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# It may be another fifteen years before spacecraft from Earth

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It may be another fifteen years before spacecraft from Earth again venture to Mars, a planet now known to be cold, dry, and probably lifeless.
(A) again venture to Mars, a planet now known to be
(B) venture to Mars again, a planet now known for being
(C) will venture to Mars again, a planet now known as being
(D) venture again to Mars, a planet that is known now to be
(E) will again venture to Mars, a planet known now as being
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16 Sep 2006, 11:29
Hindustan wrote:
It may be another fifteen years before spacecraft from Earth again venture to Mars, a planet now known to be cold, dry, and probably lifeless.
(A) again venture to Mars, a planet now known to be
(B) venture to Mars again, a planet now known for being
(C) will venture to Mars again, a planet now known as being
(D) venture again to Mars, a planet that is known now to be
(E) will again venture to Mars, a planet known now as being

B.C.E -- being ...OUT

caught between (A) and (D)

"again" in (D) is employed properly

pick (D) ....
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16 Sep 2006, 11:37
jerrywu wrote:
Hindustan wrote:
It may be another fifteen years before spacecraft from Earth again venture to Mars, a planet now known to be cold, dry, and probably lifeless.
(A) again venture to Mars, a planet now known to be
(B) venture to Mars again, a planet now known for being
(C) will venture to Mars again, a planet now known as being
(D) venture again to Mars, a planet that is known now to be
(E) will again venture to Mars, a planet known now as being

B.C.E -- being ...OUT

caught between (A) and (D)

"again" in (D) is employed properly

pick (D) ....

BCE out of being.
D: seems like Mars is now cold, and was hot until yesterday.

A for me
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16 Sep 2006, 11:46
It may be another fifteen years before spacecraft from Earth again venture to Mars, a planet now known to be cold, dry, and probably lifeless.
(A) again venture to Mars, a planet now known to be
(B) venture to Mars again, a planet now known for being
(C) will venture to Mars again, a planet now known as being
(D) venture again to Mars, a planet that is known now to be
(E) will again venture to Mars, a planet known now as being

Ans : 'A planet' after comma is not describing Mars in both the options B & C. Hence, B & C are eliminated. In option E, 'will venture' seems lil' odd. The word 'again' before 'venture' is again odd, which is corrected in option 'D'.

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16 Sep 2006, 12:10
will go with A for conciseness. 'that' in D can be ommited as planet is a subject of the subordinated clause.

B, C and E are wordy.
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16 Sep 2006, 13:02
Even though it is not given as a choice, why would it not be:

spacecraft .....ventures.....

'spacecraft' is singular right??

Pls explain that...
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16 Sep 2006, 15:38
A. took a while, I think the answer is A

since section after "," starts with a planet, it should be preceeded by Mars and NOT 'again'. So B, C are out.

Among A, D, E. "now known" sounds better than "known now", conveying the intended message that it is now known to be cold as apposed to may be in the past it was not known.

I also see problem with "venture again" in D, venture to Mars subject follows verb, as opposed to introducing 'again' between verb and subject.

In E, 'will' is also not necessary.
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16 Sep 2006, 16:26
D has split infinitive ...also usage of being is incorrect
In A verb doesn't agree with the subject .....

I wonder what is the OA .....
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16 Sep 2006, 21:25
for the above reasons I would bet on C. "being" for once atleast?
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17 Sep 2006, 01:23
The OA is A.
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17 Sep 2006, 06:48
Hindustan wrote:
Even though it is not given as a choice, why would it not be:

spacecraft .....ventures.....

'spacecraft' is singular right??

Pls explain that...

spacecraft : both singular and plural are identical..

correct me if I am wrong...
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17 Sep 2006, 08:10
jerrywu wrote:
Hindustan wrote:
Even though it is not given as a choice, why would it not be:

spacecraft .....ventures.....

'spacecraft' is singular right??

Pls explain that...

spacecraft : both singular and plural are identical..

correct me if I am wrong...

Correct...

Spacecarft is plural as well as singular..Depends on usage
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17 Sep 2006, 08:27
I am going with A,

But the most puzzling thing was
dont we need "will" when u say "spacecraft venture to mars.."

dont u think "spacecraft will venture to mars" makes more sense.

The two options which used "will" r bowled over when they use "being"
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17 Sep 2006, 08:36
Raghavender wrote:
I am going with A,

But the most puzzling thing was
dont we need "will" when u say "spacecraft venture to mars.."

dont u think "spacecraft will venture to mars" makes more sense.

The two options which used "will" r bowled over when they use "being"

My thinking says that since "may" is used before(in the stem) which is a probablility rather than a will which is a sureity will doesnt fit here
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17 Sep 2006, 16:20
It may be another fifteen years before spacecraft from Earth again venture to Mars, a planet now known to be cold, dry, and probably lifeless
(A) again venture to Mars, a planet now known to be
(B) venture to Mars again, a planet now known for being
(C) will venture to Mars again, a planet now known as being
(D) venture again to Mars, a planet that is known now to be
(E) will again venture to Mars, a planet known now as being

A is the best choice.

Well, while using "Before" clause in a sentence, we simply cant use "will" so C and E are out.

B -avoid use of "Being"
D -too wordy ".....is known now to be..."
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17 Sep 2006, 18:48
ya. I like A.

I didn't know spacecraft singular and plural forms are the same.
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