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Men's interest in developing a cure for cancer have promoted the rapid advances in the field now known as Genetic Engineering
(A) Men's interest in developing a cure for cancer have promoted
(B) Men's interest in developing a cure for cancer has promoted
(C) That men are interested in developing ac ure for cancer have promoted
(D) Interest in developing a cure for cancer has promoted
(E) Man's interest in developing a cure for cancer has promoted

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New post 25 Jul 2010, 04:04
Hi anaik100

I think Men's refers specifically to the 'Male' gender and Man's is more generic like say, humans..

What make D correct is it is more generic.

Check 1: Interest is singular, so it should have 'has' in the second part of the sentence. So option A and C are out.

W.r.t B, D and E, B is definitely wrong because it mentions Men. Of D and E, i think D is a better choice considering that D is concise and is to the point.

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I also narrowed to D and E but ended up picking (E).......:(

I will look forward for comments for why (E) is incorrect.
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Can some one give a OE for this question. Why Mens Intrest is correct. Also is the usage of Mans Intrest Correct ?
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I don't think this is a valid problem. There is no clear reason why E is wrong. However, there is a fairly good reason to eliminate B. Let's look at the difference between "Men's" and "Man's":

"Men's" is the possessive of "men," so it means "belonging to men." For instance, we might say "There was a sale on men's pants," or "He went to the men's room," or "Men's failure to understand women is always amusing."

"Man's" is the possessive of "man." In some settings, this would mean "belonging to the man," as in "Charles stole the man's wallet." However, since there is no particular man in this sentence, and since the word "man's" is not preceded by "the," we are using "man" to mean "mankind" or "humanity." For instance, we might say "Man's exploration of space is just beginning," or "Man's cruelty is often outweighed by his charity." Noe that in these examples, we are *not* just talking about males, but about all humans. Some people find this usage somewhat outdated and sexist, but it is still quite common.

In this case, there is no reason to assume that only males are interested in a cure for cancer. "Man's interest" seems to make more sense--people in general are interested in a cure. If the sentence said something like "Men's interest in a cure for prostate cancer . . . " or something else particular to men, that answer might make sense, but I doubt a real GMAT problem would ever hinge on such a detail.

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Excellent explanation by Mr.Farber.
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I don't think this is a valid problem. There is no clear reason why E is wrong. However, there is a fairly good reason to eliminate B. Let's look at the difference between "Men's" and "Man's":

"Men's" is the possessive of "men," so it means "belonging to men." For instance, we might say "There was a sale on men's pants," or "He went to the men's room," or "Men's failure to understand women is always amusing."

"Man's" is the possessive of "man." In some settings, this would mean "belonging to the man," as in "Charles stole the man's wallet." However, since there is no particular man in this sentence, and since the word "man's" is not preceded by "the," we are using "man" to mean "mankind" or "humanity." For instance, we might say "Man's exploration of space is just beginning," or "Man's cruelty is often outweighed by his charity." Noe that in these examples, we are *not* just talking about males, but about all humans. Some people find this usage somewhat outdated and sexist, but it is still quite common.

In this case, there is no reason to assume that only males are interested in a cure for cancer. "Man's interest" seems to make more sense--people in general are interested in a cure. If the sentence said something like "Men's interest in a cure for prostate cancer . . . " or something else particular to men, that answer might make sense, but I doubt a real GMAT problem would ever hinge on such a detail.

I hope that helps!


Hi, thanks for the explanation. But in case of D, do u think removing the word Man/Men is fine.
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Men's interest in developing a cure for cancer have promoted the rapid advances in the field now known as Genetic Engineering
(A) Men's interest in developing a cure for cancer have promoted
(B) Men's interest in developing a cure for cancer has promoted
(C) That men are interested in developing ac ure for cancer have promoted
(D) Interest in developing a cure for cancer has promoted
(E) Man's interest in developing a cure for cancer has promoted

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2. why D is correct?


I will start by saying that "Practice makes man perfect". This doesn't mean practice makes only male gender perfect. It refers to humans in general.

Coming to question - between (D) and (E) I chose (E) because (D) doesn't specify whose interest. Is it the interest of the animals or my pets or neanderthals !!!

Is this really a GMAT kind question?
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No, I don't think this is a GMAT-like question.

As for D, it's perfectly all right not to specify whose interest we're dealing with. It's important not to think of A as the "original," because then we start thinking we can't change the meaning presented in A. This is an absolutely false assumption. As long as the answer choice presents a clear and sensible meaning, it's fine.

Note that even if we said "man's interest," it wouldn't be much more specific. Clearly, humans are going to be the only ones expressing interest in a cure for cancer. Attributing the interest to all of "man" is not at all helpful, and there's certainly no rule that any time we mention something such as "interest," we have to explain where that interest comes from. We can say something like "In response to overwhelming demand, the company produced a larger phone."
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