This sentence correction question offers a variety of ways to word the underlined portion.
The first thing that should jump out at you is the usage of the word "it" in the underliend portion of the sentence. This is a red flag word so you should question what "it" is referring to.
Is "it" referring to the physical dimension of everything?
Or is "it" referring to the spiritual dimension of everything?
Judging from tthe sentence alone, it's a bit unclear.
So because of this ambiguity, you already know the answer is not (A).
Usually the correct answer choice does not introduce additional words that weren't in the sentence before. But sometimes they do and this question here is a good example of that.
The correct answer should always make the sentence clearer - and so if that involves adding an additional word - then so be it.
For example, this sentence talks about "both the physical..and the spiritual.."
Well, if you are going to refer to one of these later on in the sentence, you need to be clear which one you are referring to. In English, one common way to refer to two items mentioned earlier in the sentence is to use the words "the former" and "the latter."
"The former" - refers to the first of the two items mentioned earlier in the sentence. In this case, "the former" refers to the physical dimension of everything.
The latter" - refers to the second of the two items mentioned earlier in the sentence. In this case, the "latter" refers to the spirtual dimension of everything.
So don't dismiss an answer choice just because it introduces a new word. See if that new word actually helps clarify the intended meaning of the GMAT sentence.
source: GMAT Pill
Like this GMAT question? Share and challenge your friends!
GMATTM is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission CouncilTM. The Graduate Management Admission CouncilTM does not endorse, nor is it affiliated in any way with the owner or any content of this web site.