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## National Museum of Science

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sumittaneja009 Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts
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#### National Museum of Science

Tue Nov 18, 2008 7:16 pm
Unlike the original National Museum of Science and Technology in Italy, where the models are encased in glass or operated only by staff members, the Virtual Leonardo Project, an online version of the museum, encourages visitors to "touch" each exhibit, which thereby activates the animated functions of the piece.

A. exhibit, which thereby activates
B. exhibit, in turn an activation of
C. exhibit, and it will activate
D. exhibit and thereby activate
E. exhibit which, as a result, activates

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Tue Jul 30, 2013 11:41 am
it is a pronoun which needs a referent noun.

Exhibit will not make sense if replaces with it in the sentence.

As per OG explanation it cannot refer to touch because touch is verb and a pronoun can never refer to verb.

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sumittaneja009 wrote:
Unlike the original National Museum of Science and Technology in Italy, where the models are encased in glass or operated only by staff members, the Virtual Leonardo Project, an online version of the museum, encourages visitors to ï¿½touchï¿½ each exhibit, which thereby activates the animated functions of the piece.

A. exhibit, which thereby activates
B. exhibit, in turn an activation of
C. exhibit, and it will activate
D. exhibit and thereby activate
E. exhibit which, as a result, activates
1) "Which" refers to EXHIBIT, but actually it is the TOUCH which activates animated functions. Eliminate options A & E.
2) Option C uses "IT" for which we are not sure about its antecedent. is it touch/museum. Eliminated.
3) Option D is concise and has no grammatical errors. "Activate" is preferred over "activation". "In turn an" in option B doesn't makes any sense, whereas "Thereby" in option D adds value to sentence from meaning perspective. Eliminate option B.

I hope this helps !!

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Tue Nov 18, 2008 7:48 pm
[quote="sumittaneja009"]Unlike the original National Museum of Science and Technology in Italy, where the models are encased in glass or operated only by staff members, the Virtual Leonardo Project, an online version of the museum, encourages visitors to "touch" each exhibit, which thereby activates the animated functions of the piece.

A. exhibit, which thereby activates

exhibit can not activate something by itself

D. exhibit and thereby activate

Visitors to touch each exhibit and thereby activate

Hence, D

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Tue Nov 18, 2008 9:25 pm
Logitech is right about 'which'. Someone just starting out with this may not know that the rule for 'which' in formal written English (the kind the GMAT tests) is different from the way 'which' is used in everyday speech. In everyday conversational English, people say things like "My boyfriend was three hours late for dinner, which totally ticked me off." In formal written English, that's wrong, because 'which' has to refer to the noun phrase that it is adjacent to -- so the sentence would literally be saying "dinner ticked me off."

Because this is an area where formal written English and conversational English diverge, the GMAT loves to test it. SCs often zero in on just those spots in which everyday spoken style would be considered wrong in the formal written style.

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Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:32 pm
Hi,

I'd like clarification on answer choice C. Although I agree it is wrong, the OG explanation is strange

C.) exhibit, and it will activiate

C There is no antecedent for "it" because "touch" is a verb

could the antecedent not be "exhibit"? Why does the OG answer mention the word "touch". Is this because of the parallel structure?

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what does double quote around touch ("touch") signify?

KuangChen Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts
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@achalla

I think the author here tried to let you know that people cannot really "touch" something intangible online. You may click the item on the website but not touch it.

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