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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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26 Jul 2008, 11:59
IMO E

1. The skill and the precision => are
(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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26 Jul 2008, 12:01
IMO E.
The skill and the precision (plural subject) to measure the movements of the Sun and Moon are (plural verb) evidenced not only at (parallel with but at) Chaco Canyon but at a number of other sites.

Please note that use of but also entails use of not only; however use of not only does not entails use of but also.
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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

Will go with B) ... somehow I like "The skill and precision of Anasazi in measuring" better than "The skill and precision of Anasazi to measure "
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12 Feb 2009, 13:16
abhaypratapsingh wrote:
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

Between C and E, I will go with C "skill to measure" sounds like the right idiom.
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26 Feb 2009, 00:55
how to choose between B and E?
precision to measure is more correct?
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I will go with B.

IMO,
Skill in doing something more idiomatic than Skill to do something.
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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

B.

skill and precision in doing <something> IDIOMATICALLY CORRECT
skill and precision to do X -> NOT IDIOMATICALLY CORRECT

Former is more idiomatic
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The reason B is better is that B correctly uses the idiom SKILL IN DOING X
SKILL TO is incorrect in this contest
Subjet VERB needs aAND
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16 Dec 2009, 16:07
B or E....E is better because although you can say skills to do something....it is precision in doing something
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you are Right

E - incorrect - Idiom: skill in doing something.
His skill in teaching is better than His skill to teach

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The reason B is better is that B correctly uses the idiom SKILL IN DOING X
SKILL TO is incorrect in this contest
Subjet VERB needs aAND

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18 Dec 2009, 19:16
IMO B - best option

in measuring the movements of the Sun and Moon are evidenced not only at

precision - 'in measuring' is correct
skill + precision - 'are' is correct

correct idiom - 'not only' at
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the movements is plural, so we should use are
in measuring is correct
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21 Dec 2009, 22:56
B
I'd like to blame this on Idioms.
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22 Dec 2009, 06:32
B
but "not only" is not paired with "but also" in this question. I am surprised to see this.
not only X... but also Y... is the standard construction for Gmat. isnt it?
any comment?
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24 Dec 2010, 17:34
I also feel not only .... But also should be present. I first tried to anything different than not only

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28 Dec 2010, 14:56
I got it down to B and E and chose E

I didn't know the idiom "skill in x-ing"
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27 Dec 2011, 20:56
thanks for the explanations. I chose E but I guess I need to learn the idioms.
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are is needed. between B and E, B sound better. Do we need to worry about these sort of idiomatic error anymore now that idioms are not tested?
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28 Dec 2011, 06:45
+1 B
tHOUGH E COMES CLOSER
SKILL IN is correct in this context.
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