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# It has been said that Thomas Jefferson, as president of the

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22 Nov 2012, 20:49
gmatbull wrote:
OA says
[Reveal] Spoiler:
E!
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I also went for A because the OA sounds awkward in that it uses "for his using it"

To understand what we missed, what does the OA's explanation say about "A"?
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03 Aug 2013, 14:32
gmatbull wrote:
It has been said that Thomas Jefferson, as president of the United States, was brilliant at using political power
in a way that people did not know that he was using it.

A. in a way that people did not know that he was using it
B. such that people did not know
C. that people did not know that he was
D. so that people were unaware
E. in such a way that people were not aware of his using it

Got exactly this question on my real GMAT and chose E....was my feeling...but still do not understand why E???
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03 Aug 2013, 21:17
I think E is correct.

"he was using it" seems incorrect.
It is past continuous tense.
he used the power when needed. it is not the continuous act.
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04 Aug 2013, 09:33
Can't be e can it be the pronoun cases do not match. his should be he. his is for possessive case
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04 Aug 2013, 13:32

I go with A.

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04 Aug 2013, 23:42
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Noun gerund should be preceded by subjective pronoun to show possession.

hence E.
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05 Aug 2013, 22:58
Obviously E . The usage preposition + [Noun] +[participle ] is frowned upon I can't believe i know more than daagh ....yaaay

daagh wrote:
I wouldn’t subscribe to B, C and D for the simple reason, that they are not making clear what people did not know or unaware.

Between A and E; I would rather prefer 'his using' rather than 'him using', because a gerund cannot be preceded by an object but can be preceded by a possessive adjective such ‘his’ But the problem as I see in E is its passive nature of saying People were not aware. On the contrary, A is more dynamic and active saying people did not know. So my needle may lean towards A over E
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