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Re: SC: eradicate smallpox [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2011, 15:28
I went with A..but I understand why C is the correct answer. Thanks for the explanations.
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Re: The success of the program to eradicate smallpox has [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2011, 00:51
Thanks for all yr explanations! I marked A , but now I got it ..
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Re: SC: eradicate smallpox [#permalink] New post 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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Re: The success of the program to eradicate smallpox has [#permalink] New post 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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Re: SC: eradicate smallpox [#permalink] New post 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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Re: SC: eradicate smallpox [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2014, 07:12
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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

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

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

please clarify.......


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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Re: The success of the program to eradicate smallpox has [#permalink] New post 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

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

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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Re: The success of the program to eradicate smallpox has [#permalink] New post 23 May 2014, 21:50
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Re: The success of the program to eradicate smallpox has [#permalink] New post 23 May 2014, 22:45
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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.

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

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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Re: The success of the program to eradicate smallpox has [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2014, 10:32
In option C
Why is "that" not mentioned before "they"?
Isn't that necessary?
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The success of the program to eradicate smallpox has [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2014, 12:56
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In option C
Why is "that" not mentioned before "they"?
Isn't that necessary?
Thanks.
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Version of this question is quite different from the one in following screenshot-- specially option D.

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