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The only way for a team to win the $10 million Ansari X

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The only way for a team to win the $10 million Ansari X [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2012, 20:53
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The only way for a team to win the $10 million Ansari X Prize for private manned spaceflight is for them to privately finance and successfully launch a reusable craft on a 62-mile-high flight twice within two weeks with a live human pilot on board.

A. for them to privately finance and successfully launch a reusable craft
B. if they privately finance and successfully launch a reusable craft
C. if a reusable craft is privately financed and successfully launched by them
D. by privately financing and successfully launching a reusable craft
E. to privately finance and successfully launch a reusable craft
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Re: The only way for a team to win the $10 million Ansari X Priz [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2012, 05:27
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The only way for a team to win the $10 million Ansari X Prize for private manned spaceflight is for them to privately finance and successfully launch a reusable craft on a 62-mile-high flight twice within two weeks with a live human pilot on board.




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Error Analysis:

The sentence is talking about how “a team” can win the $10 million Ansari X Prize for private manned spaceflight. Use of plural pronoun “them” is incorrect to refer to singular “a team”.
Also, “for them” is not required in the sentence because “a team” has already been mentioned in the very same clause.

PoE:

A. for them to privately finance and successfully launch a reusable craft: Incorrect for the reasons discussed above.

B. if they privately finance and successfully launch a reusable craft: Incorrect. Plural pronoun “they” is incorrect to refer to singular “a team”.

C. if a reusable craft is privately financed and successfully launched by them: Incorrect. Plural pronoun “them” is incorrect to refer to singular “a team”.

D. by privately financing and successfully launching a reusable craft: Incorrect. Using “by…” is not correct here.

E. to privately finance and successfully launch a reusable craft: Correct.

Hope this helps.
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Re: The only way for a team to win the $10 million Ansari X [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2012, 22:34
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The only way for a team to win the $10 million Ansari X Prize for private manned spaceflight is to privately finance and successfully launch a reusable craft on a 62-mile-high flight twice within two weeks with a live human pilot on board.

I believe this is a case of proper parallelism. Notice that the underlined part "to win the $10 million..." is parallel to the non underlined part "to privately...."

D breaks the parallelism because of "by"
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Re: The only way for a team to win the $10 million Ansari X Priz [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2012, 23:07
I see that you're breaking up the dozen questions into individual ones, heh.
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Re: The only way for a team to win the $10 million Ansari X Priz [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2012, 07:50
Still not convinced why the use of "by" is wrong in D.
Though E sounds better as it uses "to" without using too many -ing forms of verb.
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Re: The only way for a team to win the $10 million Ansari X Priz [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2012, 22:28
can you please explain why (d) is wrong?


egmat wrote:
The only way for a team to win the $10 million Ansari X Prize for private manned spaceflight is for them to privately finance and successfully launch a reusable craft on a 62-mile-high flight twice within two weeks with a live human pilot on board.




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Error Analysis:

The sentence is talking about how “a team” can win the $10 million Ansari X Prize for private manned spaceflight. Use of plural pronoun “them” is incorrect to refer to singular “a team”.
Also, “for them” is not required in the sentence because “a team” has already been mentioned in the very same clause.

PoE:

A. for them to privately finance and successfully launch a reusable craft: Incorrect for the reasons discussed above.

B. if they privately finance and successfully launch a reusable craft: Incorrect. Plural pronoun “they” is incorrect to refer to singular “a team”.

C. if a reusable craft is privately financed and successfully launched by them: Incorrect. Plural pronoun “them” is incorrect to refer to singular “a team”.

D. by privately financing and successfully launching a reusable craft: Incorrect. Using “by…” is not correct here.

E. to privately finance and successfully launch a reusable craft: Correct.

Hope this helps.
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Re: The only way for a team to win the $10 million Ansari X [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2012, 00:31
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The only way for a team to win the $10 million Ansari X Prize for private manned spaceflight is to privately finance and successfully launch a reusable craft on a 62-mile-high flight twice within two weeks with a live human pilot on board.

I believe this is a case of proper parallelism. Notice that the underlined part "to win the $10 million..." is parallel to the non underlined part "to privately...."

D breaks the parallelism because of "by"


it is simply the use of idom.
the only way to do something is to .....
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