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rss GMAT Practice Question (One of Hundreds)
Two leagues exist in major league baseball, the National League and the American League; differing slightly in rules, they have the same basic game play.
Correct Answer: D
A pronoun must have a clear antecedent. Participial phrases at the beginning of a sentence modify the word that immediately follows them, and participial phrases in the middle of a sentence modify the word that immediately precedes them. State the information in the most concise manner possible.

This sentence, although grammatically correct, is not as clear as it could be. They is vague pronoun, and its antecedent is not clear. They should be replaced with a noun and the proper modifiers, such as the two leagues.

  1. They is vague pronoun, and its antecedent is not clear.
  2. This sentence is wordy. Using the two leagues twice makes the sentence longer and more wordy than necessary.
  3. This sentence is wordy. Using the pronoun they is unnecessary and makes the sentence longer and more wordy than necessary.
  4. This sentence relates the material in the most concise manner without the use of vague pronouns.
  5. Having the same basic game play and different rules incorrectly modifies league. This causes confusion.