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# Whereas a typical Master's thesis is approximately one hundr

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Whereas a typical Master's thesis is approximately one hundred pages long, Ph.D theses is usually over two hundred pages.

A) Whereas a typical Master's thesis is approximately one hundred pages long, Ph.D theses is usually
B) A typical Master's thesis is approximately one hundred pages long, while a Ph.D thesis is generally
C) A typical Master's thesis is approximately one hundred pages long, so a Ph.D thesis is usually
D) While typical Master's theses is approximately one hundred pages long, Ph.D theses is generally
E) Whereas a typical Master's thesis is approximately one hundred pages long, a Ph.D thesis is
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Whereas a typical Master's thesis is approximately one hundred pages long, Ph.D theses is usually over two hundred pages.

A) Whereas a typical Master's thesis is approximately one hundred pages long, Ph.D theses is usually
S-V error : theses is

B) A typical Master's thesis is approximately one hundred pages long, while a Ph.D thesis is generally
no error

C) A typical Master's thesis is approximately one hundred pages long, so a Ph.D thesis is usually
meaning error

D) While typical Master's theses is approximately one hundred pages long, Ph.D theses is generally
S-V error : theses is

E) Whereas a typical Master's thesis is approximately one hundred pages long, a Ph.D thesis is
No error: further option E maintains the contrast as mentioned in choice A.

IMO : E, bcz it keeps the contrast as presented in original sentence, whereas B emphasis on simultaneous occurrence of two facts.
Its quite difficult to rule out any of these two choices: B and E.
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17 Apr 2014, 10:55
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I agree it comes down to B & E, I chose E.

After rereading E I realize it says the Ph.D thesis HAS to be more than 200 pages...
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22 Apr 2014, 00:16
Between B and E, B is correct. There is a subtle shift in the meaning which is difficult to spot in the first go.
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Whereas a typical Master's thesis is approximately one hundred pages long, Ph.D theses is usually over two hundred pages.

A) Whereas a typical Master's thesis is approximately one hundred pages long, Ph.D theses is usually
B) A typical Master's thesis is approximately one hundred pages long, while a Ph.D thesis is generally
C) A typical Master's thesis is approximately one hundred pages long, so a Ph.D thesis is usually
D) While typical Master's theses is approximately one hundred pages long, Ph.D theses is generally
E) Whereas a typical Master's thesis is approximately one hundred pages long, a Ph.D thesis is

Errors- incorrect comparison Master's thesis (SINGULAR) with PhD. theses (PLURAL)

So A and D are out.

C changes the intended meaning

B and E look good BUT E changes the meaning by skipping the use of word usually/ generally .

So B it is
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10 Mar 2015, 06:14
Use of while in "B" seems to indicate as if both thesis are being written at the same time. That's why I dropped B and choose E.
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Use of while in "B" seems to indicate as if both thesis are being written at the same time. That's why I dropped B and choose E.
experts comment pls..

While can be used for two purposes-

1. To show contrast
2. To show simultaneity

Please refer to the OG 13 explanations for SC # 130 and # 134 for more clarification.

What I understand from the OG explanations for the above two sentences is that while can be used for expressing contrast, though whereas is always better.
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12 Mar 2015, 10:48
Don't look like a gmat - type question.
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28 May 2015, 20:36
Why is "whereas" wrong in option E?
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Whereas a typical Master's thesis is approximately one hundred pages long, Ph.D theses is usually over two hundred pages.

Look at the meaning of the sentence . Ph.D. thesis is usually over two hundred pages .It implies most of the time it is over two hundred pages but can be less then two hundred pages at times.

E changes this meaning . It says a Ph.D thesis is over two hundred pages (implies always )

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08 Aug 2015, 01:57

Proper use of S-V Agreement.
Correct use of word 'Generally'; ' ... approximately one hundred pages long, ... generally over two hundred pages.'
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A) Whereas a typical Master's thesis is approximately one hundred pages long, Ph.D theses is usually
Wrong, because "theses" is plural not singular. Therefore the phrase "Ph.D theses is" incorrect.

B) A typical Master's thesis is approximately one hundred pages long, while a Ph.D thesis is generally
"While" implies two things occurring in parallel. I don't think while is well suited to comparison between objects.

C) A typical Master's thesis is approximately one hundred pages long, so a Ph.D thesis is usually
Changes meaning.

