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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 ## GMAT Official Guide 2019 Over the past ten years ##### This topic has 1 expert reply and 1 member reply ### Top Member ## GMAT Official Guide 2019 Over the past ten years ## Timer 00:00 ## Your Answer A B C D E ## Global Stats Difficult Over the past ten years cultivated sunflowers have become a major commercial crop, second only to soybeans as a source of vegetable oil. A. second only to soybeans as a source of vegetable oil B. second in importance to soybeans only as a source of vegetable oil C. being second in importance only to soybeans as a source of vegetable oil D. which, as a source of vegetable oil, is only second to soybeans E. as a source of vegetable oil only second to soybeans ### GMAT/MBA Expert GMAT Instructor Joined 25 May 2010 Posted: 15029 messages Followed by: 1859 members Upvotes: 13060 GMAT Score: 790 Top Reply BTGmoderatorDC wrote: Over the past ten years cultivated sunflowers have become a major commercial crop, second only to soybeans as a source of vegetable oil. A. second only to soybeans as a source of vegetable oil B. second in importance to soybeans only as a source of vegetable oil C. being second in importance only to soybeans as a source of vegetable oil D. which, as a source of vegetable oil, is only second to soybeans E. as a source of vegetable oil only second to soybeans In B and C, second in importance is redundant. X is second to Y means -- all on its own -- that X is less important than Y. Eliminate B and C. Modifiers such as only and almost are known as LIMITERS. A limiter serves to LIMIT the scope of another word in the sentence. Generally, a limiter should be placed directly before whatever it is intended to limit. ONLY JOHN plays the tuba. Here, only serves to limit WHO PLAYS the tuba. Conveyed meaning; NO ONE ELSE -- aside from John -- plays the tuba. John plays ONLY THE TUBA. Here, only serves to limit WHICH INSTRUMENTS John plays. Conveyed meaning: John plays NO OTHER INSTRUMENTS -- aside from the tuba. A: Sunflowers have become...second ONLY TO SOYBEANS. Here, only serves to limit WHICH CROPS are more important than sunflowers. Conveyed meaning: NO OTHER CROP -- aside from soybeans -- is more important than sunflowers. This is the intended meaning of the original sentence. D and E: A major commercial crop...ONLY SECOND. Here, only serves to limit WHICH RANKING is attributed to the major commercial crop. Conveyed meaning: NO OTHER RANKING -- aside from second -- is attributed to the major commercial crop. In D and E, the position of only distorts the intended meaning of the original sentence. Eliminate D and E. The correct answer is A. _________________ 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. Get started on achieving your dream score today! Sign up now. Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Joined 16 Jun 2018 Posted: 3 messages Top Reply GMATGuruNY wrote: BTGmoderatorDC wrote: Over the past ten years cultivated sunflowers have become a major commercial crop, second only to soybeans as a source of vegetable oil. A. second only to soybeans as a source of vegetable oil B. second in importance to soybeans only as a source of vegetable oil C. being second in importance only to soybeans as a source of vegetable oil D. which, as a source of vegetable oil, is only second to soybeans E. as a source of vegetable oil only second to soybeans In B and C, second in importance is redundant. X is second to Y means -- all on its own -- that X is less important than Y. Eliminate B and C. Modifiers such as only and almost are known as LIMITERS. A limiter serves to LIMIT the scope of another word in the sentence. Generally, a limiter should be placed directly before whatever it is intended to limit. ONLY JOHN plays the tuba. Here, only serves to limit WHO PLAYS the tuba. Conveyed meaning; NO ONE ELSE -- aside from John -- plays the tuba. John plays ONLY THE TUBA. Here, only serves to limit WHICH INSTRUMENTS John plays. Conveyed meaning: John plays NO OTHER INSTRUMENTS -- aside from the tuba. A: Sunflowers have become...second ONLY TO SOYBEANS. Here, only serves to limit WHICH CROPS are more important than sunflowers. Conveyed meaning: NO OTHER CROP -- aside from soybeans -- is more important than sunflowers. This is the intended meaning of the original sentence. D and E: A major commercial crop...ONLY SECOND. Here, only serves to limit WHICH RANKING is attributed to the major commercial crop. Conveyed meaning: NO OTHER RANKING -- aside from second -- is attributed to the major commercial crop. In D and E, the position of only distorts the intended meaning of the original sentence. Eliminate D and E. The correct answer is A. Thank you so much for the explanation about the usage of 'only'!!! But I have another question about choice (E). here is the explanation in OG: it is unclear whether it modifies the phrase â€˜as a source of vegetable oilâ€™, or the phrase â€˜second to soybeansâ€™. => why it can modify â€˜second to soybeansâ€™? Doesnâ€™t â€˜second to soybeansâ€™ modify â€˜as a source of vegetable oil â€˜? • Magoosh Study with Magoosh GMAT prep Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • Award-winning private GMAT tutoring Register now and save up to$200

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