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Comparing claimed speeds of the fastest cars in the world......

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Comparing claimed speeds of the fastest cars in the world, especially in historical cases, is difficult due to there being no standardized method of determining the top speed, nor a central authority to verify any such claims

(A) due to there being no standardized method of determining the top speed, nor a central authority to verify any such claims
(B) due to the absence of a standardized method of determining the top speed and a central authority to verify any such claims
(C) in that there is neither a standardized method of determining the top speed, nor can such claims be verified by a central authority
(D) because of the absence of any standardized method of determining the top speed, and of a central authority to verify any such claims
(E) because there is no standardized method of determining the top speed, or of verifying such claims by a central authority
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New post 13 Apr 2019, 12:46
Can anyone explain the difference between D and E.
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My thought process:
Incorrect: (A) due to there being no standardized method of determining the top speed, nor a central authority to verify any such claims

Choice A is incorrect because of multiple reasons:
(1) "no .. nor" - I believe idiomatically incorrect.
(2) While "being" sometimes can be met within correct answers, I haven't seen usage of "being" in correct answers for questions from OG.
(3) We can replace "due to" with "caused by" in order to verify whether it is acceptable usage. While doing this check, we can see that the answer sounds illogical.

Incorrect: (B) due to the absence of a standardized method of determining the top speed and a central authority to verify any such claims

In order to maintain parallel structure "of" should be added before "a central authority": absence of a standardized method ... and of a central authority

Incorrect: (C) in that there is neither a standardized method of determining the top speed, nor can such claims be verified by a central authority

Again a parallelism issue. In the "Neither X nor Y" construction X and Y have to be parallel.

Correct: (D) because of the absence of any standardized method of determining the top speed, and of a central authority to verify any such claims

The best choice. I have the only doubts here about the comma before "and", for me comma before FANBOYS is necessary first of all in the case when we need to separate two clauses.

Incorrect:(E) because there is no standardized method of determining the top speed, or of verifying such claims by a central authority

Several errors with this choice:
(1) If you see "there is" > check for a place.
(2) "no .. or" - unidiomatic.
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New post 14 Apr 2019, 04:15
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My thought process:
Incorrect: (A) due to there being no standardized method of determining the top speed, nor a central authority to verify any such claims

Choice A is incorrect because of multiple reasons:
(1) "no .. nor" - I believe idiomatically incorrect.
(2) While "being" sometimes can be met within correct answers, I haven't seen usage of "being" in correct answers for questions from OG.
(3) We can replace "due to" with "caused by" in order to verify whether it is acceptable usage. While doing this check, we can see that the answer sounds illogical.

Incorrect: (B) due to the absence of a standardized method of determining the top speed and a central authority to verify any such claims

In order to maintain parallel structure "of" should be added before "a central authority": absence of a standardized method ... and of a central authority

Incorrect: (C) in that there is neither a standardized method of determining the top speed, nor can such claims be verified by a central authority

Again a parallelism issue. In the "Neither X nor Y" construction X and Y have to be parallel.

Correct: (D) because of the absence of any standardized method of determining the top speed, and of a central authority to verify any such claims

The best choice. I have the only doubts here about the comma before "and", for me comma before FANBOYS is necessary first of all in the case when we need to separate two clauses.

Incorrect:(E) because there is no standardized method of determining the top speed, or of verifying such claims by a central authority

Several errors with this choice:
(1) If you see "there is" > check for a place.
(2) "no .. or" - unidiomatic.





I felt 'or' would be the correct usage instead of 'and' in an option D.
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New post 18 Apr 2019, 01:43
because modify verbs whereas due to modify noun entity...
so A,B out..
c parallelism issue
D parallelism is perfect , absence of x and absence of y
e..generally in Gmat "there is " awkward structure.
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