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6. The director of the conservatory emphasized to the new students that to become successful musicians not only talent but also hard work were necessary.
(A) to become successful musicians not only talent but also hard work were necessary
(B) in order to be successful musicians requires hard work as well as talent
(C) becoming a successful musician requires hard work as well as talent
(D) not only talent but also hard work was necessary to become a successful musician
(E) both hard work and talent were necessary for them becoming successful musicians
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26 Feb 2005, 00:27
mbamantra wrote:
6. The director of the conservatory emphasized to the new students that to become successful musicians not only talent but also hard work were necessary.
(A) to become successful musicians not only talent but also hard work were necessary
(B) in order to be successful musicians requires hard work as well as talent
(C) becoming a successful musician requires hard work as well as talent (D) not only talent but also hard work was necessary to become a successful musician
(E) both hard work and talent were necessary for them becoming successful musicians

I go with C.

(A) "not only talent but also hard work were necessary to become successful musicians" is more comfortable.

(B)"in order to be successful musicians is the subject", so weird

(D) "was" is wrong

(E)becoming? we need infinitive
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26 Feb 2005, 01:24
C) the meaning of an ongoing action => becoming + the right usage of the idom => as well as

D) is out because of the past tense
E) and A) is out because of subjunctive mood
B) is out because it distorts the meaning
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26 Feb 2005, 07:43
I was confused between C and D. But, I pick up D for its continuity of sense of tense.

C is correct usage but it should not be a general statement. Rather it is somebody's opinion. Thus, I prefer continuity of past tense present in the first part of the sentence. So, D is the answer.

A - wrong because of 'were'
B - grammatically wrong
E - wrong usage. Should have been 'for them to be successful musicians'

mbamantra wrote:
6. The director of the conservatory emphasized to the new students that to become successful musicians not only talent but also hard work were necessary.
(A) to become successful musicians not only talent but also hard work were necessary
(B) in order to be successful musicians requires hard work as well as talent
(C) becoming a successful musician requires hard work as well as talent (D) not only talent but also hard work was necessary to become a successful musician
(E) both hard work and talent were necessary for them becoming successful musicians

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26 Feb 2005, 12:05
I would go with C as there is a "that" before the underlined part fo the sentence and wht ever follows that should be a restrictive clause.

Also C has the right construction[/b]
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26 Feb 2005, 19:36
Last time also I did not get the OA...

well, I will pick (A).. Subjunctive Mood.
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26 Feb 2005, 20:45
I'd choose (C). The other ones are wordier and more confusing.
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26 Feb 2005, 23:29
i don't have OA thats why i posted it again, it has been discussed earlier. anyone knows QA?
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