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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
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16 Jul 2007, 20:10
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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

I'll go for E.
I don' like B, D because of "it", which has no reference.
C is wordy.
A is not as clear as E.
Whats' oa?
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16 Jul 2007, 21:20
I narrowed it down to A, B, and E
B is out bc of the "it" to start the independent clause
Between A & E, E just sounds like the more proper way to say it. In A, the "one day" kind of hangs out there in a wierd sounding way when compared with the syntax in E
I say E
What's OA?
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17 Jul 2007, 13:10
i will go for E
bcoz A may sounds as if it is possible only 1 day (vs 2 or more)
the placement of one day in E clarify the meaning.
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17 Jul 2007, 19:19
vineetgupta wrote:
boubi wrote:
i will go for E
bcoz A may sounds as if it is possible only 1 day (vs 2 or more)
the placement of one day in E clarify the meaning.

Good point... E it is.

I'll go with A.

if you replace "one day" with some other time (say "today") and compare -

something may be possible today Vs something may be today possible .

that may not be the best explanation but A seems to be a better option than E.
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17 Jul 2007, 21:23
Can we please get the OA for this one? The only difference between A and E is the placement of "one day". Is there a rule for the GMAT that's kind of like a tie-goes-to-the-winner in favor of the original in a case like this?
Please share the OA if you can find it!
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17 Jul 2007, 22:38
OA is D

Infinitive form

is preferred to

ing form
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17 Jul 2007, 22:42
Where did you get that OA from?
I just think it strange that so many of us didn't even consider D at all because of the "It may be..." beginning.
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17 Jul 2007, 23:07
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18 Jul 2007, 19:38
AimHigher wrote:
OA is D

Infinitive form

is preferred to

ing form

I'm confused.
What does "such a feat" refer to in D ?
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18 Jul 2007, 22:49
I am not able to buy D.
I am going with A.

We need to have proper construction to support "feat" in the second clause.
We need to show the description of "feat" in the first clause.

"Combining atoms at room temperature" is the feat and A looks better than E.

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02 Oct 2011, 02:17
Hi,
Can anybody elaborate the official answer?
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08 Oct 2011, 02:54
I don't agree with OA. What does "it" refer to in D? Can experts throw some light on this please.
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08 Oct 2011, 08:00
I was confused b/w A and D - picked A. Can experts explain why D would be preferred over A?
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08 Oct 2011, 16:13
I like C...can anyone explain why is C not correct???
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09 Oct 2011, 19:28
whats wrong with C,
and isn't "it" in the option D confusing ? What exactly "it" is representing
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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
The use of "combining" here is ambiguous. "Combining" can either be verb or an adjective. It is not clear
the usage of "one day" is also not correct here

(B) One day, it may be possible to combine atoms at the temperature of a room
"temperature of the room". changes the meaning. it should be room temperature

(C) The combination of atoms at room temperature may one day be possible
This is the noun form and generally the verb form is preferred to the noun form...maybe be the reason why it is wrong

(D) It may one day be possible to combine atoms at room temperature
"It" is an ambiguous pronoun. It doesn't have an antecedent. But it is the verb form ("to combine").
Maybe the reason why it is right. Although I would prefer the answer to be (C)

(E) Combining atoms at room temperature may one day be possible
The use of "combining" here is ambiguous. "Combining" can either be verb or an adjective. It is not clear
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26 Oct 2011, 02:03
Chose E but obviously a debatable question.
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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

I got confused by this sentence at first and was confused between A and E. But the answer is D.

Using a gerund suggests that you are referring to real activities or experiences.
Eg. The reporter likes living in New York. (i.e. he lives in NY and likes it)
Using an infinitive (as in our case here) suggests that you are talking about potential or possible activities or experiences.
Eg. The reporter like to live in Ney York whenever he works in the US. (i.e. he likes the option or possibility of living in NY whenever he comes to the US).

Hope this helps to clarify.l
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