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# In three centuriesfrom 1050 to 1350several million tons of

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In three centuriesâ€”from 1050 to 1350â€”several million tons of stone were quarried in France for the building of eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and some tens of thousands of parish churches.

(A) for the building of eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and some
(B) in order that they might build eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and some
(C) so as they might build eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and some
(D) to build eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and
(E) to build eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and some
(F) such that they could build eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and
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02 Jun 2006, 22:59
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In three centuriesâ€”from 1050 to 1350â€”several million tons of stone were quarried in France for the building of eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and some tens of thousands of parish churches.

(A) for the building of eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and some
(B) in order that they might build eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and some
(C) so as they might build eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and some
(D) to build eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and
(E) to build eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and some
(F) such that they could build eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and

Confused !!

Is it A?? We are using "for the building".
Is it D?? We are using "to build" without "some"
Or
Is it E?? We are using "to build" with "some".

Do we really need "some"??

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Brajesh

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02 Jun 2006, 23:03
Stuck between A and E.
B,C and F are out because of 'they'.

I'll anyways pick A if it's a close call because it's the given statement.
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02 Jun 2006, 23:11
I will go with D. I feel A, B and F are awkward.

Between D and E...I am not sure but E has unnecessary 'some.
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02 Jun 2006, 23:12
rethink...

typically to <verb> is a wrong choice on GMAT...correct me if I am wrong.

in that case A is the best choice.
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03 Jun 2006, 10:27
I am stuck between (A) and (D)

(D) is concise but is
Quote:
to build
correct ?
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03 Jun 2006, 12:28
I am going with D!

A for the building... (I ask myself what building... aha! to build bunch of stuff... not just a single building) OUT

B very unnecessarily wordy

C who is going to built the cathedrals (they)? the millions of stones? OUT

D seems ok

E same as D but uses "some" which is unnecessary, because it is followed by tens of thousands... (which is already not precise by itself, so some justs adds to be wordy)

F... wow there is 6th choice... hope I will never see it on real thing, but.... uses "they" again, meaning stones are going to build all these things... OUT

So by POE... D is the only one stands out to me!
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03 Jun 2006, 13:32
Professor wrote:
any expert views?

You are the only expert here Prof...so we are waiting for you now
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03 Jun 2006, 14:11
Question from OG11 (Q11): Don't know if this example is similar to the one Prof has posted..

Warning that computers in the United States are not secure, the National Academy of Sciences has urged the nation to revamp computer security procedures, institute new emergency response teams, creating a special nongovernment organization to take charge of computer security planning.

C creating a special nongovernment organization for taking

D and create a special non government organization for taking

E and create a special non government organization to take

OG explanation: Why to take charge of is preferred over for taking charge:

to has a sense of "in order to", but "for taking.." neither precise nor idiomatic

I would also choose D.
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04 Jun 2006, 06:09
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In three centuriesâ€”from 1050 to 1350â€”several million tons of stone were quarried in France for the building of eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and some tens of thousands of parish churches.

(A) for the building of eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and some
(B) in order that they might build eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and some
(C) so as they might build eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and some
(D) to build eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and
(E) to build eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and some
(F) such that they could build eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and

B, C and F are straight out.

the choice is among A, D,and E.

D can also be ruled out because the sentence needs "some". but why? "some" is needed to quantify "tens of thousands of parish churches". if it were "ten thousand parish churches", it would be correct. so D is also out.

betweeen A and E, A survives because "quarried for" is better than "quarried to".
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05 Jun 2006, 05:28
[quote="mahesh004"]rethink...

typically to <verb> is a wrong choice on GMAT...correct me if I am wrong.

in that case A is the best choice.[/quote]

Can you please explain to<verb> is wrong on GMAT with examples.
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05 Jun 2006, 06:44
(B) 'they' has no referent
(C) 'they' has no referent
(D) changes the meaning to literally meant exactly 10,000 parish churches. We need the 'some' to say this is a rough estimate
(F) 'they' has no referent

Between A and E, I'll take A. 'quarried for' explains what the purpose for which the stones were quarried.
05 Jun 2006, 06:44
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