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The first science-fiction novel,Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, actually contains very little science, but it masterfully explores the social and moral repercussions of what might happen if certain scientific advances were possible.

a. but it masterfully explores the social and moral repercussions of what might happen

b. but it explores in a masterful way the social and moral repercussions of what might happen

c. but, exploring the social and moral repercussions, it masterfully considers what might happen

d. but it masterfully explores repercussions, social and moral in nature, of what might happen

e. but it masterfully explores what are the social and moral repercussions
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The first science-fiction novel,Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, actually contains very little science, but it masterfully explores the social and moral repercussions of what might happen if certain scientific advances were possible.

a. but it masterfully explores the social and moral repercussions of what might happen--- CORRECT

b. but it explores in a masterful way the social and moral repercussions of what might happen-- in a masterful way can be written in a more concise way -- masterfully. INCORRECT

c. but, exploring the social and moral repercussions, it masterfully considers what might happen-- verb+ing denotes additional information or result. It does not go well with contrast word 'but'. INCORRECT

d. but it masterfully explores repercussions, social and moral in nature, of what might happen-- social and moral in nature has been used as a non essential modifier in this option. INCORRECT

e. but it masterfully explores what are the social and moral repercussions
--- lost information... Explores social and moral repercussions of "what might happen" if.. INCORRECT

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Can someone explain why the answer is A and not E.

I feel A is redundant

but it masterfully explores the social and moral repercussions of what might happen if

repercussions and what might happen if mean the same thing.

E eliminates this redundancy, so shouldn't it be the more appropriate answer?
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OE:
Choice A. This is the most concise, precise, and correct choice.
Choice B is wordy, using the phrase in a masterful way instead of masterfully.
Choice C uses awkward word order that requires the addition of a verb (considers) because explores is moved to before the subject.
Choice D is wordy as the result of moving social and moral from their position directly before the noun they modify.
Choice E awkwardly places what are after explores and deletes the important idea of possibility conveyed by of what might happen.
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OE:
Choice A. This is the most concise, precise, and correct choice.
Choice B is wordy, using the phrase in a masterful way instead of masterfully.
Choice C uses awkward word order that requires the addition of a verb (considers) because explores is moved to before the subject.
Choice D is wordy as the result of moving social and moral from their position directly before the noun they modify.
Choice E awkwardly places what are after explores and deletes the important idea of possibility conveyed by of what might happen.
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We already have "If" after the underlined part. Doesn't that express the idea of possibility?
"what might happen" and "If" seems redundant to me.
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Hi,

"If" on the GMAT is used as a conditional statement....

AS per the meaning of this sentence..

In Option A we notice that the novel will explore something and its consequences..if.. something was possible.. so conditional

In option E: we notice that the sentence wrongly uses "are" for something that is conditional....Kindly note that "it might happen"..Hence instead "might be" /"could be"will be more appropriate in the same place. Hence it changes meaning.

As far as redundancy is concerned...assume the sentence is" but it masterfully explores the social and moral repercussions".. Does it capture the notion that "it is a possibility of what can happen in future"?

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Ya got it now.

Thanks dominicraj..!!
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I chose A, because:

B in a materful way blabla - wordy
C strange word order, I'd prefer A
D change of meaning
E wrong use of clause conditions
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the answer is A , masterfully correctly modifies explore ,clear and concise
option .B is wordy
option C. comma+ing wrongly modifies previous clause
option D. changes meaning ,noun phrase wrongly modifies repercussions .
option E . the verb are is unnecessary in sentence and also it represents repercussions as moral and social

please correct me if i am wrong in analyzing the options !
i like to critique my reasoning :)
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The first science-fiction novel,Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, actually contains very little science, but it masterfully explores the social and moral repercussions of what might happen if certain scientific advances were possible.


In Option C I can sense that verb+ing modifier incorrectly modifies previous clause. And clause here is "actually contains very little science"

Am I right or wrong ?rajat daagh


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