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Elite Official SC 34

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

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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?

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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

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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.

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.

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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:
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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.

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