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985. Those who have visited the Grand Canyon have typically seen layers of sediment in the gaping canyon, with different colors that mark the passage of time like the rings in a tree trunk.

(A) seen layers of sediment in the gaping canyon, with different colors that mark
(B) seen layers of sediment in the gaping canyon, whose different colors mark
(C) been seeing layers of sediment in the gaping canyon, whose different colors are markers of
(D) been able to see layers of sediment in the gaping canyon, with different colors marking
(E) seen layers of sediment in the gaping canyon, marking by different colors
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25 May 2010, 18:13
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985. Those who have visited the Grand Canyon have typically seen layers of sediment in the gaping canyon, with different colors that mark the passage of time like the rings in a tree trunk.

(A) seen layers of sediment in the gaping canyon, with different colors that mark
(B) seen layers of sediment in the gaping canyon, whose different colors mark
(C) been seeing layers of sediment in the gaping canyon, whose different colors are markers of
(D) been able to see layers of sediment in the gaping canyon, with different colors marking
(E) seen layers of sediment in the gaping canyon, marking by different colors

B imho... on second thoughts (initial guess was D)... since parallelism holds
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25 May 2010, 22:01
IMO A,
not sure though,
What is OA?
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26 May 2010, 03:56
IMO 'A'.

whose in 'B' doesnt clearly refer to graping canyon or layers of sediments.
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26 May 2010, 06:55
noboru wrote:
985. Those who have visited the Grand Canyon have typically seen layers of sediment in the gaping canyon, with different colors that mark the passage of time like the rings in a tree trunk.

(A) seen layers of sediment in the gaping canyon, with different colors that mark
(B) seen layers of sediment in the gaping canyon, whose different colors mark
(C) been seeing layers of sediment in the gaping canyon, whose different colors are markers of
(D) been able to see layers of sediment in the gaping canyon, with different colors marking
(E) seen layers of sediment in the gaping canyon, marking by different colors

Eliminate C and D, we don't need 'been' here.
Eliminate B, 'whose' is used to refer to people not to things.
Between A and E, I go with A. 'marking by' in E is not correct.
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27 May 2010, 03:06
It is A,
Although the question is pretty confusing.
B is out because of the "whose" - it cannt refer to a noun
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27 May 2010, 20:11
IMO A as whose can refer to people alone.
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29 May 2010, 10:16
Please post the OA. Without OA we will never get to learn. Each one of us have an opinion but we need to know what the correct answer is.
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30 May 2010, 03:52
IMO E.

As discussed we can simply eliminate B, C and D.
Out of A and E.

(A) seen layers of sediment in the gaping canyon, with different colors that mark
(E) seen layers of sediment in the gaping canyon, marking by different colors

In A 'with different colors' modifies gaping canyons and not the layers of sediments
whereas in E, participle 'marking' correctly modifies the 'the layers of sediments' in the gaping canyon.

get the point?

OA plz.

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18 Jun 2010, 00:37
OA can be wrong. The answer which seems right is A
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29 Jun 2010, 17:12
I will not take the credit for this as I found the explanation on another forum.

A has to be the right answer here.

B: the word 'whose' illogically refers to the 'the canyon'.

C: the word 'whose' illogically refers to the 'the canyon'. Also, the GMAT prefers Verb forms to noun forms. So 'mark' is better than 'are markers of', which is unnecessarily wordy as well. Also, 'have been seeing' distorts the original meaning by suggesting that the action has been going on nonstop.

D: 'been able to see' distorts the meaning by suggesting that the action was intended on part of the visitors. Also, 'colors marking' is not correct as it makes the sentence ambiguous. 'colors that mark' is non-ambiguous; 'that' refers to 'colors'.

E: Here 'marking' is an adverbial modifier. Usually adverbial modifiers modify the entire clause. So this choice is definitely wrong as the word 'marking' should unambiguously refer to (layers of) sediment.
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30 Jun 2010, 05:50
noboru wrote:
serhio wrote:
It is A,
Although the question is pretty confusing.
B is out because of the "whose" - it cannt refer to a noun

Yes, it can.

noboru,

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30 Jun 2010, 09:20
serhio wrote:
It is A,
Although the question is pretty confusing.
B is out because of the "whose" - it cann`t refer to a noun

whose can modify both a person and thing

for example:
...town, whose water supply

the reason B is wrong is because "different color marks" is incorrectly modifying "canyon"; it should be modifying "layers."

(E) is wrong because the use of "marking by different colors..." as a verb (or clause) modifier is TRYING to modifying "those have seen" ... which doesn't make logical sense.
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31 Jul 2010, 00:00
I went with A ..........but not convinced if its not E.........with different colurs is modifying what ? layers or the canyon ,,,,,
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11 Aug 2010, 22:06
You could have kept it as a spoiler itself.. what a poor thing u did !
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25 Oct 2010, 21:47
Noboru,
please do not forget to provide OA!

OA is A, according to 1000 series.

985. Those who have visited the Grand Canyon have typically seen layers of sediment in the gaping canyon, with different colors that mark the passage of time like the rings in a tree trunk.

(A) seen layers of sediment in the gaping canyon, with different colors that mark- true canyon has different colors
(B) seen layers of sediment in the gaping canyon, whose different colors mark - read this as "different colors of canyon mark something" - they do not mark , they show something
(C) been seeing layers of sediment in the gaping canyon, whose different colors are markers of -unnecessary wordy
(D) been able to see layers of sediment in the gaping canyon, with different colors marking- unnecessary wordy
(E) seen layers of sediment in the gaping canyon, marking by different colors - the action of seeing "layers of sediment in the gaping", does not relate to "marking by different colors "
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26 Oct 2010, 20:02
A

B is wrong because 'whose' falsely modifies canyon.

Layers of sediments with different colors do the marking, not the canyon.

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09 Nov 2010, 09:56

I'm also sorry to say that according to my source (to which I also agree), OA is D.

Pkit wrote:
Noboru,
please do not forget to provide OA!

OA is A, according to 1000 series.

985. Those who have visited the Grand Canyon have typically seen layers of sediment in the gaping canyon, with different colors that mark the passage of time like the rings in a tree trunk.

(A) seen layers of sediment in the gaping canyon, with different colors that mark- true canyon has different colors
(B) seen layers of sediment in the gaping canyon, whose different colors mark - read this as "different colors of canyon mark something" - they do not mark , they show something
(C) been seeing layers of sediment in the gaping canyon, whose different colors are markers of -unnecessary wordy
(D) been able to see layers of sediment in the gaping canyon, with different colors marking- unnecessary wordy
(E) seen layers of sediment in the gaping canyon, marking by different colors - the action of seeing "layers of sediment in the gaping", does not relate to "marking by different colors "

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12 Jan 2011, 21:14
I am confused with A & B..
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24 Aug 2012, 13:04
I am still confused. Please if there is some expert around, give your input on this one.

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