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# I think the GMAT authors made a mistake on the following

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I think the GMAT authors made a mistake on the following [#permalink]

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10 Oct 2010, 19:30
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I think the GMAT authors made a mistake on the following question:

Kuru, one of the strangest and most insidious of the diseases known, is no longer a major problem in New Guinea.

(A) of the diseases known
(B) of the diseases to be known
(C) of the diseases that is known
(D) known of the diseases
(E) diseases known

[Reveal] Spoiler:
(E)

No, I did not post the problem incorrectly. Only the words "of the diseases" were underlined in the question.

My Problem with the Official Answer
[Reveal] Spoiler:
The official answer would make the sentence sound better if the word "known" was also underlined in the "question". However it wasn't. And according to the official answer, the best sentence reads: "Kuru, one of the strangest and most insidious diseases known known, is no longer a major problem in New Guinea."

What do you think?

Source: Paper Test
Test Code 42
Section 5
Question # 22
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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Re: GMAT Authors Make Mistake on this Question? [#permalink]

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11 Oct 2010, 05:50
niheil wrote:
I think the GMAT authors made a mistake on the following question:

Kuru, one of the strangest and most insidious of the diseases known, is no longer a major problem in New Guinea.

(A) of the diseases known
(B) of the diseases to be known
(C) of the diseases that is known
(D) known of the diseases
(E) diseases known

[Reveal] Spoiler:
(E)

No, I did not post the problem incorrectly. Only the words "of the diseases" were underlined in the question.

My Problem with the Official Answer
[Reveal] Spoiler:
The official answer would make the sentence sound better if the word "known" was also underlined in the "question". However it wasn't. And according to the official answer, the best sentence reads: "Kuru, one of the strangest and most insidious diseases known known, is no longer a major problem in New Guinea."

What do you think?

Source: Paper Test
Test Code 42
Section 5
Question # 22

This is more of a publishing error than an error in the question. This happens on their printed stuff. I believe I found one or two on the Official GMAT guides.

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Re: GMAT Authors Make Mistake on this Question? [#permalink]

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11 Oct 2010, 07:24
Your answer (A) has "known" written in it, so unless you added this yourself, it looks like "known" is supposed to be underlined. In either case, I think it's pretty clear that it's supposed to be, so I wouldn't fret too much about this if it happened on the real exam.

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11 Oct 2010, 11:43
lagomez and TehJay, both of you seem to suggest that this error is not a big deal.

I think this error is a big deal. Because of this error, none of the answers are "really good". I ended choosing the only answer that does not result in the repetition of the word "known" (answer D), and as a result I got the question wrong.

What's more disturbing about this error is that the GMAT authors didn't remove the question while grading. I've seen them do that in another question on a different paper test.

I think if anything, what I take from my experience with this error is that there's a possibility that the GMAT authors can make 1 or 2 errors in the entire test. I may want to review the test after the results come out. That's what I take from this experience.

And TehJay, I reposted the question exactly the way it was presented.

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11 Oct 2010, 13:26
niheil wrote:
lagomez and TehJay, both of you seem to suggest that this error is not a big deal.

I think this error is a big deal. Because of this error, none of the answers are "really good". I ended choosing the only answer that does not result in the repetition of the word "known" (answer D), and as a result I got the question wrong.

What's more disturbing about this error is that the GMAT authors didn't remove the question while grading. I've seen them do that in another question on a different paper test.

I think if anything, what I take from my experience with this error is that there's a possibility that the GMAT authors can make 1 or 2 errors in the entire test. I may want to review the test after the results come out. That's what I take from this experience.

And TehJay, I reposted the question exactly the way it was presented.

I wouldn't worry about it too much on test day. Worrying about it will distract you during the exam. You won't be able to review the test anyway. You would have put in a complain in writing and they would research the issue.

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11 Oct 2010, 14:36
niheil wrote:
lagomez and TehJay, both of you seem to suggest that this error is not a big deal.

I think this error is a big deal. Because of this error, none of the answers are "really good". I ended choosing the only answer that does not result in the repetition of the word "known" (answer D), and as a result I got the question wrong.

What's more disturbing about this error is that the GMAT authors didn't remove the question while grading. I've seen them do that in another question on a different paper test.

I think if anything, what I take from my experience with this error is that there's a possibility that the GMAT authors can make 1 or 2 errors in the entire test. I may want to review the test after the results come out. That's what I take from this experience.

And TehJay, I reposted the question exactly the way it was presented.

Answer (A) is always identical to the underlined portion of the sentence. Answer (A) has the word "known" in it. That, combined with the fact that all of the other answers also repeat "known", should be enough for you to determine that it's an underlining error.

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Re: GMAT Authors Make Mistake on this Question? [#permalink]

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11 Oct 2010, 14:53
All the answer choices have the word KNOWN in them. Don't fret over this, just focus on your preparation
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