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# In a 2003 lawsuit against the CIA, a group of well-known authors deman

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In a 2003 lawsuit against the CIA, a group of well-known authors demanded that the agency releases all documents pertaining to the Kennedy assassination, perhaps in an attempt to enlarge its resources for new novels.

A. In a 2003 lawsuit against the CIA, a group of well-known authors demanded that the agency releases all documents pertaining to the Kennedy assassination, perhaps in an attempt to enlarge resources for new novels

B. In a 2003 lawsuit against the CIA, a group of well-known authors demanded that the agency release all documents pertaining to the Kennedy assassination, maybe in an attempt to enlarge resources for new novels

C. Possibly in an attempt to enlarge resources for new novels, a group of well-known authors, in a 2003 lawsuit against the CIA, demanded that the agency will release all documents pertaining to the Kennedy assassination

D. In a 2003 lawsuit against the CIA, a group of well-known authors demanded that the agency would release all documents pertaining to the Kennedy assassination, perhaps in an attempt to enlarge resources for new novels

E. A group of well-known authors, in a 2003 lawsuit against the CIA, demanded that the agency release all documents pertaining to the Kennedy assassination, possibly in an attempt to enlarge resources for the writing of new novels

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20 Oct 2015, 04:31
Requiring the subjunctive form of the mood, the base form namely ‘release’, choices containing such as releases in A, will release in B and would release in D are out.
Left to fend between B and E, the word ‘maybe’ looks more conversational than formal; E contains the more acceptable ‘possibly’. That is all the difference
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20 Oct 2015, 04:49
Hi Daagh,

I agree that its between B and E. But IMO, both "maybe" and "possibly" over here behave as modifiers.. both are adverbs and both can technically be used as a modifier.

in option E: the ending words could have been " for writing new novels" instead of " for the writing of new novels"..

Also "for new novels" is the same in B as mentioned in the question. Your opinion on what I mentioned please.

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20 Oct 2015, 10:26
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In a 2003 lawsuit against the CIA, a group of well-known authors demanded that the agency releases all documents pertaining to the Kennedy assassination, perhaps in an attempt to enlarge its resources for new novels.

A. In a 2003 lawsuit against the CIA, a group of well-known authors demanded that the agency releases all documents pertaining to the Kennedy assassination, perhaps in an attempt to enlarge resources for new novels

B. In a 2003 lawsuit against the CIA, a group of well-known authors demanded that the agency release all documents pertaining to the Kennedy assassination, maybe in an attempt to enlarge resources for new novels

C. Possibly in an attempt to enlarge resources for new novels, a group of well-known authors, in a 2003 lawsuit against the CIA, demanded that the agency will release all documents pertaining to the Kennedy assassination

D. In a 2003 lawsuit against the CIA, a group of well-known authors demanded that the agency would release all documents pertaining to the Kennedy assassination, perhaps in an attempt to enlarge resources for new novels

E. A group of well-known authors, in a 2003 lawsuit against the CIA, demanded that the agency release all documents pertaining to the Kennedy assassination, possibly in an attempt to enlarge resources for the writing of new novels

Really tricky. B & E 2 best options. Going with B because of its concision.
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20 Oct 2015, 12:34
In a 2003 lawsuit against the CIA, a group of well-known authors demanded that the agency release all documents pertaining to the Kennedy assassination, maybe in an attempt to enlarge resources for new novels

isn't CIA incorrectly modified by a group of....

E seems more judicious.
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20 Oct 2015, 13:09
I go with B even I am still concerned about "Maybe". However, in E, the writing for new novels is wordy so I crossed out E
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12 Nov 2015, 05:10
Shouldn't "release" be singular?

It confused me. E sounded better except for this, since "release" is modifying "the agency".

What am I missing here?
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Shouldn't "release" be singular?
It confused me. E sounded better except for this, since "release" is modifying "the agency".
What am I missing here?

You are missing the subjunctive mood norm here; ‘release’ is the base form of the verb - release - for all other verb forms such as releases or released or will release or would release. In subjunctive mood, the verb will always be in the base form, irrespective of whether the noun is singular or plural or whether the event is in the present or past or future tense.

