GMAT Question of the Day - Daily to your Mailbox; hard ones only

 It is currently 19 Mar 2019, 12:23

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

# After conducting the autopsy, Daniel Wellington

Author Message
TAGS:

### Hide Tags

Manager
Joined: 11 Jul 2016
Posts: 63
Location: India
Concentration: General Management, Technology
GPA: 4
After conducting the autopsy, Daniel Wellington  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

24 Nov 2018, 23:59
1
00:00

Difficulty:

45% (medium)

Question Stats:

60% (01:16) correct 40% (01:31) wrong based on 180 sessions

### HideShow timer Statistics

After conducting the autopsy, Daniel Wellington had no doubt that the highly decomposed body exhumed from a dry well in the Rivera Forests was that of Michelle Williams who had appeared on the Pygmalion show held last month at Circus Drive.

A.) had no doubt that the highly decomposed body exhumed from a dry well in the Rivera Forests was that of

B.) had no doubt that the highly decomposed body exhumed from a dry well in the Rivera Forests was

C.) had not doubted that the highly decomposed body exhumed from a dry well in the Rivera Forests was of

D.) had no doubt whether the highly decomposed body exhumed from a dry well in the Rivera Forests was that of

E.) do not doubt whether the highly decomposed body exhumed from a dry well in the Rivera Forests was
Senior SC Moderator
Joined: 22 May 2016
Posts: 2558
After conducting the autopsy, Daniel Wellington  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

25 Nov 2018, 01:06
1
1
anvesh004 wrote:
After conducting the autopsy, Daniel Wellington had no doubt that the highly decomposed body exhumed from a dry well in the Rivera Forests was that of Michelle Williams who had appeared on the Pygmalion show held last month at Circus Drive.

A.) had no doubt that the highly decomposed body exhumed from a dry well in the Rivera Forests was that of

B.) had no doubt that the highly decomposed body exhumed from a dry well in the Rivera Forests was [THAT OF] [a body is not a person with a name]

C.) had not doubted that the highly decomposed body exhumed from a dry well in the Rivera Forests was of

D.) had no doubt whether the highly decomposed body exhumed from a dry well in the Rivera Forests was that of

E.) do not doubt whether the highly decomposed body exhumed from a dry well in the Rivera Forests was

This company employs seriously disturbed people, from writer to editor.
Writing verb questions about murdered women is all kinds of wrong.
This question is gruesome.

Strip the sentence.
Everything after the woman's name is useless, stupid, and designed to confuse.

After conducting the autopsy, Daniel Wellington had no doubt that the highly decomposed body exhumed from a dry well in the Rivera Forests was that of Michelle Williams [M.W.] who had appeared on the Pygmalion show held last month at Circus Drive.

W. [had no doubt that] the body was [that of] M.W.

Split # 1 Verb problems

• correct verb? The verb should be simple past HAD (as in possessed, harbored, "owned")

EDIT, thanks to kchen1994's question: Options A, B, and D correctly contain had in the simple past tense.
In those cases, had no doubt means possessed, harbored, or entertained no doubt.

• Sequence? GMAC prefers simple past (and simple present).

Past perfect (the "past of the past") is used if sequence is unclear.
Past perfect is not used when we can figure out the sequence.
We use simple past, when the sentence contains
-- words that reveal sequence: before, after, previously, subsequently
-- date or time markers

This question begins with AFTER.
Sequence is clear. Use simple past

C) incorrectly uses the past perfect: "had not doubted that"
-- simple sequence = simple past. The word "AFTER" gives us the sequence

E) contains subject/verb disagreement
Wellington "do not doubt whether" S/V disagreement
Do is for the first person, I. Wellington, third person, should get does.

Eliminate C and E

Split #2: IDIOM - in the negative, the word doubt is followed by that. (not whether)
Idiomatically, in the negative (if we use the word "no" or "not"),
we say "I have no doubt that," or "There is no doubt that."
Incorrect: I have no doubt whether

D) incorrectly and undiomatically uses "had no doubt whether"
-- Whether is incorrect when doubt is used in the negative. Should be had no doubt THAT
-- (D) is akin to saying that "W had no doubt that doubt."

Eliminate D

Split #3: Improper comparison
Comparing a physical body with a human being is incorrect.
(This question gets worse. Fascination with abomination.
Who writes questions about murdered women?)

