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The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft will orbit the asteroid Eros for a year, slowly moving closer to the surface of the object to make ever more precise measurements that scientists hope will enable them to understand how the solar system formed some four billion years ago.

A. to make ever more precise measurements that scientists hope will enable them to

B. to make ever more and more precise measurements, which scientists are hoping to enable them

C. for making ever more precise measurements, and scientists hope that they will be able to

D. with the purpose of making more precise measurements than ever, and which scientists hope will enable them to

E. in order to make more precise measurements than it ever did, and scientists are hoping they will be able to
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08 Jul 2009, 07:21
The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft will orbit the asteroid Eros
for a year, slowly moving closer to the surface of the object to make ever more precise
measurements that scientists hope will enable them to
understand how the solar
system formed some four billion years ago.
A. to make ever more precise measurements that scientists hope will enable them
to
B. to make ever more and more precise measurements, which scientists are
hoping to enable them
C. for making ever more precise measurements, and scientists hope that they will
be able to
D. with the purpose of making more precise measurements than ever, and which
scientists hope will enable them to
E. in order to make more precise measurements than it ever did, and scientists are
hoping they will be able to
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08 Jul 2009, 07:52
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The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft will orbit the asteroid Eros
for a year, slowly moving closer to the surface of the object to make ever more precise
measurements that scientists hope will enable them to understand how the solar
system formed some four billion years ago.
A. to make ever more precise measurements that scientists hope will enable them
to
B. to make ever more and more precise measurements, which scientists are
hoping to enable them
C. for making ever more precise measurements, and scientists hope that they will
be able to
D. with the purpose of making more precise measurements than ever, and which
scientists hope will enable them to
E. in order to make more precise measurements than it ever did, and scientists are
hoping they will be able to

I think you need to have a parallel here for "to make" and "to understand" so that B,C,D,E are all out because they dont follow it through, leaving only A.
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09 Jul 2009, 01:02
The ans looks like A.
What is the OA
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09 Jul 2009, 02:18
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I think you need to have a parallel here for "to make" and "to understand" so that B,C,D,E are all out because they dont follow it through, leaving only A.

B is following the parallelism,
I think it is wrong because:
In this 'which' refers to the subject(more precise measurements)
'which (X) to enable them' is incorrect
which will enable them is appropriate here as reflected in A.

One issue?
is more and more precise measurement correct form here. Please comment!
Isn't 'more' sufficient in here?
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09 Jul 2009, 03:04
ritjn2003 wrote:
The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft will orbit the asteroid Eros
for a year, slowly moving closer to the surface of the object to make ever more precise
measurements that scientists hope will enable them to understand how the solar
system formed some four billion years ago.
A. to make ever more precise measurements that scientists hope will enable them
to
B. to make ever more and more precise measurements, which scientists are
hoping to enable them
C. for making ever more precise measurements, and scientists hope that they will
be able to
D. with the purpose of making more precise measurements than ever, and which
scientists hope will enable them to
E. in order to make more precise measurements than it ever did, and scientists are
hoping they will be able to

A sounds clear and concise. 'more and more' and 'hoping to enable them...' sounds wordy (B) in comparison with A
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28 Jul 2009, 02:51
I found that OA is C and not A.
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28 Jul 2009, 03:45
tricky:P i cmpltly overlukd C...and had gone for A as the answer choice.
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28 Jul 2009, 12:57
wow ...tricky...i guess A B D E all had they in there that could point either to measurements or scientists?
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According to Ron, answer should be A

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13 Nov 2013, 18:28
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The OA is A guys. Kindly double check before posting ambiguous OAs.
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14 Dec 2013, 20:20
Let's fit option C and re-read the entire sentence.

The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft will orbit the asteroid Eros
for a year, slowly moving closer to the surface of the object for making ever more
precise measurements, and scientists hope that they will
be able to
understand how the solar system formed some four billion years ago.

By doing so, we are creating two independent clauses connected by and (independent
because subjects of each of these clauses are different). So, this changes the meaning
of the original sentence. Second issue with option 'C" is the usage of "for + verb-ing"
In only one instance, such a construction is right - when that usage is idiomatic.

So, C is wrong.
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05 Feb 2014, 05:01
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According to Ron, answer should be A

http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/post26896.html

And according to me too, answer should be A

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A. to make ever more precise measurements that scientists hope will enable them
to
Right idiom - To make..... Hope is the right verb to use with scientists.
B. to make ever more and more precise measurements, which scientists are
hoping to enable them
Wordy
C. for making ever more precise measurements, and scientists hope that they will
be able to

D. with the purpose of making more precise measurements than ever, and which
scientists hope will enable them to
WORDY
E. in order to make more precise measurements than it ever did, and scientists are
hoping they will be able to
WORDY
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23 May 2016, 08:32
ritjn2003 wrote:
The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft will orbit the asteroid Eros
for a year, slowly moving closer to the surface of the object to make ever more precise
measurements that scientists hope will enable them to
understand how the solar
system formed some four billion years ago.
A. to make ever more precise measurements that scientists hope will enable them
to
B. to make ever more and more precise measurements, which scientists are
hoping to enable them
C. for making ever more precise measurements, and scientists hope that they will
be able to
D. with the purpose of making more precise measurements than ever, and which
scientists hope will enable them to
E. in order to make more precise measurements than it ever did, and scientists are
hoping they will be able to

Was a close call between 'A' and 'C'. But after several readings, I realize that A should be the answer.

