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# Unlike most suspension bridges, the main cables of the

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Unlike most suspension bridges, the main cables of the eighty-year-old Williamsburg Bridge are made of ungalvanized wire, which now requires protection from corrosion.

(A) most suspension bridges, the main cables of the eighty-year-old Williamsburg Bridge are made of ungalvanized wire, which now requires

(B) most suspension bridges, the eighty-year-old Williamsburg Bridge's main cables are made of ungalvanized wire, which now requires

(C) the main cables of most suspension bridges those of the eighty-year-old Williamsburg Bridge now require protection from corrosion as they are made of ungalvanized wire

(D) those of most suspension bridges, the main cables of the eighty-year-old Williamsburg Bridge are made of ungalvanized wire, which now requires

(E) those of most suspension bridges, the main cables of the eighty-year-old Williamsburg Bridge are made of ungalvanized wire, which now require
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23 Jul 2008, 12:51
IMO E

A and B are out because of incorrect comparison.

D is out because it uses singular "requires" for plural "mail cables"

in C "they" looks ambiguous.
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23 Jul 2008, 13:01
D, see reasons within the quote.

What's the OA Suresh?

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Unlike most suspension bridges, the main cables of the eighty-year-old Williamsburg Bridge are made of ungalvanized wire, which now requires protection from corrosion.

(A) most suspension bridges, the main cables of the eighty-year-old Williamsburg Bridge are made of ungalvanized wire, which now requires
The phrase "unlike most suspension bridges" is a modifier. What does it modify? According to this answer, the phrase modifies "cables". This is incorrect.
(B) most suspension bridges, the eighty-year-old Williamsburg Bridge's main cables are made of ungalvanized wire, which now requires
At first glance, this appears to correct the problem from A, but it doesn't. Williamsburg Bridge's is possessive and so Cable is the noun being modified...again!
(C) the main cables of most suspension bridges those of the eighty-year-old Williamsburg Bridge now require protection from corrosion as they are made of ungalvanized wire
The "Unlike...bridges" is still a modifying phrase and should be set off with a comma before "those".
(D) those of most suspension bridges, the main cables of the eighty-year-old Williamsburg Bridge are made of ungalvanized wire, which now requires
This fixes the modification issues in the prior answers. Also, the word "which" refers to "ungalvanized wire". This is a singular noun so the verb needed is "requries".
(E) those of most suspension bridges, the main cables of the eighty-year-old Williamsburg Bridge are made of ungalvanized wire, which now require
This fixes the modification issues in the prior answers but in a different way. Also, "require" is only correct if "which" refers to "main cables", otherwise "which" refers to "ungalvanized wire" and this is a singluar verb that needs "requires", not "require".

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23 Jul 2008, 13:08
x2suresh wrote:
Unlike most suspension bridges, the main cables of the eighty-year-old Williamsburg Bridge are made of ungalvanized wire, which now requires protection from corrosion.

(A) most suspension bridges, the main cables of the eighty-year-old Williamsburg Bridge are made of ungalvanized wire, which now requires -> mismatch

(B) most suspension bridges, the eighty-year-old Williamsburg Bridge's main cables are made of ungalvanized wire, which now requires -> incorrectly compares bridges and bridge's attributes

(C) the main cables of most suspension bridges those of the eighty-year-old Williamsburg Bridge now require protection from corrosion as they are made of ungalvanized wire -> wordy and ambiguous they

(D) those of most suspension bridges, the main cables of the eighty-year-old Williamsburg Bridge are made of ungalvanized wire, which now requires -> this is incorrect since it says protection for ungalvanised wir but actually protection is meant for main cables made of these wires

(E) those of most suspension bridges, the main cables of the eighty-year-old Williamsburg Bridge are made of ungalvanized wire, which now require -> IMO E

Unlike x,y
X,Y should be parallel and same types of objects
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23 Jul 2008, 13:10
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(E) those of most suspension bridges, the main cables of the eighty-year-old Williamsburg Bridge are made of ungalvanized wire, which now require -> IMO E

If what you say is true regarding "which" then it breaks the rules of grammar. The word "which", when used to introduce a modifying phrase, refers to the nearest noun preceeding it. This would be "galvanized wire", not "main cables". Therefore, D is correct.

The correct method to make the phrase beginning with "which" modify "main cables" is as follows:
"Unlike those of most suspension bridges, the main cables of the eighty-year-old Williamsburg Bridge, which now require protection from corrosion, are made of ungalvanized wire."
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23 Jul 2008, 13:14
try agian..
OA is not D or E
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23 Jul 2008, 13:16
Then the OA is C. It's the next best... I still stand by D until proven otherwise
EDIT: Nope, I still think C is wrong.

Alright, what's the OA? The suspense is killing me.

