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100 points for $49 worth of Veritas practice GMATs FREE VERITAS PRACTICE GMAT EXAMS Earn 10 Points Per Post Earn 10 Points Per Thanks Earn 10 Points Per Upvote ## Although they are crucially important, a person's total ##### This topic has 1 expert reply and 0 member replies ### Top Member ## Although they are crucially important, a person's total ## Timer 00:00 ## Your Answer A B C D E ## Global Stats Difficult Although they are crucially important, a person's total calorie intake is only one of the many factors that determine if their weight will increase or decrease. (A) they are crucially important, a person's total calorie intake is only one of the many factors that determine if their weight will increase or decrease (B) it is crucially important, a person's total calorie intake is only one of the many factors that determine whether his or her weight will increase or decrease (C) it is a crucially important factor, a person's total calorie intake is the only one of many that determines whether his or her weight will increase or decrease (D) crucially important, a person's total calorie intake is only one of the many factors that determines the increase or decrease in their weight (E) it is crucially important, a person's total calorie intake is the only one of many factors that determines the increase or decrease in his or her weight OA B Source: Manhattan Prep ### GMAT/MBA Expert GMAT Instructor Joined 04 Dec 2012 Posted: 2047 messages Followed by: 238 members Upvotes: 1443 Top Reply This question is testing PRONOUNS, If a sentence begins with an opening modifier or dependent clause containing a pronoun (e.g. "Although they are..."), that pronoun must be referring to the SUBJECT of the main clause that comes after. So in the case of "Although they are..." the subject must be PLURAL to refer to "they." (A) they are crucially important, a person's total calorie intake is only one of the many factors that determine if their weight will increase or decrease - "they" is presumably trying to refer to "calories", but the subject is actually "intake" - incorrect pronoun. - "their" is incorrectly trying to refer to "a person." (B) it is crucially important, a person's total calorie intake is only one of the many factors that determine whether his or her weight will increase or decrease - "it" correctly refers to "intake" - "his or her" correctly refers to "a person" (C) it is a crucially important factor, a person's total calorie intake is the only one of many that determines whether his or her weight will increase or decrease - "it" correctly refers to "intake" - "his or her" correctly refers to "a person" - however, switching the position of "only" changes the meaning. We're now saying that it is the ONLY factor that matters. That wouldn't make sense with the contrast "although important... it's the only one" - also, "one of many" is unclear. One of many what? It's much clearer to say "one of many factors" as in B. (D) crucially important, a person's total calorie intake is only one of the many factors that determines the increase or decrease in their weight - "their" is incorrectly trying to refer to "a person." - "(one of the many) factors" - here, "factors" is the subject, not "one." The verb should be plural: "determine." (E) it is crucially important, a person's total calorie intake is the only one of many factors that determines the increase or decrease in his or her weight - "it" correctly refers to "intake", and "his or her" correctly refers to "a person" - same "only" issue as in C The answer is B. _________________ Ceilidh Erickson Manhattan Prep GMAT & GRE instructor EdM in Mind, Brain, and Education Harvard Graduate School of Education Manhattan Prep instructors all have 99th+ percentile scores and expert teaching experience. Sign up for a FREE TRIAL, and learn why we have the highest ratings in the GMAT industry! Free Manhattan Prep online events - The first class of every online Manhattan Prep course is free. Classes start every week. • FREE GMAT Exam Know how you'd score today for$0

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