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17 Aug 2012, 16:27
The peaks of a mountain range, acting like rocks in a streambed, produce ripples in the air flowing over them: the resulting flow pattern, with crests and toughs that remain stationary although the air that forms them is moving rapidly, are known as "standing waves."

A) crests and toughs that remain stationary although the air that forms them is moving rapidly, are
B) crests and toughs that remain stationary although they are formed by rapidly moving air, are
C)crests and toughs that remain stationary although the air that forms them is moving rapidly, is
the "äir"is known as standing waves-correct
D)stationary crests and toughs although the air that forms them is moving rapidly, are
E)stationary crests and toughs although they are formed by rapidly moving air, is.
crests and toughs are not known as stationary waves-incorrect
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17 Aug 2012, 17:11
IMO:C
The peaks of a mountain range, acting like rocks in a streambed, produce ripples in the air flowing over them: the resulting flow pattern(Singular subject), with crests and toughs that remain stationary although the air that forms them is moving rapidly, are (plural verb for singular subject) known as "standing waves."

A) crests and toughs that remain stationary although the air that forms them is moving rapidly, are :wrong
B) crests and toughs that remain stationary although they are formed by rapidly moving air, are:Wrong
C)crests and toughs that remain stationary although the air that forms them is moving rapidly, is :Right (preserved the original intended meaning of the sentence)
D)stationary crests and toughs although the air that forms them is moving rapidly, areWrong
E)stationary crests and toughs although they( refer to singular subject "the resulting flow pattern") are formed by rapidly moving air, is. wrong (meaning changed completely )
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The peaks of a mountain range, acting like rocks in a
streambed, produce ripples in the air ﬂowing over
them; the resulting ﬂow pattern, with crests and
troughs that remain stationary although the air
that forms them is moving rapidly, are
known as
“standing waves.”

(A) crests and troughs that remain stationary
although the air that forms them is moving
rapidly, are
(B) crests and troughs that remain stationary
although they are formed by rapidly moving
air, are
(C) crests and troughs that remain stationary
although the air that forms them is moving
rapidly, is
(D) stationary crests and troughs although the air
that forms them is moving rapidly, are
(E) stationary crests and troughs although they are
formed by rapidly moving air, is

I do not know is this sentence is a 700 level or less but is tricky.

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24 Oct 2012, 19:48
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The peaks of a mountain range, acting like rocks in a
streambed, produce ripples in the air ﬂowing over
them; the resulting ﬂow pattern, with crests and
troughs that remain stationary although the air
that forms them is moving rapidly, are
known as
“standing waves.”

(A) crests and troughs that remain stationary
although the air that forms them is moving
rapidly, are
(B) crests and troughs that remain stationary
although they are formed by rapidly moving
air, are
(C) crests and troughs that remain stationary
although the air that forms them is moving
rapidly, is
(D) stationary crests and troughs although the air
that forms them is moving rapidly, are
(E) stationary crests and troughs although they are
formed by rapidly moving air, is

I do not know is this sentence is a 700 level or less but is tricky.

I'm going through the OG 12 before attack the new one

This is actually pretty straight forward. The verb after the comma is basically linked to subject 'pattern' and not crest and troughs. Once we've identified this, we know that it would be singular is not plural are. A,B D are eliminiated. Between C and E - E is wordy and passive voice.
C is clear winner.
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24 Oct 2012, 23:42
"The resulting flow pattern" is singular and hence A,B and D can be eliminated. Between C and E, will go with C for concision.

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25 Oct 2012, 02:43
Vips0000 wrote:
carcass wrote:
The peaks of a mountain range, acting like rocks in a
streambed, produce ripples in the air ﬂowing over
them; the resulting ﬂow pattern, with crests and
troughs that remain stationary although the air
that forms them is moving rapidly, are
known as
“standing waves.”

(A) crests and troughs that remain stationary
although the air that forms them is moving
rapidly, are
(B) crests and troughs that remain stationary
although they are formed by rapidly moving
air, are
(C) crests and troughs that remain stationary
although the air that forms them is moving
rapidly, is
(D) stationary crests and troughs although the air
that forms them is moving rapidly, are
(E) stationary crests and troughs although they are
formed by rapidly moving air, is

I do not know is this sentence is a 700 level or less but is tricky.

