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nothing wrong with D.
something wrong with B.
in B, "entering" take the time of "are" so, it is in present but "this fall" show future. this is not fit. no logic. wrong.
in D
"placing" take time of "will be" so, it is in future time . this is logic. no thing wrong.

mistake in official question?


The problem with D (use of the present participle "placing") has already been explained in the post above:
women-are-expected-to-be-the-majority-of-students-entering-82261-40.html#p1769667

As for B, it is true that a present participle in general gets its tense from the main verb of the sentence. However this example shows that GMAT allows exception of this rule, and therefore we may conclude that this rule should not be used to eliminate a choice.
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Women are expected to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, a trend ultimately placing more women in leadership position in politics and business.
A Women are expected to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, a trend ultimately placing
B The majority of students entering law school this fall are expected to be women, a trend that will ultimately place
C The majority of students entering law school this fall are expected to be women, which will ultimately place
D It is expected that the majority of students entering law school this fall will be women, a trend ultimately placing
E It is expected for the women to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, which will ultimately place

please explain your reasoning ...


3/2 Rule: "placing" V.S "place" , "place" is right --> rule out A & D
"Which" after the comma refers to women --> wrong --> rule out C & E
The choice left is B


That was awesome
IMO its B for me
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Women are expected to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, a trend ultimately placing more women in leadership position in politics and business.

There is a difference in meaning:
(1) 'Women are expected to be......'
(2) 'The majority of students entering law school this fall are expected to be women'

The first sentence shows that it is expected from women to be a majority of total students entering law school. That really does not make sense.
The second sentence is more like a projection which makes sense in the CONTEXT of this sentence.

Choice B is correct.

In what cases will 'majority' (as a subject) be singular/plural ?
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Women are expected to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, a trend ultimately placing more women in leadership position in politics and business.
A Women are expected to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, a trend ultimately placing
B The majority of students entering law school this fall are expected to be women, a trend that will ultimately place
C The majority of students entering law school this fall are expected to be women, which will ultimately place
D It is expected that the majority of students entering law school this fall will be women, a trend ultimately placing
E It is expected for the women to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, which will ultimately place

which is referring to women and fall in C and E .So they are out
In trend ultimately placing in D also not correct
In A Women is the subject of the sentence and later part we are talking about a trend .....
So A is also out

B is the best answer
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Women are expected to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, a trend ultimately placing more women in leadership position in politics and business.

-- Which will modify the nearest noun so C/E are out.
-- "a trend that will ultimately place" is better than "a trend ultimately placing" because the event is in future (next fall). In both the case we have noun + noun modifier , which correctly modifies the action of the previous clause. So , A/ D are out.
-- Correct Answer - A.

A Women are expected to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, a trend ultimately placing
B The majority of students entering law school this fall are expected to be women, a trend that will ultimately place
C The majority of students entering law school this fall are expected to be women, which will ultimately place
D It is expected that the majority of students entering law school this fall will be women, a trend ultimately placing
E It is expected for the women to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, which will ultimately place
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I am slightly confused by this question. I was able to narrow down the answer choice to A and B.

A Women are expected to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, a trend ultimately placing

ultimately modifies placing and women is the main subject. Women is also plural and matches "are" in number.


B The majority of students entering law school this fall are expected to be women, a trend that will ultimately place

My concern with B is that the word students is captured in a prepositional phrase. I thought nouns in prepositional phrases can't be the main subject. If this is true then majority should be the main subject. Majority doesn't agree in number with "are". That's why I ruled out this sentence at first. The portion after the comma looks good because using the future tense "will" acknowledges the projection of the students being majority women.

Am I wrong about answer b? :sad:
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Women are expected to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, a trend ultimately placing more women in leadership position in politics and business.
A Women are expected to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, a trend ultimately placing
B The majority of students entering law school this fall are expected to be women, a trend that will ultimately place
C The majority of students entering law school this fall are expected to be women, which will ultimately place
D It is expected that the majority of students entering law school this fall will be women, a trend ultimately placing
E It is expected for the women to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, which will ultimately place

please explain your reasoning ...


A- placing is incorrect- it suggests that it is happening now
C- which is incorrect
D- again same as A- placing
E- for the women is incorrect usage again which is incorrect
Ans: B
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placing is a tenseless verb which takes the tense of the main clause. So, trend placing is correct

choice D is wrong because "entering" takes the tense of "will be". this is not logic because action of "entering" should be in present time.
choice B is good because "entering" takes the tense of " are expected", a present tense. this present tense can go with "this fall" because present tense can be used to say about future.

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Women are expected to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, a trend ultimately placing more women in leadership position in politics and business.
A Women are expected to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, a trend ultimately placing
B The majority of students entering law school this fall are expected to be women, a trend that will ultimately place
C The majority of students entering law school this fall are expected to be women, which will ultimately place
D It is expected that the majority of students entering law school this fall will be women, a trend ultimately placing
E It is expected for the women to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, which will ultimately place

please explain your reasoning ...


C: women, which will ultimately place construction is wrong
D: a trend ultimately placing is not correct way to refer to It is expected that the majority of students entering ....
E: this fall, which will ultimately place is wrong
A: a trend ultimately placing modifies Women are expected to be the majority... is wrong
B: the trend is the majority of students entering law school this fall are expected to be.... is correct
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Between A and B, Trend is something which will cause something to happen in future , Hence B.
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Is the majority of something singular or plural? Let's look at this official question from GMAT Prep

The majority of scientists believe that to reduce and stabilize atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, emissions must be cut at the source by fossil fuels that are burned more efficiently and, in some cases, by alternatives such as hydrogen fuel cells that can replace fossil fuels altogether.

