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It was not long after the 1930s commenced that such baritone singers as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to the popularization of a type of romantic, soothing singing that came to be called “crooning.”

A. It was not long after the 1930s commenced that such baritone singers as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to
B. Not long after the commencement of the decade of the 1930s, baritone singers such as Bing Crosby and also Russ Columbo decided to contribute in
C. Not long after the 1930s commenced, baritone singers like Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to
D. Not long after the beginning of the 1930s commencement, baritone singers like Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo had contributed to
E. It was not long after the 1930s commenced that baritone singers such as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo had contributed in
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Sentence has following issues:
1. Verb Tense Issue
2. Such as vs. like
3. Idiom issue – Contributed to vs. Contributed in
4. Redundancy issue

Idiomatic issue eliminates B, E

A. It was not long after the 1930s commenced that such baritone singers as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to [hold it]

B. Not long after the commencement of the decade of the 1930s, baritone singers such as Bing Crosby and also Russ Columbo decided to contribute in [1. Idiom issue – contribute to vs. contribute in – Eliminate it]

C. Not long after the 1930s commenced, baritone singers like Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to [1. Such as vs. like = “Such as” used to provide an example/s where as “like” shows equality. It would be more appropriate to mention: baritone singers for example: Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to … - Improper use of “like” - Eliminate it]

D. Not long after the beginning of the 1930s commencement, baritone singers like Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo had contributed to [ Tense Issue – Main sentence is in simple past “ came to be called” – no point in moving to past perfect tense 2. Redundant issue – “Commencement implies beginning – Eliminate it]

E. It was not long after the 1930s commenced that baritone singers such as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo had contributed in [ Idiom issue and Tense issue – Eliminate it]

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B, E wrong because of contribute in
D wrong because of like
C wrong because of stress on baritone singers, not Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo who just happened to be bariton singers

The answer is A
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A. 'It' has no reference.
B. Awk and wordy
C. Correct
D. Awk and wordy
E. 'It' has no reference
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navy01 wrote:
A. 'It' has no reference.
B. Awk and wordy
C. Correct
D. Awk and wordy
E. 'It' has no reference

"It" in A does not have to have a referent.

Sentences can start with it and have no grammatical error.

It was very cold today.
It was a terrible day for the stock market.

Neither of these sentences are incorrocet.
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18 Jan 2008, 21:22
thanks blackbelt, I see the error in "c" now.
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It was not long after the 1930s commenced that such baritone singers as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to the popularization of a type of romantic, soothing singing that came to be called “crooning.”

A. It was not long after the 1930s commenced that such baritone singers as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to
B. Not long after the commencement of the decade of the 1930s, baritone singers such as Bing Crosby and also Russ Columbo decided to contribute in
C. Not long after the 1930s commenced, baritone singers like Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to
D. Not long after the beginning of the 1930s commencement, baritone singers like Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo had contributed to
E. It was not long after the 1930s commenced that baritone singers such as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo had contributed in

A) such baritone singers as is wrong idiom. and misplaced word order. ( wrong... such X as Y,Z,.. ) it should have been X such as Y,Z ( giving examples of baritone singers )
B) decided to contribute??? where is it mentioned in the original sentence
C) like is wrong, we are not saying the Types of Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo, but in real they were the examples of the ones who contributed.
D) again like is wrong
E) Correct, and also correct use of Past perfect tense, because this event took place before the second event of " came to be called “crooning.” " took place.

I believe it should be "E"

Please post the OA.
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21 Jan 2008, 12:19
The OA is A.

JCLEONES wrote:
It was not long after the 1930s commenced that such baritone singers as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to the popularization of a type of romantic, soothing singing that came to be called “crooning.”

A. It was not long after the 1930s commenced that such baritone singers as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to
B. Not long after the commencement of the decade of the 1930s, baritone singers such as Bing Crosby and also Russ Columbo decided to contribute in
C. Not long after the 1930s commenced, baritone singers like Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to
D. Not long after the beginning of the 1930s commencement, baritone singers like Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo had contributed to
E. It was not long after the 1930s commenced that baritone singers such as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo had contributed in
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14 Feb 2014, 07:34
Could anyone shed some light about the use of "1930's commenced " ?

