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When viewed from the window of a speeding train, the speed with which nearby objects move seems faster than that of more distant objects.


A. the speed with which nearby objects move seems faster than that of

B. the speed that nearby objects move seems faster than for

C. the speed of nearby objects seems faster than

D. nearby objects' speeds seem to be faster than those of

E. nearby objects seem to move at a faster speed than do



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Hello Everyone!

This is a great example of a sentence with a modifier that you might find on the GMAT exam – and it’s an easy one to answer quickly if you know what to look for! Let’s take a closer look to come up with the right answer.

Whenever you see a sentence that starts with a modifier phrase, whatever that phrase is referring to must come directly after the comma:

After melting in the sun, the Popsicle turned into a bright green puddle. → GOOD

After melting in the sun, the green puddle from the Popsicle was bright green. → BAD

Here is a simple test to find the right answer: If you ask yourself the question, “What melted in the sun?” you would answer “the Popsicle.” The Popsicle melted in the sun, not the puddle, so Popsicle needs to come first!

For our sentence, we must ask ourselves, “What is viewed from the window of a speeding train?” The answer is “nearby objects,” which tells us that must be the first thing that follows the comma! Let’s see how each of the answers holds up:

A. the speed with which nearby objects move seems faster than that of → WRONG

B. the speed that nearby objects move seems faster than for → WRONG

C. the speed of nearby objects seems faster than → WRONG

D. nearby objects' speeds seem to be faster than those of → WRONG

E. nearby objects seem to move at a faster speed than do → CORRECT!

See? If you know how to quickly check that your modifiers and subjects are next to each other, these kinds of questions are easy to answer in a breeze!


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Bunuel wrote:
When viewed from the window of a speeding train, the speed with which nearby objects move seems faster than that of more distant objects.


A. the speed with which nearby objects move seems faster than that of

B. the speed that nearby objects move seems faster than for

C. the speed of nearby objects seems faster than

D. nearby objects' speeds seem to be faster than those of

E. nearby objects seem to move at a faster speed than do


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I think the answer is E.

"When viewed from the window of a speeding train,"

should modify "nearby objects"


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Bunuel wrote:
When viewed from the window of a speeding train, the speed with which nearby objects move seems faster than that of more distant objects.


A. the speed with which nearby objects move seems faster than that of

B. the speed that nearby objects move seems faster than for

C. the speed of nearby objects seems faster than

D. nearby objects' speeds seem to be faster than those of

E. nearby objects seem to move at a faster speed than do



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I would go for option E and below is my thought process:

When viewed from the window of a speeding train---This expression is followed by a comma so it should
modify the word that comes just after it.

Option A,B,C --The expression seems to modify which is incorrect.What do we view outside the window of a train..we view the objects eg..tress,field ranches,birds,poles
moving at a faster pace..we do not view the pace itself.

Option D: Uses possessive noun Mary's cat..implies we are talking about CAT only (belongs to Marry)
So here also expression nearby "objects' speeds" refers to speeds which is incorrect.

We are left with only option E and that's the correct choice.

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i think C is right, because it is concise and it conveys the meaning that speed is faster of near objects than distant object..!! Option E i think the word "DO" in the end makes it ambiguous , it is like the near by objects speed is more than speed. but lets wait for the official answers.;)
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When viewed from the window of a speeding train, the speed with which nearby objects move seems faster than that of more distant objects.

A. the speed with which nearby objects move seems faster than that of

B. the speed that nearby objects move seems faster than for

C. the speed of nearby objects seems faster than

D. nearby objects' speeds seem to be faster than those of

E. nearby objects seem to move at a faster speed than do

The modifier "When viewed from the window of a speeding train" should be followed by the modified entity - objects (near by object).

eliminate A, B & C.

D is wrong because of possessive nearby objects'.

E is the best of all.
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Can anyone explain why A is incorrect?
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When viewed from the window of a speeding train, the speed with which nearby objects move seems faster than that of more distant objects.
A. the speed with which nearby objects move seems faster than that of
B. the speed that nearby objects move seems faster than for
C. the speed of nearby objects seems faster than
D. nearby objects' speeds seem to be faster than those of
E. nearby objects seem to move at a faster speed than do
When viewed from the window of a speeding train, Can you view a speed, the answer is no, so eliminate A,B,C,D, and you're left with E
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