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22 Sep 2007, 20:17
I am curious if the use of "in that" on the GMAT is prohibited. I have seen some posts saying that "in that" is preferred to because.

http://www.gmatclub.com/forum/t51883

However, in the OG it states that "in that" is largely out of date and means "as much as." I can't recall the problem number.

I also have seen some posts saying that "in that" is always incorrect.

Any help would be awsome!
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23 Sep 2007, 00:42
from wot i hav learnt so far 'in that' is not always incorrect. wen v want to refer something specific v use 'in that'
wen v use 'because' it may b general n may not convey d intended meaning.

so wenever u encounter any sentence with 'in that' try to figure out whether it conveys d meaning properly
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26 Jul 2012, 13:53
GMATBLACKBELT wrote:
I am curious if the use of "in that" on the GMAT is prohibited. I have seen some posts saying that "in that" is preferred to because.

http://www.gmatclub.com/forum/t51883
However, in the OG it states that "in that" is largely out of date and means "as much as." I can't recall the problem number.
I also have seen some posts saying that "in that" is always incorrect.
Any help would be awsome!

I checked this "in that" stuff in OG12 and you are correct regarding the "in that". It is OG12, Q 59.
Exactly, OG says that "This sentence depends on using the correct conjunction to join two independent clauses. In that is a conjunction that means inasmuch as; because in that has largely gone out of use, it is considered stilted and overly formal."

But, I have a subperb explanation for the difference between "in that" and because on this forum. This will clarify the concept.
www.urch.com/forums/faqs/580-gmat-sc-because-vs.html

Though the above link says that, "in that" will be mostly the correct choice, this seems not to be true in light of the question present at this link
sc-gmatprep-because-vs-in-that-52213.html

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31 Jul 2012, 10:53
Consider the following sentences, both of which are grammatically correct:

1). The class succeeded in that they earned high marks.
2). The class succeeded because they earned high marks.

Sentence (1) says the class succeeded, but we're limiting our definition of success to earning high marks. The sentence intimates that the class was actually unsuccessful in other ways (maybe they forgot the material after they took the test, maybe they didn't learn the social skills they were supposed to, etc.). "In that they earned high marks" modifies "succeeded" here, and "in that" means we are limiting the way they succeeded to this one particular area.

Sentence (2) says that the class earned high marks, and that caused them to be successful later on in life (they all got good jobs as a result of their high marks, etc.) - it's an OK sentence but probably not the meaning we intended.
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