Option (B) asserts that the body was the person:
"...the body was [PAST TENSE OF BE]... M. W."

A body cannot BE a person.

Eliminate (B)

By contrast, (A) states that
... the body was that of M.W.
A body can be part of a person. That's correct.

_________________

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you
because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it
.
—Roald Dahl

Senior Manager
Joined: 22 Sep 2018
Posts: 250
Re: After conducting the autopsy, Daniel Wellington  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

05 Dec 2018, 17:40
Can someone explain the use of HAD in this sentence. What are the sequences of events?

Is my train of thought correct:
1) no doubt BEFORE
2) autopsy conducted
Senior SC Moderator
Joined: 22 May 2016
Posts: 2558
After conducting the autopsy, Daniel Wellington  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

05 Dec 2018, 20:40
1
anvesh004 wrote:
After conducting the autopsy, Daniel Wellington had no doubt that the highly decomposed body exhumed from a dry well in the Rivera Forests was that of Michelle Williams who had appeared on the Pygmalion show held last month at Circus Drive.

A.) had no doubt that the highly decomposed body exhumed from a dry well in the Rivera Forests was that of

B.) had no doubt that the highly decomposed body exhumed from a dry well in the Rivera Forests was

C.) had not doubted that the highly decomposed body exhumed from a dry well in the Rivera Forests was of

D.) had no doubt whether the highly decomposed body exhumed from a dry well in the Rivera Forests was that of

E.) do not doubt whether the highly decomposed body exhumed from a dry well in the Rivera Forests was

kchen1994 wrote:
Can someone explain the use of HAD in this sentence. What are the sequences of events?

Is my train of thought correct:
1) no doubt BEFORE
2) autopsy conducted

kchen1994 , the use is correct in A, B, and D.

You are right about the sequence, but ...

"Had" can mean to possess, to hold, to own, and more.

In those three options, "had" is not an auxiliary verb.
Rather, "had" is its own verb whose direct object is "doubt."

"Had" in those options is used in the simple past tense of
"possessed no doubt," or
"harbored no doubt.

In option (C), on the other hand, the past perfect is incorrect.
Past Perfect =

In (C), "had" IS a helping or auxiliary verb. We don't need past perfect.

We do use past perfect to indicate an event before a past event (the "past of the past"), but
i) NOT when using the past perfect would be out of sequence

And NOT when sequence is clear because
ii) sequence words are used
Words such as before, after, subsequently, previously and others give time sequence.

or

ii) The sentence contains date references such as:
In 1925 a huge X erupted and made the X in 1905 look puny by comparison.

GMAC prefers simple past if possible.

The non-underlined part begins with After, which signals sequence.

So we need to use simple past in this question. (C) and (E) are out for that reason.

After the autopsy, he had no doubt that (he knew that) the body was that of M.W.

B is out because a body is not a person.

D is out because idiomatically we do not say "no doubt WHETHER." We say "no doubt THAT."

Hope that helps.
_________________

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you
because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it
.
—Roald Dahl

Senior Manager
Joined: 22 Sep 2018
Posts: 250
Re: After conducting the autopsy, Daniel Wellington  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

05 Dec 2018, 22:45
1
Quote:
the use is correct in A, B, and D.

You are right about the sequence, but ...

"Had" can mean to possess, to hold, to own, and more.

In those three options, "had" is not an auxiliary verb.
Rather, "had" is its own verb whose direct object is "doubt."

"Had" in those options is used in the simple past tense of
"possessed no doubt," or
"harbored no doubt.

In option (C), on the other hand, the past perfect is incorrect.
Past Perfect =

In (C), "had" IS a helping or auxiliary verb. We don't need past perfect.

We do use past perfect to indicate an event before a past event (the "past of the past"), but
i) NOT when using the past perfect would be out of sequence

And NOT when sequence is clear because
ii) sequence words are used
Words such as before, after, subsequently, previously and others give time sequence.

or

ii) The sentence contains date references such as:
In 1925 a huge X erupted and made the X in 1905 look puny by comparison.

GMAC prefers simple past if possible.

The non-underlined part begins with After, which signals sequence.

So we need to use simple past in this question. (C) and (E) are out for that reason.

