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Post Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:10 am
A mutual fund having billions of dollars in assets will typically invest that money in hundreds of companies, rarely holding more than one percent of the shares of any particular corporation.

(A) companies, rarely holding more than one percent
(B) companies, and it is rare to hold at least one percent or more
(C) companies and rarely do they hold more than one percent
(D) companies, so that they rarely hold more than one percent
(E) companies; rarely do they hold one percent or more


Please explain subtle differences in MEANING between (a) and (b) ONLY.

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Post Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:22 am
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Hey Imskpwr,

Again with these wacky wacky questions of yours. I continue to think this approach to thinking about the GMAT is a dangerous one, because it isn't holistic. And I'll continue to say so to whomever will listen! Focus on major grammatical issues and always consider all 5 answer choices together! : )

(A) "rarely holding" is a participial phrase modifying the entire preceding clause, giving more information on how the mutual funds invest.
(B) doesn't at all make clear who's doing the holding, because it's started a new clause (using the conjunction "and") and then doesn't allow "mutual funds" to be the subject (because "to hold" is an infinitive). "At least one percent or more" is redundant.

Hope that helps!

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Thanks!
I had the same reasons(for option A &B) in mind. But to be more confident and correct, I asked for other opinions.
I think I am fine with my approach in Reviewing OG problems.
However, I Always think of big pictures when I am Practicing.

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Post Sun Feb 17, 2013 11:32 am
Hey Imskpwr,

Again with these wacky wacky questions of yours. I continue to think this approach to thinking about the GMAT is a dangerous one, because it isn't holistic. And I'll continue to say so to whomever will listen! Focus on major grammatical issues and always consider all 5 answer choices together! : )

(A) "rarely holding" is a participial phrase modifying the entire preceding clause, giving more information on how the mutual funds invest.
(B) doesn't at all make clear who's doing the holding, because it's started a new clause (using the conjunction "and") and then doesn't allow "mutual funds" to be the subject (because "to hold" is an infinitive). "At least one percent or more" is redundant.

Hope that helps!

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Post Sun Feb 17, 2013 7:30 am
option A says (explicitly) that a mutual fund can rarely hold more than one percent of shares in a particular corporation.
option B suggests that its a rarity for a company to hold more than one percent of shares in a corporation. Here it "implicitly" says the same message.
I hope this helps.

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