NEAR is doing something with intentions of taking precise measurements. Scientists hope that these measurements will enable them to do something.

A. to make ever more precise measurements that scientists hope will enable them
to We are getting the meaning that new precise measurements will enable scientists to do something
B. to make ever more and more precise measurements, which scientists are
hoping to enable them 'Hoping to enable them understand' is not right
C. for making ever more precise measurements, and scientists hope that they will
be able to the cause and effect is lacking, otherwise this sentence is correct.
D. with the purpose of making more precise measurements than ever, and which
scientists hope will enable them to unnecessary wordy
E. in order to make more precise measurements than it ever did, and scientists are
hoping they will be able to wordy, and wrong for same reason as in option C
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I would chose OPTION A but very reluctant since all other options are equally bad.

I have a strong reservation about Option A
A) to make ever more precise measurements that scientists hope will enable them to

to make ever more precise measurements --> more precise than what ??? ---> there should have been some logical reference to explain the phrase"ever more precise"
more precise measurements than the measurements earlier spacecraft made?
more precise measurements than the measurements obtained by a computational model in the lab?
more precise measurements than the measurements calculated by the little boy who used his home made telescope?

"MORE" is an adjective of comparison. What is the second item to compare in this sentence ????
What are we comparing "more precise measurements to" ???

Not happy with this question at all

ritjn2003 wrote:
The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft will orbit the asteroid Eros
for a year, slowly moving closer to the surface of the object to make ever more precise
measurements that scientists hope will enable them to
understand how the solar
system formed some four billion years ago.
A. to make ever more precise measurements that scientists hope will enable them
to
B. to make ever more and more precise measurements, which scientists are
hoping to enable them
C. for making ever more precise measurements, and scientists hope that they will
be able to
D. with the purpose of making more precise measurements than ever, and which
scientists hope will enable them to
E. in order to make more precise measurements than it ever did, and scientists are
hoping they will be able to

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13 Jul 2016, 01:19
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I would chose OPTION A but very reluctant since all other options are equally bad.

I have a strong reservation about Option A
A) to make ever more precise measurements that scientists hope will enable them to

to make ever more precise measurements --> even more precise than what ??? ---> there should have been some logical reference to explain the phrase"even more precise"
even more precise measurements than the measurements earlier spacecraft made?
even more precise measurements than the measurements obtained by a computational model in the lab?
even more precise measurements than the measurements calculated by the little boy who used his home made telescope?

"MORE" is an adjective of comparison. What is the second item to compare in this sentence ????
What are we comparing "more precise measurements to" ???

Not happy with this question at all

ritjn2003 wrote:
The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft will orbit the asteroid Eros
for a year, slowly moving closer to the surface of the object to make ever more precise
measurements that scientists hope will enable them to
understand how the solar
system formed some four billion years ago.
A. to make ever more precise measurements that scientists hope will enable them
to
B. to make ever more and more precise measurements, which scientists are
hoping to enable them
C. for making ever more precise measurements, and scientists hope that they will
be able to
D. with the purpose of making more precise measurements than ever, and which
scientists hope will enable them to
E. in order to make more precise measurements than it ever did, and scientists are
hoping they will be able to

someone tell me why E is wrong?
just meaning?
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LogicGuru1 wrote:
I would chose OPTION A but very reluctant since all other options are equally bad.

I have a strong reservation about Option A
A) to make ever more precise measurements that scientists hope will enable them to

to make ever more precise measurements --> even more precise than what ??? ---> there should have been some logical reference to explain the phrase"even more precise"
even more precise measurements than the measurements earlier spacecraft made?
even more precise measurements than the measurements obtained by a computational model in the lab?
even more precise measurements than the measurements calculated by the little boy who used his home made telescope?

"MORE" is an adjective of comparison. What is the second item to compare in this sentence ????
What are we comparing "more precise measurements to" ???

Not happy with this question at all

ritjn2003 wrote:
The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft will orbit the asteroid Eros
for a year, slowly moving closer to the surface of the object to make ever more precise
measurements that scientists hope will enable them to
understand how the solar
system formed some four billion years ago.
A. to make ever more precise measurements that scientists hope will enable them
to
B. to make ever more and more precise measurements, which scientists are
hoping to enable them
C. for making ever more precise measurements, and scientists hope that they will
be able to
D. with the purpose of making more precise measurements than ever, and which
scientists hope will enable them to
E. in order to make more precise measurements than it ever did, and scientists are
hoping they will be able to

someone tell me why E is wrong?
just meaning?

E is grammatically perfect. No errors as far as grammar is concerned.
GMAT also check wordiness.
If an idea can be expressed in crisp and concise language, then there is no need to be unnecessary wordy and prosaic (like a poem) about it.
Thats why E is NOT PREFERABLE .. it's CORRECT BUT NOT PREFERABLE
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If you consider what sentence wants to convey then only option A is winner , other options are changing the intended meaning.
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27 Aug 2016, 02:55
I agree that more crisp statement is preferred, but in option A is am not happy with MORE, since it requires MORE THAN, otherwise the comparison is illogical. I chose E - not so elegant, but at least with no obvious errors. Another case, in which this rule is broken...
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