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this is a modifier problem - the choice has to be made between A and C. rest of the options are incorrect becuase present perfect tense is req

'unqualified' is an adjective that modifies the noun 'support'..therefore this option is rite
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30 Dec 2009, 08:06
C seems to be the best option. Also unlike someone mentioned, it doesn't make the sentence passive because three women are the subject in this sentence not the labor.
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30 Dec 2009, 10:07
I tried searching for "unqualifying" in the dictionary and couldn't find any entries. Could it be that the word "unqualifying" doesn't exist makes the answers "A" and "B" wrong?

That leaves only "C" as the right answer.
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OA is C and not A because "unqualifying" is present participle, which denotes an ongoing action, whereas "unqualified" is past participle, which denotes an action that is complete.
Since we used past perfect tense to denote that the action is complete we have to use past participle "unqualified" to modify the noun support.
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The three women, liberal activists who strongly support legislation in favor of civil rights and environmental protection, have consistently received labor’s unqualifying support.

(A) have consistently received labor’s unqualifying support
(B) are consistently receiving the unqualifying support of labor
(C) have consistently received the unqualified support of labor
(D) receive consistent and unqualified support by labor
(E) are receiving consistent and unqualified support by labor

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C

A -> GMAT doesn't like the structure of "labor's unqualifying support" when other choices are available; it should be unqualified not unqualifying
B should be unqualified
C is correct
D and E support by labor passive voice is not preferred and they changed the original meaning of the sentence by making consistent and unqualified parallel.
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04 Jan 2010, 16:03
IMO C
Un-qualified support is the correct idiom
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the issue here is just that "labor's unqualifying support" is just ridiculously awkward. this is one of those things that native speakers will understand almost instinctively, but that is nevertheless nearly impossible to explain to non-natives.

in general, i'm loath to use apostrophe + "s" for anything but humans, animals, and the like. this is definitely NOT a hard and fast rule, but i've noticed that it's fairly consistent across most usage.
thus, "an ape's vocal tract" is preferred to "the vocal tract of an ape", but "the colors of the mural" is better than "the mural's colors".

in general, if you get to pick between the apostrophe+s construction and the "of" construction, and the possessor isn't a living thing, i'd go with the latter.
but by all means try to eliminate based on other things first.

the REAL issue, though, is "unqualifying" -- this is incorrect.
"unqualifying" means "not meeting some sort of standard for qualification".
the intended meaning here is "unqualified", which means "without any sort of restriction or reservation".
I find this discussion on http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/post21475.html
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06 Jan 2011, 15:32
C

My understanding is that unqualifying is an adjective where we need an adverb (unqualified) support. The individual above who described the differences as:

Are we evaluating that they received support which is unqualifying versus qualifying (type) Or, are we evaluating the level of support (unqualified).
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06 Jan 2011, 17:48
Unqualifying’ support means undeserving support. ‘Unqualified’ support means absolute and total support . Therefore C
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09 Jan 2011, 01:45
I agree with C.....support of is correct..."supported by" would had a change but no options

from B and C options..I go with C
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14 Apr 2011, 12:49
i didnt understand the answer choice
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14 Apr 2011, 23:09
daagh wrote:
Unqualifying’ support means undeserving support. ‘Unqualified’ support means absolute and total support . Therefore C

nothing wrong in having undeserving support
i agree it has negative connotation, but does it make it incorrect gramatically?
i think "unqualifying" doesnt mean anything.

now suppose we replace "qualify" with "oppose",in both question and answer options
so unqualifying becomes unopposing
and unqualified becomes unopposed
how will you assess the answer in this situation?
can we still pick C over A?
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16 Apr 2011, 06:45
singh_amit19 wrote:
The three women, liberal activists who strongly support legislation in favor of civil rights and environmental protection, have consistently received labor’s unqualifying support.

(A) have consistently received labor’s unqualifying support
(B) are consistently receiving the unqualifying support of labor
(C) have consistently received the unqualified support of labor
(D) receive consistent and unqualified support by labor
(E) are receiving consistent and unqualified support by labor

Evaluating the choices, we see B and E with the present continous verb form. This means they are receiving support right now. But it seems more appropriate for the word consistently to have a "have consistently received". Meaning it started in the past and is still continuing right now.

So we are left with A,C and D.

D is wrong because the verb form refers to an "eternal state" or "habitual action". This is not ideal with the author's intent. It also shifts the adverb consistently from modifying receive to modifying support.

A is wrong because "unqualifying support" means a disqualified support. not what the author intends. Unqualified is more preferrable.

