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New post 05 Mar 2014, 07:53
IMO D.

The underlined part should be an independent clause.

A/E. this sentence is not a complete thought
B. really lengthy and awkward
C. seems fine
D. seems fine

Between C and D, I felt D sounded better to me. I exactly don't know what is wrong in C.

Can somebody tell me what is wrong in C?
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vishalsuri wrote:
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OA is D

Infinitive form

is preferred to

ing form


I'm confused.
What does "such a feat" refer to in D ?


Remember, awkward sounding sentence is not always wrong. I chose D. D is the right answer.
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@souvik101990-Can you please explain wht is wrong with A?
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OA is D

Infinitive form

is preferred to

ing form


that is correct

it is ajectivet to do
is prefered over

doing/to do is adjective

this is shown in the the question "paris is home , expatriate" in og book
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So is the reasoning that we should use the infinitive form of a verb to express conditional events in the future?
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Combining atoms at room temperature may be possible one day, but such a feat has never been verifiably performed.

(A) Combining atoms at room temperature may be possible one day
(B) One day, it may be possible to combine atoms at the temperature of a room
(C) The combination of atoms at room temperature may one day be possible
(D) It may one day be possible to combine atoms at room temperature
(E) Combining atoms at room temperature may one day be possible


to do, doing is not preferred to be subject of the sentence if we have another choice better in this point. but this is preference not the absolute hard and fast rule. this point is illustrated by og question: " it is fastionalbe to be expatriate", you can google to find.

so, A and E are suspect

in C, "at room temperature" have no grammatical role. though sc test meaing and we focus on meaning, we need to realize intencely grammatical roles-namely to which phrase, the concerned phrase refer -

C is out.

in b, temperation of the room : is not logic.
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Combining atoms at room temperature may be possible one day, but such a feat has never been verifiably performed.

(A) Combining atoms at room temperature may be possible one day
(B) One day, it may be possible to combine atoms at the temperature of a room
(C) The combination of atoms at room temperature may one day be possible
(D) It may one day be possible to combine atoms at room temperature
(E) Combining atoms at room temperature may one day be possible


In D It is a placeholder. The construction with place holder it + infinitive sounds stronger than other answer choices.
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I got confused by this sentence at first and was confused between A and E. But the answer is D. why?
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I didnt understand why E is not correct here . Could you please help.
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I marked E(for concision) but OA is D. I did not find any good explanation in the discussion so far for OA.
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Kindly provide a detailed explanation for OE.
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I didnt understand why E is not correct here . Could you please help.
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I do not see any problem with A or C - the question-writer might be thinking that using "to combine" is better than "combining", but in my opinion, there is no reason to do so.
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Could someone please explain how to eliminate the incorrect choices and what role ??ne day" is playing in this sentence

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Why option a is not correct?

Is it something wrong with 'may be possible one day'?
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Why option a is not correct?

Is it something wrong with 'may be possible one day'?


Hi VKat ,

As explained by our expert here there is no problem with A or C.

This is a bad quality question.
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Could someone please explain how to eliminate the incorrect choices and what role ??ne day" is playing in this sentence

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Your first query has already been addressed in this forum.

Your second query: "one day" is playing the role of an adverb for the verb "may be". When it may be possible? - one day. An adverb says something more about a verb - this is the function "one day" has in this sentence.
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can some give a proper explanation for this question?
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To truly understand this problem, we need to understand the “-ing” ending for verbals. First, it is worth noting that a verbal is NOT a verb – so it doesn’t have to follow verb conjugation rules. Verbals are words that at first glance might look like verbs but function as nouns or modifiers. Verbals with “-ing” suffixes are actually not “continuous present tense verbs” at all; instead, they are either gerunds (in other words, nouns… for example, “Running is something I like to do) or present participles (in other words, adjectives… for example, “running water”.) Verbals are not a “weaker” verb form at all, but a different construction altogether. However, the fact that verbals ending in “-ing” can, depending on context, be either a noun or an adjective is the key to unlocking this problem.

Both answer choices A and E contain the profoundly ambiguous phrase “combining atoms.” Notice how this phrase could mean either “atoms which combine” (using the present participle form) or “the act of combining atoms” (using the gerund form.) With the first option, atoms is the subject of the sentence, while the second option the gerund “combining” is the subject. This drastically changes the meaning, therefore eliminating both A and E as possible candidates.

Answer choice B can be eliminated because of the phrase “at the temperature of a room.” This implies a specific room, whereas “room temperature” is the idiomatic way of saying “around the temperature humans normally like.” The meaning totally changes. This is an Illogical error.

Answer choice C also contains an Illogical error. The meaning of the phrase “The combination of atoms at room temperature may one day be possible” implies that atom combinations are not possible at room temperature, and if this were true, life as we know it would be impossible. Molecules are a pretty big part of, well, everything.

The only answer remaining is answer choice D. Now, D contains what I call “convoluted camouflage” – unusual or obnoxious phrasing without containing grammar or logical problems. Many people see the pronoun “It” and get upset because this seems like an ambiguous pronoun with no clear antecedent. However, the phrase “it may be possible to…” is a common English idiom. This is a false alarm intended to trap people, when in fact such a construction is perfectly legal.
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