I'm going through the OG 12 before attack the new one

This is actually pretty straight forward. The verb after the comma is basically linked to subject 'pattern' and not crest and troughs. Once we've identified this, we know that it would be singular is not plural are. A,B D are eliminiated. Between C and E - E is wordy and passive voice.
C is clear winner.

I picked the correct answer too, I wanted to know the level of the question

One thing Vips: if I pick about 80 % of OG and OG review math both PS and DS and considering that verbal is more important than quant ( I 'm not aiming the oerfect score but 680 up......) do you think in your opinion that I'm in a good situation for the exam ??

Or is better to practice for instance Bunuel' questions take a cat and then reflect on this ??? I mean OG is for those that are inside the bell curve or with the 80% for sure a student will do well during the test day ???

Thanks and sorry for a little digression
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25 Oct 2012, 03:00
carcass wrote:
The peaks of a mountain range, acting like rocks in a
streambed, produce ripples in the air ﬂowing over
them; the resulting ﬂow pattern, with crests and
troughs that remain stationary although the air
that forms them is moving rapidly, are
known as
“standing waves.”

(A) crests and troughs that remain stationary
although the air that forms them is moving
rapidly, are
(B) crests and troughs that remain stationary
although they are formed by rapidly moving
air, are
(C) crests and troughs that remain stationary
although the air that forms them is moving
rapidly, is
(D) stationary crests and troughs although the air
that forms them is moving rapidly, are
(E) stationary crests and troughs although they are
formed by rapidly moving air, is

I do not know is this sentence is a 700 level or less but is tricky.

I'm going through the OG 12 before attack the new one

The correct answer is C
The singular subject "the resulting ﬂow pattern" requires singular verb is and not are
hence A, B & D are eliminated.
E although changes "crests and troughs that remain stationary" to adjective "stationary crests and troughs" but changes the sentence from active to passive.

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I will try to break the tie between C and E.

Although rule : The pronoun after although does not refers to the nearest noun, but to the first noun in the sentence.

The sentence with option E is:
the resulting ﬂow pattern, with stationary crests and troughs although they are formed by rapidly moving air, is known as “standing waves.”

According to the above rule, they refers to resulting ﬂow pattern and not to stationary crests and troughs.

Hence, C wins.
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02 Nov 2012, 05:58
carcass wrote:
The peaks of a mountain range, acting like rocks in a
streambed, produce ripples in the air ﬂowing over
them; the resulting ﬂow pattern, with crests and
troughs that remain stationary although the air
that forms them is moving rapidly, are
known as
“standing waves.”

(A) crests and troughs that remain stationary
although the air that forms them is moving
rapidly, are
(B) crests and troughs that remain stationary
although they are formed by rapidly moving
air, are
(C) crests and troughs that remain stationary
although the air that forms them is moving
rapidly, is
(D) stationary crests and troughs although the air
that forms them is moving rapidly, are
(E) stationary crests and troughs although they are
formed by rapidly moving air, is

I do not know is this sentence is a 700 level or less but is tricky.

I'm going through the OG 12 before attack the new one

The subject is "The resulting flow pattern", which is singular. So, A, B and D are out. GMAT hate passive format. So the correct answer is C.
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07 Nov 2012, 04:42
The resulting flow patern - Singular - use of "is" is the right choice.

Choice C is the right answer
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10 Nov 2012, 05:05
I want to follow this post.

Normally, we need to understand the meaning of the SC problem to get it right.

however, in some questions, new words appear and make us, non native, unable to understand the meaning. in this case, gmat tests the purely mechanical grammartical errors. In other words, gmat tests our ability to realize sentence structures.

we do not need to understand the meaning when we read the original choice as usually. just read other choices and find mechanical grammatical errors.

I realize this problem. but in the test room, application of this strategy is hard because we are not ourself in the test room.

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The peaks of a mountain range, acting like rocks in a streambed, produce ripples in the air flowing over them; the resulting flow pattern, with crests and troughs that remain stationary although the air that forms them is moving rapidly, are known as "standing waves."

(A) crests and troughs that remain stationary although the air that forms them is moving rapidly, are
(B) crests and troughs that remain stationary although they are formed by rapidly moving air, are
(C) crests and troughs that remain stationary although the air that forms them is moving rapidly, is
(D) stationary crests and troughs although the air that forms them is moving rapidly, are
(E) stationary crests and troughs although they are formed by rapidly moving air, is

Why E is wrong ?

