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In the mid-1960's a newly installed radar warning system

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In the mid-1960's a newly installed radar warning system [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2004, 11:15
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In the mid-1960's a newly installed radar warning system mistook the rising of the moon as a massive missle attack by the Soviets.
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B - rising of the moon for a massive Soviet missile attack
C - moon as it was rising for a massive Soviet missile attack.

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 [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2004, 11:38
I almost know this SC by heart.

idiom is "mistook for"

C changes meaning. It seems as if the moon(it) was rising to attack.

whenever you see "for", be on the look out for changes in meaning.

if you see "X for Y", slight movement of words here and there can change the meaning.

I'm running short of examples here :wall
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2004, 11:42
B

rising (of moon ) was considered as an attack and not the moon as an attack. Also the idiom is mistake X for Y .
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Jul 2004, 01:04
thanks Ashkg, i never noticed how the meaning changes in C. that was a very nice point ( meaning changes whenever u change the position of for) you brought out.
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2005, 11:08
One more vote for B.

The correct idiom is indeed mistook for.

BTW.. other variations are correct too - like, mistake for, mistaken for
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