D) While typical Master's theses is approximately one hundred pages long, Ph.D theses is generally
"theses is" is incorrect.

E) Whereas a typical Master's thesis is approximately one hundred pages long, a Ph.D thesis is
Missing a qualifier such as "typically", "generally" or "usually" but otherwise correct.
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08 Aug 2015, 22:56
Would option 'B' have been still coreect had an 'a' been missing?

A typical Master's thesis is approximately one hundred pages long, while <a> Ph.D thesis is generally : removing the a inside brackets
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tyl3rdurd3n wrote:
Would option 'B' have been still coreect had an 'a' been missing?

A typical Master's thesis is approximately one hundred pages long, while <a> Ph.D thesis is generally : removing the a inside brackets

No, it would not have been correct if the "a" was removed.
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Eliminated A (because thesis is compared to theses) and C (because of "so a").

Then I eliminated D because it does not have "generally" or "usually" at the end.

Felt B was better than D because "thesis" is being compared to "thesis".

B) A typical Master's thesis is approximately one hundred pages long, while a Ph.D thesis is generally
D) While typical Master's theses is approximately one hundred pages long, Ph.D theses is generally
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13 Apr 2016, 05:21
I picked E because while in option B makes it sound like it happens at the same time. :S
Can someone explain why B?
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I picked E because while in option B makes it sound like it happens at the same time. :S
Can someone explain why B?

The conjunction "while" can be used for 2 functions:
1. To indicate an action happening simultaneously.
2. To indicate a contrast ( similar function as that of "whereas" - as a matter of fact "while" and "whereas" are interchangeable)

Option E implies that "a PhD thesis (singular) is more than 200 pages" - one particular PhD thesis may be more than 200 pages, but this fact does not create a contrast with a typical Master's thesis effectively. If the sentence were " a typical PhD thesis is more than 200 pages" or "a PhD thesis is generally more than 200 pages", then the contrast would be correct.

Moreover, if the article "a" is taken in the sense any, option E would imply that any PhD thesis is more than 200 pages long - this is however not the fact. Generally, not always, a PhD thesis is more than 200 pages long.

Option B correctly establishes the contrast between a typical master's thesis and a typical Phd thesis by introducing "generally".
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Whereas a typical Master's thesis is approximately one hundred pages long, Ph.D theses is usually over two hundred pages.

A) Whereas a typical Master's thesis is approximately one hundred pages long, Ph.D theses is usually
B) A typical Master's thesis is approximately one hundred pages long, while a Ph.D thesis is generally
C) A typical Master's thesis is approximately one hundred pages long, so a Ph.D thesis is usually
D) While typical Master's theses is approximately one hundred pages long, Ph.D theses is generally
E) Whereas a typical Master's thesis is approximately one hundred pages long, a Ph.D thesis is

my question is , Can we use "while" to show contrast .

here in the question , x is a.... y is b don't we need contrast word to show the contrast.

B vs E

while is better or whereas?
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goodyear2013 wrote:
Whereas a typical Master's thesis is approximately one hundred pages long, Ph.D theses is usually over two hundred pages.

A) Whereas a typical Master's thesis is approximately one hundred pages long, Ph.D theses is usually
B) A typical Master's thesis is approximately one hundred pages long, while a Ph.D thesis is generally
C) A typical Master's thesis is approximately one hundred pages long, so a Ph.D thesis is usually
D) While typical Master's theses is approximately one hundred pages long, Ph.D theses is generally
E) Whereas a typical Master's thesis is approximately one hundred pages long, a Ph.D thesis is

my question is , Can we use "while" to show contrast .

here in the question , x is a.... y is b don't we need contrast word to show the contrast.

B vs E

while is better or whereas?

'While' and 'whereas' are interchangeable. In the post immediately above yours, I tried to establish why B is better - not because of any difference between "whereas" and "while".
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10 Aug 2016, 23:05
Was super confused with this question. I ruled out the following options for reason as stated:

Option A: Comparison is made between a singular MS theses with plural PHD theses and the verb should be 'are' instead of 'is'.
Option C: Meaningless causation.
Option D: Verbs used to describe 'theses' should be 'are' instead of 'is'.

Picked option E and post review of explanations, could see as to why it is incorrect. Just have a query, shouldn't 'whereas' be used post description of a statement to imply contrast.? For example: I am good at grasping concepts, whereas my brother is not.
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