Originally posted by atalwar on 24 Aug 2013, 05:46.
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24 Aug 2013, 07:06
C and E are the only choices which agree in subject and verb, but not sure why E is wrong.
Rest all get eliminated as are is wrong verb here.
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The peaks of a mountain range, acting like rocks in a streambed, produce ripples in the air flowing over them; the resulting flow pattern, with crests and troughs that remain stationary although the air that forms them is moving rapidly, are known as "standing waves."

(A) crests and troughs that remain stationary although the air that forms them is moving rapidly, are
(B) crests and troughs that remain stationary although they are formed by rapidly moving air, are
(C) crests and troughs that remain stationary although the air that forms them is moving rapidly, is
(D) stationary crests and troughs although the air that forms them is moving rapidly, are
(E) stationary crests and troughs although they are formed by rapidly moving air, is

Because E has no meaning at all

In C: crests and troughs (both) that remain(in acertain manner i.e. stationary) although (word that underlines a contrast) the air do something thanks ( that forms both is explicity stated but could be even implied)

In E: stationary crests and troughs -------> although (contrast word ): although what ?? where is the sense of this contrast after the subjects ???
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25 Aug 2013, 03:24
I believe the the right answer is C as it has proper subject verb agreement and correct modifier.
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25 Aug 2013, 04:04
i know C is correct by looking for the reason why E is wong.
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25 Aug 2013, 04:22
"flow pattern" is singular. So verb should be "is". You are left with C and E. E sounded awkward and also as sudhir has pointed out, "they" has no clear antecedent.
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i know C is correct by looking for the reason why E is wong.

Thanks for posting this question. This is a very nice question that once again exemplifies the importance of understanding the meaning and noting when a choice may change the meaning of the sentence.

Lets first analyze the original sentence -

The peaks of a mountain range, acting like rocks in a streambed, produce ripples in the air flowing over them; the resulting flow pattern, with crests and troughs that remain stationary although the air that forms them is moving rapidly, are known as "standing waves".

The peaks produce ripple in air. This creates a flow pattern. This flow pattern has crests and troughs. Even though the air that forms them moves rapidly, these remain stationary. This pattern is called standing waves.

Now given this meaning, lets focus on choice C - It communicates exactly the same thing. So C is the correct answer.

Now lets look at choice E - here the use of modifier - stationary- distorts the intended meaning. Now the intended contrast is not very apparent. It is no longer clear. Per choice A and C, the contrast is very clear - crests and troughs REMAIN stationary, whereas the air that forms them moves rapidly. But in choice E - it appears as if the stationary crests and troughs are made by the rapidly moving air.

This is why choice E is not correct.

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I will not go beyond saying that C is more wholesome than E. I would not say. E is awkward or E lacks contrast. As long as the three elements are there namely, stationary on one side, rapidly moving on the other side and the contrast –marker 'although' in between, then I feel the contrast is established. The only faint reason why C was weighed in might have been because ‘the crests and troughs that remain’ is parallelly matched by ‘the air that forms’

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@daagh I am not able to get through my head on the parallel structure specified by you. To be really frank, I really think that C is sub-optimal and "air that forms them" should have been replaced by "air forming them" to enhance choice C.

But, I would surely like to give my reasons for C and would like to invite comments on my approach.
C&T = Crests and troughs

E) with stationary C&T although air is moving rapidly—Let Focus on this portion only first as this is the different portion .
[with stationary C&T] is a phrase next to although clause [although air is moving rapidly]. This Although clause expects a clause in subordination and not a phrase next to it. So E can be kicked of.
C) with C&T that remain stationary although they are formed by rapidly moving air – In this portion "with C&T" is the independent phrase and “[that …although …] is the relative clause. What I mean to say is, while deconstructing sentence, "with crest and troughs" can survive without relative clause in C.
The resulting flow pattern, with crests and troughs, is known as “standing waves”.
Relative clause is now introduced to enhance the above sentence to create exact sentence C.
The resulting flow pattern, with crests and troughs [that X], is known as “standing waves”.
where X= C&T remain stationary though air that forms them is moving rapidly
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@daagh I am not able to get through my head on the parallel structure specified by you. To be really frank, I really think that C is sub-optimal and "air that forms them" should have been replaced by "air forming them" to enhance choice C.

Original sentence just says that the air which forms C&Ts is "rapidly moving".

This is way different from what E says: C&Ts are formed by "rapidly moving air".
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