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Whereas pure science is mainly concerned with the discovery

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Whereas pure science is mainly concerned with the discovery [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2010, 19:49
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Whereas pure science is mainly concerned with the discovery of new truths and makes few, if any, attempts to discern the best options between their potential uses, applied science involves the application of existing truths to concrete problems.

best options between their potential uses
best options between its potential uses
best of the options among their potential uses
best options among its potential uses
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Re: Verb Tense [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2010, 21:16
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Whereas pure science is mainly concerned with the discovery of new truths and makes few, if any, attempts to discern the best options between their potential uses, applied science involves the application of existing truths to concrete problems.

best options between their potential uses 'between' is wrong, not comparing two things "their" is not science
best options between its potential uses same as A
best of the options among their potential uses "their" is science??
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best options among their potential uses "their" is science???
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Re: Verb Tense [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2010, 21:38
OA is E, their refers to new truths.
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I went with D as well.
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Re: Verb Tense [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2010, 21:50
Hmm, that's so confusing because new truths is right after a preposition...
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Re: Verb Tense [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2010, 16:56
Its is referring back to pure science. As is 'makes few attempts'. I would say D as well. Still waiting on an explanation for E.
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Re: Verb Tense [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2010, 11:00
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Hey All,

I'm happy to weigh in on this one, though it's definitely tricky. First of all, who put this in a category called "Verb Tense"? The splits here are idiomatic (between/among) and pronoun based (its/their). There aren't even any verbs in the answer choices! : )

Either way, "its" and "their" are both possessive pronouns, so we have to ask ourselves exactly WHAT is being possessed. In this case, what has "potential uses". Is it science? No, because the science could be applied both pragmatically and merely "for the discovery of new truths". Is it "discovery"? No, because you can't use a discovery to do anything. It has to be "new truths". Why? Remember that "discovery" does not stand alone. Imagine for a moment that they had used the word "techniques" instead of "truths". Now, there'd be no question in your mind. "Techniques" can be used, but "the discovery of new techniques" cannot. The same applies here. "Truths" can have uses far more logically than "the discovery of new truths" can.

This means we need "their", and we obviously need "among" (for three or more choices, not just two), so the answer is E.

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Whereas pure science is mainly concerned with the discovery of new truths and makes few, if any, attempts to discern the best options between their potential uses, applied science involves the application of existing truths to concrete problems.

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