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The phrase 'closing the doors properly' is impersonal - it does not indicate who or what is the grammatical subject that performs the action of closing. The original sentence is clear about this - the doors are the passive grammatical subjects: 'the doors are properly closed'. Answer choice E preser...

by Ilana@EconomistGMAT

Wed Dec 28, 2011 3:07 am
Forum: Sentence Correction
Topic: Door latches
Replies: 2
Views: 901

In E, 'it' refers to 'what', or more fully to 'what patients eat'. C is incorrect because the noun 'time' lacks a definite article. Had C said 'the time', it would be fine.

by Ilana@EconomistGMAT

Wed Dec 28, 2011 3:01 am
Forum: Sentence Correction
Topic: Dental caries
Replies: 9
Views: 1918

D is more concise, and therefore stylistically preferable. Furthermore, the phrase 'having salted' ties the action more closely with the agents of the action - the Carthaginians. The phrase 'the salting of' does not ascribe agency (=doing the action) to the Carthaginians. For example, theoretically,...

by Ilana@EconomistGMAT

Wed Dec 28, 2011 2:54 am
Forum: Sentence Correction
Topic: Carthaginians
Replies: 2
Views: 1247

The difference in idiom is 'judgments on where' versus 'judgments as to where'. The latter is preferable. But I don't think this is the crucial stylistic difference. Look at what happens at the end of answer choice C - the phrase "when they allocate investment funds" is a misplaced modifier. The poi...

by Ilana@EconomistGMAT

Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:13 am
Forum: Sentence Correction
Topic: finance committee
Replies: 6
Views: 1745

The two responses do appear very close in meaning. The difference seems to lie in the different wording: ' national corn yield' versus 'corn harvests'. To avert the national problem we need to insure that the national yields increase. D is not sufficiently specific an assumption - it might pertain o...

by Ilana@EconomistGMAT

Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:12 am
Forum: Critical Reasoning
Topic: kaplan CAT - CR
Replies: 5
Views: 1658

In A, the pronoun 'it' is used incorrectly to refer to an action - 'building'. This is not acceptable. 'It' should only be used to refer to a noun. In B, we have a comma splice - two clauses connected by a comma, instead of a connector. This is not acceptable syntax. In C, we have two stylistic prob...

by Ilana@EconomistGMAT

Sun Oct 23, 2011 6:15 am
Forum: Sentence Correction
Topic: SC-31
Replies: 2
Views: 862

Time management on the test is a topic that needs to be addressed in its own right to ensure success. At Master GMAT we advise our students to use a time management table as they work on practice tests. After each simulation test you can examine your performance vis-a-vis the table, and see how you ...

by Ilana@EconomistGMAT

Sun Oct 23, 2011 6:00 am
Forum: GMAT Verbal & Essays
Topic: Speed in Verbal
Replies: 1
Views: 1145

B is correct because we know that the passage is not arguing that the Javanese rhino will not survive, or even that it has low odds of surviving (ACs D and A). It actually argues that the species will survive, but in small numbers. Therefore, having eliminated A, D, and E, we are left with B and C, ...

by Ilana@EconomistGMAT

Sun Oct 09, 2011 8:57 am
Forum: Reading Comprehension
Topic: Javan Rhino - Manhattan RC - New Questions
Replies: 16
Views: 10342

B is incorrect, because we are interested in the accumulation in the oceans, and not on the contribution of the different tributaries (rivers) that flow into the ocean. Salt could be differently distributed in different tributaries, but still contribute to the same total increase of salt levels. A i...

by Ilana@EconomistGMAT

Sun Oct 09, 2011 6:53 am
Forum: Critical Reasoning
Topic: salt deposit
Replies: 4
Views: 1417

E is wrong because a - it is wrong, b- it doesn't answer the question. The question asks you for information implied by the passage, not directly stated in the passage. E simply restates the words in the final sentence. More seriously, however, E uses the word 'illustrate' incorrectly. An illustrati...

by Ilana@EconomistGMAT

Sun Oct 09, 2011 6:10 am
Forum: Reading Comprehension
Topic: Javan Rhino - Manhattan RC - New Questions
Replies: 16
Views: 10342

For a passage followed by 4 questions, 9 mins. is exactly the recommended time - congratulation! Don't beat yourself up for getting one question wrong - you are in the processing of perfecting your skills. The better attitude is to ask yourself why you got one question wrong, and see if you can gene...

by Ilana@EconomistGMAT

Sun Oct 09, 2011 5:43 am
Forum: Reading Comprehension
Topic: Tough RC
Replies: 12
Views: 3819

What took you 9 minutes? The passage + questions? Or just one question?

by Ilana@EconomistGMAT

Sun Oct 09, 2011 5:31 am
Forum: Reading Comprehension
Topic: Tough RC
Replies: 12
Views: 3819

I wouldn't say that the original sentence confuses or contrasts wood with metal. The problem is the ambiguity of the pronoun "it", and the awkward sentence construction. In an earlier configuration, the crosspiece of the frame enclosing the Mona Lisa is made of beech wood, but now ** it ** is fitted...

by Ilana@EconomistGMAT

Wed Oct 05, 2011 5:18 am
Forum: Sentence Correction
Topic: MEaning based SC. !
Replies: 12
Views: 2254

First of all - you can improve in exactly the same way - by solving practice questions. Other strategies you can pursue to improve your reading comprehension skills are to regularly read short content articles or opinion articles on a variety of online sites. Select a few sites where you can registe...

by Ilana@EconomistGMAT

Wed Oct 05, 2011 5:05 am
Forum: GMAT Verbal & Essays
Topic: How to improve RC?
Replies: 1
Views: 1193

Perhaps you need to reassess your understanding of the word "flawed". When something is flawed, this does not mean it is outright wrong or false, but that is has something wrong with it, whether slight or major. For the assumptions to be "problematic" or "not always accurate" is perfectly consistent...

by Ilana@EconomistGMAT

Wed Oct 05, 2011 4:31 am
Forum: Reading Comprehension
Topic: (need expert help)
Replies: 1
Views: 940