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A little under a million years ago, the briny waters of the Baltic Sea began flooding into the cold North Atlantic: geologists are still debating whether the flood was gradual or created a cataclysm.
(A) whether the flood was gradual or created a cataclysm
(B) if the flood was gradual or created a cataclysm
(C) about whether the flood was gradual or cataclysmic
(D) whether the flood was gradual or cataclysmic
(E) whether the flood was gradual or it created a cataclysm


Had it been, cataclysmic in all of the aforementioned choices, then shall we choose "IF" as compared to "Whether" ?

if the flood was gradual or cataclysmic

OR

whether the flood was gradual or cataclysmic

Which of the above two is correct?
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2007, 00:56
'was gradual or catalcysmic' is correct -> Left C and D
In C, 'about' is redundant.

Go with D
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2007, 04:43
on the GMAT, "Whether" is always prefered to "If", in General.

E: it's not clear what it refers to. also unneccessary use of pronoun.

B: whether is better than if.

C: awkward and wordy. NO need to use "about" here.

A: Cataclysmic is more concise than created a catalcysm.

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 [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2007, 08:56
"D" is correct.

Two keys to solve this-
1-'Whether' wins over 'If' in GMAT land.
2- Maintain parellelism
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2007, 05:49
I think in D both gradual and cataclysmic are acting as adjectives and hence parallel.

C on the other hand has "about" which is wordy
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Re: 1000SC #12 [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2007, 20:56
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A little under a million years ago, the briny waters of the Baltic Sea began flooding into the cold North Atlantic: geologists are still debating whether the flood was gradual or created a cataclysm.
(A) whether the flood was gradual or created a cataclysm
(B) if the flood was gradual or created a cataclysm
(C) about whether the flood was gradual or cataclysmic
(D) whether the flood was gradual or cataclysmic
(E) whether the flood was gradual or it created a cataclysm


Easy!

Whether is used when choosing between two choices.
If is used for conditional statements.

I will go to the mall if you come with me.
He could not decide whether he should go to the beach or the movies.

ADE remain. D is correct because gradual and cataclysmic are parallel. Both are adjectives.
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Re: 1000SC #12 [#permalink] New post 27 May 2008, 19:54
(A) whether the flood was gradual or created a cataclysm
(B) if the flood was gradual or created a cataclysm
(C) about whether the flood was gradual or cataclysmic
(D) whether the flood was gradual or cataclysmic
(E) whether the flood was gradual or it created a cataclysm


D is the r8 answer.

A-- changes the meaning
B-- changes the meaning
C--Non-idiomatic
D--r8 answer
E-- again changes the meaning.
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Re: 1000SC #12 [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2008, 09:18
I would like to add that whether x or Y is also presen that is the correct idiom usage in addition to the two x and y should be parallel
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Re: 1000SC #12 [#permalink] New post 01 Jan 2011, 07:36
(D)

(A) whether the flood was gradual or created a cataclysm
(B) if the flood was gradual or created a cataclysm
(C) about whether the flood was gradual or cataclysmic
(D) whether the flood was gradual or cataclysmic
(E) whether the flood was gradual or it created a cataclysm
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