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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 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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01 Feb 2008, 18:20
GMATBLACKBELT wrote:
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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

I eliminate A, C and D because the verb "is". Between B and E, I picked E because "to measure" makes sense more than "in measuring". However, which is the OA?
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02 Feb 2008, 11:56
One is skilled in something. To say one is skilled to (do) something is simply unidiomatic.

Therefore, B.

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What is a rule to choose between B an E?
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02 Feb 2008, 12:14
solaris1 wrote:
One is skilled in something. To say one is skilled to (do) something is simply unidiomatic.

Therefore, B.

walker wrote:
What is a rule to choose between B an E?

I used google and found that the number of "skill in" is roughly equal the number of "skill to"....
maybe "precision in" rather than "precision to"?
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02 Feb 2008, 12:21
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That's probably because Google showed you hits that were completely out of context.

For instance, "It takes skill to build a computer yourself" is perfectly grammatical and idiomatic. However, "I am skilled to build computers myself" is a bit unwieldy. Similarly, you could also say "It takes precision to build a computer yourself,"

The question we're discussing here is framed a little differently. And I think "in" works better with what we have here.

walker wrote:
solaris1 wrote:
One is skilled in something. To say one is skilled to (do) something is simply unidiomatic.

Therefore, B.

walker wrote:
What is a rule to choose between B an E?

I used google and found that the number of "skill in" is roughly equal the number of "skill to"....
maybe "precision in" rather than "precision to"?
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02 Feb 2008, 12:25
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02 Feb 2008, 15:45
OA is B. Thank you solaris for the analysis.
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02 Feb 2008, 22:50
(A) in measuring the movements of the Sun and Moon is evidenced not only at (Subject – Verb Issue)
(B) in measuring the movements of the Sun and Moon are evidenced not only at (Hold it)
(C) in measuring the movements of the Sun and Moon is evidenced at not only (Subject – Verb Issue)
(D) to measure the movements of the Sun and Moon is evidenced at not only (Subject – Verb issue)
(E) to measure the movements of the Sun and Moon are evidenced not only at (Hold it)

Between B and E:

Actual and Potential Meanings: Although a gerund and an infinitive will often have practically the same meaning, there can be a difference in meaning. Gerunds are used to describe an "actual, vivid, or fulfilled action" whereas infinitives are better used to describe "potential, hypothetical, or future events".

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