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Student Majors SC problem from ETS GMAT exam

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Hey all,

I was wondering if someone can walk me thru the grammatical errors (first and second level) on this problem. I just want to improve on my errors. I don't understand why answer choice (B) is correct over (C). Thanks.

As business grows more complex, students majoring in specialized areas like those of finance and marketing have been becoming increasingly successful in the job market.

a. majoring in specialized areas like those of finance and marketing have been becoming increasingly

b. who major in such specialized areas as finance and marketing are becoming more and more

c. who majored in specialized areas such as those of finance and marketing are being increasingly

d. who major in specialized areas like those of finance and marketing have been becoming more and more

e. having majored in such specialized areas as finance and marketing are being increasingly
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Hey all,

I was wondering if someone can walk me thru the grammatical errors (first and second level) on this problem. I just want to improve on my errors. I don't understand why answer choice (B) is correct over (C). Thanks.

As business grows more complex, students majoring in specialized areas like those of finance and marketing have been becoming increasingly successful in the job market.

a. majoring in specialized areas like those of finance and marketing have been becoming increasingly

b. who major in such specialized areas as finance and marketing are becoming more and more

c. who majored in specialized areas such as those of finance and marketing are being increasingly

d. who major in specialized areas like those of finance and marketing have been becoming more and more

e. having majored in such specialized areas as finance and marketing are being increasingly


first of all, "majoring" is in the present, whereas option c says majored. such as those is also wrong, as is "like those", though i'm not able to explain why. it doesn't sound right to me and i go by my ear. hope this is right :) someone pls tell me if it is. .

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As business grows more complex, students majoring in specialized areas like those of finance and marketing have been becoming increasingly successful in the job market.
b. who major in such specialized areas as finance and marketing are becoming more and more
c. who majored in specialized areas such as those of finance and marketing are being increasingly

Let me try..

1) We dont need past tesnse here maintain parallelism with the first non underlined part of the sentence.
2)words like "those of" and "are being increasingly is too wordy"

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Finance and marketing are examples of specialized areas- The have to be indicated by - such ….as - rather than – like -. Hence A and D are out.

As business grows more complex is an ongoing activity that will apply to all students now and also those in the future, we have to describe the students in present tense rather than restring it to the past ones. So C and E are out. This leaves us with only B, which uses right tenses and right diction to mark exampling.
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New post 13 Oct 2010, 09:50
One more thing I would like to point out is that you cannot use increasingly in this context. It denotes change over time. But the author intends a different meaning for which more and more is the correct usage.

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