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# In the mid-1960’s a newly installed radar warning system mistook

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In the mid-l 960's a newly installed radar warning system mistook the rising of the moon as a massive missile attack by the Soviets.

(A) rising of the moon as a massive missile attack by the Soviets

(B) rising of the moon for a massive Soviet missile attack

(C) moon rising to a massive missile attack by the Soviets

(D) moon as it was rising for a massive Soviet missile attack

(E) rise of the moon as a massive Soviet missile attack
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

Last edited by hazelnut on 16 Aug 2017, 01:26, edited 1 time in total.
Formatted the question and added the OA.

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03 Oct 2007, 12:47
I believe the proper idiom is mistook..for..

now the question is what did it mistook? the rising or the moon..clearly the moon..

therefor in my opinion its D

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03 Oct 2007, 23:52
Amit05 wrote:
In the mid-l 960's a newly installed radar warning system mistook the rising of the moon as a massive missile attack by the Soviets.

(A) rising of the moon as a massive missile attack by
the Soviets

(B) rising of the moon for a massive Soviet missile
attack

(C) moon rising to a massive missile attack by the
Soviets

(D) moon as it was rising for a massive Soviet missile
attack

(E) rise of the moon as a massive Soviet missile
attack

Mistook X for Y is the correct idiom.

Elim everything but B and D.

D: awkward and illogical. The radar system mistook the rise of the moon, not exactly the moon itself.

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In the mid-1960’s a newly installed radar warning system mistook the rising of the moon as a massive missile attack by the Soviets.

(A) rising of the moon as a massive missile attack by the Soviets
(B) rising of the moon for a massive Soviet missile attack
(C) moon rising to a massive missile attack by the Soviets
(D) moon as it was rising for a massive Soviet missile attack
(E) rise of the moon as a massive Soviet missile attack

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03 Nov 2009, 03:07
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Here is a new SC :

In the mid-1960’s a newly installed radar warning system mistook the rising of the moon as a massive missile attack by the Soviets.

(A) rising of the moon as a massive missile attack by the Soviets
(B) rising of the moon for a massive Soviet missile attack
(C) moon rising to a massive missile attack by the Soviets
(D) moon as it was rising for a massive Soviet missile attack
(E) rise of the moon as a massive Soviet missile attack

[Reveal] Spoiler:

Could someone explain me why OA is not D?

Comparison between moon and a missile... that's for me a better comparison than OA

The correct idiom tested here is "mistake/mistook X for Y". This immediately rules out A, C and E.
B is correct because the comparison is between the event - rising of the moon - and -massive Soviet missile attack". The comparison is not between the moon and the missile attack or the moon and a missile.

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03 Nov 2009, 03:11
Correct idiom is Mistook X for Y so IMO B is ans

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03 Nov 2009, 03:28
Well seen! I didn't catch this additional meaning...

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09 Nov 2009, 09:16
B all the way (idiomatic usage - Mistook X for Y)

Easy one!

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09 Nov 2009, 09:22
zaarathelab wrote:
B all the way (idiomatic usage - Mistook X for Y)

Easy one!

This idomatic form is also in D !
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09 Nov 2009, 09:32
Its all easy when you have figured things out ..way to go

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28 Nov 2009, 12:25
pierrealexandre77 wrote:
Hi all,

Here is a new SC :

In the mid-1960’s a newly installed radar warning system mistook the rising of the moon as a massive missile attack by the Soviets.

(A) rising of the moon as a massive missile attack by the Soviets
(B) rising of the moon for a massive Soviet missile attack
(C) moon rising to a massive missile attack by the Soviets
(D) moon as it was rising for a massive Soviet missile attack
(E) rise of the moon as a massive Soviet missile attack

[Reveal] Spoiler:

Could someone explain me why OA is not D?

Comparison between moon and a missile... that's for me a better comparison than OA

I agree B. The reason why D is wrong is that "moon as it was rising for" suggests that the moon was rising for the sake of "massive Soviet missile attack". For example:

Tom would do anything for her-----> the "for" here has the same logic as that in option D

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17 Dec 2009, 15:23
mistook x for y is correct ans!!!

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07 Jan 2011, 11:17
mistook X for Y -- correct idiom

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07 May 2011, 22:24
B; D sounds as if MOON was rising to do massive soviet attack, Though quicker way is to eliminate option - D sounds awkward

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07 May 2011, 22:34
+1 B

Idioms. There is not more discusion, period.
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13 Jul 2011, 06:10
sentence D is also awkward as if when the moon was rising then they mistook it for attack

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16 Jul 2011, 10:20
Very easy question B is the answer
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13 Aug 2011, 09:53
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I chose B. Is there a OA ?

pretty sure that OA is B

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13 Aug 2011, 19:32
pierrealexandre77 wrote:
Hi all,

Here is a new SC :

In the mid-1960’s a newly installed radar warning system mistook the rising of the moon as a massive missile attack by the Soviets.

(A) rising of the moon as a massive missile attack by the Soviets
(B) rising of the moon for a massive Soviet missile attack
(C) moon rising to a massive missile attack by the Soviets
(D) moon as it was rising for a massive Soviet missile attack
(E) rise of the moon as a massive Soviet missile attack

[Reveal] Spoiler:

Could someone explain me why OA is not D?

Comparison between moon and a missile... that's for me a better comparison than OA

B. Use of idiom - mistook for is a correct idiom.

D. "Mistook ... as" is wrong idiom and usage.

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18 Dec 2011, 08:50
Mistake X for Y

D is wrong in usage of "for".
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