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# Brief psychotherapy requires far fewer hours and costs far

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Brief psychotherapy requires far fewer hours and costs far less money than traditional psychoanalysis and so will hopefully prove to be an effective treatment for many of the large amount of people currently seeking therapy.

A. will hopefully prove to be an effective treatment for many of the large amount
B. will prove hopefully to be an effective treatment for many of the large amount
C. hopefully will prove to be an effective treatment for many of large number
D. will, it is hoped, prove to be an effective treatment for many of the large number
E. will, it is hoped, prove to be an effective treatment for many of the large amount

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Can anybody cite some examples proving use of "hopefully" Wrong?
C is straightforward ,why go for complicated D...

hi SonaliT,

firstly , yes hopefully used in this fashion is almost always wrong..
pure grammatical reason is that hopefully is an adverb but if you read the sentence , it does not modify anything ..
the sentence is "C. hopefully will prove to be an effective treatment for many of large number"...
here hopefully is actually replacing 'it is hoped'....
the correct usage of hopefully is " he hopefully waited for his result"..
although the word hopefully is actually used in conversation very often as 'it is hoped'... in written english too, it has started being accepted but not in GMAT as of now...
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20 Jul 2011, 07:34
A,B and E are out because of use of 'amount' in amount of people..

Of C and D... i think both are grammatically correct.

C uses 'hopefully' which is not very preferred to use in GMAT..
Even D has passive construction.

i will go with D.
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20 Jul 2011, 12:22
mehtakaustubh wrote:
Brief psychotherapy requires far fewer hours and costs far less money than traditional psychoanalysis and so will hopefully prove to be an effective treatment for many of the large amount of people currently seeking therapy.

A. will hopefully prove to be an effective treatment for many of the large amount
B. will prove hopefully to be an effective treatment for many of the large amount
C. hopefully will prove to be an effective treatment for many of large number
D. will, it is hoped, prove to be an effective treatment for many of the large number
E. will, it is hoped, prove to be an effective treatment for many of the large amount

OMFG, how in this world can the OA be D? I mean what is "it is hoped" doing in between will and prove? Looks like a comma splice. How can this be correct?
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+1 D

People is a countable noun. We need "number", not "amount". A, B, and E out.
The idiom is "THE...number", not "number".
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20 Jul 2011, 13:33
metallicafan wrote:
+1 D

People is a countable noun. We need "number", not "amount". A, B, and E out.
The idiom is "THE...number", not "number".

hmm "the" is definitely a very good catch. But what is your opinion about "It is hoped"?
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D is the correct answer, although i got it wrong.

Hopefully is almost always wrong in GMAT. "it is hoped" is preferred. The "it" here is a "placeholder it" and does not require an antecedent.

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20 Jul 2011, 23:13
I chose D based on the amount and number idiom elimination...
But what is this placeholder "it" concept??? I mean how to recognize a placeholder pronoun from the usual pronoun which needs an antecedent???
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21 Jul 2011, 01:46
Got it wrong..
Even i have the same question. What is this placeholder "it" concept and y is Hopefully almost always wrong in GMAT??
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21 Jul 2011, 03:35
Firstly I took A but then sow the incorrect "amount of people" and took D.
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23 Jul 2011, 05:15
metallicafan wrote:
+1 D

People is a countable noun. We need "number", not "amount". A, B, and E out.
The idiom is "THE...number", not "number".

I was struggling with C or D....good point...of "the number".
After considering this i will go with D

But i also have the same question how to recognize a "placeholder pronoun"??
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08 Nov 2011, 08:56
mehtakaustubh wrote:
Brief psychotherapy requires far fewer hours and costs far less money than traditional psychoanalysis and so will hopefully prove to be an effective treatment for many of the large amount of people currently seeking therapy.

A. will hopefully prove to be an effective treatment for many of the large amount
B. will prove hopefully to be an effective treatment for many of the large amount
C. hopefully will prove to be an effective treatment for many of large number
D. will, it is hoped, prove to be an effective treatment for many of the large number
E. will, it is hoped, prove to be an effective treatment for many of the large amount

confused between C and D.
I would go with D

In D , "it is hoped" sounds awkward to me, but better than "many of large number of"
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10 Mar 2015, 08:32
Can anybody cite some examples proving use of "hopefully" Wrong?
C is straightforward ,why go for complicated D...
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05 Sep 2017, 02:19
metallicafan wrote:
+1 D

People is a countable noun. We need "number", not "amount". A, B, and E out.
The idiom is "THE...number", not "number".

Hi,
In the original question both of the choices C, and D have "the number"
Apparently the question was posted with "the" missing from C.
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09 Dec 2018, 09:27
Hi DmitryFarber.

Could you please explain why (C) is wrong and (D) is correct?
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05 Jan 2019, 12:01
mehtakaustubh wrote:
Brief psychotherapy requires far fewer hours and costs far less money than traditional psychoanalysis and so will hopefully prove to be an effective treatment for many of the large amount of people currently seeking therapy.

A. will hopefully prove to be an effective treatment for many of the large amount
B. will prove hopefully to be an effective treatment for many of the large amount
C. hopefully will prove to be an effective treatment for many of large number
D. will, it is hoped, prove to be an effective treatment for many of the large number
E. will, it is hoped, prove to be an effective treatment for many of the large amount

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D

People can be individually counted, so they come in numbers, as in (C) and (D). That means (A), (B), and (E), which all use amount, are incorrect. And strictly speaking, the adverb hopefully cannot be used to mean "it is hoped." (Though most of us use it this way in eveiyday speech, standard written English has more rigorous requirements.) That knocks out (C). Hopefully can modify only a single verb or adjective-not an entire sentence-in this case, the verb prove. So (D) is correct, with "it is hoped" and "the large number (of people)".
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05 Jan 2019, 12:54
Isn't the "it" ambiguous in the para?

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05 Jan 2019, 19:32
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Isn't the "it" ambiguous in the para?

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No, "it" is not ambiguous. The phrase "it is hoped"

1) commonly replaces the adverb "hopefully," which is often misused in English.

HERE is a good post on the mistaken use of hopefully.

Correct: The lost hiker thought he saw city lights ahead and looked hopefully towards the horizon.
Incorrect and common: Hopefully, the lost hiker will find the road.

2) The "it" in "it is hoped" does not mean much.
It is raining today.
What is raining? The weather? Weather does not rain.

Similarly, in "it is hoped", IT is a placeholder, or a "dummy" pronoun, or an antecedent.

The pronoun IT does not need an antecedent.
The pronoun IT is part of an idiomatic construction in English: It is _____

HERE is a thread that deals directly with the issue.
There are good expert posts on the usage of IT (and that -- I have just used a similar construction with the word "There").

I hope that helps.
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