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The ability of scientists to provide models of the atmosphere's complex responses to changing conditions, like seasonal and daily cycles or different planetary conjunctions, have become ever more accurate.

a) The ability of scientists to provide models of the atmosphere's complex responses to changing conditions, like seasonal and daily cycles or different planetary conjunctions, have become ever more accurate.
b) The ability of scientists has become ever more accurate in providing models of the atmosphere's complex responses to changing conditions, such as seasonal and daily cycles or different planetary conjunctions.
c) Scientists have become able to provide ever more accurate models of the atmosphere's complex responses to such changing conditions as seasonal and daily cycles or different planetary conjunctions.
d) Scientists have become ever more accurate in their ability for providing models of the atmosphere's complex responses to changing conditions, like seasonal and daily cycles or different planetary conjunctions.
e) Scientists ability to provide models of the atmosphere's complex responses to such changing conditions as seasonal and daily cycles or different planetary conjunctions have become ever more accurate.

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Since we have to use "such as " for examples instead of "like", we are left with B, C& E. In C, "become able to" appeared awkward.
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The text states clearly that 'the ability of scientists has become ever more accurate’
B maintains this intent intact, while C changes the intent blatantly by saying that ‘Scientists have become able to provide ever more accurate models”

Should we still prefer C over B? Can someone point to a valid grammar error in B, unless he or she wants to insist on a trivial such as ‘in providing’ is not a good idiom or some such.
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I think there are n ways to dissect the SC. Take the easiest one :-)

The first split is ability / scientists. The ability is not animate. You have to say "scientists". This leaves just C and D.

Now the split is idiom such x as y / without idiom. So C remains.
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B can not be the answer since it says that "The ability of scientists has become ever more accurate"now the ability cannot be accurate but the person can be therefore answer is "C"

Moreover use of "The ability of scientists has become ever more accurate in providing models of" is the awkward use.
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I think the first split should be between such as versus Like. That leaves B, C and E. Even I lean towards B. It is more straight. Why the ability cannot be accurate?
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In order of importance, GMAT prefers the following:

1. Verb
2. Adjective
3. Noun

"Able to do X to achieve Y" is preferable to "Ability to do X in achieving Y"
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The ability of scientists to provide models of the atmosphere's complex responses to changing conditions, like seasonal and daily cycles or different planetary conjunctions, have become ever more accurate.

a) The ability of scientists to provide models of the atmosphere's complex responses to changing conditions, like seasonal and daily cycles or different planetary conjunctions, have become ever more accurate.
b) The ability of scientists has become ever more accurate in providing models of the atmosphere's complex responses to changing conditions, such as seasonal and daily cycles or different planetary conjunctions.
c) Scientists have become able to provide ever more accurate models of the atmosphere's complex responses to such changing conditions as seasonal and daily cycles or different planetary conjunctions.
d) Scientists have become ever more accurate in their ability for providing models of the atmosphere's complex responses to changing conditions, like seasonal and daily cycles or different planetary conjunctions.
e) Scientists ability to provide models of the atmosphere's complex responses to such changing conditions as seasonal and daily cycles or different planetary conjunctions have become ever more accurate.

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Since we have to use "such as " for examples instead of "like", we are left with B, C& E. In C, "become able to" appeared awkward.



A) The ability......have become ever more accurate.
B) The ability of scientists has become ever more accurate...how can ability become more accurate...seems wrong. Also I think we dont need comma:
conditions, such as
C)Seems good, keep it on hold.
D) Wordy and also uses like rather than such as:
changing conditions, like ....
E) Too wordy and wrong.
Scientists ability...apostrophe missing
...have become ever more accurate.

SO C is right.
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daagh wrote:
The text states clearly that 'the ability of scientists has become ever more accurate’
B maintains this intent intact, while C changes the intent blatantly by saying that ‘Scientists have become able to provide ever more accurate models”

Should we still prefer C over B? Can someone point to a valid grammar error in B, unless he or she wants to insist on a trivial such as ‘in providing’ is not a good idiom or some such.


Hi daagh,
Can ability be more accurate or less accurate? We can say that A has the ability to throw the ball more accurately than B. But we can't say that A has more accurate ability than B. Ability is an abstract idea and accuracy is used for physical things ( I think...)

Therefore they can develop more accurate models but I doubt their ability will become more accurate
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