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Visby is the largest city on the Swedish island of Gotland;

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No I dont think is is implied in D.

As for the referrent for it in C, I think with a semicolon you can borrow the subject of the first part..hence when you use 'it' you can assure yourself that it refers to Visby.
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Here is the source from where this question has been adapted:
http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Visby

I think C is poor: You want the clause after semicolon to get to the point early on ("it is...") and have the modifiers come afterwards. Only after seeing the semicolon itself one realises that these clauses are closely related.

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Visby is the largest city on the Swedish island of Gotland; arguably the best-preserved medieval town in Scandinavia, and has become a World Heritage Site..

A. arguably the best-preserved medieval town in Scandinavia, and has become a World Heritage Site.
B. it is arguably the best-preserved medieval town in Scandinavia, and, as a result of this, has become a World
Heritage Site.
C. arguably the best-preserved medieval town in Scandinavia, it has become a World Heritage Site.
D. it has become a World Heritage Site, and arguably the best-preserved medieval town in Scandinavia.
E. is arguably the best-preserved medieval town in Scandinavia, a World Heritage Site.

OA with OE to follow ..


I donot think C is correct. D looks the most succinct however B is also not gramatically wrong.

The question would be much better if it were written as under:

Visby is the largest city on the Swedish island of Gotland, arguably the best-preserved medieval town in Scandinavia, and has become a World Heritage Site
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Visby is the largest city on the Swedish island of Gotland; arguably the best-preserved medieval town in Scandinavia, and has become a World Heritage Site..

A. arguably the best-preserved medieval town in Scandinavia, and has become a World Heritage Site.
B. it is arguably the best-preserved medieval town in Scandinavia, and, as a result of this, has become a World
Heritage Site.
C. arguably the best-preserved medieval town in Scandinavia, it has become a World Heritage Site.
D. it has become a World Heritage Site, and arguably the best-preserved medieval town in Scandinavia.
E. is arguably the best-preserved medieval town in Scandinavia, a World Heritage Site.

A and E are out because an independent clause is required here
B is out because "this" is awkward and incorrect in GMAT
D is out because "," is not needed here and the shift of "arguably the ..." distorts the meaning

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Please can anyone explain whts the funda of ";" and why is A wrong??

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confused between - C and D

C seems correct but wats wrong with D ?
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confused between - C and D

C seems correct but wats wrong with D ?


C. arguably the best-preserved medieval town in Scandinavia, it has become a World Heritage Site.
D. it has become a World Heritage Site, and arguably the best-preserved medieval town in Scandinavia.


in C "arguably the best-preserved medieval town in Scandinavia" modifies it (city) so it clearly refers to city

in D it is ambiguouse it can refer to city or island.

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Please can anyone explain whts the funda of ";" and why is A wrong??


the funda is simple that the s/c after ; has to be independent

problem with A is that s/c after ; lacks any noun or pronoun and hence is dependent on s/c before ; i.e the city....

C is correct
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It is accepted that what follows the semi-colon should be a somewhat related clause and should be a full fledged one with it is own subject and verb.

A. arguably the best-preserved medieval town in Scandinavia, and has become a World Heritage Site……. Lacks subject- hence wrong


B. it is arguably the best-preserved medieval town in Scandinavia, and, as a result of this, has become a World Heritage Site. ….. It may be grammatically correct but the expression 'as a result of this' is not intended in the original. Ther is no cause and effect relationship between the two factors; the intent is distorted and hence wrong.

C. arguably the best-preserved medieval town in Scandinavia, it has become a World Heritage Site. …..Many might think that this is not a full clause. Sorry! The second part is a full fledged clause with the participial modifier ‘arguably the best-preserved medieval town in Scandinavia’ modifying the clause starting with ‘it has become’.The pronoun it can not logically refer to Gotland, the island, because Gotland is not a town. Right Choice

D. it has become a World Heritage Site, and arguably the best-preserved medieval town in Scandinavia. ….. Grammatically wrong. There is no proper subject for the second part of the clause that follows the conjunction ‘and’. It can not take ‘it has become’ as the elliptical subject and verb. Such an assumption renders the clause meaningless.


E. is arguably the best-preserved medieval town in Scandinavia, a World Heritage Site. ……. Lacks a subject. Secondly ‘a World Heritage Site’ wrongly modifies Scandinavia.

C is the most precise and structurally correct choice
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Visby is the largest city on the Swedish island of Gotland; arguably the best-preserved medieval town in Scandinavia, and has become a World Heritage Site..

A. arguably the best-preserved medieval town in Scandinavia, and has become a World Heritage Site.
B. it is arguably the best-preserved medieval town in Scandinavia, and, as a result of this, has become a World
Heritage Site.
C. arguably the best-preserved medieval town in Scandinavia, it has become a World Heritage Site.
D. it has become a World Heritage Site, and arguably the best-preserved medieval town in Scandinavia.
E. is arguably the best-preserved medieval town in Scandinavia, a World Heritage Site.

OA with OE to follow ..


A. After a semi colon, we need an independent clause. Here, after the semi colon, we have a dependent clause. Incorrect.
B. "As a result of this" changes the meaning. Incorrect.
C. Correct. Use of correct modifier in the form of a proper sentence.
D. D means to say that Gotland has become the best preserved town. The fact is that it always has been! So this sentence also changes the meaning. Incorrect.
E. Misplaced modifier. "World heritage site" should modify Gotland and not Scandinavia.
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