Also, Suresh, what is the source of this question?
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23 Jul 2008, 13:17
I agree that which refers to galvanized wire and change my ans to D. Somehow missed this.
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23 Jul 2008, 13:19
grepro - evidently we're both wrong regardless of D or E. I think i'm going to disagree with the OA, even though Suresh hasn't posted a question I disagree with...yet

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I agree that which refers to galvanized wire and change my ans to D. Somehow missed this.

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23 Jul 2008, 13:27
You are correct mate the OA seems to be C (11-p306618?t=43377) though no one agree to that
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23 Jul 2008, 13:31
according to the meaning of the statement given here ,protection from rust is for main cables
the funda of which is fine ,
If the OA were C ,only doubt that remains is THOSE in the below sentence refers to what bridges or main cables ?????those immediately follows bridges

Unlike the main cables of most suspension bridges those of the eighty-year-old Williamsburg Bridge now require protection from corrosion as they are made of ungalvanized wire -> wordy and ambiguous they
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23 Jul 2008, 13:34
you pulled this from the other thread within GMATClub? If you know of the external source, please state so, otherwise, this is a horribly question and I disagree with it!

Suresh...since you pulled this from within GMATClub, i won't let this tarnish your record! Every SC question you post I agree with the OA. I may not agree right away, but I've always seen the question as a good question and I eventually see why the OA is correct. You post high quality questions (except for this one ) lol.

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grepro wrote:
You are correct mate the OA seems to be C (http://gmatclub.com/forum/11-p306618?t=43377) though no one agree to that

yeap!! this the source..

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23 Jul 2008, 13:39

this is one hell of a question
I actually don't agree with C as OA .Its too wordy and awkward.We can form a better sentence than C .whats the source of this Q??

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23 Jul 2008, 13:46
How could C be correct? I thought about how this would work when I first saw the question but the complete sentence would be:

Unlike the main cables of most suspension bridges those of the eighty-year-old Williamsburg Bridge now require protection from corrosion as they are made of ungalvanized wire protection from corrosion.

I mean it's a little technical but isn't the underlined part being replaced? Makes for a wordy and confusing sentence...
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23 Jul 2008, 13:49
You're right, the underlined part is being replaced. I think this sentence could be corrected very easily. See the comma before "those".

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How could C be correct? I thought about how this would work when I first saw the question but the complete sentence would be:

Unlike the main cables of most suspension bridges, those of the eighty-year-old Williamsburg Bridge now require protection from corrosion as they are made of ungalvanized wire protection from corrosion.

I mean it's a little technical but isn't the underlined part being replaced? Makes for a wordy and confusing sentence...

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23 Jul 2008, 13:51
jallenmorris wrote:
you pulled this from the other thread within GMATClub? If you know of the external source, please state so, otherwise, this is a horribly question and I disagree with it!

Suresh...since you pulled this from within GMATClub, i won't let this tarnish your record! Every SC question you post I agree with the OA. I may not agree right away, but I've always seen the question as a good question and I eventually see why the OA is correct. You post high quality questions (except for this one ) lol.

x2suresh wrote:
grepro wrote:
You are correct mate the OA seems to be C (11-p306618?t=43377) though no one agree to that

yeap!! this the source..

Hey,
I was just going through the few questions posted/answered by "kevincan" (scored Q 51 , V50 --790). I cam across this one..(so called stupid one by everyone.. including me). Kevincan chose C as answer...
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23 Jul 2008, 13:55
In my opinion, kevincan got it wrong! lol

again,thanks for posting the question. It's always good to have some more discussion.

I think the sentence has to have a comma or it is incorrect. Otherwise, I think I would have selected it. I remember reading it and thinking "Where's the comma?"
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23 Jul 2008, 13:57
jallenmorris wrote:
In my opinion, kevincan got it wrong! lol

again,thanks for posting the question. It's always good to have some more discussion.

May be he missed V51 because he got it wrong .
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23 Jul 2008, 14:00
He probably did ! LOL. It's not like he scored a perfect 800!

I'll count this one as an unscored "test" test question.

x2suresh wrote:
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In my opinion, kevincan got it wrong! lol

again,thanks for posting the question. It's always good to have some more discussion.

May be he missed V51 because he got it wrong .

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Pardon my lingering on this stupid question but it's annoying the hell outta me. What about "from corrosion" at the end.

so "now require protection from corrosion as they are made of ungalvanized wire protection from corrosion".

jallenmorris wrote:
You're right, the underlined part is being replaced. I think this sentence could be corrected very easily. See the comma before "those".

droopy57 wrote:
How could C be correct? I thought about how this would work when I first saw the question but the complete sentence would be:

Unlike the main cables of most suspension bridges, those of the eighty-year-old Williamsburg Bridge now require protection from corrosion as they are made of ungalvanized wire protection from corrosion.

I mean it's a little technical but isn't the underlined part being replaced? Makes for a wordy and confusing sentence...
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