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Though viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may

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Though viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may appear to be smooth and continuous, they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets when viewed up close.

a. Though viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may appear to be smooth and continuous, they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets when viewed up close.

b. Though Saturn's main rings may appear smooth and continuous when viewed from a distance, they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets when viewed up close.

c. Saturn's main rings, when viewed from a distance, may appear to be smooth and continuous, though when viewed up close they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets.

d. When viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may appear smooth and continuous, but closer viewing reveals them to be composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets.

e. Though composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets if viewed up close, the main rings of Saturn may appear smooth and continuous when they are viewed from a distance.
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19 Jan 2006, 21:12
b. Though Saturn's main rings may appear smooth and continuous when viewed from a distance, they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets when viewed up close.
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19 Jan 2006, 22:10
I would go with D on the exam?
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19 Jan 2006, 22:50
This question is actually from the Manhattan GMAT question bank. Originally, I chose B like most of you, but the OA is actually D.

Their explanation is this:

This choice replaces "though" with "when" and shortens "appear to be" to "appear." Further, its use of the phrase "closer viewing reveals" clearly indicates that the close viewing only reveals (not causes) the composition of the rings.
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12 Aug 2007, 05:54
Puilunchristin wrote:
This question is actually from the Manhattan GMAT question bank. Originally, I chose B like most of you, but the OA is actually D.

Their explanation is this:

This choice replaces "though" with "when" and shortens "appear to be" to "appear." Further, its use of the phrase "closer viewing reveals" clearly indicates that the close viewing only reveals (not causes) the composition of the rings.

this question is hardddd. Why do we replace though with when?
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12 Aug 2007, 07:46
Puilunchristin wrote:
Though viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may appear to be smooth and continuous, they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets when viewed up close.

a. Though viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may appear to be smooth and continuous, they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets when viewed up close.

b. Though Saturn's main rings may appear smooth and continuous when viewed from a distance, they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets when viewed up close.

c. Saturn's main rings, when viewed from a distance, may appear to be smooth and continuous, though when viewed up close they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets.

d. When viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may appear smooth and continuous, but closer viewing reveals them to be composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets.

e. Though composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets if viewed up close, the main rings of Saturn may appear smooth and continuous when they are viewed from a distance.

The question plays not only on grammar concepts but also on intended meaning. Kaplan 800 has some questions on this very concept too. The point is all the answer choices with the exception of D seem to suggest that the composition is changed when viewed from up closee - suggesting in turn that the close viewing CAUSES a change in composition which is obviously contrary to reality - the composition will remain static - it's just that the icy ringlets are revealed only when the rings are viewed from up close.
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13 Aug 2007, 02:33
Isn't "in fact" in the sentences redundant? a, b, c, out?
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14 Aug 2007, 00:20
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Isn't "in fact" in the sentences redundant? a, b, c, out?

I selected B first. But if I had eliminated A, B, C like you, I would have definitely chosen D.

despite the fact that ------- although is a well documented redundancy.

Using the same token, I believe

In fact... though... is also a redundancy.

Good Job!!!
14 Aug 2007, 00:20
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