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New post 13 Aug 2017, 04:46
GMATNinjaTwo,

How did you infer that those 2 precursors were 'time' and 'place' as mentioned in Option C? In my opinion, A looks to be the clear winner.

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New post 17 Aug 2017, 07:57
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Can some one explain question 13 ? I cant distinguish between C and E !! Ended up picking C

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(Book Question: 13)
It can be inferred from the passage that one problem with using precursory phenomena to predict earthquakes is that minor tremors

A. typically occur some distance from the sites of the large earthquakes that follow them
B. are directly linked to the mechanisms that cause earthquakes
C. are difficult to distinguish from major tremors
D. have proven difficult to measure accurately
E. are not always followed by large earthquakes

The key lies in this portion of the passage:

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while the historical record confirms
that most large earthquakes are preceded by minor
tremors, these foreshocks indicate nothing about
the magnitude of an impending quake and are
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indistinguishable from other minor tremors that occur
without large earthquakes.

Most large earthquakes are preceded by minor tremors. Does that mean whenever we observe a minor tremor, we can predict that a large earthquake will occur? .... unfortunately not, because those minor tremors are indistinguishable from minor tremors that occur without large earthquakes. In other words, we have no idea whether a minor tremor will be followed by a large earthquake.

As for choice (C), the passage does not say that minor tremors are difficult to distinguish from major tremors. Regardless, unlike choice (E), this does not describe the problem with using precursory phenomena to predict earthquakes.

I hope that helps!
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Took 13:44. All Correct.
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Can someone explain why the primarily purpose is D and not E? I thought it was more about the development of methods rather than the shortcomings of methods.


The passage discusses two methods for predicting earthquakes and suggests that both the methods are not accurate - Answer has to be D.

Now lets look at why E is wrong:
E. describing the development of methods for establishing patterns in the occurrence of past earthquakes - Are the two methods limited to establishing patterns of past earthquakes? No. Moreover development of methods is a positive tone. But the passage is not too optimistic about the methods suggested. E cannot be the answer.


What words, or signals you look for to identify the positive tone of the passage?
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Can someone explain why the primarily purpose is D and not E? I thought it was more about the development of methods rather than the shortcomings of methods.


I marked E too but now I understand that the development of the second method is not what has been discussed in the passage.
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Nice passage . All correct , Took 11 mins 30 seconds, including 5 mins 30 seconds to read the passage .
AjiteshArun , mikemcgarry ,GMATNinja , ccooley , GMATNinjaTwo , egmat , other experts -- can you please help in Q11(First question)--

I quickly narrowed down to option D and E , but was not confident of the selected answer -- Is option D better because the main intent of researchers has been to predict the occurrence of earthquakes, not establishing patterns in the occurrence of past earthquakes?

D. discussing the deficiency of two methods by which researchers have attempted to predict the occurrence of earthquakes
E. describing the development of methods for establishing patterns in the occurrence of past earthquakes
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(Book Question: 11)
The passage is primarily concerned with

A. explaining why one method of earthquake prediction has proven more practicable than an alternative method
B. suggesting that accurate earthquake forecasting must combine elements of long-term and short-term prediction
C. challenging the usefulness of dilatancy theory for explaining the occurrence of precursory phenomena
D. discussing the deficiency of two methods by which researchers have attempted to predict the occurrence of earthquakes
E. describing the development of methods for establishing patterns in the occurrence of past earthquakes

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Nice passage . All correct , Took 11 mins 30 seconds, including 5 mins 30 seconds to read the passage .
AjiteshArun , mikemcgarry ,GMATNinja , ccooley , GMATNinjaTwo , egmat , other experts -- can you please help in Q11(First question)--

I quickly narrowed down to option D and E , but was not confident of the selected answer -- Is option D better because the main intent of researchers has been to predict the occurrence of earthquakes, not establishing patterns in the occurrence of past earthquakes?

D. discussing the deficiency of two methods by which researchers have attempted to predict the occurrence of earthquakes
E. describing the development of methods for establishing patterns in the occurrence of past earthquakes

Skywalker18, your reasoning looks good!

We are looking for the primary purpose of the passage, so we need to identify the main intent of the author, not of the researchers. The author describes two failed methods attempted by researchers: one tried in 1971 and the other tried in the 1980s.

As you noted, the goal of those methods (and of the researchers) was to predict earthquakes (the first was geared towards short-term prediction and the other was geared towards long-term prediction). The author explains how those methods failed. Thus, the author's intention was to discuss the deficiency of those two methods.

The second method did involve analyzing patterns in the occurrence of past earthquakes. But did the passage discuss the methods that were used to establish those patterns? No, and even if it did, those patterns do not represent the main purpose of the passage. Rather, the patterns are just background information that the author gives in order to show how that second method failed.

Choice (D) the best answer.

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