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The Coriolis effect, the apparent result of a force that is actually nonexistent, a phenomenon that seems to deflect moving objects relative to the rotation of the Earth’s surface.

A. a phenomenon that seems to deflect moving objects relative to the rotation

B. a phenomenon where moving objects are deflecting relative to the rotation

C. a phenomenon that seems to deflect moving objects and is relative to the rotation

D. is a phenomenon that seems to deflect moving objects relative to the rotation

E. is a phenomenon where moving objects are deflected relative to the rotation
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The Coriolis effect, the apparent result of a force that is actually nonexistent, a phenomenon that seems to deflect moving objects relative to the rotation of the Earth’s surface.

A. a phenomenon that seems to deflect moving objects relative to the rotation
B. a phenomenon where moving objects are deflecting relative to the rotation
C. a phenomenon that seems to deflect moving objects and is relative to the rotation
D. is a phenomenon that seems to deflect moving objects relative to the rotation
E. is a phenomenon where moving objects are deflected relative to the rotation

Dear avohden,
Another quality question from Veritas. I'm happy to help. :-)

Split #1: we need a verb. Some of these choices commit the famous "missing verb mistake." See:
http://gmat.magoosh.com/lessons/914-the ... rb-mistake
The main subject, "the Coriolis effect" needs a main verb. The prompt lacks one. Only choices (D) & (E) insert the verb "is", thereby giving the whole sentence a main verb. One of those two has to be correct.

Split #2: "that" vs. "where". On the GMAT, "where" can only be used for physical locations (".. the city where ...", "...the country where ...", " ... the building where ...") The GMAT would not tolerate using "where" to modify the word "phenomenon". Therefore, choices (B) & (E) cannot be correct.

Those two splits are enough to isolate (D), the OA. Does all this make sense?

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As always, succinct and methodical from Mike!

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The Coriolis effect, the apparent result of a force that is actually nonexistent, a phenomenon that seems to deflect moving objects relative to the rotation of the Earth’s surface.

A. a phenomenon that seems to deflect moving objects relative to the rotation

B. a phenomenon where moving objects are deflecting relative to the rotation

C. a phenomenon that seems to deflect moving objects and is relative to the rotation

D. is a phenomenon that seems to deflect moving objects relative to the rotation

E. is a phenomenon where moving objects are deflected relative to the rotation
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hihi I found it in 17 seconds :)

Really easy, this is sub 600 level questions!

==> Coriolis effect IS a phenomenon... eliminate A B C
In E, where it totally out of logic and not link with a physical place!

Answer D !

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Correct answer: (D)
- Look for the Sentence Construction error here. The original version lacks a main verb. The happens because a modifier is incorrectly used where a verb-subject complement structure is called for. “A phenomenon” without a verb performs the work of an appositive modifier, but it makes no sense to modify “nonexistent.”

“X is Y,” however, has the subject-verb-subject complement structure that avoids the modifier error and restores a main verb to the sentence. Using Slash and Burn enables us to see that the main clause should read “The Coriolis effect is a phenomenon.” Accordingly, eliminate (A), (B), and (C). Answer (E) generates a passive construction (“are deflected”) and incorrectly uses the relative pronoun “where” to refer to “a phenomenon,” not a location that can be logically described as “where.”

Only answer (D) maintains the active construction (“seems to deflect”), uses an appropriate relative pronoun (“that”), and includes a main verb (“is”).

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What would have been correct in this same question if I were given the options :
a) phenomenon that....
b) phenomenon which...

That or which?

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