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06 Dec 2008, 22:37
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11th Edition GMAT Review pg. 658 Q124.

Canadian scientists have calculated that one human being should be struck every nine years by a meteorite, while each year 16 buildings can be expected to sustain damage from such objects.

(A) one human being should be struck every nine years by a meteorite
(B) a human being should be struck by a meteorite once in every nine years
(C) a meteorite will strike one human being once in every nine years
(D) every nine years a human being will be struck by a meteorite
(E) every nine years a human being should be struck by a meteorite

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The correct answer to this is D.
But I'm confused - how can we simply change 'should' - an uncertain - to 'will' - a certain.
I do understand that the original context implies that according to calculations, it is an occurrence that will be. But in the context, it not only says 'should', it also says "...16 buildings can be expected to ..." The context specifically indicates uncertainty, it does not make sense to be so certain in our correction to the underlined sentence.
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06 Dec 2008, 23:36
VERBAL REVIEW pg. 252 Q105
As business grows more complex, sudents majoring in specialized areas like those of finance and marketing have been becoming increasingly successful in the job market.

(A) majoring in spcialized areas like those of finance and marketing have been becoming increasingly
(B) who major in such specizliaed areas as finance and marketing are becomig more and more
(C) who majored in specialized areas such as those of finance and marketing are being increasingly
(D) who major in specialized areas like those of finance and marketing have been becoming more and more
(E) having majored in such specialized areas as finance and marketing are being increasingly

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At first look, it does seem obvious the answer is (B) but if we break it down into elements a fe problems arise for me:

1. In (B), there is the use of 'more and more' - which is wordiness - isn't 'increasingly' better? In addition, (B) uses 'who major in' instead of 'majoring' - again unnecessarily wordy.
2. In the original context, 'like' is used, indicating SIMILARITY i.e. areas similar to finance and marketing. In (B), 'such as' - indicating examples - is used i.e finance and marketing are examples of specialized areas. Isn't the difference too huge to change in our correction?

hmmm. ok now i realise. talk about amateur at GMAT.
(B) may not be correct, but it is the MOST CORRECT out of the options.

waste of space, sorry. *grin*
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