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I dont know if I can post a VeritasPrep SC, but can someone explain this answer?

After increasing steadily from 1995 to 2000, the percentage of students in urban middle schools suffering from diabetes or being at least 30 pounds overweight decreased the following two years, down to 42.0 percent in 2002 from 43.4 percent in 2001 and 44.7 percent in 2000.

A suffering from diabetes or being at least 30 pounds overweight decreased the following two years, down to 42.0 percent in 2002 from 43.4 percent in 2001 and

B suffering from diabetes or weighing at least 30 pounds too much, decreasing in the following two years, falling to 42.0 percent in 2002 from 43.4 percent in 2001 and from

C having symptoms of diabetes or being at least 30 pounds overweight decreased the following two years, and fell to 42.0 percent in 2002 from 43.4 percent in 2001 and from

D who either suffered from diabetes or they weighed at least 30 pounds too much, decreasing the following two years, fell to 42.0 percent in 2002 from 43.4 percent in 2001 and

E who suffered from diabetes or weighed at least 30 pounds too much decreased the following two years, to 42.0 percent in 2002 from 43.4 percent in 2001 and

I chose A.
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11 Dec 2010, 21:13
dude Decreased down is redundant
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11 Dec 2010, 21:15
anh did not pay close attention to that one.. however 30 pounds too much is ok? that does not sound quite right..
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11 Dec 2010, 21:28
yep Didn't love it but I dont think its wrong "30 pounds too much than they should be" doesn't sound wrong.

the rest uses "Decreased and fell decreased and falling"
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11 Dec 2010, 21:30
30 pounds more than they should be? I mean too much is just too much to me
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12 Dec 2010, 00:46
i thought this was some weird twister with a permissible exception to the 'thou shalt not use "being" principle'... picked c and wrong... looking back E is the only one which survives the redundancy-elimination process:

A. decrease --- down
B. decrease --- fall
C. decrease --- fall
D. decrease --- fall

use of "too much" in E is an evil too (too much compared to what?)--- but perhaps a lesser evil. I guess redundancy trumps somewhat vague phrasing (with "too much") here... but I'd like to know too from a GMAT prep expert if "redundancy" once spotted simply seals the fate of a sentence in the SC section of the GMAT.

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12 Dec 2010, 04:16
Coming to think of redundancy, will a percentage falling or decreasing to some x percent or y percent, (I mean the use of percentage and percent in the same sentence,) amount to redundancy?

Won’t it be better to say the percentage of students decreased the following two years to 42.0 in 2002 from 43.4 in 2001 and from 44.7 in 2000?
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28 Aug 2011, 04:26
alright, the catch here is that 'who' is required here otherwise 'suffering' or 'having symptoms' seem to incorrectly modify schools.

D is not parallel, so we're left with E.

i didn't like '30 pounds too much' as well but at least this is not grammatically incorrect. it does mean 30 pounds overweight.
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31 Jul 2014, 16:54
Why is there a comma in E before the 'to'?

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25 Aug 2016, 18:48
Can someone explain how "who suffered from diabetes or weighed at least 30 pounds too much" modifies students and not middle schools?

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31 Jan 2017, 09:58
mainhoon wrote:
I dont know if I can post a VeritasPrep SC, but can someone explain this answer?

After increasing steadily from 1995 to 2000, the percentage of students in urban middle schools suffering from diabetes or being at least 30 pounds overweight decreased the following two years, down to 42.0 percent in 2002 from 43.4 percent in 2001 and 44.7 percent in 2000.

A suffering from diabetes or being at least 30 pounds overweight decreased the following two years, down to 42.0 percent in 2002 from 43.4 percent in 2001 and . Eliminate [Highlighted are redundant]

B suffering from diabetes or weighing at least 30 pounds too much, decreasing in the following two years, falling to 42.0 percent in 2002 from 43.4 percent in 2001 and from
Eliminate [This is superficial parallelism- italicized . The percentage of students is decreasing not the students themselves. Plus redundancy issue-highlighted in red]

C having symptoms of diabetes or being at least 30 pounds overweight decreased the following two years, and fell to 42.0 percent in 2002 from 43.4 percent in 2001 and from Eliminate. Awkward meaning because of "and fell" and redundancy

D who either suffered from diabetes or they weighed at least 30 pounds too much, decreasing the following two years, fell to 42.0 percent in 2002 from 43.4 percent in 2001 and . Eliminate. Reason same as above

E who suffered from diabetes or weighed at least 30 pounds too much decreased the following two years, to 42.0 percent in 2002 from 43.4 percent in 2001 and

I chose A.

I believe this is a poor quality question.

But anyway E is least erroneous for the above reasons.
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