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It was not long after the 1930s commenced that such baritone singers as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to the popularization of a type of romantic, soothing singing that came to be called “crooning.”

A. It was not long after the 1930s commenced that such baritone singers as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to
B. Not long after the commencement of the decade of the 1930s, baritone singers such as Bing Crosby and also Russ Columbo decided to contribute in
C. Not long after the 1930s commenced, baritone singers like Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to
D. Not long after the beginning of the 1930s commencement, baritone singers like Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo had contributed to
E. It was not long after the 1930s commenced that baritone singers such as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo had contributed in
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Re: SC - baritone singers [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2008, 11:37
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Sentence has following issues:
1. Verb Tense Issue
2. Such as vs. like
3. Idiom issue – Contributed to vs. Contributed in
4. Redundancy issue

Idiomatic issue eliminates B, E

A. It was not long after the 1930s commenced that such baritone singers as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to [hold it]

B. Not long after the commencement of the decade of the 1930s, baritone singers such as Bing Crosby and also Russ Columbo decided to contribute in [1. Idiom issue – contribute to vs. contribute in – Eliminate it]

C. Not long after the 1930s commenced, baritone singers like Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to [1. Such as vs. like = “Such as” used to provide an example/s where as “like” shows equality. It would be more appropriate to mention: baritone singers for example: Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to … - Improper use of “like” - Eliminate it]

D. Not long after the beginning of the 1930s commencement, baritone singers like Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo had contributed to [ Tense Issue – Main sentence is in simple past “ came to be called” – no point in moving to past perfect tense 2. Redundant issue – “Commencement implies beginning – Eliminate it]

E. It was not long after the 1930s commenced that baritone singers such as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo had contributed in [ Idiom issue and Tense issue – Eliminate it]

Answer: A
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Re: SC - baritone singers [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2008, 11:54
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B, E wrong because of contribute in
D wrong because of like
C wrong because of stress on baritone singers, not Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo who just happened to be bariton singers

The answer is A
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Re: SC - baritone singers [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2008, 22:48
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A. 'It' has no reference.
B. Awk and wordy
C. Correct
D. Awk and wordy
E. 'It' has no reference
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Re: SC - baritone singers [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2008, 19:59
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navy01 wrote:
A. 'It' has no reference.
B. Awk and wordy
C. Correct
D. Awk and wordy
E. 'It' has no reference


"It" in A does not have to have a referent.

Sentences can start with it and have no grammatical error.

It was very cold today.
It was a terrible day for the stock market.

Neither of these sentences are incorrocet.
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Re: SC - baritone singers [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2008, 20:22
thanks blackbelt, I see the error in "c" now.
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Re: SC - baritone singers [#permalink] New post 19 Jan 2008, 23:39
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It was not long after the 1930s commenced that such baritone singers as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to the popularization of a type of romantic, soothing singing that came to be called “crooning.”

A. It was not long after the 1930s commenced that such baritone singers as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to
B. Not long after the commencement of the decade of the 1930s, baritone singers such as Bing Crosby and also Russ Columbo decided to contribute in
C. Not long after the 1930s commenced, baritone singers like Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to
D. Not long after the beginning of the 1930s commencement, baritone singers like Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo had contributed to
E. It was not long after the 1930s commenced that baritone singers such as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo had contributed in


A) such baritone singers as is wrong idiom. and misplaced word order. ( wrong... such X as Y,Z,.. ) it should have been X such as Y,Z ( giving examples of baritone singers )
B) decided to contribute??? where is it mentioned in the original sentence
C) like is wrong, we are not saying the Types of Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo, but in real they were the examples of the ones who contributed.
D) again like is wrong
E) Correct, and also correct use of Past perfect tense, because this event took place before the second event of " came to be called “crooning.” " took place.

I believe it should be "E"

Please post the OA.
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Re: SC - baritone singers [#permalink] New post 21 Jan 2008, 11:19
The OA is A.

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It was not long after the 1930s commenced that such baritone singers as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to the popularization of a type of romantic, soothing singing that came to be called “crooning.”

A. It was not long after the 1930s commenced that such baritone singers as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to
B. Not long after the commencement of the decade of the 1930s, baritone singers such as Bing Crosby and also Russ Columbo decided to contribute in
C. Not long after the 1930s commenced, baritone singers like Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to
D. Not long after the beginning of the 1930s commencement, baritone singers like Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo had contributed to
E. It was not long after the 1930s commenced that baritone singers such as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo had contributed in
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Re: It was not long after the 1930s commenced that such baritone [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2014, 06:34
Could anyone shed some light about the use of "1930's commenced " ?

I choose B even tough i noticed the wrong use of "the decade of the 1930's" but "1930's commenced" is so awkward i believed that i throw it
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Re: It was not long after the 1930s commenced that such baritone [#permalink] New post 24 Mar 2014, 17:29
A. It was not long after the 1930s commenced that such baritone singers as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to : Though such X as sounds awkward, hold it .
B. Not long after the commencement of the decade of the 1930s, baritone singers such as Bing Crosby and also Russ Columbo decided to contribute in --- contributed in wrong idiom
C. Not long after the 1930s commenced, baritone singers like Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to : like is incorrect here ...
D. Not long after the beginning of the 1930s commencement, baritone singers like Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo had contributed to : like is incorrect here ...
E. It was not long after the 1930s commenced that baritone singers such as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo had contributed in : contributed in , also tense error 1930's commenced first and then they contributed incorrect usage of had .

A is the OA. Checked on Beat the gmat forum also A is the answer
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