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Re: SC:Quechuans [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2007, 15:57
this is a split gerrund...only C and D are correct...all others distort the meaning or have an ambigous "it"

C is wrong because it splits the gerrund, its direct contact not contact with later diretly through..C reads as if you have direct connection with the dream..thats not what the sentence meant..its direct contact with the mystical side, by means of a dream...perfect usage of idiom..by means of..

D it is.

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The Quechuans believed that all things participated in both the material level and the mystical level of reality, and many individual Quechuans claimed to have contact with it directly with an ichana (dream) experience.
(A) contact with it directly with
(B) direct contact with it by way of
(C) contact with the latter directly through
(D) direct contact with the latter by means of
(E) contact directly with the mystical level due to
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Re: SC:Quechuans [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2007, 16:27
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The Quechuans believed that all things participated in both the material level and the mystical level of reality, and many individual Quechuans claimed to have contact with it directly with an ichana (dream) experience.
(A) contact with it directly with
(B) direct contact with it by way of
(C) contact with the latter directly through
(D) direct contact with the latter by means of
(E) contact directly with the mystical level due to


I choose D. Even though option D seems wordy at first sight, it uses "direct" in the right place and right sense, to modify "contact".

Directly in choice C is misplaced.
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2007, 10:31
and to split fine hairs,
"I have made contact with GMAC directly through mail" - means there was also an "indirect" option other than mailing.
"I have made direct contact with GMAC" takes out that slight ambiguity in meaning.
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Re: SC:Quechuans [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2007, 14:26
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The Quechuans believed that all things participated in both the material level and the mystical level of reality, and many individual Quechuans claimed to have contact with it directly with an ichana (dream) experience.

(A) contact with it directly with
(B) direct contact with it by way of
(C) contact with the latter directly through
(D) direct contact with the latter by means of
(E) contact directly with the mystical level due to


D. Because direct is an adjective and should modify "contact". Therefore C is not correct. "Directly" is also an adverb that is not correct.
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2007, 18:14
darn it.. I was down to C and D and picked C. But looking back, I could see why C is wrong (misplaced modifier "directly"). :oops:
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2007, 23:02
Same problem.

I was down to C and D.

Preferred "through" in C over "by means of" in D.
Preferred "direct contact" in D over "contact directly" in C

And picked C. One of those 50-50 ones.
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Re: SC:Quechuans [#permalink] New post 14 Sep 2007, 09:30
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The Quechuans believed that all things participated in both the material level and the mystical level of reality, and many individual Quechuans claimed to have contact with it directly with an ichana (dream) experience.

(A) contact with it directly with
(B) direct contact with it by way of
(C) contact with the latter directly through
(D) direct contact with the latter by means of
(E) contact directly with the mystical level due to


D. Because direct is an adjective and should modify "contact". Therefore C is not correct. "Directly" is also an adverb that is not correct.


Well explained. In C - claimed to have contact (with the latter) directly through...Contact is used as a noun and hence it requires an adjective (direct) not an adverb (directly).
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Re: The Quechuans believed that all things participated in both [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2012, 23:18
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How you guys decide which meaning is better. C yields a different meaning and the same goes for D. How you all sorted down to D.
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Re: The Quechuans believed that all things participated in both [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2012, 09:36
This was really tough.
I answered E just because I didn't know what to answer.
If someone could provide a detail explanation, I would be grateful.
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Re: The Quechuans believed that all things participated in both [#permalink] New post 16 Mar 2013, 23:44
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The Quechuans believed that all things participated in both the material level and the mystical level of reality, and many individual Quechuans claimed to have contact with it directly with an ichana (dream) experience.
(A) contact with it directly with
(B) direct contact with it by way of
(C) contact with the latter directly through
(D) direct contact with the latter by means of
(E) contact directly with the mystical level due to


IMO: D is correct. Here's my 2 cents.

A, C, E out because "directly" modifies verb "have". That is not correct. "Direct" should modify "contact".
B is also out because the word "it" is ambiguous.
D is correct, and "the latter" clearly modifies "mystical level".
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Re: The Quechuans believed that all things participated in both [#permalink] New post 17 Mar 2013, 08:40
correct answer is D. now why C is wrong.
The Quechuans believed that all things participated in both the material level and the mystical level of reality, and many individual Quechuans claimed to have contact with it directly with an ichana (dream) experience.


directly through in C means Quechuans are in contact directly via dream which is incorrect. but they are in direct contact via dream which is correctly stated in D.

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Re: The Quechuans believed that all things participated in both [#permalink] New post 19 Apr 2013, 14:49
I just want to add a small thing.
Correct idiom: by means of = through the use of. The idiom is correct and is not as wordy as we think.
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Re: The Quechuans believed that all things participated in both [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2014, 19:57
IMO D is correct. I will like to justify D by placing the fact that 'directly' as an adverb needs to modify a verb eg.'contact'(whereas in the sentence it is used as noun). As per the sentence it modifies 'have' which is an incorrect construct. Hence adjective form 'direct' must go with the noun Contact
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