I choose B even tough i noticed the wrong use of "the decade of the 1930's" but "1930's commenced" is so awkward i believed that i throw it
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24 Mar 2014, 18:29
A. It was not long after the 1930s commenced that such baritone singers as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to : Though such X as sounds awkward, hold it .
B. Not long after the commencement of the decade of the 1930s, baritone singers such as Bing Crosby and also Russ Columbo decided to contribute in --- contributed in wrong idiom
C. Not long after the 1930s commenced, baritone singers like Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to : like is incorrect here ...
D. Not long after the beginning of the 1930s commencement, baritone singers like Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo had contributed to : like is incorrect here ...
E. It was not long after the 1930s commenced that baritone singers such as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo had contributed in : contributed in , also tense error 1930's commenced first and then they contributed incorrect usage of had .

A is the OA. Checked on Beat the gmat forum also A is the answer
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10 Dec 2015, 11:46
Can anyone explain the proper usage of "It is blah blah blah" in Sentence Correction. I understand that usually this is wrong in the middle of sentence when it has no antecedent.
How is this correct here?
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JCLEONES wrote:
It was not long after the 1930s commenced that such baritone singers as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to the popularization of a type of romantic, soothing singing that came to be called “crooning.”

A. It was not long after the 1930s commenced that such baritone singers as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to
B. Not long after the commencement of the decade of the 1930s, baritone singers such as Bing Crosby and also Russ Columbo decided to contribute in
C. Not long after the 1930s commenced, baritone singers like Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to
D. Not long after the beginning of the 1930s commencement, baritone singers like Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo had contributed to
E. It was not long after the 1930s commenced that baritone singers such as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo had contributed in

For those who are seeing it now, like is an acceptable word for introducing lists. C can't be eliminated just because of like vs such as

From Manhattan 5th ed

" Now you might look at the including/like split at the beginning of the choices. Unfortunately this split is not definitive. The GMAT used to claim that like simply meant “similar to” and could not introduce examples. However, the exam writers have moderated this hardline position in published explanations. As a result, either including or like would technically work in the sentence. "
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25 Mar 2017, 15:02
A is fine
B contribute in
C use of like
D commencement and beginning
E same as B
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26 Mar 2017, 00:18
Hello expert,
I have selected option 'e' because in this sentence, we have sequence of events , first event is..singers have contributed to popularization and second event is... because of their contribution, singing came to be called crooning, and as we know, past perfect is majorly used to explain the sequence clearly, for this reason, i have selected option e

Please explain, where i am wrong?
Is it like, option a also clearly explains the sequence without the use of past perfect and uses correct preposition after contribute, that is, contributed to..
Is this the correct reason for selection of option 'a' ?
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VKat wrote:
Hello expert,
I have selected option 'e' because in this sentence, we have sequence of events , first event is..singers have contributed to popularization and second event is... because of their contribution, singing came to be called crooning, and as we know, past perfect is majorly used to explain the sequence clearly, for this reason, i have selected option e

Please explain, where i am wrong?
Is it like, option a also clearly explains the sequence without the use of past perfect and uses correct preposition after contribute, that is, contributed to..
Is this the correct reason for selection of option 'a' ?

Yes, that is one reason - but the main problem is the verb "commenced". Since "contributed" occurred after "commenced", using past perfect for "contributed" would be wrong.
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It was not long after the 1930s commenced that such baritone singers as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to the popularization of a type of romantic, soothing singing that came to be called “crooning.”

A. It was not long after the 1930s commenced that such baritone singers as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to
Correct.
B. Not long after the commencement of the decade of the 1930s, baritone singers such as Bing Crosby and also Russ Columbo decided to contribute inC. Not long after the 1930s commenced, baritone singers like Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to
D. Not long after the beginning of the 1930s commencement, baritone singers like Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo had contributed to
E. It was not long after the 1930s commenced that baritone singers such as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo had contributed in
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navy01 wrote:
A. 'It' has no reference.
B. Awk and wordy
C. Correct
D. Awk and wordy
E. 'It' has no reference

It is used here as a place holder. 'It' does not act as a pronoun here.
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A. It was not long after the 1930s commenced that such baritone singers as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to – Correct

B. Not long after the commencement of the decade of the 1930s, baritone singers such as Bing Crosby and also Russ Columbo decided to contribute in – Their work contributed to something. Decided to contribute in - brings in a subtle change of meaning. X and also Y seems odd.

C. Not long after the 1930s commenced, baritone singers like Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to – Incorrect usage of ‘like’

D. Not long after the beginning of the 1930s commencement, baritone singers like Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo had contributed to – Same error as C

E. It was not long after the 1930s commenced that baritone singers such as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo had contributed in – The time marker ‘after’ helps to understand the sequence of events and as such past perfect is unnecessary. Contributed to – seems more apt than contributed in
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