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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 ## Hard_SC#001 ##### This topic has 1 expert reply and 11 member replies ## Hard_SC#001 Contrary to financial analysts, who predicted last year that the market for home computers would dwindle, the personal computer industry continued to show strong growth in the first quarter of this year. A. analysts, who predicted B. analysts, whose predictions C. analysts and their predictions D. analystsâ€™ predicting E. analystsâ€™ predictions OA: Debated Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts Joined 16 Jun 2010 Posted: 87 messages Upvotes: 1 IMO E, coz it is contradicting analyst's prediction - not analysts themselves....so out of D an E - E is better. lets see inputs from others as well. _________________ Thanks Puneet Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts Joined 09 Jun 2010 Posted: 11 messages IMO E Legendary Member Joined 24 Feb 2010 Posted: 1083 messages Followed by: 14 members Upvotes: 127 We should explain why one of the options is correct and why four of them are wrong. Thanks. Community Manager Joined 23 Sep 2010 Posted: 991 messages Followed by: 24 members Upvotes: 146 gmat_perfect wrote: We should explain why one of the options is correct and why four of them are wrong. Thanks. Contrary to X , Y happened.... here Y is "the personal computer industry continued to show strong growth". So X cannot be "financial analysts" but "financial analysts' predictions " This kills all but E. A: Not contrary to analysts B: Presence of comma makes it wrong. "whose" makes the analysts against the growth. C: Both Analysts and Predictions are contradicted to growth D: "Predicting" again emphasizes "analysts" E: the WINNER Legendary Member Joined 30 Nov 2009 Posted: 768 messages Followed by: 7 members Upvotes: 21 You want basically option D . "analystsâ€™ predicting " predicting is made as gerund here to play the role of noun. Prediction is ,however, already existing noun of verb prediction, so it is the one to be used. If A, B and C are not clear, let me know . They are ,simply, incorrect modifiers. Legendary Member Joined 02 Nov 2009 Posted: 516 messages Followed by: 1 members Upvotes: 14 Test Date: 06-06-2011 GMAT Score: 710 IMO E _________________ -------- Ankur mittal Legendary Member Joined 24 Feb 2010 Posted: 1083 messages Followed by: 14 members Upvotes: 127 Would any expert explain in detail? Thanks. ### GMAT/MBA Expert GMAT Instructor Joined 03 Mar 2008 Posted: 3380 messages Followed by: 1498 members Upvotes: 2256 GMAT Score: 800 gmat_perfect wrote: Contrary to financial analysts, who predicted last year that the market for home computers would dwindle, the personal computer industry continued to show strong growth in the first quarter of this year. A. analysts, who predicted B. analysts, whose predictions C. analysts and their predictions D. analystsâ€™ predicting E. analystsâ€™ predictions OA: Debated this question is awful. what's the source of the question? whatever the source of this question, you should probably be quite suspicious of problems from that source, from now on. choice (e) is the best of these five choices, but they are all bad. first, "contrary" is an adjective, so the initial modifier that begins with this adjective must modify a NOUN. (this is what all adjectives do; they modify nouns.) therefore, the initial modifier actually modifies the following subject "the personal computer industry", which doesn't make sense as the referent for any of the options; the industry is not â€ścontrary to analystsâ€ť, nor is the industry itself â€ścontrary to analysts' predictionâ€ť. if this problem showed up on the official test, then â€ścontrary to analysts' predictionâ€ť would have to modify something like â€śthe performance of the home computer marketâ€ť, since that is actually what was contrary to the prediction. second, "prediction" should be singular, since we are just talking about one prediction. it doesn't matter that this prediction was made by multiple analysts; it's still one prediction. horrible, sloppy problem. what's the source? _________________ Ron has been teaching various standardized tests for 20 years. -- Pueden hacerle preguntas a Ron en castellano Potete chiedere domande a Ron in italiano On peut poser des questions Ă Ron en franĂ§ais Voit esittĂ¤Ă¤ kysymyksiĂ¤ Ron:lle myĂ¶s suomeksi -- Quand on se sent bien dans un vĂŞtement, tout peut arriver. Un bon vĂŞtement, c'est un passeport pour le bonheur. Yves Saint-Laurent -- Learn more about ron Free Manhattan Prep online events - The first class of every online Manhattan Prep course is free. Classes start every week. Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts Joined 25 Sep 2010 Posted: 77 messages Here is basically boils down to Contrary to X, Y happened X cannot be analysts. All the first four options convey the incorrect comparison. But X can be the analysts's predictions. So IMO it is E Legendary Member Joined 24 Feb 2010 Posted: 1083 messages Followed by: 14 members Upvotes: 127 lunarpower wrote: gmat_perfect wrote: Contrary to financial analysts, who predicted last year that the market for home computers would dwindle, the personal computer industry continued to show strong growth in the first quarter of this year. A. analysts, who predicted B. analysts, whose predictions C. analysts and their predictions D. analystsâ€™ predicting E. analystsâ€™ predictions OA: Debated this question is awful. what's the source of the question? whatever the source of this question, you should probably be quite suspicious of problems from that source, from now on. choice (e) is the best of these five choices, but they are all bad. first, "contrary" is an adjective, so the initial modifier that begins with this adjective must modify a NOUN. (this is what all adjectives do; they modify nouns.) therefore, the initial modifier actually modifies the following subject "the personal computer industry", which doesn't make sense as the referent for any of the options; the industry is not â€ścontrary to analystsâ€ť, nor is the industry itself â€ścontrary to analysts' predictionâ€ť. if this problem showed up on the official test, then â€ścontrary to analysts' predictionâ€ť would have to modify something like â€śthe performance of the home computer marketâ€ť, since that is actually what was contrary to the prediction. second, "prediction" should be singular, since we are just talking about one prediction. it doesn't matter that this prediction was made by multiple analysts; it's still one prediction. horrible, sloppy problem. what's the source? Many thanks for the reply. This question is from a forum titled urch.com. I don't know who is the writer of this sentence. Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts Joined 07 Sep 2013 Posted: 37 messages Upvotes: 2 lunarpower wrote: gmat_perfect wrote: Contrary to financial analysts, who predicted last year that the market for home computers would dwindle, the personal computer industry continued to show strong growth in the first quarter of this year. A. analysts, who predicted B. analysts, whose predictions C. analysts and their predictions D. analystsâ€™ predicting E. analystsâ€™ predictions OA: Debated this question is awful. what's the source of the question? whatever the source of this question, you should probably be quite suspicious of problems from that source, from now on. choice (e) is the best of these five choices, but they are all bad. first, "contrary" is an adjective, so the initial modifier that begins with this adjective must modify a NOUN. (this is what all adjectives do; they modify nouns.) therefore, the initial modifier actually modifies the following subject "the personal computer industry", which doesn't make sense as the referent for any of the options; the industry is not â€ścontrary to analystsâ€ť, nor is the industry itself â€ścontrary to analysts' predictionâ€ť. if this problem showed up on the official test, then â€ścontrary to analysts' predictionâ€ť would have to modify something like â€śthe performance of the home computer marketâ€ť, since that is actually what was contrary to the prediction. second, "prediction" should be singular, since we are just talking about one prediction. it doesn't matter that this prediction was made by multiple analysts; it's still one prediction. horrible, sloppy problem. what's the source? Hi Ron, This question just appeared in MY GMAT Prep EP2 exam#6. I have been reading similar comments about other questions from EP2. I'm not sure what does this speak about the quality of questions in EP2. Please throw in your inputs on whether EP2 is a good enough source to gauge your performance. ### Top Member Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts Joined 12 Jan 2019 Posted: 38 messages The contrary statement refers to the prediction and not to the analysts. The contrast is between the prediction and the outcome. So, choice A and B and C are out. Choice D also gives the same sense that the contrast is between the outcome and the analysts. Only choice E correctly marks the contrast. 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