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07 Oct 2010, 10:58
A... gets uglier as u go down the choices.

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07 Oct 2010, 11:56
A has to be the answer because it is the only one that mentions watergate. All the others omit it.
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07 Oct 2010, 22:48
Chose A.

Not sure if anyone noticed but B and D use "NEWSPAPER" and the others use NEWSPAPERS. Its obviously the plural. We can use that to eliminate a few.

Choices C and E - C suggests that it is the high praise that got the paper to No.1 rank. But the watergate scandal just got it praise. So explicitly implying that it is because of the reporting that it got the first rank is changing the meaning.
E- E is actually better than C but "Graham's becoming" is awkward.
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07 Oct 2010, 23:40
gurpreet07 wrote:
guyzz plz explain ur answer choices.........

(A) It was only after Katharine Graham became publisher of The Washington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newspapers, and it was under her command that the paper won high praise for its unrelenting reporting of the Watergate scandal.
(B) It was only after Katharin Graham's becoming publisher of The Wasington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newspaper, and under her commandt it had won high praise
possessive poison rule for pronouns.Reject.
(C) Katharine Graham became publisher of The Washington Post in 1963, and only after that
did it move into the first rank of American newspapers, having won high praise under her command
Cant use that in lieu of noun.
(D) Moving into the first rank of American newspaper only after Katharine Graham became
its publisher in 1963, The Washington Post, winning high praise under her command
no verb in sentence
(E) Moving into the first rank of American newspapers only after Katharine Graham's becoming its publisher in 1963, The Washington Post won high praise under her command.
possessive poison rule.
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08 Oct 2010, 12:18
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gurpreet07 wrote:
guyzz plz explain ur answer choices.........

(A) It was only after Katharine Graham became publisher of The Washington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newspapers, and it was under her command that the paper won high praise for its unrelenting reporting of the Watergate scandal.
(B) It was only after Katharin Graham's becoming publisher of The Wasington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newspaper, and under her commandt it had won high praise
possessive poison rule for pronouns.Reject.
(C) Katharine Graham became publisher of The Washington Post in 1963, and only after that
did it move into the first rank of American newspapers, having won high praise under her command
Cant use that in lieu of noun.
(D) Moving into the first rank of American newspaper only after Katharine Graham became
its publisher in 1963, The Washington Post, winning high praise under her command
no verb in sentence
(E) Moving into the first rank of American newspapers only after Katharine Graham's becoming its publisher in 1963, The Washington Post won high praise under her command.
possessive poison rule.

Another mistake in C is that it changes the meaning of the sentence altogether. The original sentence states that two things happened after Katharine Graham became the publisher: 1) the newspaper moved into the first rank of American newspapers and 2) the paper won high praise for its unrelenting reporting of the Watergate scandal.
Option C changes the meaning of the sentence by the use of "Having".

having + past participle is used to express actions that are finished and to show that one thing comes after another. Furthermore, there is usually a "because relationship between the two.
For example: Having eaten already, I turned down the invitation to dinner.

However in this question the two things I pointed out earlier do not have a "because" relationship.
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08 Oct 2010, 13:25
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mundasingh123 wrote:
gurpreet07 wrote:
guyzz plz explain ur answer choices.........

(A) It was only after Katharine Graham became publisher of The Washington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newspapers, and it was under her command that the paper won high praise for its unrelenting reporting of the Watergate scandal.
(B) It was only after Katharin Graham's becoming publisher of The Wasington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newspaper, and under her commandt it had won high praise
possessive poison rule for pronouns.Reject.
(C) Katharine Graham became publisher of The Washington Post in 1963, and only after that
did it move into the first rank of American newspapers, having won high praise under her command
Cant use that in lieu of noun.
(D) Moving into the first rank of American newspaper only after Katharine Graham became
its publisher in 1963, The Washington Post, winning high praise under her command
no verb in sentence
(E) Moving into the first rank of American newspapers only after Katharine Graham's becoming its publisher in 1963, The Washington Post won high praise under her command.
possessive poison rule.

Another mistake in C is that it changes the meaning of the sentence altogether. The original sentence states that two things happened after Katharine Graham became the publisher: 1) the newspaper moved into the first rank of American newspapers and 2) the paper won high praise for its unrelenting reporting of the Watergate scandal.
Option C changes the meaning of the sentence by the use of "Having".

having + past participle is used to express actions that are finished and to show that one thing comes after another. Furthermore, there is usually a "because relationship between the two.
For example: Having eaten already, I turned down the invitation to dinner.