Examples:
The court has ruled that Tom return the money to Dick
The court rules that Tom return the money to Dick
The court ruled that Tom return the money to Dick
The court has ruled that Tom and Dick return the money to Harry
The Congress will make a ruling this session that the H-IB visa holder return to his country by the expiry of the visa.
The Congress made ruling last session that all H-IB visa holders return to their countries by the expiry of the visa.
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06 Jan 2016, 01:48
Got confused between B and E.
Still confused . Can anyone please explain why "for the writing of new novels" in option E is not considered wordy?
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06 Jan 2016, 09:54
I choose B
I do not like "for the writing" in E. it should be " for a writing "

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06 Jan 2016, 20:10
daagh wrote:
Requiring the subjunctive form of the mood, the base form namely ‘release’, choices containing such as releases in A, will release in B and would release in D are out.
Left to fend between B and E, the word ‘maybe’ looks more conversational than formal; E contains the more acceptable ‘possibly’. That is all the difference

I think that the reason we tossed out B over a small reason about "conversational" can also be applied to E. E contains a stupid wordy clause at the end "for the writing of new novels" that is more "conversational" than anything in B.
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09 Jan 2016, 04:12
Hi Daagh,

Confused as what is "In a 2003 lawsuit against the CIA" modifying if it is " group of authors" then B is better than E
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Hi Daagh,
Confused as what is "In a 2003 lawsuit against the CIA" modifying if it is " group of authors" then B is better than E

As far as I know, an introductory prepositional modifier set off by a comma will modify the theme of the entire following clause, in this case, the group demanding something. After all the lawsuit was about that demand, wasn’t it? Nor is it an adjectival modifier to modify the noun that it follows. HTH

With regard to the use of ‘maybe’ and ‘probably’, let us look at OG example to have an inkling about the GMAC’s views.
Question 23, OG 11.

Of all the possible disasters that threaten American agriculture, the possibility of an adverse change in
climate is maybe the more difficult for analysis.

(A) is maybe the more difficult for analysis
(B) is probably the most difficult to analyze
(C) is maybe the most difficult for analysis
(D) is probably the more difficult to analyze
(E) is, it may be, the analysis that is most difficult

Relevant part of the OE given by OG.

The sentence also uses two incorrect idioms. ‘May be’ should be replaced by ‘probably’ and then followed by infinitive ‘to analyze’ rather than the phrase ‘for analysis’.

A; May be must be replaced by probably, more by most, and for analysis by to analyze
B. correct all the three idioms are used correctly,
C. May be must be replaced by probably and for analysis by to analyze
E. It may be is wordy and must replaced by probably

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OA is B
The OG explanation says that use of maybe is unidiomatic. Why is that?

1) the most important comment i could make here: it doesn't really matter why. you should follow the gmat's rules slavishly, like a seven-year-old who really wants that piece of candy for being such a good kid. since the o.g. has just told you, in no uncertain terms, that the use of 'maybe' is unacceptable, that's all you really need to know.
this is not to say that' it's pointless ever to think about 'why'; for most sentences the answer explanations are either simply not there (as for gmatprep problems) or are sufficiently vague to merit debate as to the particulars of the gmat's rules. however, in cases such as this one, where there can be no doubt at all about the rules the gmat employs, just follow their rules.

2) i concur with the official opinion on this one: 'maybe' seems much too informal for formal written english. i would never dream of including the word 'maybe' in any sort of formal paper or article, unless it were embedded in some sort of quote.
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22 Feb 2016, 19:29
thangvietnam wrote:
I choose B
I do not like "for the writing" in E. it should be " for a writing "

Agree with this point. Even i found the words "for writing" in E as wrong.

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03 Jun 2016, 18:11
Is the OA really E? E seems wrong using "for the writing of new novels"
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04 Jun 2016, 06:47
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In a 2003 lawsuit against the CIA, a group of well-known authors demanded that the agency releases all documents pertaining to the Kennedy assassination, perhaps in an attempt to enlarge its resources for new novels.

A. In a 2003 lawsuit against the CIA, a group of well-known authors demanded that the agency releases all documents pertaining to the Kennedy assassination, perhaps in an attempt to enlarge resources for new novels

B. In a 2003 lawsuit against the CIA, a group of well-known authors demanded that the agency release all documents pertaining to the Kennedy assassination, maybe in an attempt to enlarge resources for new novels

C. Possibly in an attempt to enlarge resources for new novels, a group of well-known authors, in a 2003 lawsuit against the CIA, demanded that the agency will release all documents pertaining to the Kennedy assassination

D. In a 2003 lawsuit against the CIA, a group of well-known authors demanded that the agency would release all documents pertaining to the Kennedy assassination, perhaps in an attempt to enlarge resources for new novels

E. A group of well-known authors, in a 2003 lawsuit against the CIA, demanded that the agency release all documents pertaining to the Kennedy assassination, possibly in an attempt to enlarge resources for the writing of new novels

demand that----> subjunctive mood

verb be plural nd will/would converts to "be"

clearly E
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