The sentence starts with a non - underlined part -- The majority of scientists believe -- This is the correct version. This is the solid grammar point of GMAT.

"The majority of" is usually used to modify a following noun. The main verb of the sentence agrees with that noun. This means that the majority now takes the characteristics of the noun that follows, and if the following noun is singular then the verb is singular and if the noun is plural, then the verb is plural.

The following sentences articulate this point.

The majority of his income goes to pay his rent. (
The majority of the emigrants to the Middle East from India are from Kerala

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You could also interpret D as modifying 'the expectation' i.e. that the expectation is the trend itself. B is fairly clear that the admission/entrance of women is the trend.
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Women are expected to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, a trend ultimately placing more women in leadership position in politics and business.
A Women are expected to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, a trend ultimately placing
B The majority of students entering law school this fall are expected to be women, a trend that will ultimately place
C The majority of students entering law school this fall are expected to be women, which will ultimately place
D It is expected that the majority of students entering law school this fall will be women, a trend ultimately placing
E It is expected for the women to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, which will ultimately place

please explain your reasoning ...


ultimately is an adverb(adverb modifies everything except for a noun/pronoun)

A) ultimately placing is incorrect coz placing is not acting as a verb
B) correct coz ultimately(adverb) correctly modifies the place(verb)
C) which modifies the previous noun incorrect here (which cannot be used here coz this is a complete action that has an effect)
D) ultimately placing the same as A
E) which same as C
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Women are expected to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, a trend ultimately placing more women in leadership position in politics and business.
A. Women are expected to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, a trend ultimately placing- incorrect, the participle 'placing' wrongly indicates that this trend is already placing more women in leadership positions.
B. The majority of students entering law school this fall are expected to be women, a trend that will ultimately place
C. The majority of students entering law school this fall are expected to be women, which will ultimately place- incorrect usage of which; 'which' here refers to women; (a) 'which' can't refer to people, and (b) according to the sentence, women don't place themselves in leadership positions; the trend does.
D. It is expected that the majority of students entering law school this fall will be women, a trend ultimately placing- same as A
E. It is expected for the women to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, which will ultimately place - incorrect usage of which

Answer B
I understand that "-ING modifiers don't have a tense. they automatically adopt the tense of the clause to which they're attached."

In option D, will the participle 'placing' take the tense of "It is expected" OR " the majority of students entering law school this fall will be women" ?

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Dear Friends,

Here is a detailed explanation to this question-

ugimba wrote:
Women are expected to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, a trend ultimately placing more women in leadership position in politics and business.
A Women are expected to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, a trend ultimately placing
B The majority of students entering law school this fall are expected to be women, a trend that will ultimately place
C The majority of students entering law school this fall are expected to be women, which will ultimately place
D It is expected that the majority of students entering law school this fall will be women, a trend ultimately placing
E It is expected for the women to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, which will ultimately place

please explain your reasoning ...


Choice A: This answer choice uses the "verb+ing" modifier, "placing" to refer to an event taking place in the future; as this type of modifier always denotes the present tense, this usage is inappropriate. Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Choice B: This answer choice maintains proper idiom and tense use and conveys the intended meaning of the sentence. Thus, this answer choice is correct.

Choice C: This answer choice suffers from a modifier error; the pronoun "which" refers to "women" rather than the fact that "the majority of students entering law school this fall are expected to be women". Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Choice D: This answer choice repeats the error found in Option A. Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Choice E: This answer choice repeats the error found in Option C. This answer choice also utilizes the incorrect idiom "expected for the women" rather than the correct construction "expected that women"; "the women" is only used when referring to a specific group of women. Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Hence, B is the best answer choice.

To understand the concept of "Use of Which, Who, Whose, Where on GMAT" you may want to watch the following video (~1 minute):



To understand the concept of "Which v/s That on GMAT", you may want to watch the following video (~2 minutes):



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Women are expected to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, a trend ultimately placing more women in leadership position in politics and business.
A. Women are expected to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, a trend ultimately placing- incorrect, the participle 'placing' wrongly indicates that this trend is already placing more women in leadership positions.
B. The majority of students entering law school this fall are expected to be women, a trend that will ultimately place
C. The majority of students entering law school this fall are expected to be women, which will ultimately place- incorrect usage of which; 'which' here refers to women; (a) 'which' can't refer to people, and (b) according to the sentence, women don't place themselves in leadership positions; the trend does.
D. It is expected that the majority of students entering law school this fall will be women, a trend ultimately placing- same as A
E. It is expected for the women to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, which will ultimately place - incorrect usage of which

Answer B
I understand that "-ING modifiers don't have a tense. they automatically adopt the tense of the clause to which they're attached."

In option D, will the participle 'placing' take the tense of "It is expected" OR " the majority of students entering law school this fall will be women" ?

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I think your question kinda answers itself!

Is the trend placing more women in leadership roles right now? Or is that something that will happen in the future? The correct answer choice (B) avoids this confusion entirely and makes the meaning much clearer.

Remember, you don't have to look at choice (D) in a bubble and decide whether it is "wrong" or "right". You have to compare it to the other 4 choices and decide which is best. If we're comparing (B) and (D), (B) is the winner.
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