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# South Korea has witnessed the world's most dramatic growth of Christia

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mm007 wrote:
South Korea has witnessed the world's most dramatic growth of Christian congregations; church membership is expanding by 6.6 percent a year, fully two-thirds of the growth coming from conversions rather than the population increasing.

(A) coming from conversions rather than the population increasing

(B) coming from conversions rather than increases in the population

(C) coming from conversions instead of the population's increasing

(D) is from conversions instead of population increases

(E) is from conversions rather than increasing the population

Two valid independent clauses separated by semi colon.
- South Korea has witnessed the world's most dramatic growth of Christian congregations;
- church membership is expanding by 6.6 percent a year, fully two-thirds of the growth [u]coming from conversions rather than the population increasing

After the first clause and semi colon, I pretty much ignore it since it will not impact the structure of the second clause.

Church membership is expanding by 6.6 percent a year, fully two-thirds of the growth ...

I already have a subject and a verb here in this clause. If what follows "growth" is "is", then I will have another clause (a subject and a verb pair) joined by just a comma. So options (D) and (E) are incorrect.

Noun "conversions" should be parallel to whatever follows "rather than". Hence "increases" works.

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Hi GMATNinja,
Can you please explain how can we differentiate between "growth is from" and "growth coming from"? Thanks in advance.
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ramyasree0299 wrote:
Hi GMATNinja,
Can you please explain how can we differentiate between "growth is from" and "growth coming from"? Thanks in advance.

Check out this post, starting with the nested quotes from earlier in the thread: https://gmatclub.com/forum/south-korea- ... l#p2369293

In short, "growth is from..." would result in a run-on sentence.

I hope that helps!
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mm007 wrote:
South Korea has witnessed the world's most dramatic growth of Christian congregations; church membership is expanding by 6.6 percent a year, fully two-thirds of the growth coming from conversions rather than the population increasing.

(A) coming from conversions rather than the population increasing

(B) coming from conversions rather than increases in the population

(C) coming from conversions instead of the population's increasing

(D) is from conversions instead of population increases

(E) is from conversions rather than increasing the population

Hi AndrewN,

In Option A ,

coming from conversions rather than the population increasing

Both the highlighted blue part are NOUN. So why A is wrong ?
Is it because OPTION B is more clearer as compared to A ?

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mm007 wrote:
South Korea has witnessed the world's most dramatic growth of Christian congregations; church membership is expanding by 6.6 percent a year, fully two-thirds of the growth coming from conversions rather than the population increasing.

(A) coming from conversions rather than the population increasing

(B) coming from conversions rather than increases in the population

(C) coming from conversions instead of the population's increasing

(D) is from conversions instead of population increases

(E) is from conversions rather than increasing the population

Hi AndrewN,

In Option A ,

coming from conversions rather than the population increasing

Both the highlighted blue part are NOUN. So why A is wrong ?
Is it because OPTION B is more clearer as compared to A ?

Regards

Hello, Iwillget770. The reason the comparison does not function well in the original sentence is that the noun elements are not parallel. Conversions happen within a population of people, so an explicit version of the original sentence would say the following at the end:

coming from conversions [in the population] rather than the population

You want conversions to be as similar to the second element as possible, and answer choice (B) aligns the elements well:

coming from conversions [in the population] rather than increases in the population

Perhaps the issue makes more sense now. Thank you for thinking to ask, and good luck with your studies.

- Andrew
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