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When Netscape released the second edition of its browser in March 1995

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When Netscape released the second edition of its browser in March 1995, its founders predicted a 15 percent increase in daily users, an assessment that seemed overly optimistic, considering that the new interface did not test well with longstanding users and did only moderately well with new users.

A. an assessment that seemed overly optimistic, considering that the new interface did not test well with longstanding users and

B. which was an assessment that seemed overly optimistic considering the new interface did not test well with longstanding users and it

C. namely, it was an assessment that seemed overly optimistic considering the new interface did not test well with longstanding users and

D. an assessment that seemed overly optimistic considering the new interface did not test well with longstanding users, it

E. that was an assessment that seemed overly optimistic considering the new interface did not test well, with longstanding users, and it

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When Netscape released the second edition of its browser in March 1995, its founders predicted a 15 percent increase in daily users, an assessment that seemed overly optimistic, considering that the new interface did not test well with longstanding users and did only moderately well with new users.

A. an assessment that seemed overly optimistic, considering that the new interface did not test well with longstanding users and

B. which was an assessment that seemed overly optimistic considering the new interface did not test well with longstanding users and it

C. namely, it was an assessment that seemed overly optimistic considering the new interface did not test well with longstanding users and

D. an assessment that seemed overly optimistic considering the new interface did not test well with longstanding users, it

E. that was an assessment that seemed overly optimistic considering the new interface did not test well, with longstanding users, and it



Meaning Analysis


When Netscape released the second edition of its browser in March 1995; Netscape's founders predicted a 15 percent increase in daily users. This assessment seemed overly optimistic (more than realistic) because the new interface did not test well with longstanding users and did only moderately well with new users.

Error Analysis & Process of Elimination


> "an assessment" is a verb modifier as it modifies the action of "predicted a 15% increase" done by founders of Netscape.

> "Considering" modifies "overly optimistic" as what follows is an explanation of why it was overly optimistic.

> "the new interface" is the subject of the dependent clause starting with "considering" and ending with "users".

> The new interface has been shown to do 2 things "did not test well with longstanding users" and "did only moderately well with new users". Since there are only 2 things, there should be no comma before "and", which is seen in option E.

A has no errors as per above analysis.
Correct.

B "which" modifies daily users, whereas it should modify the verb "predicted". Moreover we do not need "it" at the end, because as mentioned above, "the new interface" has been shown to do 2 things. I believe it is preferable to say "He did not study and yet did well", instead of "He did not study and yet he did well." The conjunction "and" removes the necessity of using the pronoun again when 2 things are mentioned.
Eliminate.

C uses "namely" incorrectly. We want more info. on "predicted a 15% increase". We are not enlisting any nouns or thoughts and hence namely is the incorrect modifier.
Eliminate.

D the last comma just before "it" changes the meaning from what is discussed above.
Eliminate.

E Incorrect usage of "that" and too wordy. Incorrect usage of comma after "test well" as "with longstanding..." modifies the verb "did not test well".

Hope the assessment makes sense. Thoughts, debates and discussions are welcome. :)
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When Netscape released the second edition of its browser in March 1995, its founders predicted a 15 percent increase in daily users, an assessment that seemed overly optimistic, considering that the new interface did not test well with longstanding users and did only moderately well with new users.

Meaning is clear and no error is found in the underlined sentence. But I assume there will be discussed in the answer choices with the two types of errors.

1. Noun modifier : an assessment that.....
2. Verb modifier: considering that....

We could simply eliminate answer choices which convey the those errors.

A. an assessment that seemed overly optimistic, considering that the new interface did not test well with longstanding users and
No errors as discussed

B. which was an assessment that seemed overly optimistic considering the new interface did not test well with longstanding users and it
"which" modifies "daily users", therefore incorrect as whole meaning of the sentence is broken.

C. namely, it was an assessment that seemed overly optimistic considering the new interface did not test well with longstanding users and
Meaning is distorted with "namely". "it was" --> not necessarly placed as well.

D. an assessment that seemed overly optimistic considering the new interface did not test well with longstanding users, it
comma is out before "considering" --> breaking the whole meaning as "considering" modifies "optimistic".

E. that was an assessment that seemed overly optimistic considering the new interface did not test well, with longstanding users, and it
"that was" --> breaking the noun modifier function
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When Netscape released the second edition of its browser in March 1995, its founders predicted a 15 percent increase in daily users, an assessment that seemed overly optimistic, considering that the new interface did not test well with longstanding users and did only moderately well with new users.

A. an assessment that seemed overly optimistic, considering that the new interface did not test well with longstanding users and

B. which was an assessment that seemed overly optimistic considering the new interface did not test well with longstanding users and it

C. namely, it was an assessment that seemed overly optimistic considering the new interface did not test well with longstanding users and

D. an assessment that seemed overly optimistic considering the new interface did not test well with longstanding users, it

E. that was an assessment that seemed overly optimistic considering the new interface did not test well, with longstanding users, and it

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The purpose of the underlined section is to describe the increase in daily users, thereforethere is no need for any other words before an assessment - thus, answers (B), (C), and (E) areeliminated for redundancy. (D) ends with a comma and then the word it, which makes it seemthat the rest of the sentence describes the poor testing with longstanding users rather thandescribing another set of testing. Consequently, the only possible correct answer is (A).
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A. an assessment that seemed overly optimistic, considering that the new interface did not test well with longstanding users and ---CORRECT

B. which was an assessment that seemed overly optimistic considering the new interface did not test well with longstanding users and it ---Wrong,INcorrect linkage of which linking to new users

C. namely, it was an assessment that seemed overly optimistic considering the new interface did not test well with longstanding users and ---Linking 2 IC with just a comma

D. an assessment that seemed overly optimistic considering the new interface did not test well with longstanding users, it ---Wrong, linking 2 IC with comma

E. that was an assessment that seemed overly optimistic considering the new interface did not test well, with longstanding users, and it ---Wrong choice, wrong parallelism

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When Netscape released the second edition of its browser in March 1995, its founders predicted a 15 percent increase in daily users, an assessment that seemed overly optimistic, considering that the new interface did not test well with longstanding users and did only moderately well with new users.

A. an assessment that seemed overly optimistic, considering that the new interface did not test well with longstanding users and - Correct

B. which was an assessment that seemed overly optimistic considering the new interface did not test well with longstanding users and it - incorrect usage of which, "which" illogically refers to daily users and there is subject(which) and verb(was) mismatch

C. namely, it was an assessment that seemed overly optimistic considering the new interface did not test well with longstanding users and - Run on sentence- it was an assessment is an independent clause

D. an assessment that seemed overly optimistic considering the new interface did not test well with longstanding users, it - Run on sentence - it did only moderately well with new users is an independent clause

E. that was an assessment that seemed overly optimistic considering the new interface did not test well, with longstanding users, and it - incorrect usage of that - it can't refer to an action - predicted

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