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# In order to evenly and effectively paint a rough surface, it

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In order to evenly and effectively paint a rough surface, it is necessary to sand it and apply primer before applying the paint.

(A) it and apply primer before applying the paint
(B) it and prime it and paint it
(C) it, then prime it, then paint it
(D) the surface and apply primer before you apply paint to the surface
(E) the surface, apply primer to the surface and then paint it
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05 Sep 2007, 19:41
IrinaOK wrote:
In order to evenly and effectively paint a rough surface, it is necessary to sand it and apply primer before applying the paint.
(A) it and apply primer before applying the paint
(B) it and prime it and paint it
(C) it, then prime it, then paint it
(D) the surface and apply primer before you apply paint to the surface
(E) the surface, apply primer to the surface and then paint it

Well A just because I dont see anything wrong here. The only thing I had in my mind is what "it" refers , but I guess "it" clearly refers to surface.

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06 Sep 2007, 02:13
D..

A is wrong cuz it is not parallel..d later part shud contain 'it'
it and apply primer before applying the paint 'it'

only d is parallel- sand the surface and apply primer to the surface

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06 Sep 2007, 06:23
Only one of these sounds like English to me.

Who talks about "applying paint"? Personally, I just paint!

There's a lot of redundancy. We've mentioned surface once in the sentence, that's enough. "It" does fine from then on (as long as there's no ambiguity).

So, in spite of what ColumbiaDream says, I go for C.

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19 Sep 2007, 18:05
tgalligan wrote:
Does anyone know the OA?

The OA is A,

sorry for late response.

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28 Sep 2007, 18:03
IrinaOK wrote:
In order to evenly and effectively paint a rough surface, it is necessary to sand it and apply primer before applying the paint.
(A) it and apply primer before applying the paint
(B) it and prime it and paint it
(C) it, then prime it, then paint it
(D) the surface and apply primer before you apply paint to the surface
(E) the surface, apply primer to the surface and then paint it

with the first "it" in the question stem, since it came right after surface, I know I can safely eliminate D & E

B) has 2 "and" and 3 "it", so i know thats wrong

c) has 2 "then" and 3 "it", so its out too...you need an "and" somewhere...

but, I am just not comfortable with A, because of the "applying"....its not parallel....

can someone please help me understand why the usage of "applying" here is correct? How is "apply primer" and "applying the paint" correct?

What is "applying" stands in the sentence? is it a verb, a gerund, or something else?

thanks!!!

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In order to evenly and effectively paint a rough surface, it is necessary to sand it and apply primer before applying the paint.
(A) it and apply primer before applying the paint
(B) it and prime it and paint it

sand, prime and paint are related actions..hence are a list..In the list, only the last element must have ", and"
Eliminate

Let me tell you there are no pronoun reference errors.

"it is necessary"---this "it" is a dummy one...such as "It is sunny now"

second and third "it" refers to "surface"

It may have refer to "paint" However, paint is used as a verb.

(C) it, then prime it, then paint it

we understand the sequence even without "then"

List must end with ", and"

(D) the surface and apply primer before you apply paint to the surface

"you" --has no antecedent at all...

(E) the surface, apply primer to the surface and then paint it

Last "it" here can refer to "surface" or "primer"

So, by POE, we get A

lets check if there are any errors with A

In order to evenly and effectively paint a rough surface, it is necessary to sand it and apply primer before applying the paint.

Pronoun reference errros: Nil

First "it" is dummy...such as "it is a sunny day"

second and third "it" refer to surface unambiguously

Parallelism: yes

to paint..to sand...to apply

"to" with apply is implicit as per parallelism of infinitive

what about "before applying the paint."

okie lets remove it and see if it makes sense

In order to evenly and effectively paint a rough surface, it is necessary to sand it and apply primer

okie...we are left with a question

when to "sand" and "apply primer" before paint or after paint

Regarding "applying" -present participle..and is used correctly

"Choose A"

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12 Dec 2008, 11:25
IrinaOK wrote:
In order to evenly and effectively paint a rough surface, it is necessary to sand it and apply primer before applying the paint.

(A) it and apply primer before applying the paint
(B) it and prime it and paint it
(C) it, then prime it, then paint it
(D) the surface and apply primer before you apply paint to the surface
(E) the surface, apply primer to the surface and then paint it

Agree with OA.

A. parallel.
B. "it" is what?
C: "then" ..., "then" does not sound good.
D. "you"? who is you? nobody
E. incomlete and a run-on without a sublject.
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In order to evenly and effectively paint a rough surface, it is necessary to sand it and apply primer before applying the paint.

(A) it and apply primer before applying the paint

(B) it and prime it and paint it

(C) it, then prime it, then paint it

(D) the surface and apply primer before you apply paint to the surface

(E) the surface, apply primer to the surface and then paint it

This is a part of Brutal SC.

I am having hard time with OA:
[Reveal] Spoiler:
A

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In A there are two 'it' in a same clause one referencing to 'General Unknown Noun' and other to 'Surface'. I am finding hard to digest it as it is one of the elimination criteria I used in the SCs. Is it the correct usage and does it mean that we can have two 'it' in same clause if one is referencing to the 'General Unknown Noun'?

In D, usage of 'you' is incorrect and rest is fine. Can this question can be considered GMAT based question?

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18 Aug 2009, 11:39
My pick is A.

I can eliminate B and C right away for wordy and awkward construction.

here in A, 'it' refers to surface so A is concise and expresses the required meaning.

D and E are wordy and awkward ..

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19 Aug 2009, 09:39
sudeep wrote:

In A there are two 'it' in a same clause one referencing to 'General Unknown Noun' and other to 'surface'. I am finding hard to digest it as it is one of the elimination criteria I use in the SCs. Is it the correct usage and does it mean that we can have two 'it' in same clause if one is referencing to the 'General Unknown Noun'?

Sudeep, I see your point. I think 'it' in 'it is necessary..' is a dummy subject to milead. but rest of the 4 choices are really bad .. so A looked fine to me.

But ofcourse, a detailed explanation from any guru will be appreciated.

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28 Dec 2012, 22:44
４． In order to evenly and effectively paint a rough surface, it is necessary to sand it and apply primer before applying the paint.
(A) it and apply primer before applying the paint
(B) it and prime it and paint it
(C) it, then prime it, then paint it
(D) the surface and apply primer before you
apply paint to the surface
(E) the surface, apply primer to the surface and then paint it

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18 Jun 2017, 11:48
IrinaOK wrote:
In order to evenly and effectively paint a rough surface, it is necessary to sand it and apply primer before applying the paint.

(A) it and apply primer before applying the paint
(B) it and prime it and paint it
(C) it, then prime it, then paint it
(D) the surface and apply primer before you apply paint to the surface
(E) the surface, apply primer to the surface and then paint it

I was between A and E ..
Can some one explain why E is wrong ...I think in E also "It" correctly points to surface...

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