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# During the Roman Republic, a slave's testimony is judicial

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During the Roman Republic, a slave's testimony judicial hearing was admissible only if it was obtained by torture, as officials believed that slaves could not be trusted telling the truth otherwise.

a. as officials believed that slaves could not be trusted telling the truth otherwise
b. as officials believed that slaves could not be trusted having told the truth otherwise
c. as officials believed that slaves could not be trusted to tell the truth otherwise
d. as officials believing that slaves could not be trusted telling the truth otherwise
e. as officials had believed that slaves could not be trusted telling the truth otherwise.

Originally posted by born2win on 22 Sep 2011, 03:11.
Last edited by abhimahna on 12 Mar 2017, 01:57, edited 1 time in total.
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22 Sep 2011, 03:17
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Tough one. Guessed C by POE

CAn sumbody pls split open the options.
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22 Sep 2011, 03:23
GMATPASSION wrote:
Tough one. Guessed C by POE

Can you please explain why you eliminated A?I was in a fix between A and C.
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22 Sep 2011, 03:30
born2win wrote:
GMATPASSION wrote:
Tough one. Guessed C by POE

Can you please explain why you eliminated A?I was in a fix between A and C.

Eliminated A because:

Somewhere in Aristotle SC grail I Read avoid "ing" as much as possible on GMAT.( let me know if u wish to know the page number)

Secondly "telling" should be either a gerund (acts as noun) or a present participle.(acts as adjective) but i don't see the use of both of them here. A simple verb "tell" sounded better.

This is my 2 cents. Comments are most welcome.
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22 Sep 2011, 04:21
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born2win wrote:
GMATPASSION wrote:
Tough one. Guessed C by POE

Can you please explain why you eliminated A?I was in a fix between A and C.

Eliminated A because:

Somewhere in Aristotle SC grail I Read avoid "ing" as much as possible on GMAT.( let me know if u wish to know the page number)

Secondly "telling" should be either a gerund (acts as noun) or a present participle.(acts as adjective) but i don't see the use of both of them here. A simple verb "tell" sounded better.

This is my 2 cents. Comments are most welcome.

Thanks.

Don't need the page number since i don't have the book . Btw, did u find the book helpful? i have got manhattan sc and powerscore sc bible, though have not started reading those yet. Do you think studying the aristotle, along with those two, would be helpful? (a bit off topic que though)
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Thanks.

Don't need the page number since i don't have the book . Btw, did u find the book helpful? i have got manhattan sc and powerscore sc bible, though have not started reading those yet. Do you think studying the aristotle, along with those two, would be helpful? (a bit off topic que though)

I think you do not need any more books . The key is to read effectively and thoroughly. Understanding key concepts is more important than covering a number of books.

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22 Sep 2011, 10:05
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The whole issue boils down to whether it ‘could not be trusted to tell' or 'could not be trusted telling'.

In fact telling is an adjective here in A. Note the present participle 'telling' modifying the noun ‘the truth’. Nevertheless, it is still unidiomatic in comparison to the infinitive 'trusted to tell'. When you a have a definite purpose on hand like tell the truth, then the infinitive is the best choice. Therefore Choice C
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22 Sep 2011, 11:46
+1 for C. And as daagh said, it looks like "telling" works as an adjective in the sentence, modifying "the truth".

What it came down to between A & C for me was the "-ing" as well. I do not know if I read about avoiding "-ing" in Manhattan's Sentence Correction, or if I read it here on GMAT Club.
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22 Sep 2011, 21:29
thanks Munhugg, Daagh and Crick. I have to study some concepts before trying those
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30 Sep 2011, 11:52
born2win wrote:
During the Roman Republic, a slave's testimony is judicial hearing was admissible only if it was obtained by torture, as officials believed that slaves could not be trusted telling the truth otherwise.

a. as officials believed that slaves could not be trusted telling the truth otherwise
b. as officials believed that slaves could not be trusted having told the truth otherwise
c. as officials believed that slaves could not be trusted to tell the truth otherwise
d. as officials believing that slaves could not be trusted telling the truth otherwise
e. as officials had believed that slaves could not be trusted telling the truth otherwise.

I was also hung between A and C, but later chose (C) because "trusted to tell" shows intent and "trusted telling" feels awkward.
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23 Dec 2011, 02:01
C...
Already explained in so many way.
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25 Apr 2012, 21:56
slaves could not be trusted telling the truth- Here telling is a simple gerund, hence it cannot modify "trusted". We need to use "to trust" so that we can modify "trusted". So option C is correct.
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born2win wrote:
During the Roman Republic, a slave's testimony is judicial hearing was admissible only if it was obtained by torture, as officials believed that slaves could not be trusted telling the truth otherwise.

a. as officials believed that slaves could not be trusted telling the truth otherwise
b. as officials believed that slaves could not be trusted having told the truth otherwise
c. as officials believed that slaves could not be trusted to tell the truth otherwise
d. as officials believing that slaves could not be trusted telling the truth otherwise
e. as officials had believed that slaves could not be trusted telling the truth otherwise.

Please edit the question. The word "is" is not necessary.
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During the Roman Republic, a slave's testimony judicial hearing was admissible only if it was obtained by torture, as officials believed that slaves could not be trusted telling the truth otherwise.

a. as officials believed that slaves could not be trusted telling the truth otherwise
b. as officials believed that slaves could not be trusted having told the truth otherwise
c. as officials believed that slaves could not be trusted to tell the truth otherwise
d. as officials believing that slaves could not be trusted telling the truth otherwise
e. as officials had believed that slaves could not be trusted telling the truth otherwise.
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a. as officials believed that slaves could not be trusted telling the truth otherwise
b. as officials believed that slaves could not be trusted having told the truth otherwise
c. as officials believed that slaves could not be trusted to tell the truth otherwise correct
d. as officials believing that slaves could not be trusted telling the truth otherwise
e. as officials had believed that slaves could not be trusted telling the truth otherwise.
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10 Jan 2018, 02:26
Confused between A and C.
C part 'slaves could not be trusted to tell the truth' sounds like 'truth is not going to be told to untrustworthy slaves' or in other words, 'slaves are not trustworthy enough to know the truth'.

how to eliminate or nullify this meaning from option C.

born2win wrote:
During the Roman Republic, a slave's testimony judicial hearing was admissible only if it was obtained by torture, as officials believed that slaves could not be trusted telling the truth otherwise.

a. as officials believed that slaves could not be trusted telling the truth otherwise
b. as officials believed that slaves could not be trusted having told the truth otherwise
c. as officials believed that slaves could not be trusted to tell the truth otherwise
d. as officials believing that slaves could not be trusted telling the truth otherwise
e. as officials had believed that slaves could not be trusted telling the truth otherwise.
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