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As automobiles replaced horses as the primary means of transportation, it was widely anticipated that the time spent in transit by the average traveler would decrease.

A. As automobiles replaced horses as the primary means of transportation, it was widely anticipated that
B. Insofar as automobiles replaced horses as the primary means of transportation, it was anticipated widely
C. With horses being replaced by automobiles as the primary means of transportation, there was wide anticipation that
D. As the primary means of transportation replaced horses with automobiles, many anticipated that
E. Automobiles replacing horses as the primary means of transportation produced anticipation widely that
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Re: As automobiles replaced horses as the primary means of transportation, [#permalink]

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SajjadAhmad wrote:
Source: McGraw Hill GMAT

As automobiles replaced horses as the primary means of transportation, it was widely anticipated that the time spent in transit by the average traveler would decrease.

A. As automobiles replaced horses as the primary means of transportation, it was widely anticipated that
B. Insofar as automobiles replaced horses as the primary means of transportation, it was anticipated widely
C. With horses being replaced by automobiles as the primary means of transportation, there was wide anticipation that
D. As the primary means of transportation replaced horses with automobiles, many anticipated that
E. Automobiles replacing horses as the primary means of transportation produced anticipation widely that

Dear SajjadAhmad,

I'm happy to respond. :-)

My friend, in all honesty, this is not the very best question. It does have a clear right answer and four clearly wrong answers. The trouble is that it is very easy: for a native speaker, most of the incorrect answers can be eliminated immediately, without an challenge. I could see that this question might provide good practice for a non-native speaker trying to build up to GMAT standards, but for a student who wants to be prepare for questions at the level of the real GMAT, this is inadequate.

The answer is (A). Choice (A) is elegant, well-spoken, and correct in all respects.

The other four answers are unmitigated disasters.
(B) is long-winded, and it changes the meaning in a subtle way
(C) makes the "with" + [noun} + [participle] mistake.
(D) is entirely illogical
(E) is extremely awkward

A GMAT-level SC question contains at least a few incorrect answer choices that appear plausible and are wrong for subtle reasons. It's quite difficult to write SC questions that are up to the GMAT's high standards.

Here's a high quality SC practice question:
With American cryptanalysts

Does all this make sense?
Mike :-)
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SajjadAhmad wrote:
Source: McGraw Hill GMAT

As automobiles replaced horses as the primary means of transportation, it was widely anticipated that the time spent in transit by the average traveler would decrease.

A. As automobiles replaced horses as the primary means of transportation, it was widely anticipated that
B. Insofar as automobiles replaced horses as the primary means of transportation, it was anticipated widely
C. With horses being replaced by automobiles as the primary means of transportation, there was wide anticipation that
D. As the primary means of transportation replaced horses with automobiles, many anticipated that
E. Automobiles replacing horses as the primary means of transportation produced anticipation widely that

Dear SajjadAhmad,

I'm happy to respond. :-)

My friend, in all honesty, this is not the very best question. It does have a clear right answer and four clearly wrong answers. The trouble is that it is very easy: for a native speaker, most of the incorrect answers can be eliminated immediately, without an challenge. I could see that this question might provide good practice for a non-native speaker trying to build up to GMAT standards, but for a student who wants to be prepare for questions at the level of the real GMAT, this is inadequate.

The answer is (A). Choice (A) is elegant, well-spoken, and correct in all respects.

The other four answers are unmitigated disasters.
(B) is long-winded, and it changes the meaning in a subtle way
(C) makes the "with" + [noun} + [participle] mistake.
(D) is entirely illogical
(E) is extremely awkward

A GMAT-level SC question contains at least a few incorrect answer choices that appear plausible and are wrong for subtle reasons. It's quite difficult to write SC questions that are up to the GMAT's high standards.

Here's a high quality SC practice question:
With American cryptanalysts

Does all this make sense?
Mike :-)


Dear and respectful Mike , i have highlighted what i want to say, i am non native speaker
And thanks for your explanations, these are convincing

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