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The skill and the precision of the Anasazi, ancient

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The skill and the precision of the Anasazi, ancient  [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2003, 00:30
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The skill and the precision of the Anasazi, ancient
inhabitants of the Southwest, in measuring the
movements of the Sun and Moon is evidenced not
only at
Chaco Canyon but at a number of other sites.

(A) in measuring the movements of the Sun and
Moon is evidenced not only at
(B) in measuring the movements of the Sun and
Moon are evidenced not only at
(C) in measuring the movements of the Sun and
Moon is evidenced at not only
(D) to measure the movements of the Sun and Moon
is evidenced at not only
(E) to measure the movements of the Sun and Moon
are evidenced not only at
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2003, 00:49
would opt for B!

The verb should be are evidenced rather than is evidenced. I consider this as a compound-subject-sentence because of 'and' between skill and precision. so the choice is between B and E

between B and E

the skill and precision, ----, in measuring -----------
sounds better than
the skill and presicion,-------, to measure -----------

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 [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2003, 01:14
Hope that it is an idiom

The skill in doing

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 [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2003, 11:43
I am not sure why E is correct between B & E.
Because I think "skills to measure" & "skills in measuring" both can be correct. Can somebody pls. explain it. Which one to use & when?
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2003, 12:12
ann,

can't explain accurately to the grammar's point.. can try.

'Skills in' is directive of restrictiveness to do something.. as Anasazi is skilled in measuring something.

'Skills to' is un-restricted. must not be counted.

Consider,
to improve language "skills in" business Leeds Metropolitan ...
& ...you do not have the language "skills to" make decisions ....

hope this helps
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2003, 16:57
Hey guys,

Correct me if I am wrong but "Not Only" should ALWAYS be followed by "but also" right? Here the last part of the sentence does not have "but also" . It just has "but".

Any thoughts?
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Nov 2003, 05:40
not only-but also is a must, no doubt; however, not only-but is also acceptable, so do not be obsssed with the construction.
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2003, 06:55
I am not very clear about " I consider this as a compound-subject-sentence because of 'and' between skill and precision. "

Do we not consider the number of the noun that comes after and for the verb of the sentence .... isn't precision singular?
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Choice B [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2003, 09:26
"Sun and Moon" require a plural verb to follow b/c of compound structure "and" - it's "are" not "is".

I would select choice B.
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Neither ... Nor, Either ... Or [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2003, 09:30
Pitts,

I believe you're referring to the rule for the phrases "Neither ... Nor" and "Either ... Or" where the number of the closer term matters.

Neither the sky nor the cocktail was blue.
Neither the sky nor the cocktails were blue.

Either the sky or the cocktail is blue.
Either the sky or the cocktails are blue.
Neither ... Nor, Either ... Or   [#permalink] 03 Dec 2003, 09:30
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