Another tough one. ==================================== : GMAT Sentence Correction (SC)
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# Another tough one. ====================================

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The lawyer for the defense charged that she suspected the police of having illegally taped her confidential conversations with her client and then used the information obtained to find evidence supporting their murder charges.
(A) used the information obtained to find evidence supporting
(B) used such information as they obtained to find evidence supporting
(C) used the information they had obtained to find evidence that would support
(D) of using the information they had obtained to find evidence that would support
(E) of using such information as they obtained to find evidence that would be supportive of
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23 Nov 2004, 05:36
Lawrence, it is tough and you made it tougher by not underlining the sentence.

Anyway, I'll go with D. D sounds right to me.

It is a long one. Has 'they' in it. It should have been striked out..but it sounds best to me.
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23 Nov 2004, 05:43
New kid: thanks for the reminder ;p
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The lawyer for the defense charged that she suspected the police of having illegally taped her confidential conversations with her client and then used the information obtained to find evidence supporting their murder charges.
(A) used the information obtained to find evidence supporting
(B) used such information as they obtained to find evidence supporting
(C) used the information they had obtained to find evidence that would support
(D) of using the information they had obtained to find evidence that would support
(E) of using such information as they obtained to find evidence that would be supportive of
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23 Nov 2004, 05:54
Between D & E, I will pick D.

The sentence requires a parallel construction with "of having" that eliminates A, B & C.

In E "supportive of" does not sound right to me...
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23 Nov 2004, 06:34
I first eliminated all other choices but for 'A' because of the use of 'they' to refer to the collective noun 'police' but later on I realised the non-underlined portion has 'their' to refer to 'police' - according to my understanding this should always be singular unless it refers to 'policemen' which this sentence does not, so for lack of a better choice I would also go with 'D'
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24 Nov 2004, 22:05
A for me. I do not see anything wrong in the orginal sentence.
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26 Nov 2004, 07:29
D

It is, as others have pointed out, a parallelism error.

The lawyer suspected ... the police of having taped ... and then used....

The simple past tense (choice A) of "used" leads the reader to consider the subject associated with "used" to be the lawyer. "Used" should be "of using" so it can be associated with the police.

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The strategy here is to remember that when checking verb tenses, remove all intervening phrases and clauses to simplify the sentence.
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26 Nov 2004, 15:34
"of using" though looks parallel, but appears incorrect
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26 Nov 2004, 21:11
The OA is indeed D.

I think Richie Weasel provided a very good explanation. Tks.
26 Nov 2004, 21:11
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