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# Contrary to the scholarly wisdom of 1950's and 1960's that

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Contrary to the scholarly wisdom of 1950's and 1960's that [#permalink]

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Contrary to the scholarly wisdom of 1950's and 1960's that predicted the processes of modernization and rationalization would gradually undermine it, ethnicity is a world wide phenomenon of increasing importance.

A would gradually undermine it
B to be a gradual undermining of it
C would be a gradual undermining of etnicity
D to gradually undermine etnicity
E gradually undermining it

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27 Jan 2004, 06:32
One more vote for D. Concise and grammatically correct
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27 Jan 2004, 12:28
predicted [that] the processes would gradually undermine it,

A is correct.

D has a split infinitive. I dont know whether ETS accepts it or not.
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27 Jan 2004, 16:01
The question is that predicted the ........ its not that predicted that..........
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28 Jan 2004, 00:36
Hi all ...

Official answer is A ......
Zhung Gazi Can u please explain this a bit more ....
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28 Jan 2004, 14:57
the processes of modernization and rationalization would gradually undermine it is the object of the verb--predicted.
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28 Jan 2004, 20:11
A does not sound right..

For 'would' to fit in the sentence, a 'that' is required before 'process.. it'.

How reliable is this official answer?
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30 Jan 2004, 04:19
"that" is ommisible in object noun clauses, but not in subject noun clauses or in result clauses.

"Predicted ... would" follows sequence of tenses
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Re: scholarly wisdom [#permalink]

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29 Jun 2007, 10:55
kanu wrote:
Contrary to the scholarly wisdom of 1950's and 1960's that predicted the processes of modernization and rationalization would gradually undermine it, ethnicity is a world wide phenomenon of increasing importance.

A would gradually undermine it
B to be a gradual undermining of it
C would be a gradual undermining of etnicity
D to gradually undermine etnicity
E gradually undermining it

We are describing an action that will happen from a point in the past that has already happened in the present. Hence we use would.

AC remain.

Why does it refer to ethnicity rather than scholarly wisdom?
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29 Jun 2007, 13:21
I went with A though I can't really explain it.

I can tell you it can't be D for sure. D ends with ethnicity, yet if you plug it into the sentence, after the comma is ethnicity again...which doesn't make any sense.
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29 Jun 2007, 21:42
A seems the best. I think in GMAT it is more about coming down to the best choice because the "best choice" might not sound like the best.
D does not look like the best choice..
29 Jun 2007, 21:42
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