However in this question the two things I pointed out earlier do not have a "because" relationship.

so what s the problem if having + past participle is used to express actions that are finished and to show that one thing comes after another.how does it change the meaning in C.
I didnt know abt the because relation signified by "having " -ed" R u sure?
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09 Oct 2010, 01:28
Option C implies that "After the newspaper won high praise under her command, it moved into the first rank of American Newspapers". But that is not the case. Winning praise and moving into the first rank of american newspapers are two separate outcomes of her becoming the publisher. Hence the meaning of the sentence is changed.

I hope it is clear now.
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13 Oct 2010, 19:45
Most definitely A. It is the only one that is error free.
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14 Oct 2010, 11:05
i went for D without noticing the eliminated part of the sentence.
usually choice "A" are the correct answers for full underline questions. This is one of the GMAC strategy to waste test taker time.
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11 Oct 2011, 16:54
Experts, If we should have had "Katharine Graham's becoming of" instead of "Katharine Graham's becoming", would that have been more appropriate?

OP, kudos for the nice question.
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DexDee wrote:
Experts, If we should have had "Katharine Graham's becoming of" instead of "Katharine Graham's becoming", would that have been more appropriate?

OP, kudos for the nice question.

The general rule of concision is Verb > Adjective > Noun. Hence become/became would still be preferred over becoming, (unless off course you are using becoming as conversion, as in the movie Red Dragon - just a joke).

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11 Oct 2011, 18:01
^ Thanks man!
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It was only after Katharine Graham became publisher of The Washington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newspapers, and it was under her command that the paper won high praise for its unrelenting reporting of the Watergate scandal.

(A) It was only after Katharine Graham became publisher of The Washington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newspapers, and it was under her command that the paper won high praise for its unrelenting reporting of the Watergate scandal.
(B) It was only after Katharin Graham's becoming publisher of The Wasington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newspaper, and under her commandt it had won high praise
(C) Katharine Graham became publisher of The Washington Post in 1963, and only after that
did it move into the first rank of American newspapers, having won high praise under her command
(D) Moving into the first rank of American newspaper only after Katharine Graham became
its publisher in 1963, The Washington Post, winning high praise under her command
(E) Moving into the first rank of American newspapers only after Katharine Graham's becoming its publisher in 1963, The Washington Post won high praise under her command.

Can someone please explain why its not "E". I did not find any error in E. The introduction phrase "Moving into first rank" correctly modifies the "The Washington post".
I didnt select A because "It" was used multiple times in the sentence and antencedent for It was not same everytime. First "It" - opening the sentence, Second "It"- refers to "The washington Post", third "It"- again opening sentence and the fourth "Its" - refers again to "The washington Post".

Any inputs????
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11 Oct 2011, 20:39
I am still not clear on A option.

In choice A
"It was only after Katharine Graham became publisher of The Washington Post in 1963 [highlight]that it moved into the first rank of American newspapers[/highlight], and it was under her command that the paper won high praise for its unrelenting reporting of the Watergate scandal."

On the sentence above highlighted part not clearly pointing to the right subject. Can anyone explain more on how do we say it is option A here.

In Choice E - which is also not correct but
"Moving into the first rank of American newspapers only after Katharine Graham's becoming its publisher in 1963, The Washington Post won high praise under her command."
Correction could be like
"Moving into the first rank of American newspapers only after Katharine Graham becoming its publisher in 1963, The Washington Post won high praise under her command."
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13 Oct 2011, 01:10
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13 Oct 2011, 03:58
I went with A, correct tenses and correct parrallism.
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14 Oct 2011, 12:30
I thought it was not tough, considering all the other choices except A sounded wrong. I go with what sounds right, then check for modifier and parrallelism.
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14 Oct 2011, 14:53
A.. very tough, having to read such long answer choices and I dont see any good splits to help narrow it down in a timely manner.
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29 Oct 2011, 21:00
Had gone with C initially. But after reading the posts realized my error. A wins.
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24 Nov 2011, 03:36
I think the question is not properly underlined ... the correct version might be :

It was only after Katharine Graham became publisher of The Washington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newspapers, and it was under her command that the paper won high praise for its unrelenting reporting of the Watergate scandal.
A. It was only after Katharine Graham became publisher of The Washington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newspapers, and it was under her command that the paper won high praise
B. It was only after Katharin Graham's becoming publisher of The Wasington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newspaper, and under her commandt it had won high praise
C. Katharine Graham became publisher of The Washington Post in 1963, and only after that did it move into the first rank of American newspapers, having won high praise under her command
D. Moving into the first rank of American newspaper only after Katharine Graham became
its publisher in 1963, The Washington Post, winning high praise under her command
E. Moving into the first rank of American newspapers only after Katharine Graham's becoming its publisher in 1963, The Washington Post won high praise under her command
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