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Margaret Mead, the best-known anthropologist of the twentieth century, helped shape public opinion on fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, along with relative merits of competition and cooperation
(A) shape public opinion on fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, along with
(B) shape public opinion in such fundamentally important areas as attitudes toward children and families and
(C) to shape public opinion about such fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, also about
(D) the shaping of public opinion for fundamentally important areas such as attitudes toward children and families, and those toward
(E) the shaping of public opinion around fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, and those of
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B , imo

in such X as Y and Z - idiomatic
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Is it D?

such as to give examples

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Margaret Mead, the best-known anthropologist of the twentieth century, helped shape public opinion on fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, along with relative merits of competition and cooperation
(A) shape public opinion on fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, along with
(B) shape public opinion in such fundamentally important areas as attitudes toward children and families and
(C) to shape public opinion about such fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, also about
(D) the shaping of public opinion for fundamentally important areas such as attitudes toward children and families, and those toward
(E) the shaping of public opinion around fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, and those of

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06 Apr 2009, 10:12
The OA is B
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06 Apr 2009, 12:24
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Is it D?

such as to give examples

jjhko wrote:
Margaret Mead, the best-known anthropologist of the twentieth century, helped shape public opinion on fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, along with relative merits of competition and cooperation
(A) shape public opinion on fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, along with
(B) shape public opinion in such fundamentally important areas as attitudes toward children and families and
(C) to shape public opinion about such fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, also about
(D) the shaping of public opinion for fundamentally important areas such as attitudes toward children and families, and those toward
(E) the shaping of public opinion around fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, and those of

Those in this option is incorrect. There is no referent.
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09 Apr 2009, 04:19
(A) shape public opinion on fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, along with - areas such as is required
(B) shape public opinion in such fundamentally important areas as attitudes toward children and families and
(C) to shape public opinion about such fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, also about - areas such as is required
(D) the shaping of public opinion for fundamentally important areas such as attitudes toward children and families, and those toward - those does not make sense
(E) the shaping of public opinion around fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, and those of - areas such as is required
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03 Aug 2009, 09:39
Hmm, good explanation ppl.

I did the same question in GMATPrep and chose D.

It appeared a logical choice, but as mentioned in the postings, "those" is wrong right?

Is it because "those" lacks an antecedent? Because "those" can refer to attitudes or areas, right?

Please confirm if this is correct.

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03 Aug 2009, 11:19
Why you assume the word attitude should be placed before relative merits of competition and cooperation ?
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09 Aug 2009, 00:36
jjhko wrote:
Margaret Mead, the best-known anthropologist of the twentieth century, helped shape public opinion on fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, along with relative merits of competition and cooperation
(A) shape public opinion on fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, along with
(B) shape public opinion in such fundamentally important areas as attitudes toward children and families and
(C) to shape public opinion about such fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, also about
(D) the shaping of public opinion for fundamentally important areas such as attitudes toward children and families, and those toward
(E) the shaping of public opinion around fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, and those of

IMO B: anyway not sure whether we need a comma after "families" so that it clearly separates "merits" out of the chain of " children and families"?
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06 Mar 2010, 11:36
As a thumb rule, I will ALWAYS ALWAYS treat the pronouns (those, they, it) with suspicion.
I have encountered a no. of GMAT practice problems testing the same thing. (as in choice D)

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15 Dec 2010, 11:07
Some notes on this question as some students are focusing on small idiomatic issues when they miss what is really being tested in this question.
http://www.gmatpill.com/practice-questi ... ar-errors/
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27 Jul 2011, 09:49
helped shape public opinion...

I thought B was wrong because of the two conjugated verbs next to each other. I thought that it had to be helped $$TO$$ shape public opinion.

Does anyone else see this as a flaw with answer choice B?
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27 Jul 2011, 11:08
in B, dont we need comma after families?
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jjhko wrote:
Margaret Mead, the best-known anthropologist of the twentieth century, helped shape public opinion on fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, along with relative merits of competition and cooperation
(A) shape public opinion on fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, along with
(B) shape public opinion in such fundamentally important areas as attitudes toward children and families and
(C) to shape public opinion about such fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, also about
(D) the shaping of public opinion for fundamentally important areas such as attitudes toward children and families, and those toward
(E) the shaping of public opinion around fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, and those of

IMO B: anyway not sure whether we need a comma after "families" so that it clearly separates "merits" out of the chain of " children and families"?

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in B, dont we need comma after families?

Hi kjumbala and agdimple333,
Your doubt is genuine. This is because of idiom "such X as Y and Z".
so here X=fundamentally important areas
Y= attitudes toward children and families
Z= relative merits of competition and cooperation

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Here one more idiom is used wrongly:
Correct idiom is "opinion on" , which is only used in A. If anyone wants to advise on this

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28 Jul 2011, 07:20
"such as" is more prefferable when present exampls than "like"
so eliminate A,C and E

D no clear refference for thoes

B is correct

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Margaret Mead, the best-known anthropologist of the twentieth century, helped shape public opinion on fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, along with relative merits of competition and cooperation
(A) shape public opinion on fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, along with
(B) shape public opinion in such fundamentally important areas as attitudes toward children and families and
(C) to shape public opinion about such fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, also about
(D) the shaping of public opinion for fundamentally important areas such as attitudes toward children and families, and those toward
(E) the shaping of public opinion around fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, and those of
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28 Jul 2011, 08:43
1. Excepting B and D all others uses like for denoting examples. Drop them ruthlessly. .
2. D – ‘helped the shaping’, ‘opinion for’ are unidiomatic. ‘Helped (to) shape’ and ‘opinion in’ are correct idioms. So tick B and go to the next question.
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30 Nov 2013, 01:59
Clear B. I was a bit skeptical about the use of and in the last part but the rest of the sentences were clearly out of contention.
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