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Re: The skill and the precision of the Anasazi, ancient [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2012, 22:54
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

==> Split between 'to measure' and 'in measuring', go with 'in measuring' because Skill and precision to measure is awkward, moreso precision is exhibited by words 'in measuring'.
==> left over options A),B) and C).
==> Skill and Precision (Plural Subject) hence should have 'are' and not 'is'.
So B) is my choice.(Also, Not only and But goes with each other).so no issues there as well.
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Re: The skill and the precision of the Anasazi, ancient [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2013, 22:24
Could anyone give a very strong reasoning for the options B and E as to why B is correct and E is wrong or either ways, B is wrong and E is correct.

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Re: The skill and the precision of the Anasazi, ancient [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2013, 01:03
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Could anyone give a very strong reasoning for the options B and E as to why B is correct and E is wrong or either ways, B is wrong and E is correct.

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I am not an expert but I can help you here.

B) The skill and the precision of the Anasazi, ancient inhabitants of the Southwest, in measuring the movements of the Sun and Moon are evidenced not only at Chaco Canyon but at a number of other sites.

E) The skill and the precision of the Anasazi, ancient inhabitants of the Southwest, to measure the movements of the Sun and Moon are evidenced not only at Chaco Canyon but at a number of other sites.

They are very similar. They have the right verb "are" use the same structure in the comparison "not only at ... but at". As you can see there is only one difference : in measuring/to measure. To measure sounds awkward, I would say the skill in something rather than the skill to . This is a question from the 1000 series and from what I've learned so far, it's not a good source.

Let me know if it's clear
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Re: The skill and the precision of the Anasazi, ancient [#permalink] New post 30 Apr 2013, 11:17
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Amit1408GMAThunk wrote:
Could anyone give a very strong reasoning for the options B and E as to why B is correct and E is wrong or either ways, B is wrong and E is correct.

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Hi,
This is in response to your PM.

The only difference between Choice B and Choice E is of "in measuring" and "to measure". Per the context of the sentence, "in measuring" is better that "to measure".
As the poster before my post has correctly said, this is not very good question to study because GMAT now does not use the idiom "not only X but Y". The correct idiom is "not only X but also Y".

So just study official questions.

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Re: The skill and the precision of the Anasazi, ancient [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2013, 02:19
Parallelism is required between what follows Not only and what follows But, since but is followed by 'at' Not only also need to be followed by 'at'.
This eliminates C & D.
Verb and subject should agree- Here The skill and the precision of the Anasazi needs a plural verb 'are' so A, C and D are eliminated.
Between B & E, E uses the incorrect idiomatic usage of 'precision to measure' hence the answer is B
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Re: The skill and the precision of the Anasazi, ancient [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2013, 06:42
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Amit1408GMAThunk wrote:
Could anyone give a very strong reasoning for the options B and E as to why B is correct and E is wrong or either ways, B is wrong and E is correct.

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Hi,
This is in response to your PM.

The only difference between Choice B and Choice E is of "in measuring" and "to measure". Per the context of the sentence, "in measuring" is better that "to measure".
As the poster before my post has correctly said, this is not very good question to study because GMAT now does not use the idiom "not only X but Y". The correct idiom is "not only X but also Y".

So just study official questions.

Hope this helps. :-)
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Hi Shraddha,

Based on the article ' for verbing vs to verb', we can clearly infer that there is no intent to measure the movements of sun and moon and hence use of to verb will be incorrect..although the other options doesn't have 'for verb' construction but using the concept in the article, we can say in measuring will be the correct usage....

Please confirm

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Re: The skill and the precision of the Anasazi, ancient [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2013, 13:33
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Hi Shraddha,

Based on the article ' for evening vs to verb', we can clearly infer there is no intent to measure the movements of sun and moon and hence use of to verb will be incorrect..although the other option doesn't have 'for verb' construction but using the concept in the article, we can say in measuring will be the correct usage....

Please confirm

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Hi there,

Yes, your understanding is correct here. We can easily that last two answer choices because of the incorrect use of "to measure". This leaves us with the answer choices that start with "in measuring". So yes, this usage has to be correct.

Hope this helps. :-)
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