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184. Building large new hospitals in the bistate area would constitute a wasteful use of resources, on the basis of avoidance of duplicated facilities alone.
(A) on the basis of avoidance of duplicated facilities alone
(B) on the grounds of avoiding duplicated facilities alone
(C) solely in that duplicated facilities should be avoided
(D) while the duplication of facilities should be avoided
(E) if only because the duplication of facilities should be avoided
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05 Mar 2006, 05:07
But (B) reads more active than E. Besides, ~on the grounds of~ is idiomatic.
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05 Mar 2006, 07:43
This one stumped me for a while, but I'll go with B!
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06 Mar 2006, 00:28
Going for B. E is a little wordy whereas B is more concise.
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06 Mar 2006, 01:01
Hmm tricky one!

I think it should be B although E would have been my choice if it wasn't for the "because" in there. That just ruins it!

What the sentence is trying to convey is that "building large ... would be wasteful if avoiding duplicated facilities was the only good reason to do so. But for a better reason it might not be wasteful." Hence E sounds promising. But the use of "because" is very awkward.

Choices C and D use the wrong tense. Hence they are ruled out. Between A and B, B is more active and precise.

Hence B!
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06 Mar 2006, 10:20
OA is E
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06 Mar 2006, 20:35
hellom3p wrote:
OA is E

Are you sure?
I am losing my confidence little bit....
Someone please explain why is E an OA?
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08 Mar 2006, 09:45
b14kumar wrote:
hellom3p wrote:
OA is E

Are you sure?
I am losing my confidence little bit....
Someone please explain why is E an OA?

Yes, I am sure....That's why I posted the question.
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08 Mar 2006, 10:28
hellom3p wrote:
(E) if only because the duplication of facilities should be avoided

This is a usage about which I havent heard so far !! .. if only beacuse .. interesting
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08 Mar 2006, 16:22
selene wrote:
hellom3p wrote:
(E) if only because the duplication of facilities should be avoided

This is a usage about which I havent heard so far !! .. if only beacuse .. interesting

Some of our friends thinks its subjunctive case:
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=19906

interesting SC. I could have never got it right
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08 Mar 2006, 17:58
hellom3p wrote:
184. Building large new hospitals in the bistate area would constitute a wasteful use of resources, on the basis of avoidance of duplicated facilities alone.
(A) on the basis of avoidance of duplicated facilities alone
(B) on the grounds of avoiding duplicated facilities alone
(C) solely in that duplicated facilities should be avoided
(D) while the duplication of facilities should be avoided
(E) if only because the duplication of facilities should be avoided

i think this is one of the most posted questions. I donot think it is a case of subjunctive.

Paul did a good job here: http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=7171
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09 Mar 2006, 05:04
I don't think it's a subjunctive case.

Here is how, I decoded it.

Building large new hospitals in the bistate area would constitute a wasteful use of resources, if only because the duplication of facilities should be avoided.

For it to sound good, we can put part after comma first...

if only because the duplication of facilities should be avoided, building large new hospitals in the bistate area would constitute a wasteful use of resources.

if only because X has to be done, doing Y would cause something else.
09 Mar 2006, 05:04
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