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GMAT v2f In 1813, the Sixth Coalition attacked Napoleon and

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In 1813, the Sixth Coalition attacked Napoleon and the First French Empire in the Battle of Leipzig, the largest conflict in the Napoleonic Wars

b. The sixth coalition attacked Napoleon antwd the First French Empire in 1813, which was called the Battle of Leipzig and which became the largest conflict in the Napoleonic wars
c. In the largest conflict in the Napoleonic wars, in 1813, the sixth coalition attacked Napoleon and the first french empire in the Battle of Leipzig
d. 1813 saw the battle of leipzig, the largest conflict in the napoleonic wars, in which the sixth coalition attacked napoleon and the first french empire
e. The battle of Leipzig, the largest conflict in the napoleonic wars, was a conflict between the sixth coalition and the first french empire in 1813

Why is option D not correct...
the explanation given is.. that its informal language.. what the heck is informal language?

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01 Jan 2009, 12:38
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In 1813, the Sixth Coalition attacked Napoleon and the First French Empire in the Battle of Leipzig, the largest conflict in the Napoleonic Wars

b. The sixth coalition attacked Napoleon antwd the First French Empire in 1813, which was called the Battle of Leipzig and which became the largest conflict in the Napoleonic wars
c. In the largest conflict in the Napoleonic wars, in 1813, the sixth coalition attacked Napoleon and the first french empire in the Battle of Leipzig
d. 1813 saw the battle of leipzig, the largest conflict in the napoleonic wars, in which the sixth coalition attacked napoleon and the first french empire
e. The battle of Leipzig, the largest conflict in the napoleonic wars, was a conflict between the sixth coalition and the first french empire in 1813

Why is option D not correct...
the explanation given is.. that its informal language.. what the heck is informal language?

Should be A. The closest answers are A and E but E is in passive, not the most concise and logical because it says "The battle of Leipzig" was the largest conflict in the napoleonic wars in 1813.

Was "The battle of Leipzig" was the largest conflict in the entire napoleonic wars in 1813" or "The battle of Leipzig" was the largest conflict in the entire napoleonic wars"? For me, the later makes more sense.

D is even not considered a close to A or E because it has many flaws.

* "1813 saw"? it could be a informal english but not an official in terms of gmat english.
* "which" refers to what? "the battle of leipzig" or "the napoleonic wars" - not clear.
* the construction is also awakward.
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01 Jan 2009, 13:01
Agree with gmattiger explanation for D.

A & E both seems to be correct. The only difference is voice.

A - Active voice
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01 Jan 2009, 20:17
GMAT TIGER wrote:
hbs2012 wrote:
GMAT v2f

In 1813, the Sixth Coalition attacked Napoleon and the First French Empire in the Battle of Leipzig, the largest conflict in the Napoleonic Wars

b. The sixth coalition attacked Napoleon antwd the First French Empire in 1813, which was called the Battle of Leipzig and which became the largest conflict in the Napoleonic wars
c. In the largest conflict in the Napoleonic wars, in 1813, the sixth coalition attacked Napoleon and the first french empire in the Battle of Leipzig
d. 1813 saw the battle of leipzig, the largest conflict in the napoleonic wars, in which the sixth coalition attacked napoleon and the first french empire
e. The battle of Leipzig, the largest conflict in the napoleonic wars, was a conflict between the sixth coalition and the first french empire in 1813

Why is option D not correct...
the explanation given is.. that its informal language.. what the heck is informal language?

Should be A. The closest answers are A and E but E is in passive, not the most concise and logical because it says "The battle of Leipzig" was the largest conflict in the napoleonic wars in 1813.

Was "The battle of Leipzig" was the largest conflict in the entire napoleonic wars in 1813" or "The battle of Leipzig" was the largest conflict in the entire napoleonic wars"? For me, the later makes more sense.

D is even not considered a close to A or E because it has many flaws.

* "1813 saw"? it could be a informal english but not an official in terms of gmat english.
* "which" refers to what? "the battle of leipzig" or "the napoleonic wars" - not clear.
* the construction is also awakward.

While I agree that A is better than E, I dont think E is passive voice. E is simply past tense.

The battle of X was a conflict between Y and Z is not passive voice.

E is wrong because it moves in 1813 to the end.
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01 Jan 2009, 20:36
a. In 1813, the Sixth Coalition attacked Napoleon and the First French Empire in the Battle of Leipzig, the largest conflict in the Napoleonic Wars
e. The battle of Leipzig, the largest conflict in the napoleonic wars, was a conflict between the sixth coalition and the first french empire in 1813

I see nothing wrong in E. See the highlighted green w/o the descriptive clause.
Subtle : the battle is described as the largest conflict....

In A:
The 6th coalition attacked X and Y in the the battle, <decriptive>

I am not convinced how E can be wrong.
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02 Jan 2009, 07:56
placement of 1813 in the end makes option little akward ...rest I dont find any other problem in E ..
Anyway A is best ..
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02 Jan 2009, 08:24
placement of 1813 at the end in E makes it little akward ..otherwise didnt found any other error in E .

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