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I went with A..but I understand why C is the correct answer. Thanks for the explanations.
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21 Nov 2011, 00:51
Thanks for all yr explanations! I marked A , but now I got it ..
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05 Jul 2012, 00:18
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I got stumped by this Q in a mock test and see that the OA hasn't been posted here. It is C. bsd_lover has it right

here is an explanation from mgmat staff in their website (though I don't think I'll get this kind of SC right if given again )

the 'what' construction is problematic in this sentence, because, in general, 'what' conveys a sense of exclusivity / uniqueness. 'what they had not considered possible' implies that there is only one thing satisfying that description, in contrast to 'something...' which admits the possibility of many other such things.
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the biggest bugbear in choice a is the word 'the', which creates an image of a definite set of other infections.

Wow, never knew about these rules. Changes the meaning of the sentence quite a bit. Thanks
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05 Jul 2012, 08:02
why is past perfect a correct choice over here
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The success of the program to eradicate smallpox has stimulated experts to pursue what they had not previously considered possible - better control, if not eradication, of the other infections such as measles and yaws.

a) what they had not previously considered possible - better control, if not eradication, of the other infections such as

'the other' is redundant. 'such infections' implies other infections.

b) what they had not previously considered a possibility - a better control, if not eradication of such infections like

the indefinite article 'a' is not necessary. 'such...like' is not idiomatic. Should be 'such as.'

c) something they had not previously considered possible - better control, if not eradication, of such infections as

Maintains original meaning of sentence, and uses correct construction 'such...as.'

d) something they had previously thought impossible - better prevention, if not eradication, of

By omitting the 'such...as' the meaning of the sentence changes. No the sentence focuses only on measles and yaws. The 'such as' broadens the scope of infections.

e) what was previously not considered possible, eradication, if not a better control of infections such as

Requires either a colon or a dash, instead of a comma, before eradication. The 'a' is unnecessary.
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22 Apr 2013, 22:08
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That's the reason I hate GMAT. No matter however much you study, GMAT will bowl you some absolute bouncers that have nothing to do with the main areas of study.

I feel ya. I could study PS and SC for an entire year and I'd still get owned on test day. This one would have got me.
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The success of the program to eradicate smallpox has stimulated experts to
pursue what they had not previously considered possible -- better control, if not eradication, of the other infections such as measles and yaws.

A. what they had not previously considered possible -- better control, if not eradication, of the other infections such as
B. what they had not previously considered a possibility -- better control, if not eradication, of such infections like
C. something they had not previously considered possible -- better control, if not eradication, of such infections as
D. something not considered a previous possibility -- better control and perhaps eradication, of other infections such as
E. the possibility of what they had not previously considered possible – better control and possibly eradication of infections like

The question posted here has incorrect options. I'm curious about option D

"something not considered a previous possibility" this distorts the meaning of the sentence? Can someone explain the errors in D thanks!
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gorupruthi wrote:
The success of the program to eradicate smallpox has stimulated experts to pursue what they had not previously considered possible - better control, if not eradication, of the other infections such as measles and yaws.

a) what they had not previously considered possible - better control, if not eradication, of the other infections such as

b) what they had not previously considered a possibility - a better control, if not eradication of such infections like

c) something they had not previously considered possible - better control, if not eradication, of such infections as

e) what was previously not considered possible, eradication, if not a better control of infections such as

I got the same Question but with diff. "D" option in Gmat prep.
D) Something not considered a previous possibility-better control and perhaps eradication, of other infections such as

Is thr anything wrong in choosing D now. ?
as THE OTHER error is not present also "What " is nt thr.

in the option D above, "such as" is missing.

I had a option D) as follows.....which is having such as......
D) Something not considered a previous possibility-better control and perhaps eradication, of other infections such as

It changes the meaning. The earlier sentence said the experts didn't consider a possibility which is at least better control if not eradication. Option D) states that better control and perhaps eradication later.
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30 Mar 2014, 08:45
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The success of the program to eradicate smallpox has stimulated experts to pursue what they had not previously considered possible - better control, if not eradication, of the other infections such as measles and yaws.

a) what they had not previously considered possible - better control, if not eradication, of the other infections such as

b) what they had not previously considered a possibility - a better control, if not eradication of such infections like

c) something they had not previously considered possible - better control, if not eradication, of such infections as

e) what was previously not considered possible, eradication, if not a better control of infections such as

First,
Whenever we use a past participle, here had not considered, the time frame of the 2 sentences should be in past and participle is used with the sentence which happened earlier .

So here is it correct to use part participle as what they had not previously considered possible is the only sentence. Will it be correct to use what they did not previously considered possible.

Second,
Why is the usage of what wrong in the sentence construction, experts want to pursue that specific thing which lead to the success of the program

So, what is correctly used.

Third,
Why is the below construction wrong?
-better control of the other infections such as measles and yaws.

