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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

Originally posted by imaru on 06 Dec 2006, 10:23.
Last edited by hazelnut on 25 Aug 2017, 09:01, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: In a blow to those who still harbored the illusion that E-mail exchang [#permalink]

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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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New post 06 Dec 2006, 12:19
D or may be A but then A uses 'still harbored...'.

So, D.
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New post 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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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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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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Thanks, OA is D
Bsd, year, that is typing error! :lol:
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New post 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 ... :P
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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 ... :P


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I marked C bacause the doc I have has some type error. Moreover, in D, ENABLE should be ENABLE.

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I would go with D, though I feel that enable should be enables.
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New post 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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New post 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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New post 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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New post 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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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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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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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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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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