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# Because the financial review covered only the last few fiscal years

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Updated on: 02 Dec 2019, 08:25
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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 Bunuel on 02 Dec 2019, 08:25, edited 3 times in total.
Renamed the topic and edited the question.
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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

press KUDOS .. if you like the explanation
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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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02 Dec 2019, 08:46
Because and therefore cannot be used together in a sentence hence E is the correct answer choice
Rest of the choices are redundant
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18 Feb 2020, 22:35
The dependent clause that begins with because and ends with a comma should modify the subject of the clause. The subject here is the investigators. Therefore, its placement should be immediately after the comma.

With this reasoning alone, we can eliminate A, B, and C.

Now the decision is between Options D and E.

(D) the investigators were not capable of determining the possible extent of – Two things to consider here are word order and concision. not capable of determining can be better expressed with the infinitive to determine.
Plus, the phrase the possible extent of is not the same as the original intent which is the extent of possible. You can see how word order here affects the meaning. Eliminate

E is the best option.

Hope this helps!
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