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# Former

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26 Sep 2008, 07:47
As the former chair of the planning board for 18 consecutive years & a board member for 28 years, Joan Phikill attended more than 400 meetings & reviewed more than 700 rezoning applications

a) As the former
b) The former
c) Former
d) She was
e) As the

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26 Sep 2008, 08:21
A?

Its tricky
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26 Sep 2008, 08:41
jatinrai wrote:
As the former chair of the planning board for 18 consecutive years & a board member for 28 years, Joan Phikill attended more than 400 meetings & reviewed more than 700 rezoning applications

a) As the former
b) The former
c) Former
d) She was
e) As the

!!!

E is correct. Q is testing whether we are reading for proper meaning or not. How will JP attend meetings as former chair? He cannot. When one is former, they no longer work on it. A B C are out Between D & E, it is clearly E for obvious reasons.
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26 Sep 2008, 14:13
icandy wrote:
jatinrai wrote:
As the former chair of the planning board for 18 consecutive years & a board member for 28 years, Joan Phikill attended more than 400 meetings & reviewed more than 700 rezoning applications

a) As the former
b) The former
c) Former
d) She was
e) As the

!!!

E is correct. Q is testing whether we are reading for proper meaning or not. How will JP attend meetings as former chair? He cannot. When one is former, they no longer work on it. A B C are out Between D & E, it is clearly E for obvious reasons.

agreed same reasoning.
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26 Sep 2008, 20:22
I think the question is talking about the time when JP was the chair. The q says JP attended so many meetings. I'd go for A. I hope i am not missing anything

whats the OA ?
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26 Sep 2008, 22:18
I would pick A too
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26 Sep 2008, 22:30
amitdgr wrote:
I think the question is talking about the time when JP was the chair. The q says JP attended so many meetings. I'd go for A. I hope i am not missing anything

whats the OA ?

As the former chair of X, JP attended ..meetings.

--> which means JP attended 400 meetings when he was former chair person.
---> logically doesn't make sense

As the chair of X, JP attended ..400 meetings.
--> JP attended 400 meetings when he was chair of X

Will go for E.

What is OA
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27 Sep 2008, 21:22
jatinrai wrote:
As the former chair of the planning board for 18 consecutive years & a board member for 28 years, Joan Phikill attended more than 400 meetings & reviewed more than 700 rezoning applications

a) As the former
b) The former
c) Former
d) She was
e) As the

!!!

agree with E. ABC all have former that is not illogical.
D is an example of run on sentence.
E is clear winner.
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29 Sep 2008, 06:41
x2suresh wrote:
amitdgr wrote:
I think the question is talking about the time when JP was the chair. The q says JP attended so many meetings. I'd go for A. I hope i am not missing anything

whats the OA ?

As the former chair of X, JP attended ..meetings.

--> which means JP attended 400 meetings when he was former chair person.
---> logically doesn't make sense

As the chair of X, JP attended ..400 meetings.
--> JP attended 400 meetings when he was chair of X

Will go for E.

What is OA

Perfect reasoning.

OA is E.
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29 Sep 2008, 06:53
Yes, that was easy. Meaning was the key. It should be E.
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29 Sep 2008, 11:27
I chose A for the following reasons:

When the former is used, the meaning of the sentence is exact:
- The action has taken in the past, and the member is no longer part of the board.

When the former is not used, it gives the 2 meanings, either that:
1. The action has taken in the past, and the member is no longer part of the board nor attends the meetings.
OR
2. the action has taken in the past, BUT can continue into the future, and member is still part of the board.

I don't agree that the intent of the sentence was to infer #2 above, therefore, that's why I thought former was necessary and why I disagree with E.
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29 Sep 2008, 23:11
E should be the ans
jatinrai wrote:
As the former chair of the planning board for 18 consecutive years & a board member for 28 years, Joan Phikill attended more than 400 meetings & reviewed more than 700 rezoning applications

a) As the former
b) The former
c) Formerd) She was
e) As the

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