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In April 1997, Hillary Rodham Clinton hosted an all-day White House scientific conference on new findings that indicates a child’s acquiring language, thinking, and emotional skills as an active process that may be largely completed before age three

A. that indicates a child’s acquiring language, thinking, and emotional skills as

B. that are indicative of a child acquiring language, thinking, and emotional skills as

C. to indicate that when a child acquires language, thinking, and emotional skills, that it is

D. indicating that a child’s acquisition of language, thinking, and emotional skills is

E. indicative of a child’s acquisition of language, thinking, and emotional skills as
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16 Mar 2008, 16:13
I will go between A & C. But I will prefer A. What is OA?

Sentence can be rewritten as
Hillary hosted an all-day White House scientific conference on new findings that indicates a child’s acquiring language, thinking, and emotional skills as an active process that may be largely completed before age three.

Now point to note here is that object is scientific conference, which is singualar. Although "on new findings" is used but it is just an adjective for the object so it can be safely ignored. So sentence can be rewritten as
Hillary hosted an all-day White House scientific conference that indicates a child’s acquiring language, thinking, and emotional skills as an active process that may be largely completed before age three.
Try putting any other option in this final modified statement and you can see that except A none make that good a sense.
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17 Mar 2008, 14:53
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In April 1997, Hillary Rodham Clinton hosted an all-day White House scientific conference on new findings that indicates a child’s acquiring language, thinking, and emotional skills as an active process that may be largely completed before age three

A. that indicates a child’s acquiring language, thinking, and emotional skills as

B. that are indicative of a child acquiring language, thinking, and emotional skills as

C. to indicate that when a child acquires language, thinking, and emotional skills, that it is

D. indicating that a child’s acquisition of language, thinking, and emotional skills is

E. indicative of a child’s acquisition of language, thinking, and emotional skills as

A - subject verb agreement flaw.

B - comparing child with a process

C - to indicate.. doesn't sound right.

D - sounds right. The child's acquisition (a noun) is clearly matched by a singular verb.

E - doesn't sound good.
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18 Mar 2008, 08:45
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vscid wrote:
In April 1997, Hillary Rodham Clinton hosted an all-day White House scientific conference on new findings that indicates a child’s acquiring language, thinking, and emotional skills as an active process that may be largely completed before age three

A. that indicates a child’s acquiring language, thinking, and emotional skills as

B. that are indicative of a child acquiring language, thinking, and emotional skills as

C. to indicate that when a child acquires language, thinking, and emotional skills, that it is

D. indicating that a child’s acquisition of language, thinking, and emotional skills is

E. indicative of a child’s acquisition of language, thinking, and emotional skills as

A - subject verb agreement flaw.

B - comparing child with a process

C - to indicate.. doesn't sound right.

D - sounds right. The child's acquisition (a noun) is clearly matched by a singular verb.

E - doesn't sound good.

In D or E, how are you sure that 'indicating' or 'indicative' does not modify 'conference'?
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18 Mar 2008, 10:04
vscid wrote:
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vscid wrote:
In April 1997, Hillary Rodham Clinton hosted an all-day White House scientific conference on new findings that indicates a child’s acquiring language, thinking, and emotional skills as an active process that may be largely completed before age three

A. that indicates a child’s acquiring language, thinking, and emotional skills as

B. that are indicative of a child acquiring language, thinking, and emotional skills as

C. to indicate that when a child acquires language, thinking, and emotional skills, that it is

D. indicating that a child’s acquisition of language, thinking, and emotional skills is

E. indicative of a child’s acquisition of language, thinking, and emotional skills as

A - subject verb agreement flaw.

B - comparing child with a process

C - to indicate.. doesn't sound right.

D - sounds right. The child's acquisition (a noun) is clearly matched by a singular verb.

E - doesn't sound good.

In D or E, how are you sure that 'indicating' or 'indicative' does not modify 'conference'?

There is no "comma (,)". This tells me that indicating modifies findings not the conferences.

PS: who is this bowler by the way? Is this Sir Richard Hadlee?
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18 Mar 2008, 14:34
sanjay,

So if there's a comma, it i will introduce ambiguity? hmmm.
Bowler is not Hadlee, he's just an imaginary bowler from an Australian board cricketing manual.....
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18 Mar 2008, 18:54
vscid wrote:
In April 1997, Hillary Rodham Clinton hosted an all-day White House scientific conference on new findings that indicates a child’s acquiring language, thinking, and emotional skills as an active process that may be largely completed before age three

A. that indicates a child’s acquiring language, thinking, and emotional skills as

B. that are indicative of a child acquiring language, thinking, and emotional skills as

C. to indicate that when a child acquires language, thinking, and emotional skills, that it is

D. indicating that a child’s acquisition of language, thinking, and emotional skills is

E. indicative of a child’s acquisition of language, thinking, and emotional skills as

sanjay,

So if there's a comma, it i will introduce ambiguity? hmmm.

well, "that" or "which" modify whatever precedes it. Also, the logical meaning of the sentence is that the findings indicate, not the conference indicates.
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18 Mar 2008, 19:51
OA is D.
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18 Mar 2008, 21:24
I might be quick , but can some one explain why "is" is correct in option D.

indicating that a child’s acquisition of language, thinking, and emotional skills is

For example,
indicating that choclates are good for health.
indicating that smoking is bad for health.
indicating that smoking and drinking are bad for health.

So it should be,
indicating that a child’s acquisition of language, thinking, and emotional skills are
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18 Mar 2008, 21:32
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I might be quick , but can some one explain why "is" is correct in option D.

indicating that a child’s acquisition of language, thinking, and emotional skills is

For example,
indicating that choclates are good for health.
indicating that smoking is bad for health.
indicating that smoking and drinking are bad for health.

So it should be,
indicating that a child’s acquisition of language, thinking, and emotional skills are

child's acquisition (of language, thinking, and emotional skills)...

acquisition is the singular noun. Hence "IS".
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18 Mar 2008, 21:43
In the options A, B, and C use of relative pronoun, that, and infinitive cause confusion about which noun is receiving the phrase that follows them. So they are bad choices. E obviously got a bad construct. Remember MGMAT SC guide talking about this exception.
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