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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
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Re: SC: eradicate smallpox [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2008, 23:30
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The question stem has no errors. Hence A. The reasons to eliminate the other other options are as under
B. Use of "like" is incorrect.
C. The original sentence construction is preferable to this one starting with "something"
D. Changes the meaning eliminating few words
E. The order of expressions changes the meaning.
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Re: SC: eradicate smallpox [#permalink] New post 27 Apr 2008, 16:39
I am going with A also,

choosing between A and C, "measle" and "yaws" are other infections, so i pick A.
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Re: SC: eradicate smallpox [#permalink] New post 23 Nov 2009, 08:04
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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.
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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.




There are 2 problems with A.
- Major problem is "THE other infections." THE is too definitive here, carrying the connotation of "every single one of the other infections."
* THE is also incompatible with "such as":
- Correct: I never read this book, but I read the other books on the shelf.
- Correct: I never read this book, but I read other books on the shelf, such as "Right Hand, Left Hand" and "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich."
- Incorrect: I never read this book, but I read the other books on the shelf, such as "Right Hand, Left Hand" and "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich."
- Minor problem is "what they had not..." vs. "something they had not..." The "what" construction is awfully strong, suggesting that this was THE ONE THING they hadn't thought possible.
* As an analogy, compare the meanings of "I want to do what I love for a living" and "I want to do something I love for a living." The first suggests that the speaker has one particular field in mind; the second doesn't.

it is from what one staff says.
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Re: SC: eradicate smallpox [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 00:59
pretty interesting SC...I choose A as well.
Never knew about the 'What' and 'The' implications.
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Re: SC: eradicate smallpox [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 06:35
very good question. C for me.

Good points about 'what', 'something' and 'the'
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Re: SC: eradicate smallpox [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 07:49
C for me as well. If you are going for A with the reason of "such as" E would also look likely. Its the first part of A statement which is oddd in its construction.

C sounds harmonious all the way.
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Re: SC: eradicate smallpox [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2010, 14:21
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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.
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Re: SC: eradicate smallpox [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2011, 08:39
never looked at "the - such as" this way. Totally new perspective for me.
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Re: SC: eradicate smallpox [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2011, 15:37
I dont see how A is grammatically wrong.
But will go for C - keeps it closest to the intended meaning. Eradication of one infection stimulated them to pursue better control if not eradication of other such infections.
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Re: SC: eradicate smallpox [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2011, 15:47
yeh i have also read the rule that 'the' is not used with such as... & got this one right :)
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Re: SC: eradicate smallpox [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2011, 21:08
C for me as well.

The use of "the" makes choice A un-attractive.

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Re: SC: eradicate smallpox [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2011, 03:00
"had not previously"

I sought that this is redundant constraction, because we already used "had" to how prevouse of action and than "previously".

Experts?What do you think about this?
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Re: SC: eradicate smallpox [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2011, 18:34
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.
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Re: SC: eradicate smallpox [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2011, 22:18
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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.
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Re: SC: eradicate smallpox [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2011, 22:43
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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 - Correct --use of such as..

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

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 - Meaning change

e) what was previously not considered possible, eradication, if not a better control of infections such as - incorrect. Hyphen required
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Re: SC: eradicate smallpox [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2011, 01:27
Had guessed C

OA is also C - this is a GMATPrep Question

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Re: SC: eradicate smallpox [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2011, 01:40
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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

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.......
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Re: SC: eradicate smallpox [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2011, 02:46
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

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.


Good effort by you!! But one problem with option D is it states clearly about two diseases "measles and yaws". However, it changes the meaning upto some extent because these two diseases are just examples, there can be few more additional diseases as well. Therefore, "such as" is mandatory.

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