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# The arms control treaty will be ratified only insofar as it

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The arms control treaty will be ratified only insofar as it is verifiable.

A. only insofar as it is verifiable
B. insofar as the provisions are verified
C. only if the provisions it contains may be verifiable
D. only if compliance to its provisions can be verified
E. exclusively if its contained provisions are verifiable

This one is confusing because OA lists something which haven't been included in the original sentence.

Can we expect these types of questions where you have to have a background knowledge about the context?
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24 Oct 2012, 22:51
kapsycumm wrote:
The arms control treaty will be ratified only insofar as it is verifiable.

A. only insofar as it is verifiable
B. insofar as the provisions are verified
C. only if the provisions it contains may be verifiable
D. only if compliance to its provisions can be verified
E. exclusively if its contained provisions are verifiable

This one is confusing because OA lists something which haven't been included in the original sentence.

Can we expect these types of questions where you have to have a background knowledge about the context?

This sentence means to say that the treaty will be approved once it is verifiable...Now you can't verify a a treaty but compliance to a treaty can be verified., hence D.
A- Incorrect Meaning
B-Incorrect Meaning
C-Incorrect Meaning- Provisions don't contain anything. Its the treaty that contains provisions
D-Correct
E-Passive construction.
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25 Oct 2012, 09:08
davidfrank wrote:
kapsycumm wrote:
The arms control treaty will be ratified only insofar as it is verifiable.

A. only insofar as it is verifiable
B. insofar as the provisions are verified
C. only if the provisions it contains may be verifiable
D. only if compliance to its provisions can be verified
E. exclusively if its contained provisions are verifiable

This one is confusing because OA lists something which haven't been included in the original sentence.

Can we expect these types of questions where you have to have a background knowledge about the context?

This sentence means to say that the treaty will be approved once it is verifiable...Now you can't verify a a treaty but compliance to a treaty can be verified., hence D.
A- Incorrect Meaning
B-Incorrect Meaning
C-Incorrect Meaning- Provisions don't contain anything. Its the treaty that contains provisions
D-Correct
E-Passive construction.

Thanks for the reply. But, I thought SC will not test your knowledge of something. To answer this correctly, we need to know what provisions are. If I don't know the background about treaties, it will be hard.
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25 Oct 2012, 11:11
my understanding :

this is of the form : If X......THEN Y

vertical scan reveals only C&D to follow suit

C : if X......then Y ( Y - the treaty will be ratified )

D : if X......then Y ( Y - the treaty will be ratified )

so essentially it boils down to the diff in the part involving X bxn C&D; lets check

C : if X may be verifiable..............then Y

D : if X can be verified..................then Y

isn't D a more simple construction, and aptly conveys the intended meaning, wrt C; forgetting the nuances/belongings of X

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13 Jan 2013, 20:54
This is a really bizarre sc question.
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