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# Despite that they were able to calculate faster than ever

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20 Aug 2011, 13:57
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Despite that they were able to calculate faster than ever before possible, the earliest computers, built with tubes instead of transistors, were too bulky, expensive, and unreliable to be useful to businesses.

A Despite that they were able to calculate faster than ever before possible
B Even though it could calculate faster than previously possible
C Although faster in its calculating than ever before possible
D Despite their calculations being faster than ever before possible
E Despite their unprecedented speed of calculation

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20 Aug 2011, 15:22
schandok wrote:
Despite that they were able to calculate faster than ever before possible, the earliest computers, built with tubes instead of transistors, were too bulky, expensive, and unreliable to be useful to businesses.

A Despite that they were able to calculate faster than ever before possible
B Even though it could calculate faster than previously possible
C Although faster in its calculating than ever before possible
D Despite their calculations being faster than ever before possible
E Despite their unprecedented speed of calculation

The non-underlined portion indicates that subject is plural (computers), so b and c are wrong. than ever before possible is wrong construction' . Than 'WAS ever before possible' could be right but without verb was // gets distorted. A and D are wrong for using wrong comparisons. Also unprecedented conveys the same meaning as ever before possible. So E is best.

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20 Aug 2011, 16:15
Despite that they were able to calculate faster than ever before possible, the earliest computers, built with tubes instead of transistors, were too bulky, expensive, and unreliable to be useful to businesses.

A Despite that they were able to calculate faster than ever before possible DESPITE IS NOT APPROPRIATE. IT SED BEFORE A NOUN I.E- DESPITE THEIR "FASTER CALCULATION ABILITY"(NOUN)
B Even though it could calculate faster than previously possible COMPUTERS CAN NOT TAKE IT
C Although faster in its calculating than ever before possible COMPUTERS CAN NOT TAKE ITS
D Despite their calculations being faster than ever before possible TOO WORDY-'CALCULATIONS BEING FASTER", THE SHORT TERM IN E S BETTER THAN : FASTER THAN EVER BEFORE POSSIBLE"
E Despite their unprecedented speed of calculation USE DESPITE CORRECTLY ("SPEED OF CALCULATION"=NOUN), USE THERIR TO COMPUTERS, IT'S SHORT AND PRECISE.

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20 Aug 2011, 19:51
+1 for E.

An easy question.

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20 Aug 2011, 20:42
+1 E

"it" doesn't have antecedent.
E is more concise.
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28 Oct 2013, 19:43
This question showed up as a Kaplan question of the day. The OA is E and the explanation given by Kaplan is as follows:

This question presents problems of idiom. "Despite that" in (A) is unidiomatic, and "than ever before possible" in (A), (C), and (D) is awkward. Choice (B) has a clear pronoun reference problem: the singular "it" is used to refer to the plural "computers."

In addition to the errors mentioned above, I believe there are also subject/verb disagreements within the answer choices.

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23 Sep 2014, 10:08
schandok wrote:
Despite that they were able to calculate faster than ever before possible, the earliest computers, built with tubes instead of transistors, were too bulky, expensive, and unreliable to be useful to businesses.

A Despite that they were able to calculate faster than ever before possible
B Even though it could calculate faster than previously possible
C Although faster in its calculating than ever before possible
D Despite their calculations being faster than ever before possible
E Despite their unprecedented speed of calculation

Hi,

I was able to narrow down to option E. But i could not understand why "than ever before possible" is awkward . Could any one of you please help.

I eliminated options on following reasons.

A Despite that they were able to calculate faster than ever before possible -- Despite that they is wrong. Despite should be followed by possessive pronoun.
B Even though it could calculate faster than previously possible--It does not agree with the earliest computers. It is singular and the earliest computers is plural.
C Although faster in its calculating than ever before possible. -- Same as C. Its is wrong here.
D Despite their calculations being faster than ever before possible --wordy than Option E. Being is avoidable in gmat.
E Despite their unprecedented speed of calculation-- despite their is perfectly used here. Their is plural and goes well with the earliest computers. Sentence is concise.

Thanks,
Ammu

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