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# In a blow to those who still harbored the illusion that

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179. 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 warchdog group recently uncovered a trick enabling an interloper to rig and 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 exchange 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 wathchdog group recently uncovered a trick that will enable an interloper to rig and E-mail message so that this person was privy to any comments that a recipient might add.
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28 May 2008, 18:34
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179. 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 warchdog group recently uncovered a trick enabling an interloper to rig and 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 exchange 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 wathchdog group recently uncovered a trick that will enable an interloper to rig and E-mail message so that this person was privy to any comments that a recipient might add.

D for me.

A and B use "a trick for enabling". A better option is a "a trick that enables".
C uses "who still were" . I think a better choice would have been "who were still.."
In E "had been" past participle changes the meaning. "are" is needed.
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28 May 2008, 18:39
Thanks, OA is D
Bsd, year, that is typing error!
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28 May 2008, 22:06
LOL sondenso not only do I have to figure out the SC gmat trick, I also have to figure out the sondenso trick ...
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28 May 2008, 22:25
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LOL sondenso not only do I have to figure out the SC gmat trick, I also have to figure out the sondenso trick ...

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13 Nov 2016, 03:33
Hi,

Why is D correct? Although 'still harboring' is the best of all, I ruled it out as it violates subject verb agreement.

D. still harboring the illusion that E-mail exchange 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

The subject E-mail exchange is singular whereas the verb used is plural.
Just cannot find out what i am missing.

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Hi,

Why is D correct? Although 'still harboring' is the best of all, I ruled it out as it violates subject verb agreement.

D. still harboring the illusion that E-mail exchange 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

The subject E-mail exchange is singular whereas the verb used is plural.
Just cannot find out what i am missing.

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Hi Amulya,
Still harboring the illusion that - This suggests a hypothetical situation and we always use plural in such instances.
For example, if I WERE you, I would have attended school. We do not say IF I WAS you, I would have attended school.

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"still harboring the illusion that E-mail exchange are private ---" Exchange are" - is a typo. Note that all the other choices say" exchanges are" -. Only D has missed the letter "s"- by the fate of the finger. Not an issue, I feel.
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23 Nov 2016, 11:26
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"still harboring the illusion that E-mail exchange are private ---" Exchange are" - is a typo. Note that all the other choices say" exchanges are" -. Only D has missed the letter "s"- by the fate of the finger. Not an issue, I feel.

179. 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 warchdog group recently uncovered a trick enabling an interloper to rig and 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 exchange 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 wathchdog group recently uncovered a trick that will enable an interloper to rig and E-mail message so that this person was privy to any comments that a recipient might add.

Mr. daagh, can the present participle in a/b/c also be used for splits.
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Of course, -enabling - is a present participle. However -for enabling- is not a present participle. It becomes a gerund as it is preceded by a preposition "for". For enabling means for the enablement of. However- a trick enabling- is a present participle, the verb+ing form is modifying the noun before-trick-.
But I do not think they make any worthwhile splits in the context; This problem is about what kind of verb tense one has to use for expressing a general finding. A, B, C become irrelevant because of this tense slip-up.
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24 Nov 2016, 11:49
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"still harboring the illusion that E-mail exchange are private ---" Exchange are" - is a typo. Note that all the other choices say" exchanges are" -. Only D has missed the letter "s"- by the fate of the finger. Not an issue, I feel.

Thanks daagh,

Its quite clear now!!! Thanks for your help.

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13 May 2017, 11:10
If you are running short of time and do not have time understand the meaning and figure out the splits then use VAN where V > A > N
This will leave you with one option, which is option D
In option D we have the verb form ENABLES. None of the option have verb forms for ENABLE.
So mark D and proceed
GMAT uses VAN very precisely so chances of going wrong with VAN is less. Having said that, I must say meaning clarity and grammar is the best way for elimination. VAN is just a preference
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