Experts want to better the control of other infection for eg M and Y. Why is it wrong?
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I am not clear between A and D. Please explain. Kudos to any1 who does so fairly good.
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I am not clear between A and D. Please explain. Kudos to any1 who does so fairly good.

Not discussing B) and E) Options

The success of the program to eradicate smallpox has stimulated experts to pursue what they had not previously considered possible - better control, if not eradication, of the other infections such as measles and yaws.

a) what they had not previously considered possible - better control, if not eradication, of the other infections such as

What is a very strong word and it is used to represent a very specific idea.

I will do what I think is right. - > I know what is the right thing to do and nothing else can be right. May be doing an MBA.

Something can be general things or you are not sure of. As per the sentence "it is better control, if not eradication" -> Still the author is not decided. Hence usage of "what" is incorrect.

Usage of "the" is again very specific. I want to write with "The" pen. I am going to write with "the" pen. May be the pen is lucky to me and I am going to write only with the pen and not any other pen.

As per the sentence any other disease is meant by the author and not "The"

Hence incorrect.

c) something they had not previously considered possible - better control, if not eradication, of such infections as
Something usage is correct here.

The usage of both "prevention" and "of" changes the meaning of the original sentence.

of makes it very specific but per the original sentence, of other diseases such as.

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12 Jul 2014, 10:32
In option C
Why is "that" not mentioned before "they"?
Isn't that necessary?
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12 Jul 2014, 12:56
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In option C
Why is "that" not mentioned before "they"?
Isn't that necessary?
Thanks.

Version of this question is quite different from the one in following screenshot-- specially option D.

http://postimg.org/image/4hun0yh2j/
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12 Nov 2014, 22:26
Took took minute to resolve this, A good question indeed

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13 Nov 2014, 02:28
The success of the program to eradicate smallpox has stimulated experts to pursue
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what they had not previously considered possible - better control, if not eradication, of the other infections such as
measles and yaws.

a) what they had not previously considered possible - better control, if not eradication, of the other infections such as - Grammatically correct but verbose

b) what they had not previously considered a possibility - a better control, if not eradication of such infections like - [color=#ec008c]Change to possibility. Suck like is wrong[/color]

c) something they had not previously considered possible - better control, if not eradication, of such infections as - Concise & Correct

d) something they had previously thought impossible-better prevention,if not eradication, of - Specific to measles and yaws instead of mentioning them as example is wrong.

e) what was previously not considered possible, eradication, if not a better control of infections such as - Change in meaning

Correct me if i am wrong n my POE....
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The success of the program to eradicate smallpox has stimulated experts to
pursue what they had not previously considered possible -- better control, if not eradication, of the other infections such as measles and yaws.

Lets analyze:
The success of the program to eradicate smallpox has stimulated experts to pursue - The success is the subject and has stimulated is verb
what they had not previously considered possible -- better control, if not eradication, of the other infections such as measles and yaws. - they is subject and had not verb. - The problem with this sentence is the use of "THE OTHER INFECTIONS SUCH AS" - THE INFECTION can not be used with such as- see detailed explanation here http://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/forum ... t1161.html

A. what they had not previously considered possible -- better control, if not eradication, of the other infections such as
B. what they had not previously considered a possibility -- better control, if not eradication, of such infections like
C. something they had not previously considered possible -- better control, if not eradication, of such infections as - correct choice
D. something not considered a previous possibility -- better control and perhaps eradication, of other infections such as - shift in meaning
E. the possibility of what they had not previously considered possible - better control and possibly eradication of infections like

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19 Mar 2015, 00:24
The success of the program to eradicate smallpox has stimulated experts to pursue what they had not previously considered possible - better control, if not eradication, of the other infections such as measles and yaws.

A. what they had not previously considered possible -- better control, if not eradication, of the other infections such as
"what" mean "one thing", change the intended meaning of the sentence, there are plenty of things that had not considered possible.
"the other" is too specific, we don't know what others are, so the correct usage must be "others"

B. what they had not previously considered a possibility -- better control, if not eradication, of such infections like

C. something they had not previously considered possible -- better control, if not eradication, of such infections as

D. something not considered a previous possibility -- better control and perhaps eradication, of other infections such as

E. the possibility of what they had not previously considered possible -- better control and possibly eradication of infections like
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20 Apr 2016, 00:18
C looks like the correct choice as it correctly uses "such as" instead of "like". The use of "the" in A looks awkward. although i don't know the grammatical reason.
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21 Apr 2016, 09:12
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C looks like the correct choice as it correctly uses "such as" instead of "like". The use of "the" in A looks awkward. although i don't know the grammatical reason.

The definite article "the" here seems to refer a group of diseases that has already been mentioned previously - however it has not been. It is often awkward to use a definite article when an item(s) is introduced for the first instance.
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