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# Building large new hospitals in the bistate area would

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184. Building large new hospitals in the bistate area would constitute a wasteful use of resources, on the basis of avoidance of duplicated facilities alone.
(A) on the basis of avoidance of duplicated facilities alone
(B) on the grounds of avoiding duplicated facilities alone
(C) solely in that duplicated facilities should be avoided
(D) while the duplication of facilities should be avoided
(E) if only because the duplication of facilities should be avoided

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31 Aug 2009, 05:53
its between A and B.....IMO B...OA pls?
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31 Aug 2009, 08:32
after a comma, it's a clause. So it's easy to eliminate C,D,E. It remains A & B, I chose A because B sound wordy.
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Updated on: 01 Sep 2009, 12:56
IMO A.

A is the best option here.
B is ambiguous. What is the subject of 'avoiding'? and adverb 'alone' is modifying avoiding here, not the whole prepositional phrase, so it distorts the initial meaning of the sentence.

Originally posted by kairoshan on 01 Sep 2009, 12:20.
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01 Sep 2009, 12:31
mrbgam wrote:
after a comma, it's a clause. So it's easy to eliminate C,D,E. It remains A & B, I chose A because B sound wordy.

Can you explain why you remove C,D, and E?
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01 Sep 2009, 16:10
choosing B...A on the basis of avoidance of .... sounds too complicated...
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01 Sep 2009, 18:51
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mrbgam wrote:
after a comma, it's a clause. So it's easy to eliminate C,D,E. It remains A & B, I chose A because B sound wordy.

Can you explain why you remove C,D, and E?

Did you see a comma and a C,D, E sound wordy
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01 Sep 2009, 20:49
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mrbgam wrote:
after a comma, it's a clause. So it's easy to eliminate C,D,E. It remains A & B, I chose A because B sound wordy.

Can you explain why you remove C,D, and E?

Did you see a comma and a C,D, E sound wordy

I'm sorry but I don't get it. You eliminated C,D, and E because those options sound wordy, is that the reason?
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01 Sep 2009, 20:50
I choose B because A seems complicated.

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01 Sep 2009, 22:14
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gmataspirant2009 wrote:
184. Building large new hospitals in the bistate area would constitute a wasteful use of resources, on the basis of avoidance of duplicated facilities alone.
(A) on the basis of avoidance of duplicated facilities alone...correct
(B) on the grounds of avoiding duplicated facilities alone..look wordy to me
(C) solely in that duplicated facilities should be avoided...solely in that is wrong
(D) while the duplication of facilities should be avoided...although while introduce adverbial clause...but meaning changes
(E) if only because the duplication of facilities should be avoided

if only because is correct English, you can look it up on Google. In fact if I remember well the answer to this question is exactly E.
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02 Sep 2009, 03:25
mikeCoolBoy wrote:
age wrote:
gmataspirant2009 wrote:
184. Building large new hospitals in the bistate area would constitute a wasteful use of resources, on the basis of avoidance of duplicated facilities alone.
(A) on the basis of avoidance of duplicated facilities alone...correct
(B) on the grounds of avoiding duplicated facilities alone..look wordy to me
(C) solely in that duplicated facilities should be avoided...solely in that is wrong
(D) while the duplication of facilities should be avoided...although while introduce adverbial clause...but meaning changes
(E) if only because the duplication of facilities should be avoided

if only because is correct English, you can look it up on Google. In fact if I remember well the answer to this question is exactly E.

I was not aware of teh fact..may be u r right....
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02 Sep 2009, 04:34
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I was not aware of teh fact..may be u r right....

neither was I, the first time I read this question. That's why I pointed it out
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02 Sep 2009, 12:52
gmataspirant2009 wrote:
184. Building large new hospitals in the bistate area would constitute a wasteful use of resources, on the basis of avoidance of duplicated facilities alone.
(A) on the basis of avoidance of duplicated facilities alone
(B) on the grounds of avoiding duplicated facilities alone
(C) solely in that duplicated facilities should be avoided
(D) while the duplication of facilities should be avoided
(E) if only because the duplication of facilities should be avoided

