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# Because the financial review covered only the last few

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Updated on: 05 Mar 2018, 06:44
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170. Because the financial review covered only the last few fiscal years, and therefore the investigators were unable to determine the extent to possible earlier overpayments.
(A) and therefore the investigators were unable to determine the extent to possible
(B) so therefore the investigators were not capable of determining the possible extent of
(C) therefore the investigators were unable to determine the possible extent of
(D) the investigators were not capable of determining the possible extent of
(E) the investigators were unable to determine the extent of possible

A: because and therefore doesn't work here
B: because therefore not working
C: same as b

A,B and C out. What is the difference between 'extent of possible' and 'possible extent of' ?

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Originally posted by SudiptoGmat on 21 May 2010, 21:09.
Last edited by broall on 05 Mar 2018, 06:44, edited 2 times in total.
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22 May 2010, 01:44
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the sentence starts with because and has a comma before the 2nd clause starts .. in this case, you can't use therefore to start the 2nd clause ....

because he said this, he must be lying [here comma infers that the 2nd clause is a conclusion of the first one]

(D) the investigators were not capable of determining the possible extent of
D changes the meaning
1. how do we know that investigators were NOT CAPABLE [may be didnt have the skill-set] of determining? the original sentence doesn't imply that
2. placement of possible also changes the meaning .. this is a fine point but look closely
possible extend: potential range
possible over-payments: potential over-payments
so the original meaning is range of potential over-payments, NOT the potential range of over-payments
i hope this is clear ... otherwise i'll try to give more examples

(E) the investigators were unable to determine the extent of possible
clear meaning

E it is

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22 May 2010, 02:56
SudiptoGmat wrote:
170. Because the financial review covered only the last few fiscal years, and therefore the investigators were unable to determine the extent to possible earlier overpayments.
(A) and therefore the investigators were unable to determine the extent to possible
(B) so therefore the investigators were not capable of determining the possible extent of
(C) therefore the investigators were unable to determine the possible extent of
(D) the investigators were not capable of determining the possible extent of
(E) the investigators were unable to determine the extent of possible

A: because and therefore doesn't work here
B: because therefore not working
C: same as b

A,B and C out. What is the difference between 'extent of possible' and 'possible extent of' ?

One more thing to note about D and E. Look at how D is wordier:

(D) the investigators were not capable of determining the possible extent of
(E) the investigators were unable to determine the extent of possible

this simple "concision" change makes the sentence better
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22 May 2010, 16:20
my pick is (E)...you guys have explained it all.
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22 May 2010, 17:14
in Option D&E there is one more small diff.

Capability is the maximum ability of a person.

Because the financial review covered only the last few fiscal years, he is not capable of doing it.

does not make sense ---- Option E use unable is apt
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