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# In a blow to those who still harbored the illusion that E-mail exchang

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23 Nov 2016, 10:42
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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
daagh wrote:
"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
daagh wrote:
"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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04 Oct 2017, 04:18
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
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.

A. If 'THOSE' is a pronoun, what does 'THOSE' refer?
B. If 'THOSE' is a pronoun, wouldn't it be a personal pronoun 'THEM'?
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