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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 ## SET SC ##### This topic has 11 member replies ## SET SC On Earth, among the surest indications of sunspot cycles are believed to be the rate that trees grow, as seen in the rings visible in the cross sections of their trunks. A. On Earth, among the surest indications of sunspot cycles are believed to be the rate that trees grow B. On Earth, among the surest indications of sunspot cycles are, it is believed, the rate of tree growth C. On Earth, the rate at which trees grow is believed to be among the surest indications of sunspot cycles D. Among the surest indications on Earth of sunspot cycles, believed to be the tree growth rate E. Among the surest indications on Earth of sunspot cycles is believed to be the rate at which trees grow Not sure what the ans is..I picked E...could someone please explain.... Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 21 Oct 2007 Posted: 195 messages Upvotes: 10 "Rate of growth" is singular. So lets eliminate A & B The sentence construct in D is very odd and use of passive voice in E... which leaves us with C. OA please? Legendary Member Joined 05 Sep 2007 Posted: 645 messages Followed by: 5 members Upvotes: 34 Agree with sankruth. Any more input friends ... _________________ Correct me If I am wrong Regards, Amitava Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 14 Nov 2007 Posted: 214 messages Upvotes: 15 Target GMAT Score: 650+ A. On Earth, among the surest indications of sunspot cycles are believed to be the rate that trees grow awkward construction B. On Earth, among the surest indications of sunspot cycles are, it is believed, the rate of tree growth it refernce unclear C. On Earth, the rate at which trees grow is believed to be among the surest indications of sunspot cycles among does not seem correct requires teh superlative D. Among the surest indications on Earth of sunspot cycles, believed to be the tree growth rate E. Among the surest indications on Earth of sunspot cycles is believed to be the rate at which trees grow What is believed to be indicating the sunspots ...the rate of tree growth Hence E is best Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts Joined 20 Sep 2007 Posted: 28 messages Upvotes: 4 This is a misplaced modifier problem On Earth ? what the only entity that can be logically modified bu this phrase is "rate of tree growth" A. On Earth, among the surest indications of sunspot cycles are believed to be the rate that trees grow Misplaced Modifier -- Incorrect B. On Earth, among the surest indications of sunspot cycles are, it is believed, the rate of tree growth Misplaced Modifier -- Incorrect C. On Earth, the rate at which trees grow is believed to be among the surest indications of sunspot cycles Correct use of modifier however the clause "as seen in the rings visible in the cross sections of their trunks" would not qualify sunspot cycles D. Among the surest indications on Earth of sunspot cycles, believed to be the tree growth rate Misplaced Modifier(Among the surest indications on Earth of sunspot cycles does not qualify believed)- Incorrect E. Among the surest indications on Earth of sunspot cycles is believed to be the rate at which trees grow (proper use of modifiers) Correct Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 09 Oct 2007 Posted: 215 messages Followed by: 3 members Upvotes: 21 The answer is C. A -- 'are' is plural but references "the rate at which trees grow, which is singular" INCORRECT B -- same as A C -- no grammar error. It seems like the 'among' is throwing people off, but it is okay to put that there to modify "surest indicators". Because there is more than one indicator that is considered sure, 'among' means that the rate of tree growth is only one of them, neither more or less sure than any of the others referenced. CORRECT D -- passive, nonsensical E -- same as D. Both D and E are practically out of order and the meaning of the sentence is almost completely lost in the awkward construction. _________________ Verbal Tutor Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts Joined 20 Sep 2007 Posted: 28 messages Upvotes: 4 Hi Danielle, Actually I was also inclined towards C, but I left it for one reason:- OS: On Earth, among the surest indications of sunspot cycles are believed to be the rate that trees grow, as seen in the rings visible in the cross sections of their trunks. the highlighted clause should modify trees (trees have trunks) in option C we have On Earth, the rate at which trees grow is believed to be among the surest indications of sunspot cycles , as seen in the rings visible in the cross sections of their trunks. Here the same clause would not modify sunspot cycles however in option E we have Among the surest indications on Earth of sunspot cycles is believed to be the rate at which trees grow,as seen in the rings visible in the cross sections of their trunks here again the clause modifies trees Pls suggest if you think otherwise, Thanks Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 09 Oct 2007 Posted: 215 messages Followed by: 3 members Upvotes: 21 Seekmba, you're right. I must recant my previous breakdown, as I did not read carefully enough to spot the modifier error. I'd love to say that I was just testing ya'll, but I cannot tell a lie... you guys are just getting damn good at this! Keep up the good work! 8) _________________ Verbal Tutor Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts Joined 20 Sep 2007 Posted: 28 messages Upvotes: 4 Thanks for your comments Danielle, technically I must say that it can be called "Evolution" , however you are the one who is driving it, Thanks for your support. Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 09 Oct 2007 Posted: 215 messages Followed by: 3 members Upvotes: 21 Go Darwin! Thanks for the cool comments also. Here's to evolution! _________________ Verbal Tutor Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts Joined 14 Dec 2007 Posted: 38 messages Upvotes: 3 @Danielle @ seekmba Gud piece of explanation... Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 13 Apr 2014 Posted: 120 messages I picked up C • Free Trial & Practice Exam BEAT THE GMAT EXCLUSIVE Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • 1 Hour Free BEAT THE GMAT EXCLUSIVE Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • FREE GMAT Exam Know how you'd score today for$0

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