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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 [#permalink]

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27 May 2007, 23:57
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446. 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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28 May 2007, 00:16
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
=> incorrect structure
(C) will venture to Mars again, a planet now known as being
=> wordy / "will" is redundant !!
(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
=> "will" is redundant

Between A & D
My Answer : A for no specific reason as such
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28 May 2007, 00:23
there is a missing verb in the original sentense (A).
My pick is E

will again venture to Mars, a planet known now as being
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28 May 2007, 04:33
msingh wrote:
there is a missing verb in the original sentense (A).
My pick is E

will again venture to Mars, a planet known now as being

Hi,

Can you pl. elaborate? Which verb is missing?
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28 May 2007, 04:38
(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

I thought like this.

again, a planet - Eliminate B,C
again is redundant - Eliminate E

Left with A & D, compare.
A is a better construction than D

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28 May 2007, 09:22
Vict0R 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
=> incorrect structure
(C) will venture to Mars again, a planet now known as being
=> wordy / "will" is redundant !!
(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
=> "will" is redundant

Between A & D
My Answer : A for no specific reason as such

The OA is A.

Victor, would you please expain why the structure in B) is incorrect?
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29 May 2007, 20:48
@leeye84

For B -
1) I think use of "being" here is inappropriate
2) venture to mars again - seems awlward
3) clause after , is describing mars which should come before the ,
again, induces modification error

thats what i think .
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Re: SC - 446 - Mars [#permalink]

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19 Jul 2007, 02:56
leeye84 wrote:
446. 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
split infinitive

(E) will again venture to Mars, a planet known now as being

argghh. took me about 30 seconds to figure this one out. It came down to A &D and I chose A over D because of the split infinitive. i looked at the word again and realized it was an adverb. adverbs show the degree or extent of something. adverbs usually split the split infinitives.

i want you to run quickly to the store
i want you to quickly run to the store
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Re: SC - 446 - Mars [#permalink]

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19 Jul 2007, 06:22
Spacecraft can be singular or plural depending on the context of the sentence. Here it is used as a plural, hence we can rationalize 'A' being one of the potential choices

Did not like the use of idiom 'known as', in C, to define the charcteristics of a planet. 'Known for' in B made sense to me.
Also C/E use 'will/again' together that is some redundancy.

I could not elliminate D. I dont think D is a case of 'split infinitive' as 'to is used there as preposition.
Anyone?
Re: SC - 446 - Mars   [#permalink] 19 Jul 2007, 06:22
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