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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.

* their surprise was evident when
* they were evidently surprised when
* their surprise was in evidence when
* they were evidently surprised as
* they were surprised as

The explaination states "E" is not correct because:
# The word as suggests a process rather than a specific point in time and is not correct in this sentence

I think that started coming in also suggests a process.

It is illogical to argue that the researchers were suddenly surprised as if by a loud noise, in fact you can picture them their in the lab

1st researcher:"Hey, look at that [first piece of actual data arrives]"
2nd researcher:"More of the same [actual date arriving]"
3rd researcher:"I am surprised!"

Also the word "evidently" makes the surprise ambiguous, as if maybe the researchers knew they were wrong, but failed to express their opinion earlier because of a fascist head researcher.

There I think E is the best answer.
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Re: GMATClub Verbal Test one Question #25 [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2010, 06:37
I went for E too..

What is the OA?
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Re: GMATClub Verbal Test one Question #25 [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2010, 07:23
I think I marked B, which is correct.
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Re: GMATClub Verbal Test one Question #25 [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2010, 07:34
Do you mind explaining why other options are incorrect? Thanks.
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Re: GMATClub Verbal Test one Question #25 [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2010, 07:44
I believe Option B is correct :- first it is direct and when is the more appropriate preposition..
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Re: GMATClub Verbal Test one Question #25 [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2010, 07:55
from what I remember the answer key said B was idiomatic, "surprised when"

A - is passive voice instead of active voice
C - "in evidence" is wordy/akward
D - "as" is not idiomatic

Basically you need active voice and surprised..when
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Re: GMATClub Verbal Test one Question #25 [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2010, 08:06
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.

* their surprise was evident when
* they were evidently surprised when
* their surprise was in evidence when
* they were evidently surprised as
* they were surprised as

We have a contrast here, so I prefer parallelity in subjects -
Although the researchers....., they
This rules out A and C, because THEIR is a possesive pronoun. As a thumb rule:
A possessive pronoun can have either a possessive or a non-possessive noun as its antecedent, which is not the case here.

I ruled out E because it omits the adverb evidently, which one should not do unless one has a strong reason. Moreover, as is incorrect here. We dont have any comparison of clauses here. If you noticed, we have surprised, which indicates some post experiment action i.e., implying something related to time. So, both D and E are out.

I googled on surprise as, but found that correct one will be surprise at/when


Plug-in B in the original senetence:
Although the researchers agreed unanimously on their expectations for the outcome of the experiment, they were evidently surprised when the actual data started coming in.
[Sounds correct. when the data started coming in indicates there has to be some time moment]

Although the researchers agreed unanimously on their expectations for the outcome of the experiment, they were evidently surprised as the actual data started coming in.
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