Therefore, C
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The three women, liberal activists who strongly support legislation in favor of civil rights and environmental protection, have consistently received labor's unqualifying support.

1. Generally, apostrophe “s” is used with living beings. It is better to avoid them if they are used with a non-living thing. However, this should not be followed as a rule. This is the matter of preference. For example:
i. “the lion’s mane” is better than “the mane of the lion”
ii. “the color of the shirt” is better than “the shirt’s color”
Hence, “labor’s unqualifying support” is a very preferable expression.
2. “unqualifying” is no word at all. (Type it in the word document and you will see the red line appearing below it.)
3. Well, both the verb tenses “have received” and “are receiving” are correct. Per the original sentence, the women “have received” consistent support, meaning that they have been receiving the support for quite some time now. There are no solid reasons why it should be changed to “are receiving”.

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Let us eliminate the answer choices based on more obvious errors in the sentence.

(A) have consistently received labor’s unqualifying support: Wrong as discussed.

(B) are consistently receiving the unqualifying support of labor: Wrong. “unqualifying” is ungrammatical.

(C) have consistently received the unqualified support of labor: Correct answer. Per the context of the sentence, the word “unqualified” means “not modified, limited, or restricted in any way”.

(D) receive consistent and unqualified support by labor: This choice distorts the meaning of the sentence. Also use of “by” is incorrect here.

(E) are receiving consistent and unqualified support by labor: Same errors as in D.
Notice that other answer choices can be eliminated for more obvious errors rather than the verb tense issue.

1. Avoid ungrammatical expressions.
2. Avoid answer choices that distort the meaning of the sentence.
3. Look for obvious errors in an answer choice to eliminate it.

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11 Jan 2012, 10:47
C- look out for meaning of Unqualified-it is not disqualified !
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13 Jan 2012, 06:25
I agree with the OA. There is a close contention only between A and C .A can can be eleminated because one cannot receive labor’s unqualifying support (whole thing acts a noun and modies the meaning ) but it should rather be the unqualified support of the labour .
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10 Jan 2013, 06:37
singh_amit19 wrote:
The three women, liberal activists who strongly support legislation in favor of civil rights and environmental protection, have consistently received labor’s unqualifying support.

(A) have consistently received labor’s unqualifying support
(B) are consistently receiving the unqualifying support of labor
(C) have consistently received the unqualified support of labor
(D) receive consistent and unqualified support by labor
(E) are receiving consistent and unqualified support by labor

Golden rules.
1. Tell yourself, this question is an easy question and I am going to make it my 3!7(h.
2. Go for it.

Now the question.
The three women, liberal activists who strongly support legislation in favor of civil rights and environmental protection, have consistently received labor’s unqualifying support.

Step 1 - Skim through the parts between the commas.
Step 2 - Eliminate answer choices till you find the least confusing one.
Step 3 - Move on. Tell yourself that was right.

Between A & C even I picked A, however whatever beyond700 and suresh have pointed out is true. Thanks guys.
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10 Jan 2013, 06:45
singh_amit19 wrote:
The three women, liberal activists who strongly support legislation in favor of civil rights and environmental protection, have consistently received labor’s unqualifying support.

(A) have consistently received labor’s unqualifying support
(B) are consistently receiving the unqualifying support of labor
(C) have consistently received the unqualified support of labor
(D) receive consistent and unqualified support by labor
(E) are receiving consistent and unqualified support by labor

OA is C

I see parallelism playing out here. It was that idea that clinched it for me.

The three women, liberal activists who have been strongly supporting legislation in favor of civil rights and environmental protection....

I would have gone for A without batting an eyelid.
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30 Oct 2013, 08:49
singh_amit19 wrote:
The three women, liberal activists who strongly support legislation in favor of civil rights and environmental protection, have consistently received labor’s unqualifying support.

(A) have consistently received labor’s unqualifying support
(B) are consistently receiving the unqualifying support of labor
(C) have consistently received the unqualified support of labor
(D) receive consistent and unqualified support by labor
(E) are receiving consistent and unqualified support by labor

B and E are awkward choices and are out straightaway.

D is out because "support by ..." is unidiomatic. The correct idiom is "support of"

Between A and C, A is wrong because of the wrong use of possessive noun labor's un-qualifying support (possessive noun can only be used with abstract nouns).

So, C is the best possible answer choice.
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02 Nov 2013, 17:53
This question is really confusing. I think A has less grammatical issues since passive is an issue in GMAT questions.
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