A IMO.
Choices C, D and E can be removed because "Should be avoided" is used here. Should means that we are suggesting something. However, this sentence is not giving suggestions. It means that something is not good, on the basis of y factor alone.
Now left with A and B. I could have chosen B but B has "on the grounds of avoiding duplicate facilities". It should be "on the ground of avoiding duplicate facilities" Sub/Verb error.
So I will go with A as correct answer.
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17 Jul 2010, 13:48
It is a conditional construction, so E.
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gmataspirant2009 wrote:
184. Building large new hospitals in the bistate area would constitute a wasteful use of resources, on the basis of avoidance of duplicated facilities alone.
(A) on the basis of avoidance of duplicated facilities alone
(B) on the grounds of avoiding duplicated facilities alone
(C) solely in that duplicated facilities should be avoided
(D) while the duplication of facilities should be avoided
(E) if only because the duplication of facilities should be avoided

There are quite some reasons why E is correct:
Reason#1 : Presence of comma which calls for a clause to explain the cause of non underlined sentence. We dont need that comma if we are using phrases "on the basis of ..." or "on the grounds of ...". This is a good enough reason to kick A and B out.

Reason#2 : It is typical cause-effect scenario where battle between "in that" and "because" happens. Spideys notes does say that "in that" (as in C) is mostly correct, but it is not so. This is a typical example of that. If any time, a "why" needs to be addressed, we have to use a "because" and that is what E does. So C is gone.

Reason#3 : Idiom to be crammed "if only because" Even I learnt it hard way.
"If only" is an addendum to "because" which specifies that there is no other reason apart from this reason.

Jack ate the last cookie if only because he wanted to wash the plate.
Jack ate the last cookie because he wanted to wash the plate.

The difference is that the second sentence leaves out the idea that the only reason for eating the cookie was to wash the plate. It also leaves out that certain stylistic 'something' that the first has. The reason in the first sentence has a certain subtractive value, whereas the reason in the second has additive value. In the first sentence, but only because might replace if only because. In the second sentence, one can easily imagine extending the thought with further reasons: because ... and because ... and because ...

Once you know Reason#3, it is flat E.

But even if you know only Reason#1 and 2, you should be able to get rid of A,B, and C. Usage of while is really bad in D to kick it out.

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07 Dec 2011, 21:27
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age wrote:
gmataspirant2009 wrote:
184. Building large new hospitals in the bistate area would constitute a wasteful use of resources, on the basis of avoidance of duplicated facilities alone.
(A) on the basis of avoidance of duplicated facilities alone...correct
(B) on the grounds of avoiding duplicated facilities alone..look wordy to me
(C) solely in that duplicated facilities should be avoided...solely in that is wrong
(D) while the duplication of facilities should be avoided...although while introduce adverbial clause...but meaning changes
(E) if only because the duplication of facilities should be avoided

if only because is correct English, you can look it up on Google. In fact if I remember well the answer to this question is exactly E.

I was of the understanding that "should" can not come in the if clause. please explain
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184. Building large new hospitals in the bistate area would constitute a wasteful use of resources, on the basis of avoidance of duplicated facilities alone.
(A) on the basis of avoidance of duplicated facilities alone...correct
(B) on the grounds of avoiding duplicated facilities alone..look wordy to me
(C) solely in that duplicated facilities should be avoided...solely in that is wrong
(D) while the duplication of facilities should be avoided...although while introduce adverbial clause...but meaning changes
(E) if only because the duplication of facilities should be avoided

if only because is correct English, you can look it up on Google. In fact if I remember well the answer to this question is exactly E.

Yes, I agree with this guy, I confused why should can go with if in this sentence?
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18 Dec 2011, 22:47
a real tough one...
thanx joshnsit.....a nice explanation..
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agautam7879 wrote:
mikeCoolBoy wrote:
if only because is correct English, you can look it up on Google. In fact if I remember well the answer to this question is exactly E.
I was of the understanding that "should" can not come in the if clause. please explain

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Yes, I agree with this guy, I confused why should can go with if in this sentence?
That is indeed a really good point raised.
The application of "if only" phrase has a sole purpose to add stylistic meaning to the sentence as mentioned in another post of mine within this same thread above. You are correct that --> If "if" is used in a conditional, then usage of "should" in first clause defining the cause within the sentence is wrong. Structure of sentence of conditional sentence in that case is: If "cause", then "effect".
But, that is clearly not the case in this sentence as "if only" is not harboring any causal clause in E. It is more of a meaning-based approach, which will help a test taker to separate this question from other normal conditional marker("if" as referred by you) based question.
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