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by Kelly » Mon Jul 13, 2009 12:59 pm
After several years of rapid growth, the healthy care company became one of the largest health care providers in the metropolitan area, while it then proved unable to handle t ... ayment to doctors and hospitals.

A. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to
B. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to
C. but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying
D. but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying
E. but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

OA is E
why not A?

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by vinayakdl » Mon Jul 13, 2009 1:08 pm
IMO E,

the author is contradicting the Company's rise and subsequent inability...and hence "but" is required here.

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by gmat740 » Mon Jul 13, 2009 5:22 pm
I don't have any grammatical rule to reject A and B. But please look at the sentence again
A. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to
B. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to
I find "while it then"=> redundant and awkward

C. but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying doctors and hospitals
Now you say, is this correct :D
D. but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying
tense error => "proved"
but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying
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by goelmohit2002 » Mon Jul 13, 2009 9:00 pm
gmat740 wrote: C. but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying doctors and hospitals
Hi Karan,

Can you please elaborate a bit...why C is wrong ?

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by raghu.b » Mon Jul 13, 2009 10:02 pm
After several years of rapid growth, the healthy care company became one of the largest health care providers in the metropolitan area, while it then proved unable to handle t ... ayment to doctors and hospitals.

A. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to

this is wrong for two reasons - it/its reference ..it is not clear whether it is referring company or the rapid growth

B. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to

same as A

C. but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying

same as A

D. but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

this is wrong because proving and falling are not two parallel actions.

E. but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

This looks without any error. You can do a reverse check while indicates a simultaneous action where as but indicates a contrast.
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Re: health care company

by real2008 » Tue Jul 14, 2009 12:32 am
Kelly wrote:After several years of rapid growth, the healthy care company became one of the largest health care providers in the metropolitan area, while it then proved unable to handle t ... ayment to doctors and hospitals.

A. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to (it? metroploitan area or company)
B. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to (it? metroploitan area or company)
C. but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying (it? metroploitan area or company)
D. but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying ('but' onwards a clause should follow, not a phrase)
E. but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

OA is E
why not A?

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by gmat740 » Tue Jul 14, 2009 2:52 am
goelmohit2002 wrote:
gmat740 wrote: C. but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying doctors and hospitals
Hi Karan,

Can you please elaborate a bit...why C is wrong ?

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If you put C in the underline part and then read out the sentence you will find that the non-underlined part following the underlined part won't just fit in idiomatically

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by goelmohit2002 » Tue Jul 14, 2009 4:39 am
gmat740 wrote: If you put C in the underline part and then read out the sentence you will find that the non-underlined part following the underlined part won't just fit in idiomatically

Hope this helps
Hi Karan,

Can you please explain what idiom is broken....i am really not able to figure out what grammar rule is broken by C or what liking of GMAT is broken by C ?

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by kanha81 » Tue Jul 14, 2009 3:05 pm
goelmohit2002 wrote:
gmat740 wrote: C. but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying doctors and hospitals
Hi Karan,

Can you please elaborate a bit...why C is wrong ?

Thanks
goelmohit2002,
[C] is wrong for couple of reasons-
"it" in the sentence can refer to "metropolitan area" or "health care company"
"its" in the sentence can also refer to "metropolitan area" or "health care company"

I still do not agree with gmat740 about the redundancy issue as posited in [A]. What's wrong with [A]? "while it then"- really?
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by scoobydooby » Wed Jul 15, 2009 2:16 am
i guess the problem with C is not "it" ambiguously referring to the company or the metropolitan area. "it" logically and unambiguously does refer to the company.

the problem is in the part "falling months behind in its paying doctors and hospitals"

=>seems to say the company lags behinds in its doctors and hospitals that pay. paying seems to modify doctors and hospitals.

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by ketkoag » Wed Jul 15, 2009 3:44 am
scoobydooby wrote:i guess the problem with C is not "it" ambiguously referring to the company or the metropolitan area. "it" logically and unambiguously does refer to the company.
i think "it" can refer to either company or metropolitan area in C.
i think "it" is also problematic is C.
suggestions please..

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by goelmohit2002 » Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:38 am
scoobydooby wrote:i guess the problem with C is not "it" ambiguously referring to the company or the metropolitan area. "it" logically and unambiguously does refer to the company.

the problem is in the part "falling months behind in its paying doctors and hospitals"

=>seems to say the company lags behinds in its doctors and hospitals that pay. paying seems to modify doctors and hospitals.
Awesome Scooby !!!

This looks perfectly correct.....

If we replace "its" with Company's (its a possessive pronoun)...

then Complete sentence with C option becomes:

After several years of rapid growth, the healthy care company became one of the largest health care providers in the metropolitan area, but then Company proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in Company's paying doctors and hospitals.

This is totally awkward sentence now....says company is falling behind in company's paying doctors and hospitals.


Suggetions please !!!

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by goelmohit2002 » Mon Aug 24, 2009 5:41 am
Hi All,

As per Stacey just as being is almost always avoided in GMAT....same is the case with possessive + gerund setup....

Here I guess paying is acting as gerund....and "its" is possessive....so this becomes possessive + gerund...that should be avoided in GMAT...

Please refer to Stacey's thoughts on the following thread for this issue.

https://www.beatthegmat.com/ing-modifier ... 43-45.html

Can someone please confirm whether I am correct in my understanding or not ?

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by Stacey Koprince » Mon Aug 24, 2009 8:44 am
Mohit asked me to address this one.

In this context, "while" = "at the same time as" but that's obviously NOT what's being described, so eliminate A and B.

Then, we have parallelism!

the company became X, but then <it proved / proving / proved> Y.

The subject "the company" applies to both verbs. ("but" is the parallelism marker.) So, which is parallel to became? Proved. Eliminate C ("IT proved" - we already have the subject; we don't need a pronoun) and D (proving = not parallel to became).
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by goelmohit2002 » Mon Aug 24, 2009 8:56 am
Stacey Koprince wrote:Mohit asked me to address this one.

In this context, "while" = "at the same time as" but that's obviously NOT what's being described, so eliminate A and B.

Then, we have parallelism!

the company became X, but then <it proved / proving / proved> Y.

The subject "the company" applies to both verbs. ("but" is the parallelism marker.) So, which is parallel to became? Proved. Eliminate C ("IT proved" - we already have the subject; we don't need a pronoun) and D (proving = not parallel to became).
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Hi Stacey,

Thanks. But can you please tell why "it" is not required in 2nd clause....

In Manhattan SC guide there are couple of examples that violate this rule and are said to be correct....For e.g....page189 of SC guide 4th edition gives this example:

She is not interested in sports, but she likes watching them on TV.

Looks like the sentence at hand and the above example of Manhattan follow the same setup....both sentences have same subjects as of previous clause.

Kindly also tell can't we kick out C based on possessive + gerund reasoning....if no....then kindly tell where is flaw in my reasoning for the same.

Many thanks
Mohit