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Unlike the automobile company, whose research was based on crashes involving sport utility vehicles, the research conducted by the insurance company took into account such factors as a driver'a age, sex, and previous driving record.

(A) company, whose research was based on
(B) company, which researched
(C) company, in its research of
(D) company's research, having been based on
(E) company's research on
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E, as in the sentence automobile company's research has been compared with the research conducted by insurance company.

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The Official Guide for GMAT Review 2018

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Question No.: SC 780
Page: 772

Unlike the automobile company, whose research was based on crashes involving sport utility vehicles, the research conducted by the insurance company took into account such factors as a driver'a age, sex, and previous driving record.

(A) company, whose research was based on
(B) company, which researched
(C) company, in its research of
(D) company's research, having been based on
(E) company's research on



A , B , C are out -Wrong comparison...company with research ...
between D and E -- E is best

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Whereas A, B, and C can be dispensed with easily for using a faulty comparison, D has a problem of changing the meaning. Many a time, 'having been based implies a causal connotation as if because the company's research had been based on some XYZ factors, the insurance company took up a different route. This is not the intention of the topic. Therefore E.
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Unlike X, Y --> Here X and Y must be ||.

Y : Research , so X must be research only. Hence, option A, B and C out.

Unlike the automobile company, whose research was based on crashes involving sport utility vehicles, the research conducted by the insurance company took into account such factors as a driver'a age, sex, and previous driving record.

(A) company, whose research was based on
(B) company, which researched
(C) company, in its research of
(D) company's research, having been based on--> Awkward and weird.
(E) company's research on
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Yes, E is the best choice here.

A) Grammatically incorrect, since 'whose' is applied when the action is done by people, and illogical comparison
B) Illogical comparison
C) Illogical comparison
D) Awkward phrasing
E) Correct.

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Unlike the automobile company, whose research was based on crashes involving sport utility vehicles, the research conducted by the insurance company took into account such factors as a driver'a age, sex, and previous driving record.

(A) company, whose research was based on
(B) company, which researched
(C) company, in its research of
(D) company's research, having been based on
(E) company's research on

My 2 cents.
It is important to identify what this q is testing.

This q is testing comparison - whether we are comparing things correctly.
If you look at the not underlined part, you can see that subject after comma is research.
So, the underlined part's subject should be research.
Then you are left with D and E.
D is wrong as the verb's form is wrong.
E is correct.

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Isn't E completely changing the meaning of the sentence?

A / D) -> research based on crashes w/ spot vehicles (meaning the result was based on the subset of observations within those crashes)

E) -> research on crashes (meaning the crashes, not any other results were the focus of the sentence)

Clearly D is awkward, but shouldn't such a drastic change in meaning render option E) wrong?

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New post 02 Sep 2017, 08:10
^ Same as above. I'm not sure why option E is correct, since I think "research based on xx" and "research on xx" have 2 different meanings.

"Research on xx" means you're researching xx subject, whereas research based on xx might mean you're researching on other topic, but using evidences from xx subject

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^^^^
I agree with Vezax27 and gmatwarrior9117.

After seeing that A, B and C were comparing the wrong things, I had choice D and E left.
I just automatically saw "research on" and eliminated E, because I was taught that on the GMAT, the word "research" followed by a preposition is always incorrect. The second portion of choice D "having been based on" sounds awkward, but because it there was no preposition after "research" I ended up picking D.

Maybe I'm not understanding the use of "research" + preposition?

If anybody can shed some light on the usage of |research" + preposition, that would be great!

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