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# SC: Ancient Troy

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Schliemann determined at the age of seven to find the site of ancient Troy and devoted his subsequent career to do it.

A. devoted his subsequent career to do it
B. has devoted his subsequent career to do that
C. devoted his subsequent career to such an end
D. has devoted his subsequent career for that
E. devoted his subsequent career to that end
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26 Sep 2006, 12:13
Between C and E, rest do not have correct endings.

I believe E is more clear, but its a straight guess.
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26 Sep 2006, 12:28
govinam wrote:

Schliemann determined at the age of seven to find the site of ancient Troy and devoted his subsequent career to do it.

A. devoted his subsequent career to do it
B. has devoted his subsequent career to do that
C. devoted his subsequent career to such an end
D. has devoted his subsequent career for that
E. devoted his subsequent career to that end

B and D are out for verb tense. determined = simple past, devoted should be simple past.

A is wrong, SC rule = to do it is always wrong just as "whether or not" is always wrong

Between C and E, E is less wordy and seems simpler.
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26 Sep 2006, 15:50
I will go for D. For E to be correct, the sentence should read like -

Schliemann had determined at the age of seven to find the site of ancient Troy and devoted his subsequent career to that end.
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26 Sep 2006, 20:35
OA is E. this was a tough one.
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27 Sep 2006, 07:43
govinam wrote:
OA is E. this was a tough one.

devoted ... to that end ~ is idiomatic

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After failing the GMAT three consecutive times, Matt determined to break a 650 and devoted his subsequent study career to that end.
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27 Sep 2006, 07:47
Schliemann's story is very interesting....read about him after coming across this SC question...he was the luckiest of all the archaeologists
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27 Sep 2006, 10:52
Good one .. Thanks
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28 Sep 2006, 03:10
Late, but E.

A. devoted his subsequent career to do it - 'do' is extra.
B. has devoted his subsequent career to do that - verb tense problem
C. devoted his subsequent career to such an end - wordy
D. has devoted his subsequent career for that- verb tense problem
E. devoted his subsequent career to that end - clear,consise.RIGHT
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28 Sep 2006, 03:25
GMATT73 wrote:
govinam wrote:
OA is E. this was a tough one.

devoted ... to that end ~ is idiomatic

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After failing the GMAT three consecutive times, Matt determined to break a 650 and devoted his subsequent study career to that end.

Thanks Matt.

I chose E as well because it sounded idiomatically correct, but wasn't sure on that.

The moment I read the question, I started looking for "to do so", and didn't find any options, so I started looking for idiom.
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