After the autopsy, he had no doubt that (he knew that) the body was that of M.W.

B is out because a body is not a person.

D is out because idiomatically we do not say "no doubt WHETHER." We say "no doubt THAT."

Hope that helps.

understood! thank you. To re-iterate, this sentence is not using past perfect, but rather using had as a means to state that Daniel OWNED no doubt
Intern
Joined: 22 May 2017
Posts: 31
Re: After conducting the autopsy, Daniel Wellington  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

05 Dec 2018, 22:54
anvesh004 wrote:
After conducting the autopsy, Daniel Wellington had no doubt that the highly decomposed body exhumed from a dry well in the Rivera Forests was that of Michelle Williams who had appeared on the Pygmalion show held last month at Circus Drive.

A.) had no doubt that the highly decomposed body exhumed from a dry well in the Rivera Forests was that of

B.) had no doubt that the highly decomposed body exhumed from a dry well in the Rivera Forests was

C.) had not doubted that the highly decomposed body exhumed from a dry well in the Rivera Forests was of

D.) had no doubt whether the highly decomposed body exhumed from a dry well in the Rivera Forests was that of

E.) do not doubt whether the highly decomposed body exhumed from a dry well in the Rivera Forests was

POE

A.) had no doubt that the highly decomposed body exhumed from a dry well in the Rivera Forests was that of

B.) had no doubt that the highly decomposed body exhumed from a dry well in the Rivera Forests was -->Incomplete

C.) had not doubted that the highly decomposed body exhumed from a dry well in the Rivera Forests was of

D.) had no doubt whether the highly decomposed body exhumed from a dry well in the Rivera Forests was that of

E.) do not doubt whether the highly decomposed body exhumed from a dry well in the Rivera Forests was
Senior SC Moderator
Joined: 22 May 2016
Posts: 2558
After conducting the autopsy, Daniel Wellington  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

05 Dec 2018, 22:54
kchen1994 wrote:

understood! thank you. To re-iterate, this sentence is not using past perfect, but rather using had as a means to state that Daniel OWNED no doubt

Yes, you are exactly right -- A, B, and D correctly use simple past: had no doubt = "owned no doubt"

(Option C, though, IS past perfect . . . and is incorrect for that reason.)
That verb is a tough one.
_________________

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you
because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it
.
—Roald Dahl

Manager
Joined: 05 Oct 2017
Posts: 65
GMAT 1: 560 Q44 V23
Re: After conducting the autopsy, Daniel Wellington  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

06 Dec 2018, 09:18
The body was of Michelle Williams. Vs The body was that of Michelle Williams.

I have doubt that which one is correct? can somebody explain?
_________________

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. -- Albert Einstein

Manager
Joined: 11 Jul 2016
Posts: 63
Location: India
Concentration: General Management, Technology
GPA: 4
Re: After conducting the autopsy, Daniel Wellington  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

06 Dec 2018, 09:35
1
aa008 wrote:
The body was of Michelle Williams. Vs The body was that of Michelle Williams.

I have doubt that which one is correct? can somebody explain?

From the question we have to choose between "body was Michelle" and "body was that of Michelle". So, no question of "The body was of Michelle".

Considering "The body was of Michelle" option anyway:
"Of Michelle" is a prepositional phrase. There is no object that links to the Subject(body). Whereas, In "The body was that of Michelle", "that" acts as object.
Manager
Joined: 05 Oct 2017
Posts: 65
GMAT 1: 560 Q44 V23
Re: After conducting the autopsy, Daniel Wellington  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

06 Dec 2018, 09:40
anvesh004 wrote:
aa008 wrote:
The body was of Michelle Williams. Vs The body was that of Michelle Williams.

I have doubt that which one is correct? can somebody explain?

From the question we have to choose between "body was Michelle" and "body was that of Michelle". So, no question of "The body was of Michelle".

Considering "The body was of Michelle" option anyway:
"Of Michelle" is a prepositional phrase. There is no object that links to the Subject(body). Whereas, In "The body was that of Michelle", "that" acts as object.

so you mean to say that The body was of Michelle is grammatically wrong.
_________________

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. -- Albert Einstein

Re: After conducting the autopsy, Daniel Wellington   [#permalink] 06 Dec 2018, 09:40
Display posts from previous: Sort by