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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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Re: SC GMAT Paper tests ... [#permalink] New post 16 Dec 2009, 09:44
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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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Re: SC GMAT Paper tests ... [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2009, 20:01
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B is the correct answer
the movements is plural, so we should use are
in measuring is correct
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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.

Experts your help needed.

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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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Re: GMAT Paper tests ... [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2008, 00:46
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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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Re: GMAT Paper tests ... [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2009, 06:19
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I will go with B.

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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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Re: SC GMAT Paper tests ... [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2009, 06:32
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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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Re: The skill and the precision of the Anasazi, ancient [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2011, 23:39
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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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Re: The skill and the precision of the Anasazi, ancient [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2013, 01:03
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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.

Experts your help needed.

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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: GMAT Paper tests ... [#permalink] New post 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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Re: GMAT Paper tests ... [#permalink] New post 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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Re: GMAT Paper tests ... [#permalink] New post 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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Re: GMAT Paper tests ... [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2009, 00:55
how to choose between B and E?
precision to measure is more correct?
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Re: SC GMAT Paper tests ... [#permalink] New post 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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Re: SC GMAT Paper tests ... [#permalink] New post 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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Re: SC GMAT Paper tests ... [#permalink] New post 21 Dec 2009, 22:56
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I'd like to blame this on Idioms.
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Re: SC GMAT Paper tests ... [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2009, 06:32
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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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Re: SC GMAT Paper tests ... [#permalink] New post 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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Re: SC GMAT Paper tests ... [#permalink] New post 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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