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Re: Manhattan GMAT Test1 - SC set [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2013, 19:34
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3. Due to the highly sensitive nature of the court proceedings, the jury has been sequestered to prevent the leaking of information to the press.
A) has been sequestered to prevent the leaking of information
B) have been sequestered to prevent the leaking of information
C) has been sequestered to prevent them from leaking information no need for them
D) have been sequestered in an attempt to prevent them from leaking information
E) has been sequestered to prevent the leaks of information from them n oneed for them

the jury is singular, so B and D are out.

A is the answer here



In choice C, why noone considers "them" to reffer to "court proceedings". And there's no ambiguity in such case, proceedings are plural, the jury - singular.
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Re: Manhattan GMAT Test1 - SC set [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2013, 19:40
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1. Public-access cable television was created in the 1970s as a means to derive public benefit from the laying of private television cables on public land.
A) from the laying of private television cables on public land
B) from laying private television cables on the public land
C) by the laying of private television cables on the public's land
D) from private television cables being laid on public land - no need for being
E) by laying private television cables on land that was public

the correct ididom is benefit from - so C and E are out.

btw A and B.

as far as I get the difference - "the" is used to point out specific phrase as well. In this case we`ve got two options:
laying of private television cables, and
public land

So, in this case the sense of the sentence is to point out the benefits from a particular change, and the change here is the laying of private television cables.

So, A


explanation about usage of "the" seems like a very fine line.. never heard of it either. Can someone support / provide more details on this?
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Re: Manhattan GMAT Test1 - SC set [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2013, 10:02
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serhio wrote:
ykaiim wrote:
1. Public-access cable television was created in the 1970s as a means to derive public benefit from the laying of private television cables on public land.
A) from the laying of private television cables on public land
B) from laying private television cables on the public land
C) by the laying of private television cables on the public's land
D) from private television cables being laid on public land - no need for being
E) by laying private television cables on land that was public

the correct ididom is benefit from - so C and E are out.

btw A and B.

as far as I get the difference - "the" is used to point out specific phrase as well. In this case we`ve got two options:
laying of private television cables, and
public land

So, in this case the sense of the sentence is to point out the benefits from a particular change, and the change here is the laying of private television cables.

So, A


explanation about usage of "the" seems like a very fine line.. never heard of it either. Can someone support / provide more details on this?



Here are some more examples on the similar lines:

The barking of dog is annoying the old lady
The long run of the soap opera is creating a new record in the television industry.

Hope you get the drift here.

the laying of private television cables on public land is implying the act of laying the cables on public land which is in turn benefiting the public cables.

Hope it helps.

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