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The beautiful cello solo at the end of the symphony may have salvaged the performance, for most of the orchestra members played poorly throughout the two hour concert.

A. for most of the orchestra members performed poorly throughout the two hour concert.
B. in that most of the orchestra members performed throughout the two hour concert in a poor manner.
C. When most of the orchestra members performed poorly throughout the two hour concert.
D. despite most of the orchestra members performing poorly throughout the two hour concert.
E. even though most of the orchestra members made a poor performance throughout the two hour concert.

Question about choice E and A, what is the difference and why the phrase "made a poor performance" doesn't work here?

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made a poor performace = performed poorly. gmat looks for concision without loss of meaning. E uses too many words.

Another red flag is "even though" - here the intent is not the "contrast" but to provide a reason "why"

for = because = reason - why the solo may have salvaged the concert performance.

Hence A is correct in all ways.

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The beautiful cello solo at the end of the symphony may have salvaged the performance, [highlight]for most of the orchestra members played poorly throughout the two hour concert.[/highlight]

A. for most of the orchestra members performed poorly throughout the two hour concert.
B. in that most of the orchestra members performed throughout the two hour concert in a poor manner.
C. When most of the orchestra members performed poorly throughout the two hour concert.
D. despite most of the orchestra members performing poorly throughout the two hour concert.
E. even though most of the orchestra members made a poor performance throughout the two hour concert.







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in the beginning part of the sentence only, we get the implication that something negative is to follow- the performance had to be salvaged

That being so, we are looking for an option which highlights why does the author think the performance needed salvaging? Even though doesnt fulfil that purpose, for does.
Also, 'made a poor performance' is not technically wrong, but is slightly awkward and wordy. perform means to make a performance. so why not use perform poorly? A similar (though worse) example is 'draw a drawing' drawing means to draw, and hence such constructions are at best wordy and awckward, and at worst wrong and gramaticclay non-sensical.
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E introduces contrast, while A introduces explanation. The sentence should make sense as to why the Cello solo salvaged the Performance.
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Can you please explain why C is incorrect? Doesn't it indicate towards the situation that 'most of the orchestra members played poorly throughout the two hour concert' ?
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Text says that the cello performance was at the end; not at the same time as the performance of the orchestra members- There is a meaning change in C
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Text says that the cello performance was at the end; not at the same time as the performance of the orchestra members- There is a meaning change in C


Got you :) Thanks for pointing it out!
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made a poor performace = performed poorly. gmat looks for concision without loss of meaning. E uses too many words.

Another red flag is "even though" - here the intent is not the "contrast" but to provide a reason "why"

for = because = reason - why the solo may have salvaged the concert performance.

Hence A is correct in all ways.

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The beautiful cello solo at the end of the symphony may have salvaged the performance, for most of the orchestra members played poorly throughout the two hour concert.

A. for most of the orchestra members performed poorly throughout the two hour concert.
B. in that most of the orchestra members performed throughout the two hour concert in a poor manner.
C. When most of the orchestra members performed poorly throughout the two hour concert.
D. despite most of the orchestra members performing poorly throughout the two hour concert.
E. even though most of the orchestra members made a poor performance throughout the two hour concert.







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Question about choice E and A, what is the difference and why the phrase "made a poor performance" doesn't work here?




Thanks for details. Could you elaborate on what is wrong with D? I totally get that "reason" was required to be followed, but 'for' seemed awkward.
The text of the explanation in the book only criticises structure of D, when in fact, A has the SAME structure...
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made a poor performace = performed poorly. gmat looks for concision without loss of meaning. E uses too many words.

Another red flag is "even though" - here the intent is not the "contrast" but to provide a reason "why"

for = because = reason - why the solo may have salvaged the concert performance.

Hence A is correct in all ways.

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The beautiful cello solo at the end of the symphony may have salvaged the performance, for most of the orchestra members played poorly throughout the two hour concert.

A. for most of the orchestra members performed poorly throughout the two hour concert.
B. in that most of the orchestra members performed throughout the two hour concert in a poor manner.
C. When most of the orchestra members performed poorly throughout the two hour concert.
D. despite most of the orchestra members performing poorly throughout the two hour concert.
E. even though most of the orchestra members made a poor performance throughout the two hour concert.







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Question about choice E and A, what is the difference and why the phrase "made a poor performance" doesn't work here?




Thanks for details. Could you elaborate on what is wrong with D? I totally get that "reason" was required to be followed, but 'for' seemed awkward.
The text of the explanation in the book only criticises structure of D, when in fact, A has the SAME structure...



I've first choose D, and wondered why it could be wrong...

I think the reason is that "despite" changes the meaning. "despite" emphasasize a contrast contrary to "for" which is used to refer to a reason/ an explanation.
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The beautiful cello solo at the end of the symphony may have salvaged the performance, for most of the orchestra members played poorly throughout the two hour concert.

A. for most of the orchestra members performed poorly throughout the two hour concert.
B. in that most of the orchestra members performed throughout the two hour concert in a poor manner.
C. When most of the orchestra members performed poorly throughout the two hour concert.
D. despite most of the orchestra members performing poorly throughout the two hour concert.
E. even though most of the orchestra members made a poor performance throughout the two hour concert.







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Question about choice E and A, what is the difference and why the phrase "made a poor performance" doesn't work here?


A. for most of the orchestra members performed poorly throughout the two hour concert. Succint and the only one the conveys the meaning.
B. in that most of the orchestra members performed throughout the two hour concert in a poor manner. in that doesn't convey the meaning and is awkward.
C. When most of the orchestra members performed poorly throughout the two hour concert. implies that at a certain point in time when the other members were performing poorly, the cello solo did well.
D. despite most of the orchestra members performing poorly throughout the two hour concert. Implies that despite the others performing poorly, the cello was able to do a great job. This means that the cello was able to perform well even though the remaining crew's poor performance was expected to perhaps distract the cello performers. Subtle change in meaning that makes this incorrect.
E. even though most of the orchestra members made a poor performance throughout the two hour concert. Similar to D....this implies that even though the others screwed up, the cello performers did well, as if the other's screwing up would generally impact the cello performers negatively.
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The beautiful cello solo at the end of the symphony may have salvaged the performance, for most of the orchestra members played poorly throughout the two hour concert.

A. for most of the orchestra members performed poorly throughout the two hour concert. - CORRECT - Usage of "for" is correct here

B. in that most of the orchestra members performed throughout the two hour concert in a poor manner. - incorrect usage of "in that" and wordy for "poor performance"

C. When most of the orchestra members performed poorly throughout the two hour concert. - "when" is modifying performance, and is incorect

D. despite most of the orchestra members performing poorly throughout the two hour concert. - “despite most members performing poorly” is incorrect as it should be “despite the poor performance by...”

E. even though most of the orchestra members made a poor performance throughout the two hour concert. - “made a poor performance” is an unidiomatic and awkward way of saying performed poorly.

Hence, Answer is A

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Take E out to begin with. It is too wordy.

C changes the meaning of the sentence. ‘When’ implies that the solo happened at the same time as the other orchestra member’s poor performance.

D breaks //ism with ‘performing poorly’.

B is needlessly complex.



A is the best answer.
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