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27 Apr 2007, 11:05
Hi,
I was wondering if anyone has looked into this - the accuracy of the answers provided for the GMAT Sets. I took them to be correct so far - even though sometimes I was suspicious! But the following one, where the listed answer looks clearly wrong, got me thinking.

This is a question from Set26-Verbal.

Q5)
The particular design of muscles and bones in the neck and limbs of the turtle allow that it can draw in its exposed parts such that an attacker can find nothing but hard shell to bite.
A. allow that it can draw in its exposed parts such that
B. allow it to draw in its exposed parts, and so
C. allows for it to draw in its exposed parts and that
D. allows that it can draw in its exposed parts, and so
E. allows it to draw in its exposed parts, so that

I thought the correct answer was E. The listed answer is D.

Would anyone comment on this? If the answers provided are indeed not reliable, are there any alternative answer keys available?

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27 Apr 2007, 11:38
vk.neni wrote:
Hi,
I was wondering if anyone has looked into this - the accuracy of the answers provided for the GMAT Sets. I took them to be correct so far - even though sometimes I was suspicious! But the following one, where the listed answer looks clearly wrong, got me thinking.

This is a question from Set26-Verbal.

Q5)
The particular design of muscles and bones in the neck and limbs of the turtle allow that it can draw in its exposed parts such that an attacker can find nothing but hard shell to bite.
A. allow that it can draw in its exposed parts such that
B. allow it to draw in its exposed parts, and so
C. allows for it to draw in its exposed parts and that
D. allows that it can draw in its exposed parts, and so
E. allows it to draw in its exposed parts, so that

I thought the correct answer was E. The listed answer is D.

Would anyone comment on this? If the answers provided are indeed not reliable, are there any alternative answer keys available?

Thanks a lot
vk.neni

imo D is alright.

The particular design (SUBJECT of MAIN CLAUSE) of muscles and bones in the neck and limbs of the turtle allows (VERB)

that it (clearly modifies turtle and subject of 1st subord clause) can draw in its exposed parts, ---> First subordinate clause

and so

an attacker (subject of 2nd subord clause) can find (Verb parallel with CAN DRAW)nothing but hard shell to bite ---> Second subordinate clause
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27 Apr 2007, 19:18
Nice explanation dwivedys

Another way of looking between D and E is

D says

...turtle allows that it can draw in its exposed parts
as a result attacker can find nothing

where as E says

allows that it can draw in its exposed parts

because (so that ) attacker can find nothing

D is the correct usage
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27 Apr 2007, 19:19
btw where do you get these GMAT sets?
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27 Apr 2007, 20:33
Isn't allows that unidiomatic?

I would've thought it was allows for in C but I don't agree with and that so I might've gone with E
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27 Apr 2007, 21:21
hkfcheung wrote:
Isn't allows that unidiomatic?

I would've thought it was allows for in C but I don't agree with and that so I might've gone with E

Dear HKF - I too had chosen E on the first attempt. however E is grammatically perfect - yet it made me uncomfortable because it implies a change in meaning. C on the other hand retained elements of parallelism.

Allows that is idiomatic.
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09 Oct 2007, 06:18
dwivedys!

Thank you for your careful explanations. However, how does choice E change the meaning of the sentence? Sorry, English is no my first language.
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09 Oct 2007, 21:05
dwivedys wrote:
vk.neni wrote:
Hi,
I was wondering if anyone has looked into this - the accuracy of the answers provided for the GMAT Sets. I took them to be correct so far - even though sometimes I was suspicious! But the following one, where the listed answer looks clearly wrong, got me thinking.

This is a question from Set26-Verbal.

Q5)
The particular design of muscles and bones in the neck and limbs of the turtle allow that it can draw in its exposed parts such that an attacker can find nothing but hard shell to bite.
A. allow that it can draw in its exposed parts such that
B. allow it to draw in its exposed parts, and so
C. allows for it to draw in its exposed parts and that
D. allows that it can draw in its exposed parts, and so
E. allows it to draw in its exposed parts, so that

I thought the correct answer was E. The listed answer is D.

Would anyone comment on this? If the answers provided are indeed not reliable, are there any alternative answer keys available?

Thanks a lot
vk.neni

imo D is alright.

The particular design (SUBJECT of MAIN CLAUSE) of muscles and bones in the neck and limbs of the turtle allows (VERB)

that it (clearly modifies turtle and subject of 1st subord clause) can draw in its exposed parts, ---> First subordinate clause

and so

an attacker (subject of 2nd subord clause) can find (Verb parallel with CAN DRAW)nothing but hard shell to bite ---> Second subordinate clause

Why is E wrong ..??
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18 Nov 2007, 06:20
Any wordiness should be removed. so is sufficient for the conclusion statement "an attacker can find nothing but hard shell to bite" there is no need of "so that". I had at first glance selected C because allows for makes more sense to me than allows that, however I do not agree with "and that" it should be a conclusion indicator like "So, therefore, thus" etc
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dwivedys wrote:
vk.neni wrote:
Hi,
I was wondering if anyone has looked into this - the accuracy of the answers provided for the GMAT Sets. I took them to be correct so far - even though sometimes I was suspicious! But the following one, where the listed answer looks clearly wrong, got me thinking.

This is a question from Set26-Verbal.

Q5)
The particular design of muscles and bones in the neck and limbs of the turtle allow that it can draw in its exposed parts such that an attacker can find nothing but hard shell to bite.
A. allow that it can draw in its exposed parts such that
B. allow it to draw in its exposed parts, and so
C. allows for it to draw in its exposed parts and that
D. allows that it can draw in its exposed parts, and so
E. allows it to draw in its exposed parts, so that

I thought the correct answer was E. The listed answer is D.

Would anyone comment on this? If the answers provided are indeed not reliable, are there any alternative answer keys available?

Thanks a lot
vk.neni

imo D is alright.

The particular design (SUBJECT of MAIN CLAUSE) of muscles and bones in the neck and limbs of the turtle allows (VERB)

that it (clearly modifies turtle and subject of 1st subord clause) can draw in its exposed parts, ---> First subordinate clause

and so

an attacker (subject of 2nd subord clause) can find (Verb parallel with CAN DRAW)nothing but hard shell to bite ---> Second subordinate clause

Why is E wrong ..??
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