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It may be another fifteen years before spacecraft from Earth [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2006, 03:37
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It may be another fifteen years before spacecraft from Earth again venture to Mars, a planet now known to be cold, dry, and probably lifeless.
(A) again venture to Mars, a planet now known to be
(B) venture to Mars again, a planet now known for being
(C) will venture to Mars again, a planet now known as being
(D) venture again to Mars, a planet that is known now to be
(E) will again venture to Mars, a planet known now as being
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2006, 03:43
Straight A.

It may be another fifteen years before spacecraft from Earth again venture to Mars, a planet now known to be cold, dry, and probably lifeless.
We need Mars just before the comma to make sense.
Also, use of 'being' is avoided as far as possible.
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2006, 03:46
I applied the logic too but i was confused beacuse the noun here is "spacecraft" which is singular and the verb need to be "ventures" for s-v agreement

your logic about the modifiers is very correct
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2006, 03:48
anothee reason A is correct is that we need to use the "to be" instead of"for being" etc
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2006, 13:25
buzzgaurav wrote:
Straight A.

It may be another fifteen years before spacecraft from Earth again venture to Mars, a planet now known to be cold, dry, and probably lifeless.
We need Mars just before the comma to make sense.
Also, use of 'being' is avoided as far as possible.


hey buzzgaurav,

do you have any references why one should avoid "being"? I hear people mentioning it, but no reasons...
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