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# A patient accusing a doctor of malpractice will find it

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13 Aug 2009, 21:31
vannu wrote:
A patient accusing a doctor of malpractice will find it difficult to prove damage if there is a lack of some other doctor to testify about proper medical procedures.
(A) if there is a lack of some other doctor to testify
(B) unless there will be another doctor to testify
(C) without another doctor’s testimony
(D) should there be no testimony from some other doctor
(E) lacking another doctor to testify

A and B are wordy.
D and E are just awkward.
C is clear and concise.
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29 Oct 2009, 08:14
I took C because "testify about" seems to be incorrect
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22 Aug 2010, 08:07
Unless grammar rules:
http://www.edufind.com/english/grammar/IF9.cfm
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22 Aug 2010, 08:24
vannu wrote:
A patient accusing a doctor of malpractice will find it difficult to prove damage if there is a lack of some other doctor to testify about proper medical procedures.
(A) if there is a lack of some other doctor to testify
(B) unless there will be another doctor to testify
(C) without another doctor’s testimony
(D) should there be no testimony from some other doctor
(E) lacking another doctor to testify

(A), (B), (D) - conditional, contradicts "will" . (C) escapes this contradiction;and is concise.
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04 Nov 2011, 08:34
IMO-C
To my understanding "to Testify about" is incorrect.

Good explanation by egoistwlv.
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27 Dec 2011, 03:52
A patient accusing a doctor of malpractice will find it difficult to prove damage if there is a lack of some other doctor to testify about proper medical procedures.
(A) if there is a lack of some other doctor to testify
(B) unless there will be another doctor to testify
(C) without another doctor’s testimony
(D) should there be no testimony from some other doctor
(E) lacking another doctor to testify

A and C are grammatically correct, but C is concise.
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28 Aug 2013, 00:55
I think that 'about more fits with the 'testimony'
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05 Jan 2014, 06:28
Option A is wordy. It is not concise.
Option B uses the incorrect tense. In this case and many others, you cannot use 'will' twice.
Option D is wordy.
Option E is incorrect grammatical construction.
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16 Aug 2014, 12:02
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In my view, (B) is wrong.

After searching the usage of "unless" on the internet, then I found this example:

"Unless she hurries up, we won't arrive in time."

You'll see that it uses present simple tense in the unless clause, and uses future tense (will not) in the Then clause.

Then look at this problem, you'll see that it already uses "will" in the Then Clause. Therefore, it is not able to use future tense again in the Unless clause.

The same structure of If...Then is also in the MGMAT SC.

Fantastic point! While I did mark the correct answer, I spent a good amount of time deliberating on B, Eliminated it without really understanding the implications of unless
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30 Aug 2014, 05:58
C is precise. Should go for it in judgement day .
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20 Nov 2014, 06:25
A patient accusing a doctor of malpractice will find it difficult to prove damage if there is a lack of some other doctor to testify about proper medical procedures.

(A) if there is a lack of some other doctor to testify - There is used to refer to existential places.
(B) unless there will be another doctor to testify - Same as A

(C) without another doctor’s testimony - Correct
(D) should there be no testimony from some other doctor - Wordy but grammatically correct
(E) lacking another doctor to testify - verb+ing lacking modifying adjacent noun damage.

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20 Dec 2014, 15:22
C.

meaning is clear in C. B is wordy. A is conditional which is not needed. D is illogical. E says damage is lacking.

vannu wrote:
A patient accusing a doctor of malpractice will find it difficult to prove damage if there is a lack of some other doctor to testify about proper medical procedures.
(A) if there is a lack of some other doctor to testify
(B) unless there will be another doctor to testify
(C) without another doctor’s testimony
(D) should there be no testimony from some other doctor
(E) lacking another doctor to testify
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17 Jan 2015, 02:51
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B can be used, if it can be changed to "there is" from "there will be". E is quite convoluted, and so is D. A contains "ä lack", which is incorrect construction.
C is concise and fits the rest of the sentence quite well.

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04 Apr 2015, 07:38
B is wrong, because we cannot use the future tense in 'if' clauses.
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05 Jul 2016, 08:51
vannu wrote:
A patient accusing a doctor of malpractice will find it difficult to prove damage if there is a lack of some other doctor to testify about proper medical procedures.
(A) if there is a lack of some other doctor to testify
(B) unless there will be another doctor to testify
(C) without another doctor’s testimony
(D) should there be no testimony from some other doctor
(E) lacking another doctor to testify

regarding a and b
serious problem with "doctor to testify". who do testify, it is the doctor but in the pattern "doctor to testify", doctor do not do testifying.
we can say, i need a doctor to testify this problem. in this sentence, I testify, and the sentence is logic.

the pattern NOUN TO DO , is complicated one which is explainced in some grammar books. i have to admited that we should know this pattern before can justify why a and b is wrong. this means this sc problem from og require a high level of grammar. this requirement go against the gmat rule: meaning is tested more than grammar.

in d, should is not used in conditional clause on gmat land. I am not sure of this.

hard one
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