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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.
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Re: toughest SC. [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2009, 05:57
Indeed a tough one....but with no error IMO!!!!
i lgo with A...
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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.( Found it a bit wordy)
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.

Will go for D
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Re: toughest SC. [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2009, 06:58
guyzz plz explain ur answer choices.........
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Re: toughest SC. [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2009, 07:14
OA is A
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Re: toughest SC. [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2009, 07:43
careful inspection of all sentences indicate wrong use of past and present tenses..
only A escapes this blunder..hope it helps.
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Re: toughest SC. [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2009, 08:10
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I 'll go with A.

I also wanted to know why the last part of the sentence(watergate scandal) is not there in any other choice, I hope we'll have to include that in the correct answer.
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Re: toughest SC. [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2009, 19:08
Can any one explain, what's wrong with "E"???
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Re: toughest SC. [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2009, 03:38
Moving and Won cannot be used simulteneously here...pls correct if a im wrong..
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Re: toughest SC. [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2009, 08:52
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Well guyz the reasons why option A is the best choice are Logical Predication and Parallelism.

Parallelism: 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.

Moreover, because of the logical predication the sentence reads correctly without unnecessary usage of words such as 'becoming' and 'moving'

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Re: toughest SC. [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2009, 17:44
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Well guyz the reasons why option A is the best choice are Logical Predication and Parallelism.

Parallelism: 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.

Moreover, because of the logical predication the sentence reads correctly without unnecessary usage of words such as 'becoming' and 'moving'

Hope the explanation helps!!

thx your explanation makes sense. +1

Now I record things like 'sb's moving' are wrong in GMATland.
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Re: toughest SC. [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2009, 07:31
Glad to help Talinhuu!! Always watch out for the Parallelism and Comparison in SC, majority of the SCs have it and very well disguise it to confuse the exam takers..
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Re: toughest SC. [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2009, 19:27
My answer was way far off from the right answer, I gussed E. damn! now I know answer is A and the explanation - thanks buddies
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Re: toughest SC. [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2009, 21:37
nice...one..

I went with D .. but ur explaining was good.
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Re: toughest SC. [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2010, 05:38
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Indeed a tough one....but with no error IMO!!!!
i lgo with A...

actually it's pretty easy. Answer is ofcorse A. What makes it a very easy and obvious choice, other than grammatical errors, is the fact that none of the other answer choices contain the last part of the second clause-"the paper won praise for it's unrelenting reporting of the watergate scandal".
How can that part be simply omitted? It cannot yield to the principle of concision as it distorts the meaning of the sentence. Won praise for what?
I agree A is wordy but all other choices are not only grammatically wrong but also omit a necessary part of the second clause of the sentence.

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I'm guessing that "for its unrelenting reporting of the Watergate scandal" is NOT supposed to be underlined in the problem.

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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. Perfect
(B) It was only after Katharine Graham's becoming publisher of The Wasington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newspaper, and under her command it had won high praise "only after Katharin Graham's becoming publisher" is ungrammatical, and the past perfect "had won high praise" is incorrect here
(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 Very awkward. "Only after that did it move" - "it" needs to refer to the subject, which is Katharine Graham here, but it actually refers to The Washington Post. "Having won high praise" doesn't work logically
(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 Sentence fragment
(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. Again, "Katharine Graham's becoming" is ungrammatical. The introduction clause at the beginning of the sentence is extremely long, making the sentence somewhat clunky.
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Choice A starts with it was and follows up the same with a parallel it was in the second part. It also uses the simple past became to denote an event that occurred in the past. Though wordy, A seems to be without any error. This must be the right choice.


B It should be newspapers and not newspaper- may be a typo, let’s us ignore it. Becoming publisher is sought to be used as a gerund here. But the serious error is in the use of past perfect tense it had won. The context entails a simple past tense i.e. won.

C 1. The adjectival modifier having won high praise does not seem to have a noun to modify. Does it modify Katherine or Katherine’s publishership or The Washington Post?

2. does the pronoun that stand for Katharine Graham became publisher of The Washington Post. Because that is a pronoun and should refer to a noun rather than a clause.

3. Did it win high praise first for reporting Watergate episode that happened in 1974 and then move into the first rank of American newspapers in 1963 after Katherine became the publisher? Isn’t it incongruous?

D is a fragment without a completed verb. Let’s drop it.

E Katharine Graham's becoming is a very inelegant way of writing Katherine Graham became; so not acceptable
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IMO A by POE

(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. - No issues , looks good
(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 - Missing the information of Watergate Scandal and moreover the sentence is awkward
(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. Same issue as D

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I'm guessing that "for its unrelenting reporting of the Watergate scandal" is NOT supposed to be underlined in the problem.

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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. Perfect
(B) It was only after Katharine Graham's becoming publisher of The Wasington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newspaper, and under her command it had won high praise "only after Katharin Graham's becoming publisher" is ungrammatical, and the past perfect "had won high praise" is incorrect here
(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 Very awkward. "Only after that did it move" - "it" needs to refer to the subject, which is Katharine Graham here, but it actually refers to The Washington Post. "Having won high praise" doesn't work logically
(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 Sentence fragment
(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. Again, "Katharine Graham's becoming" is ungrammatical. The introduction clause at the beginning of the sentence is extremely long, making the sentence somewhat clunky.

Thats what I also thought initially, but when you look at answer choice A, it contains the whole sentence. If the whole sentence is underlined then this question becomes pretty easy, otherwise one can use the principle of parallelism to establish it as a correct answer
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TehJay wrote:
I'm guessing that "for its unrelenting reporting of the Watergate scandal" is NOT supposed to be underlined in the problem.

gurpreet07 wrote:
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. Perfect
(B) It was only after Katharine Graham's becoming publisher of The Wasington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newspaper, and under her command it had won high praise "only after Katharin Graham's becoming publisher" is ungrammatical, and the past perfect "had won high praise" is incorrect here
(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 Very awkward. "Only after that did it move" - "it" needs to refer to the subject, which is Katharine Graham here, but it actually refers to The Washington Post. "Having won high praise" doesn't work logically
(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 Sentence fragment
(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. Again, "Katharine Graham's becoming" is ungrammatical. The introduction clause at the beginning of the sentence is extremely long, making the sentence somewhat clunky.

Thats what I also thought initially, but when you look at answer choice A, it contains the whole sentence. If the whole sentence is underlined then this question becomes pretty easy, otherwise one can use the principle of parallelism to establish it as a correct answer


I assumed the TC just copied/pasted and didn't realize their mistake.
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