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The Official Guide for GMAT Review 10th Edition, 2003

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Question No.: SC 208
Page: 686

Teratomas are unusual forms of cancer because they are composed of tissues such as tooth and bone not normally found in the organ in which the tumor appears.

(A) because they are composed of tissues such as tooth and bone
(B) because they are composed of tissues like tooth and bone that are
(C) because they are composed of tissues, like tooth and bone, tissues
(D) in that their composition, tissues such as tooth and bone, is
(E) in that they are composed of tissues such as tooth and bone, tissues


Hi mikemcgarry,

Can you please help me understand the difference A and E. Also is "in that" preferable as a part of the correct answer choice on the GMAT ? The in one of its question states that the use of in that is considered stilted and overly formal.
Need your inputs on this.

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Poorvasha wrote:

Hi mikemcgarry,

Can you please help me understand the difference A and E. Also is "in that" preferable as a part of the correct answer choice on the GMAT ? The in one of its question states that the use of in that is considered stilted and overly formal.
Need your inputs on this.

Thanks :-)

Dear Poorvasha,

I'm happy to respond. :-)

It's true that the "in that" structure is very sophisticated and formal, but all the language on the GMAT SC is sophisticated and formal, so this structure usually fits on the GMAT SC.

In this sentence, either "because" or "in that" would be correct. The problem in (A) is that the noun-modifying phrase that follows the underlined section is awkward--this phrase is meant to modify "tissue," not "tooth and bone," which it touches. The question of the phrase's target noun is ambiguous and muddy in (A), whereas (E) concisely cleans up this ambiguity.

Does all this make sense?
Mike :-)
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Teratomas are unusual forms of cancer because they are composed of tissues such as tooth and bone not normally found in the organ in which the tumor appears.


(A) because they are composed of tissues such as tooth and bone

(B) because they are composed of tissues like tooth and bone that are

(C) because they are composed of tissues, like tooth and bone, tissues

(D) in that their composition, tissues such as tooth and bone, is

(E) in that they are composed of tissues such as tooth and bone, tissues


The Official Guide for GMAT Review 10th Edition, 2003

Practice Question
Question No.: SC 208
Page: 686



Step 1: I favor "In That" over "Because"

eliminate: A,B,C

Step 2: "not normally found..." is refering to what?
Tissue . So D

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Teratomas are unusual forms of cancer because they are composed of tissues such as tooth and bone not normally found in the organ in which the tumor appears.


(A) because they are composed of tissues such as tooth and bone

(B) because they are composed of tissues like tooth and bone that are

(C) because they are composed of tissues, like tooth and bone, tissues

(D) in that their composition, tissues such as tooth and bone, is

(E) in that they are composed of tissues such as tooth and bone, tissues


My POE:
A) Was stuck between A and E and eliminated A because it sounds like "not normally found" is modifying BONE, but should be modifying tissues
B) LIKE is wrong, TISSUES are not LIKE TOOTH AND BONE
C) Same as B
D) COMPOSITION is being modified, but it should actually be tissues
E) CORRECT
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