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28 Mar 2004, 21:15
Improbements in economic theory and data gathering today makes possible more accurate forecast than was possible even twenty years ago.

A) as is
B) have made possible more accurate forecasts than were
C) today have made possible more accurate forecasts than was
D) today make possible more accurate forecasts than was
E) today make possible more accurate forecasting that were
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28 Mar 2004, 21:56
d it is
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29 Mar 2004, 00:44
I'll go with C.
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29 Mar 2004, 02:15
D- "today" indicates present tense

BTW - sounds like a very akward sentence
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29 Mar 2004, 04:58
Ans: B
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29 Mar 2004, 05:53
D for me........
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29 Mar 2004, 07:22
I will go with C.

All sentences are missing emty "it" thus making the structure very awkward.
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29 Mar 2004, 07:56
B for me. IMO, "today" is redundant since "twenty years ago" already means "the improbements in economic theory and data gathering" are compared to those of today
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29 Mar 2004, 16:13
Paul wrote:
B for me. IMO, "today" is redundant since "twenty years ago" already means "the improbements in economic theory and data gathering" are compared to those of today

Nice one Paul. You were to realize that this problem is not just about Sentence correction, many times I can not do that. Eyal, good point too.
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29 Mar 2004, 17:18
lvb, where did you get this question?

The answer with "were" in the comparative complement is incorrect, no matter what one quibbles about other aspects of the sentence.
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29 Mar 2004, 19:12
hallelujah1234 wrote:
lvb, where did you get this question?

The answer with "were" in the comparative complement is incorrect, no matter what one quibbles about other aspects of the sentence.

Could you tells us in detail why the "were" is wrong?
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29 Mar 2004, 20:42
hallelujah1234 wrote:
lvb, where did you get this question?

The answer with "were" in the comparative complement is incorrect, no matter what one quibbles about other aspects of the sentence.

The original sentence suffers from three problems. First, the verb "makes" does not agree with its subject "improvements". Second, "today" introduces a possible ambiguity, b/c its placement implies that the sentence is talking about data gathered on a particular day, in any event, today is superfluous. Third, the infinitive to forecast is not idiomatic. Only B corrects all three problems.

Kpadma, were is NOT incorrect.

Halle, D is incorrect, it doesnt solve all problems in the sentence.

B. Improvements in A & B have made possible more accurate forecasts than were possible 20 years ago.

D. Improvements in A & B today make possible more accurate forecasts than was possible 20 years ago.

D basically says that the improvements today make possible. So, improvements tomorrow might not make possible? The point is, Improvements HAVE MADE something POSSIBLE, period. Perhaps, you reasoning would work in other case, but in this one only B clearly wins. Also, I think that D would be a little stronger if "today" was removed.
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29 Mar 2004, 21:28
I dont buy the argument that 'were' is not incorrect. Anyway, I dont waste time on it, as I can see it is not from ETS.
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29 Mar 2004, 21:34
hallelujah1234 wrote:
I dont buy the argument that 'were' is not incorrect. Anyway, I dont waste time on it, as I can see it is not from ETS.

Halle, you are entitled to your opinion. I believe that B is the best choice here.
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29 Mar 2004, 21:43
hallelujah1234 wrote:
lvb, where did you get this question?

The answer with "were" in the comparative complement is incorrect, no matter what one quibbles about other aspects of the sentence.

Could you tells us in detail why the "were" is wrong?

check this paper "Case and Identity in comparative deletion" by Chris Kennedy, NWU

http://www.ling.nwu.edu/~kennedy/Handouts/ce.pdf
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29 Mar 2004, 21:59
hallelujah1234 wrote:
hallelujah1234 wrote:
lvb, where did you get this question?

The answer with "were" in the comparative complement is incorrect, no matter what one quibbles about other aspects of the sentence.

Could you tells us in detail why the "were" is wrong?

check this paper "Case and Identity in comparative deletion" by Chris Kennedy, NWU

http://www.ling.nwu.edu/~kennedy/Handouts/ce.pdf

Halle, thanks for the link. However, this is GMAT. Can you claim that all sentence correction on GMAT use perfect grammar? No, I don't believe you can. I can point to many examples in which the BEST answer is not necessarily the most grammatical. While your arguement can be VALID, and even supported, in case of GMAT, it may not always be true. B is best option, not the PERFECT, just best. In any case, if you still stand by D and the use of "was" prove that D is better than C!
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29 Mar 2004, 22:03
In my opinion, ETS is far better than any testprep material regarding Syntax. I am not saying that D is the best answer. I would rather conclude that the question is not of ETS quality. Nor do I buy the standard logic--look for the best, not the perfect:-)
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29 Mar 2004, 22:08
hallelujah1234 wrote:
In my opinion, ETS is far better than any testprep material regarding Syntax. I am not saying that D is the best answer. I would rather conclude that the question is not of ETS quality. Nor do I buy the standard logic--look for the best, not the perfect:-)

Ok, I rest my case!
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30 Mar 2004, 04:24
hi lvb9th

How can B be worect. It contains "were" I never saw explanation for C. Are you sure it is B?

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