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Although many Whites, noting the presence of some Blacks in the middle class, think that the time for enforcing civil rights measures is past. Blacks generally are aware that the figures for average income and unemployment show as wide of a radical discrepancy as ever.
(A) that the figures for average income and unemployment show as wide of
(B) that average-income and unemployment figure show as wide
(C) that the average-income and unemployment figures are showing as wide of
(D) of average-income and unemployment figures that show as wide of
(E) of figures for average income and unemployment showing as wide
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19 Nov 2003, 06:28
Should that be a comma, rather than a period, between "past" and "Blacks"?

And I prefer A over C in a close race. No pun intended.
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19 Nov 2003, 07:03
B and E comprise idiomatic use of "..as wide..as"

not sure, but vote E.
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19 Nov 2003, 07:16
Mikhail wrote:
Although many Whites, noting the presence of some Blacks in the middle class, think that the time for enforcing civil rights measures is past. Blacks generally are aware that the figures for average income and unemployment show as wide of a radical discrepancy as ever.
(A) that the figures for average income and unemployment show as wide of
(B) that average-income and unemployment figure show as wide
(C) that the average-income and unemployment figures are showing as wide of
(D) of average-income and unemployment figures that show as wide of
(E) of figures for average income and unemployment showing as wide

"d"... if i correctly understand that idiom here is "to be aware of"... i guess, "d" is the most logical sentence: first comes subject "blabla figure", then predicate "that show"..
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19 Nov 2003, 08:30

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19 Nov 2003, 08:35
between potentially correct choices D and E I chose D, though I am still doubtful as to OF used after <wide>

D and E correctly use aware OF as opposed to THAT.
Though E contains no weird <of> after <wide>, it has some wrinkle - FOR after figures. That just sounds strange to me.

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19 Nov 2003, 08:49
"Aware that"-- 4.2mm matches

"Aware of"--6.9mm matches

To say that "Aware that" is unidiomatic is quite a stretch, yet I believe the people on this board who say that ETS prefers "aware of". Is there a place I can go to figure out which grammatically correct, frequently used idioms don't pass muster at ETS?
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19 Nov 2003, 09:07
vaka, "..as wide of...as" doesn't seems fitting under idiomatic guidelines.. that's why I chose E
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19 Nov 2003, 09:13
dj wrote:
vaka, "..as wide of...as" doesn't seems fitting under idiomatic guidelines.. that's why I chose E

I don't like OF after <wide> either, but is <figures FOR> correct?
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19 Nov 2003, 09:22
(B) that average-income and unemployment figure show as wide

would probably be the best answer, were it not neglecting to pluralize "figure"
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19 Nov 2003, 10:48
"Figures" in place of "figure" will make B the best.

Mikhail, check whether the options are correctly given...else provide the official answer explanation.
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19 Nov 2003, 12:14
I choose E

The idiom is "as wide as" . B is obviously wrong because of the use of figure
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20 Nov 2003, 02:01

I have no explanation, since the source is http://www.downdowndown.net (same as gmat+)
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22 Nov 2003, 05:29
stoolfi wrote:
"Aware that"-- 4.2mm matches

"Aware of"--6.9mm matches

To say that "Aware that" is unidiomatic is quite a stretch, yet I believe the people on this board who say that ETS prefers "aware of". Is there a place I can go to figure out which grammatically correct, frequently used idioms don't pass muster at ETS?

ETS prefers "aware of" when it is appropriate and "aware that" when it is appropriate. In other words, both are right depending...

"that" sets off a clause; "of" sets off a noun or noun phrase.

I am aware that the ruling is appropriate.
I am aware of the ruling.

As for whether "that show as wide of a radical discrepany as ever" should have an "of", try rearranging the sentence to see if the "of" is needed or misplaced:

"....that show a radical discrepacy as wide as ever"

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23 Nov 2003, 18:55
"..wide of .." really does not sound right and "..figure show .." in B is definitely not correct. So either there is a type or the answer recorded in the material is wrong... has to be!
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10 Aug 2004, 05:17
Answer Choice "B" should be as follows:

that average-income and unemployment figures show as wide
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10 Aug 2004, 07:09
B cant be the right answer for the obvious reason of subject-verb mismatch. Assuming that there is nothing wrong in B,

E is my choice. E seems to be the nearest closest option apart from the choice B.

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