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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 ## Elite Official SC 34 ##### This topic has 1 expert reply and 2 member replies ## Elite Official SC 34 Minivans carry as many as seven passengers and, compared with most sport utility vehicles, cost less, get better gas mileage, allow passengers to get in and out more easily, and have a smoother ride. A. Minivans carry as many as seven passengers and, compared with most sport utility vehicles, cost less, B. Minivans, which carry as many as seven passengers, compared with most sport utility vehicles, they cost less, C. Minivans carry as many as seven passengers, in comparison with most sport utility vehicles, and have a lower cost, they D. Minivans, carrying as many as seven passengers, compared with most sport utility vehicles, cost less, E. Minivans, which carry as many as seven passengers, compared with most sport utility vehicles the cost is lower, and they _________________ R I C H A, My GMAT Journey: 470 → 720 → 740 Target Score: 760+ richacrunch2@gmail.com 1. Press thanks if you like my solution. 2. Contact me if you are not improving. (No Free Lunch!) Legendary Member Joined 21 Jul 2015 Posted: 698 messages Followed by: 25 members Upvotes: 32 Test Date: ∞ → Target GMAT Score: 760 GMAT Score: 740 OA is A, but I choose D. Can we discuss this? Question #1: Is it possible to have 2modifiers, connected by a comma, modifying the same noun? Question #2: I was studying the solution to this question from some another forum but still couldn't understand many things. This one and this one, for example. Question #3 Do we have any such rule that is applicable to GMAC SC questions "if you have a sentence that says "compared to/with" or "as compared to/with", then the sentence CANNOT also say a comparison word, such as more, less, greater, prefer, better, worse, etc." and if this rule is true than the current question is an exception to this rule? Question #4 Will it be logically correct to eliminate Option D because Comma + Verb Ing modifies the preceding action, and here it seems to modify the noun? Is this a correct logic for elimination? Additionally, Now I also realize that comma+verbing places a restriction that events are happening at the same time as such the option D changes the meaning. This option now conveys that "only when" Minivans carry as many as seven passengers then only the comparison is valid. Is my understanding correct or I am overthinking? _________________ R I C H A, My GMAT Journey: 470 → 720 → 740 Target Score: 760+ richacrunch2@gmail.com 1. Press thanks if you like my solution. 2. Contact me if you are not improving. (No Free Lunch!) Last edited by richachampion on Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:29 am; edited 8 times in total Legendary Member Joined 21 Jul 2015 Posted: 698 messages Followed by: 25 members Upvotes: 32 Test Date: ∞ → Target GMAT Score: 760 GMAT Score: 740 ... _________________ R I C H A, My GMAT Journey: 470 → 720 → 740 Target Score: 760+ richacrunch2@gmail.com 1. Press thanks if you like my solution. 2. Contact me if you are not improving. (No Free Lunch!) ### GMAT/MBA Expert GMAT Instructor Joined 25 May 2010 Posted: 15093 messages Followed by: 1859 members Upvotes: 13060 GMAT Score: 790 richachampion wrote: OA is A, but I choose D. Can we discuss this? Question #1: Is it possible to have 2modifiers, connected by a comma, modifying the same noun? Yes. I discuss this issue here: http://www.beatthegmat.com/in-a-state-of-pure-commercial-competition-t278633.html Quote: b]Question #2:[/b] I was studying the solution to this question from some another forum but still couldn't understand many things. This one and this one, for example. What is your question? Quote: Question #3 Do we have any such rule that is applicable to GMAC SC questions "if you have a sentence that says "compared to/with" or "as compared to/with", then the sentence CANNOT also say a comparison word, such as more, less, greater, prefer, better, worse, etc." and if this rule is true than the current question is an exception to this rule? In most cases, it will be redundant to combine a compared-modifier with a comparative such as more than. Here, the purpose of the compared-modifier is CONCISION. The OA conveys the following meaning: Minivans carry as many as seven passengers and cost less than most sport utility vehicles, get better mileage than most sport utility vehicles, allow passengers to get in and out more easily than do most sport utility vehicles. and have a smoother ride than most sport utility vehicles. Because of the repetition of the four red portions, the sentence above is unnecessarily long. In the OA, the four red portions are replaced with a single compared-modifier, as follows: Minivans carry as many as seven passengers and, compared with most sport utility vehicles, cost less, get better gas mileage, allow passengers to get in and out more easily, and have a smoother ride. The result is a sentence that is more concise and easier to follow. Quote: Question #4 Will it be logically correct to eliminate Option D because Comma + Verb Ing modifies the preceding action, and here it seems to modify the noun? Is this a correct logic for elimination? COMMA + VERBing can follow a subject. SC21 in the OG12: Neuroscientists, having amassed a wealth of knowledge, are now drawing solid conclusions. Quote: Additionally, Now I also realize that comma+verbing places a restriction that events are happening at the same time as such the option D changes the meaning. This option now conveys that "only when" Minivans carry as many as seven passengers then only the comparison is valid. Is my understanding correct or I am overthinking? This line of reasoning is sound. _________________ Mitch Hunt Private Tutor for the GMAT and GRE GMATGuruNY@gmail.com If you find one of my posts helpful, please take a moment to click on the "UPVOTE" icon. Available for tutoring in NYC and long-distance. For more information, please email me at GMATGuruNY@gmail.com. Student Review #1 Student Review #2 Student Review #3 Free GMAT Practice Test How can you improve your test score if you don't know your baseline score? Take a free online practice exam. 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