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debate over [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2004, 21:17
14.In the late seventh century, in a dispute over<< whether the Prophet Muhammad’s son-in-law, Ali, should carry on as the fourth caliph, Muhammad’s successor,>> Islam split into two branches, the Sunnis and the Shiites.
(A) over whether the Prophet Muhammad’s son-in-law, Ali, should carry on as the fourth caliph, Muhammad’s successor
(B) over if Ali, the Prophet Muhammad’s son-in-law, was going to carry on and be the fourth caliph, Muhammad’s successor
(C) over whether Ali, the Prophet Muhammad’s son-in-law, was going to carry on and be the fourth caliph, Muhammad’s successor
(D) as to whether the fourth caliph, Muhammad’s successor, is to be the Prophet Muhammad’s son-in-low, Ali
(E) concerning if the fourth caliph, Muhammad’s successor, was to be the Prophet Muhammad’s son-in-law, Ali

Pls explain ur answer....
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2004, 23:52
There's nothing wrong with the original sentence. (A)
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2004, 00:47
A should be it.

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Re: debate over [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2004, 00:52
A for me too

It's between A and C (use of whether is correct)
A is gramatically correct and more precise than C
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2004, 00:53
You need whether to define such relation, so (B) and (E) gone.
"as to" in D is unidiomatic.
"to carry and be forth" in (C) changes the meaning of the sentence which intend to say "X carried the tradition of Y" while (C) implies "X was successor of Y and he will carry on like this"

(A) is best.
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14.In the late seventh century, in a dispute over<< whether the Prophet Muhammad’s son-in-law, Ali, should carry on as the fourth caliph, Muhammad’s successor,>> Islam split into two branches, the Sunnis and the Shiites.
(A) over whether the Prophet Muhammad’s son-in-law, Ali, should carry on as the fourth caliph, Muhammad’s successor
(B) over if Ali, the Prophet Muhammad’s son-in-law, was going to carry on and be the fourth caliph, Muhammad’s successor
(C) over whether Ali, the Prophet Muhammad’s son-in-law, was going to carry on and be the fourth caliph, Muhammad’s successor
(D) as to whether the fourth caliph, Muhammad’s successor, is to be the Prophet Muhammad’s son-in-low, Ali
(E) concerning if the fourth caliph, Muhammad’s successor, was to be the Prophet Muhammad’s son-in-law, Ali


Whether - used in situations where a choice is there
If - used in situations where a CONDITION is there. obviously, we need "whether" here. So, you can eliminate B and E right there.

You can see that D is clearly wrong... it reads .. 'OVER AS TO WHETHER'...IS TO BE

Between A and C, A is more direct about what the sentence intends to say. Also, C uses present participle "going" for something in the past...that is also incorrect.

IMO, A should be the correct answer
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2004, 22:06
Thanks everyone for the nice discussion OA is A
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