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In the late seventh century, in a dispute over whether the Prophet MuhammadтАЩs son-in-law, Ali, should carry on as the fourth caliph, MuhammadтАЩs successor, Islam split into two branches, the Sunnis and the Shiites.

(A) over whether the Prophet MuhammadтАЩs son-in-law, Ali, should carry on as the fourth caliph, MuhammadтАЩs successor
(B) over if Ali, the Prophet MuhammadтАЩs son-in-law, was going to carry on and be the fourth caliph, MuhammadтАЩs successor
(C) over whether Ali, the Prophet MuhammadтАЩs son-in-law, was going to carry on and be the fourth caliph, MuhammadтАЩs successor
(D) as to whether the fourth caliph, MuhammadтАЩs successor, is to be the Prophet MuhammadтАЩs son-in-low, Ali
(E) concerning if the fourth caliph, MuhammadтАЩs successor, was to be the Prophet MuhammadтАЩs son-in-law, Ali
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26 Apr 2007, 10:35
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In the late seventh century, in a dispute over whether the Prophet MuhammadтАЩs son-in-law, Ali, should carry on as the fourth caliph, MuhammadтАЩs successor, Islam split into two branches, the Sunnis and the Shiites.

(A) over whether the Prophet MuhammadтАЩs son-in-law, Ali, should carry on as the fourth caliph, MuhammadтАЩs successor
(B) over if Ali, the Prophet MuhammadтАЩs son-in-law, was going to carry on and be the fourth caliph, MuhammadтАЩs successor
(C) over whether Ali, the Prophet MuhammadтАЩs son-in-law, was going to carry on and be the fourth caliph, MuhammadтАЩs successor
(D) as to whether the fourth caliph, MuhammadтАЩs successor, is to be the Prophet MuhammadтАЩs son-in-low, Ali
(E) concerning if the fourth caliph, MuhammadтАЩs successor, was to be the Prophet MuhammadтАЩs son-in-law, Ali

I don't see anything wrong with A

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26 Apr 2007, 10:37
soxy_topacio wrote:
saransh wrote:
My take 'A'

What's wrong with C?

Wordy. Also implies that Ali was already the caliph- "was to carry on and be"

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Wordy. Also implies that Ali was already the caliph- "was to carry on and be"

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Well I think that "should carry on as the fourth caliph" also implies that Ali was already the fourth caliph. Having said that, A still sounds better than C
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17 Jun 2007, 03:02
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In the late seventh century, in a dispute over whether the Prophet MuhammadтАЩs son-in-law, Ali, should carry on as the fourth caliph, MuhammadтАЩs successor, Islam split into two branches, the Sunnis and the Shiites.

(A) over whether the Prophet MuhammadтАЩs son-in-law, Ali, should carry on as the fourth caliph, MuhammadтАЩs successor
(B) over if Ali, the Prophet MuhammadтАЩs son-in-law, was going to carry on and be the fourth caliph, MuhammadтАЩs successor
(C) over whether Ali, the Prophet MuhammadтАЩs son-in-law, was going to carry on and be the fourth caliph, MuhammadтАЩs successor
(D) as to whether the fourth caliph, MuhammadтАЩs successor, is to be the Prophet MuhammadтАЩs son-in-low, Ali
(E) concerning if the fourth caliph, MuhammadтАЩs successor, was to be the Prophet MuhammadтАЩs son-in-law, Ali

The correct terminology/idiom is "dispute over." D&E are discarded. B has if rather than whether. Since Ali has only two options, whether should be used rather than if.

A&C remain. C has "carry on and be the fourth"... GMAT does not like the use of be or being

Therefore A.
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23 Jul 2008, 03:24
the problem in c is this
ali was going to carry on ... then and comes so carry on what ???
2) he was already a calipah so he need not be a fourth calipah
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13 Feb 2013, 11:26
All seem wrong ... but A seems to be best of the worst ...
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