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# Tricky SC Series - #4

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Re: Tricky SC Series - #4 [#permalink]

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01 Nov 2009, 00:06
gmattokyo wrote:
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Is not it the same as #1: tricky-sc-series-86098.html
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Is not it the same as #1: tricky-sc-series-86098.html

GMAT TIGER, thanks for pointing this out... must've duplicated images... lemme give a check on others too
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02 Nov 2009, 22:29
If there's no attempt on this one, I'll post the OA in a day or two
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02 Nov 2009, 22:55
IMO E

This is the best option to me.
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03 Nov 2009, 00:14
IMO , D

to see , to start realising - seem more appropriate to me
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03 Nov 2009, 00:21
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IMO , D

to see , to start realising - seem more appropriate to me

I agree, it seems that the only thing that is changing in each sentence is
- seeing vs to see
and
- variations of start/starting, realize/realizing

so my guess is it is a parallelism error and D is parallel.
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03 Nov 2009, 08:19
D is the answer for me.

it has a parallel structure: to see... to start
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03 Nov 2009, 20:16
Missed posting the OA for this one... as the popular vote goes, OA:
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D

parallel... "to see"... "to start"
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03 Aug 2010, 08:29
gmattokyo wrote:
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It's clearly D for parrallellism. I just don't see how possibly E can be correct. The question I have is "Is there supposed to be a comma between a team and working. What 's the rule on that.
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03 Aug 2010, 10:55
parallel forms.. to see .. to start..
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05 Aug 2012, 18:05
To see ... Is TO Start : parallel , rest all are wrong.
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14 Aug 2012, 15:01
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Within a cross-functional team environment, employees are exposed to a variety of perspectives; to see the concern of other departments is starting to realize the importance of the entire company working together to achieve its goals.
(A) perspectives; to see the concern of other departments is starting to realize the importance of the entire company working together to achieve its goals
(B) perspectives; to see the concern of other departments is realizing the importance of the entire company working together to achieve its goals
(C) perspectives; seeing the concern of other departments is to start to realize the importance of the entire company working together to achieve its goals
(D) perspectives; to see the concern of other departments is to start realizing the importance of the entire company working together to achieve its goals
(E) perspectives; seeing the concern of other departments is to realize the importance of the entire company working together to achieve its goals

I'm happy to give my 2¢ on this question.

First of all, it's strange to me that so much is underlined and repeated unnecessarily --- that certainly would not be the case on the real GMAT. GMAC is precise and economical about what gets underlined and repeated. In a more GMAT-like form, this question would appear as follows:
Within a cross-functional team environment, employees are exposed to a variety of perspectives; to see the concern of other departments is starting to realize the importance of the entire company working together to achieve its goals.
(A) to see the concern of other departments is starting to realize
(B) to see the concern of other departments is realizing
(C) seeing the concern of other departments is to start to realize
(D) to see the concern of other departments is to start realizing
(E) seeing the concern of other departments is to realize

Of course, writing in this more GMAT-like form reveals that this SC is really a one-trick pony --- it just has the contrast between infinitive vs. gerund in the verbs. Obvious, the verbs "to see" and "starting" must be in parallel, so the only possible option is D.

Some of the more straightforward SC question in the OG only have a single grammatical issue, but almost all OG SC questions have two different grammatical points alternating among the answer choices. For example, if, in addition to the infinitive vs. gerund changes in the verb, the question also
(a) alternated the correct pronoun "its" with the tempting mistake "their",
and/or
(b) alternated the correct "importance of" with something tempting like "importance for", "importance to", etc.
and/or
(c) alternated the correct independent phrase "employees are exposed to.." with the incomplete participial phrase "employed, exposed to..."
then that would be much more GMAT SC-like. The GMAT SC tends to juggle a number of "balls" at once. It's very important to keep that in mind when you solve SC.

Here's a blog about infinitive phrases, a quite common structure on GMAT SC:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/infinitive ... -the-gmat/
Here's a blog about participial phrases, and that all-too-common mistake of using only a participial phrase in a construction in which a full independent clause is required
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/participle ... -the-gmat/

Please let me know if any one reading this has any further questions.

Mike
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Re: Tricky SC Series - #4 [#permalink]

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15 Aug 2012, 18:41
D is correct choice,

because it is only choice which has correct parallel usage " to see.......to start"

rest all choice can be struck out because they are not parallel.
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16 Aug 2012, 10:36
To see ... Is TO Start : parallel , rest all are wrong.

It seems to be option D because of parallelism
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16 Aug 2012, 11:37
Choice D, to see parallel with to start

Start + Verb-ing is the correct idiom.

This sentence is not too difficult, but it challenged people by the most simple but easy to confuse structure and logic
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