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In a blow to those who still harbored the illusion that E-mail exchanges are private, a watchdog group recently uncovered a trick for enabling an interloper to rig an E-mail message so that this person will be privy to any comments that a recipient had added as the message is forwarded to others or sent back and forth.

A: who still harbored the illusion that E-mail exchanges are private, a watchdog group recently uncovered a trick for enabling an interloper to rig an E-mail message so that this person will be privy to any comments that a recipient had added

B: who had still been harboring the illusion that E-mail exchanges are private, a watchdog group recently uncovered a trick for enabling an interloper to rig an E-mail message so that this person was privy to any comments that a recipient might have added

C: who still were harboring the illusion that E-mail exchanges are private, a watchdog group recently uncovered a trick enabling an interloper to rig an E-mail message so that this person is privy to any comments that a recipient would add

D: still harboring the illusion that E-mail exchanges are private, a watchdog group recently uncovered a trick that enables an interloper to rig an E-mail message so that this person will be privy to any comments that a recipient might add

E: still harboring the illusion that E-mail exchanges had been private, a watchdog group recently uncovered a trick that will enable an interloper to rig an E-mail message so that this person was privy to any comments that a recipient might add
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Hi All,

While this SC is wordy, the correct answer is based on standard verb and pronoun rules.

1) Pronouns - The opening of the sentence states that "In a blow to THOSE…."; here, the word "those" is a pronoun. In the answers, we see that some have an extra pronoun and some don't. Since we already have a pronoun, we do NOT need another pronoun immediately next to it. That extra pronoun is redundant (and unnecessary). Eliminate A, B and C.

2) Verbs - Between D and E, we have the verbs "enables" (present tense) and "will enable" (future tense). Since the watchdog group "recently uncovered the trick", we're dealing with something that's happening in the immediate present. The verb "enables" is required here. Eliminate E.

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I pick up D . This Q is quite good and I am looking fwd to see comments!

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In a blow to those who still harbored the illusion that E-mail exchanges are private, a watchdog group recently uncovered a trick for enabling an interloper to rig an E-mail message so that this person will be privy to any comments that a recipient had added as the message is forwarded to others or sent back and forth.

A: who still harbored the illusion that E-mail exchanges are private, a watchdog group recently uncovered a trick for enabling an interloper to rig an E-mail message so that this person will be privy to any comments that a recipient had added

B: who had still been harboring the illusion that E-mail exchanges are private, a watchdog group recently uncovered a trick for enabling an interloper to rig an E-mail message so that this person was privy to any comments that a recipient might have added

C: who still were harboring the illusion that E-mail exchanges are private, a watchdog group recently uncovered a trick enabling an interloper to rig an E-mail message so that this person is privy to any comments that a recipient would add

D: still harboring the illusion that E-mail exchanges are private, a watchdog group recently uncovered a trick that enable an interloper to rig an E-mail message so that this person will be privy to any comments that a recipient might add

E: still harboring the illusion that E-mail exchanges had been private, a watchdog group recently uncovered a trick that will enable an interloper to rig an E-mail message so that this person was privy to any comments that a recipient might add
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06 Dec 2006, 12:19
D or may be A but then A uses 'still harbored...'.

So, D.
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06 Dec 2006, 13:52
One confusing part about D: shouldnâ€™t â€œtrick that enableâ€
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06 Dec 2006, 14:16
[quote="jpauksta"]One confusing part about D: shouldnâ€™t â€œtrick that enableâ€
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06 Dec 2006, 19:47
I think there is a typo as well. That's why i post it up so we can discuss. I saw this question on another site and think this is a great q!\

btw, the OA is D
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22 Jun 2010, 10:37
I marked C bacause the doc I have has some type error. Moreover, in D, ENABLE should be ENABLE.

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22 Jun 2010, 20:11
I would go with D, though I feel that enable should be enables.
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23 Jun 2010, 00:54
Correct version

In a blow to those who still harbored the illusion that E-mail exchanges are private, a watchdog group recently uncovered a trick for enabling an interloper to rig an E-mail message so that this person will be privy to any comments that a recipient had added as the message is forwarded to others or sent back and forth.

(A) who still harbored the illusion that E-mail exchanges are private, a watchdog group recently uncovered a trick for enabling an interloper to rig an E-mail message so that this person will be privy to any comments that a recipient had added
(B) who had still been harboring the illusion that E-mail exchanges are private, a watchdog group recently uncovered a trick for enabling an interloper to rig an E-mail message so that this person was privy to any comments that a recipient might have added
(C) who still were harboring the illusion that E-mail exchanges are private, a watchdog group recently uncovered a trick enabling an interloper to rig an E-mail message so that this person is privy to any comments that a recipient would add
(D) still harboring the illusion that E-mail exchanges are private, a watchdog group recently uncovered a trick that enables an interloper to rig an E-mail message so that this person will be privy to any comments that a recipient might add
(E) still harboring the illusion that E-mail exchanges had been private, a watchdog group recently uncovered a trick that will enable an interloper to rig an E-mail message so that this person was privy to any comments that a recipient might add

Now it is D

C is just too wordy.
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23 Jun 2010, 04:46
I like D the best, but I'm thrown by the verb tense...the original sentence implies that people have stopped being convinced that email was private. D implies they haven't stopped.
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27 Jul 2010, 07:22
the key word is "still"-> has to be -ing, therefore is between D and E. Better D.
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27 Jul 2010, 08:54
I pick D as well.. out of the 7 questions i did in gmatclub today this is the first one that i have rightly chosen.... so thanks for posting this question
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28 Aug 2010, 05:09
noboru wrote:
the key word is "still"-> has to be -ing, therefore is between D and E. Better D.

i was checking this question today...and i dont know why i said that one month ago...
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06 Sep 2012, 12:33
I am still confused with question for all the verb tenses that are flying around. Can someone walkthrough their thought process for tacking this question under 60 seconds? I find it hard to keep my head straight and pondering on all the different tense combinations on whether each one is right or not. thank you.

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03 Dec 2013, 21:13
the typo had me all over the place.
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