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# Schliemann determined at the age of seven to find the site

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１５． 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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17 Aug 2009, 17:39
not A because it refers to "find city of troy" then the second part of the sentence is to do find city of troy....
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17 Aug 2009, 18:03
rohansherry wrote:
１５． 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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OA: E.... Pls explain why not A

For some reason, I feel it needs a present perfect tense instead of both being simple past. Is it because the sentence states that he "determined at the age of seven" therefore the time frame is established?
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17 Aug 2009, 18:19
>zalan, i feel the same way too but after seeing the OA, it may be better to go with 'E' because we do not know whether Schliemann is still alive.
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17 Aug 2009, 18:36
boeinz wrote:
>zalan, i feel the same way too but after seeing the OA, it may be better to go with 'E' because we do not know whether Schliemann is still alive.

Right, he could be dead or alive.

I think the questions is testing the end of the sentence and not verb tense.
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18 Aug 2009, 07:03
Why is C. wrong guys...can somebody please explain.

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18 Aug 2009, 07:55
rohansherry wrote:
１５． 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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OA: E.... Pls explain why not A

A is incorrect because "to do it" is almost always incorrect..the correct diction is "to do so"

B -->"to do that" again is incorrect.. "to do so" is the correct usage

E sounds to be the best among the remaining choices
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18 Aug 2009, 08:20
In E, what does "that end" imply?
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18 Aug 2009, 08:28
sudeep wrote:
In E, what does "that end" imply?

hey sudeep u r right...use of "that end" is ambigous --> god knows what does it refer to.

But "has devoted" in D doesnt look right to me..."devoted" and "determined" seemed OK to me as in E

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１５． 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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OA: E.... Pls explain why not A

A is absolotely wrong because to do it is wrong in Gmat . C is wrong because he is not seeking another exploration but he is seeking just ancient troy so such is used in a wrong way. However , that indicates just the exact career for him exploring ancient Troy.
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19 Aug 2009, 10:20
IMO E.

A would have been right if answer choice is "devoted his subsequent career to do so "
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26 Oct 2009, 06:53
getmba wrote:
IMO E.

A would have been right if answer choice is "devoted his subsequent career to do so "

This is a very tricky rather badly phrased question.

It depends on how u perceive it.
If schliemann is alive....ans = C.
If schlimeann is dead...ans = E.

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26 Oct 2009, 22:45
OA is E
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IMO E (OA is E as well)

'It' in A must refer to a noun and not a verb (find) in this case
"Has devoted his subsequent career for that" doesn't make sense plus 'has' is not in the correct tense
"Has devoted his subsequent career to such an end" - needs the essential - 'that' rather than such.
E correctly uses tenses and "that" for tracing the antecedent - find

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09 Jan 2010, 06:35
Nike wouldnt have a shot to Crack the GMAT

they should say Just do so

Sorry for my stupid joke
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30 Mar 2010, 23:26
IMO this question is ambiguous.

If Schliemann is still alive, I think the option B with "has devoted" makes more sense.
If Schliemann is dead, then it will be option E.

I also noticed that we may assume Schliemann to be dead and go with option E since we need to restore the parallel structure between "determined" and "devoted".

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09 Apr 2010, 04:58
E

Without claiming to be on a firm ground, here is what I thought
A: "to do it" sounds little vague. I mean you have to really figure out the antecedents for 'do' and 'it'.
B. somehow "has" did not seem likely for the meaning. I used "to do that" to eliminate is for the above reasons.
C. everything fine "to such an end". I think this is colloquial, but not idiomatic.
D. a little problematic because of "has" and "that" has no clear antecedent.
E. Yes. sounded ok and "that end" is perhaps better than "that".
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27 Apr 2010, 06:04
The answer is either C or E.

I like C better than E because there is no use of "that" in C. If we are rejecting all other options because they used "it," I think we should reject E as well for using "that."
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18 May 2010, 06:51
apoorvasrivastva wrote:
rohansherry wrote:
１５． 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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OA: E.... Pls explain why not A

A is incorrect because "to do it" is almost always incorrect..the correct diction is "to do so"

B -->"to do that" again is incorrect.. "to do so" is the correct usage

E sounds to be the best among the remaining choices

Great point re: "to do it" vs. "to do so"

On second thought, E makes more sense as it means he devotes his career towards that goal rather than actually find the site.
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21 Jul 2011, 18:47
"to such an end" vs "to that end"

I can't see how either is wrong?
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