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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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06 Sep 2009, 21:05
Will need "are" - so need to make a call between B and E

Picked B as 'to measure" seemed awkward.
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11 Nov 2009, 06:11
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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

It is clearly referring to the skill and precision therefore A, C and D is out. Between B and E, IMO is B.
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11 Jan 2010, 17:05
whats wrong with to measure, please clear me
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whats wrong with to measure, please clear me

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

My ans is B.
Parallelism: not only at... but at...
Subj. V. agreement: the skill and the precision-->are
Idiom: In measuring > to measure
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12 Jan 2010, 02:53
Can somebody explain why TO measure is wrong?? I cannot understan that!
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Can somebody explain why TO measure is wrong?? I cannot understan that!
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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

Idiom: skill in (doing something)

e.g. Skill in sailing; Skill in shooting etc.

C,D, & E are out.

The skill and the precision of Anasazi (Two qualities of Anasazi) = Plural

so IS is OUT and ARE is IN.

B is the winner.
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12 Jan 2010, 10:59
clear B...3 with at at the end remains, then measuring is bttr than to measure
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13 Feb 2010, 23:38
hi,
i voted E actually... but correct explanation given in posts...

B wins.
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16 Mar 2010, 07:17
maiahoji wrote:
Can somebody explain why TO measure is wrong?? I cannot understan that!
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Hi maiahoji,

Look carefully where the underlined text begins in the original post:

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.

It would be really awkward to say: ...Southwest, in to measure...

But if the underlined texts looks like: in measuring, then as in other post is written, "skill in" is the answer. But I agree that it's more confusing than the previous underlined text.

The underline beginning in "measuring" helps you rule out the sentence "in to measure".
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01 Apr 2010, 00:20
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maiahoji wrote:
Can somebody explain why TO measure is wrong?? I cannot understan that!
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Hi maiahoji,

Look carefully where the underlined text begins in the original post:

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.

It would be really awkward to say: ...Southwest, in to measure...

But if the underlined texts looks like: in measuring, then as in other post is written, "skill in" is the answer. But I agree that it's more confusing than the previous underlined text.

The underline beginning in "measuring" helps you rule out the sentence "in to measure".

I think "in" is also underlined in this question.
As per your explanation "in to" if we choose B then its gong to be "in in" which is wordy and awkward (easy to pic)

I will go with E

reason 1. For skill and precision (plural) we use "are"
reason 2. to measure sounds more clear than in measuring
ex- johnny's skill to measure xyz

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09 Apr 2010, 01:49
Will go with B, because E sounds weird to me.
But ppl, isn't the question wrong? what about "not only ...but (also??)..."
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09 Apr 2010, 02:08
Good point indien

Does anyone know the OA?
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09 Apr 2010, 03:01
hey ..no problem...
I was smacked many times by these idioms in the beginning. Obviously I still recognize some of them

I would worry more about the source of this question.
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10 Apr 2010, 22:49
I too was able to eliminate ACD right off the bat (is/are)

E seems too awkward

Therefore, B.
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05 Aug 2010, 09:54
Hi,
in the original sentence:

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.

I think there is a mistake because it is not correct use "not only.....but...", it should be "not only at Chaco Canyon but ALSO at a number of other sites :

Am i ok?.

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05 Aug 2010, 10:13
+1 for B.

But I am not sop positive about "....not only ....but" idiom honestly.

As far as I know, there are 2 similar idions: one is "not only but also," and the second one is "...not...X.... but Y...

Is "not only ...but" correct. Someonre can clarify it?
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05 Aug 2010, 12:50
The answer is def B. The use of the "to" eliminates choice E.

I would agree, though, that the apparent misuse of the idiom "not only X.... but also Y" is troubling.

It kind of makes me question the source of this question.
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06 Aug 2010, 09:26
"skill in (doing something)" is the correct idiom. Hence between B and E, B is correct.
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14 Aug 2010, 06:51
A) in measuring the movements of the Sun and Moon is evidenced not only at: IS should be replaced by ARE
(B) in measuring the movements of the Sun and Moon are evidenced not only at:CORRECT
(C) in measuring the movements of the Sun and Moon is evidenced at not only:'AT NOT ONLY' should be 'NOT ONLY AT' and IS should be replaced by ARE
(D) to measure the movements of the Sun and Moon is evidenced at not only: 'TO MEASURE' is unidiomatic,'AT NOT ONLY' should be 'NOT ONLY AT' and IS should be replaced by ARE
(E) to measure the movements of the Sun and Moon are evidenced not only at:'TO MEASURE' is unidiomatic
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