection

But this one is a good example of an exception to the above rule..
Unlike what Paul said I believe the second clause is an appositive rather than a absolute phrase

Appositive is an exception. That allows the usage 'standing, demonstrating'

I read that an appositive is 'another name' so to speak. For eg:

The lady, our teacher, is very stern. --> is an appositive because we use teacher to rename lady...

Eg: George Bush, the President, is a funny guy. --> the President is used to rename Bush...
28 Nov 2007, 08:20
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