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

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19 Feb 2013, 11:42
Just my 2 cents on "AND" Usage and the reason why i chose D.

it has become a World Heritage Site, and arguably the best-preserved medieval town in Scandinavia. Correct
These two underlined phrases are similar. They are explaining the "IT" clearly.
I would break down this sentence even more simply ...
It has become Fat and Round
This sentence is grammatically correct. Dont you think so?
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19 Feb 2013, 21:26
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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.

(C) arguably the best-preserved medieval town in Scandinavia, it has become a World Heritage Site. - It can be Visby or scandinavia ?

Pronoun reference error ?
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20 Feb 2013, 05:36
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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.

Hi,

I received a PM regarding this question.

Out of the given choices (C) sounds the best. the "it" in (C) is correct and correctly refers to "town". The prepositional phrase "in Scandinavia" is correctly placed next to "town". It is essential to the meaning and can not be placed elsewhere in the sentence.

If you see the other contender (D). A comma before "and " is used; it is used in two occasions, to present three or more things in a list or to connect two independent clauses. In (D) "and" is being used used to connect (or coordinate, in grammatical terms) a clause "it has become..." and a phrase "arguably the best preserved....". This is clearly incorrect.

However in GMAT, these type of questions are very rare.

Please also see the question in the post below. This question also has a critical modifier essential to the meaning of the sentence.

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I hope it clears your doubt,

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20 Feb 2013, 08:17
tenaman10 wrote:
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.

+1 for C. Why D is wrong (in addition to what GMATPILL mentioned)
D) It has become a World Heritage Site, and (has become as verb understood) the best preserved medieval town in Scandinavia.

Makes no sense to me that how can a city become best preserved town. Present tense would have made sense here.
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24 Mar 2014, 12:31
Clear C!
Other options have obvious mistakes.

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21 Apr 2014, 06:25
Seems that the OA is D and people try to argue that the OA is wrong. Then why did we use the source from the beginning if you don't trust its quality?
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21 Apr 2014, 07:51
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Seems that the OA is D and people try to argue that the OA is wrong. Then why did we use the source from the beginning if you don't trust its quality?

there is a valid reason to reject D as answer : we don' need parallelism to put those 2 fact together !!
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12 Jun 2015, 03:25
shivganar wrote:
gmatpill wrote:
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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.

The answer is C. The person who posted the OA as D did it by mistake--according to another source...

Here's my recommended approach to this question:
Step 1: Scan the sentence and notice a semi colon that is NOT part of the underlined portion of the sentence. That means the underlined portion must read just like a full regular sentence.

Step 2: So now that we pretend the entire first part of the sentence before the semicolon is not there---we notice that the underlined portion does not make sense. "Arguably...., " is the phrase that should describe the subject on the other side of the comma. Instead, we have "and has become..."--which does not make sense in A.

Step 3: Eliminate A and look at other alternatives in the answer choices.

With (B), it's quite wordy "and, as a result of this..."---NOT GOOD

With (C), "arguably" describes the word next to the comma "it"--so that makes sense. seems OK

With (D), you don't need the comma before "and"----if you use a comma, then there needs to be a subject on the right side of the comma. --seems IFFY

With (E), where's the subject? It starts with "is"--which does not make sense. Remember the underlined portion should read as a complete sentence so it cannot start with "is"---NOT GOOD

Step 4: Only answer choice (C) makes sense. Read it again..does it make sense as a sentence by itself?

"Arguably the best-preserved medieval town in Scandinavia, it has become a World Heritage Site."

It's OK to have "it" refer back to the portion on the other side of the semicolon way back in the beginning.

You can also reread it like this:
"Arguably the best-preserved medieval town in Scandinavia, [Visby] has become a World Heritage Site."

Choose C and move on!

My understading when we use semi-colon then the two clauses separated by semicolon should be independent. The option C does not allow this. Therefore option C can not be the best option.

Only B and D satisfies the condition above. In case of B there is un-necessary extra wordings and commas before and after 'and' hence eliminated.

We can safely go ahead with D.

Any other views?

Refer to gmat pill explanation. Option C has subject it...then why it is not indepenedent ??
Dont just move ahead like that...dangerous for you.
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