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25.Although the researchers agreed unanimously on their expectations for the outcome of the experiment, their surprise was evident when the actual data started coming in.

A) their surprise was evident when
B) they were evidently surprised when
C) their surprise was in evidence when
D) they were evidently surprised as
E) they were surprised as

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Correct ans is B

B uses active voice as opposed to passive in A and delivers the meaning clearly and concisely.

A) their surprise was evident when - passive
B) they were evidently surprised when - correct ans
C) their surprise was in evidence when - passive / awkward construction
D) they were evidently surprised as - when not as is required to convey a clear meaning.
E) they were surprised as - same as D
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although B is very tempting , ill go for E...reason evidently surprised doesnt sound ok...and i feel 'as' is used in a correct manner
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The OA for this one is B, but I went for option D. I was confused between B and D. And I think E is also as tough competitor as are options B and D.

can anyone write more about the subtle differences between 'when' and 'as' both that are used here?
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this question has couple of splits -
1. as VS when
2. they VS their

Let us start with - as vs when

the meaning of the sentence requires a time condition. i.e the "when" something happened i.e "the actual data started coming in". The sentence requires a word that would should signify time. X will happen when Y happened.

hence i choose - "when"

Now coming to second split - they vs their

couple of reasons why i picked "they"
1. I believe - Although X, Y - where X and Y should be parallel.
2. "Their" is ambagious, as it can refer to "experiment" or "researcher"
3. "evidently" is used as adverb telling something about how was the researcher surprised.

Hence all in all, i would pick B as my answer.

Not sure the my explanation makes any sense.
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Could someone explain why A is considered passive???
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this question has couple of splits -
1. as VS when
2. they VS their

Let us start with - as vs when

the meaning of the sentence requires a time condition. i.e the "when" something happened i.e "the actual data started coming in". The sentence requires a word that would should signify time. X will happen when Y happened.

hence i choose - "when"

Now coming to second split - they vs their

couple of reasons why i picked "they"
1. I believe - Although X, Y - where X and Y should be parallel.
2. "Their" is ambagious, as it can refer to "experiment" or "researcher"
3. "evidently" is used as adverb telling something about how was the researcher surprised.

Hence all in all, i would pick B as my answer.

Not sure the my explanation makes any sense.


Actually, your explanation makes complete sense. Thank you! I picked D. :(
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Picked A. Can someone throw additional light
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IMO, - when - denotes a more specific time condition than what -as - does. The use of -when - might imply that the conditions that prevailed at that specific time moment, may in fact cease the next moment. On the contrary, the conjunction – as - denotes an ongoing affair.

In the given case, the use of – when - may imply that the surprise that was evident when the data started coming in, soon dissipated after. But by using -as -, the passage means that the surprise continued beyond the start. I feel that- as - is a better diction than -when - in this case.

Going by this logic D would be a better candidate than E and E may miss the bus by dropping the evidential part of the passage, which is integral to its initial meaning. D is the choice, IMO
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OE explains that A is wrong because it is passive.

D is wrong because surprised when is the correct idiom.

Source is v01 gmatclub test.

I still don't know why A would be considered passive.
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OE explains that A is wrong because it is passive.

D is wrong because surprised when is the correct idiom.

Source is v01 gmatclub test.

I still don't know why A would be considered passive.


A says "...their surprise was evident..."

Just ask the question: to whom was it evident? We don't know,so the sentence is passive. It's similar in construction to your passive sentence above:

I still don't know why A would be considered passive.
Considered by whom?
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you get surprised by something.....................
hence B
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