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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

Originally posted by JCLEONES on 17 Jan 2008, 11:54.
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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]

Answer: A
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.”

Quote:
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


One doesn't have to break heads to solve this issue if one chooses to look for some basic tenets.

1. You do need 'as' or 'such as' to denote examples. Drop C and D.
2. the correct idiom is 'contribute to', not 'contribute in'- dump B and E.

Only A is left; take it.

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Such as is used for introducing examples, while like is for comparisons only. 'As' by it self is for comparison or function but not examples
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As is also used an adverb in the meaning of 'for instance, to denote examples. India has many cites over a population of 10 million as Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Chennai or even s in beautiful flowers as roses
For more dictionary info, Pl refer to
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/as
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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


A - No errors found. Keep.
B - unnecessarily word in the beginning, and they didn't decide to contribute, but they contributed. Out.
C - Like usage is incorrect. We use 'such as' to introduce examples.
D - Redundant depend clause with beginning and commencement. Second error is the usage of like.
E - Tense error. Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed after 1930s commenced, not before. And contributed in is awkward in my opinion. Out.

A is the right answer.
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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 in

Very wordy and wrong idiom.

C. Not long after the 1930s commenced, baritone singers like Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed to

Such as is the correct idiom to be used not like

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

It is awkward and wordy

E. It was not long after the 1930s commenced that baritone singers such as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo had contributed in


Use had is not proper as we already have a phrase implying the action .

Lets analyze the original sentence .
Clause 1 It was not long after the 1930s commenced
Clause 2 that such baritone singers as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed
Clause 3 to[/u] the popularization of a type of romantic, soothing singing that came to be called “crooning.”


Meaning : The sentence means that the two singers started contributing to the the popularization of a type of romantic, soothing singing that came to be called “crooning" as soon as the 1930s began .

Only option A is right
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The original sentence correctly uses the simple past tense “contributed” to refer to an event that occurred in the past. Furthermore, the original sentence correctly uses “such as” to refer to specific baritone singers who made a contribution to the popularization of the “crooning” style of singing.

(A) CORRECT. As explained above, this choice uses the proper verb tense and is idiomatically correct.

(B) This choice is wordy, awkward, and redundant. Since the 1930s is a decade, there is no reason to state “of the decade.” Similarly, if baritone singers such as Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo contributed, it is unnecessary to say they “decided” to contribute. Furthermore, this choice makes two errors in idiomatic construction: the “and also” construction is unidiomatic – the word “also” should be eliminated, and “contribute in” should be “contribute to.”

(C) This choice uses the unidiomatic “like” to refer to specific baritone singers. On the GMAT, “like” means “similar to,” while “such as” refers to specific examples.

(D) Stating “the beginning of the 1930s commencement” is redundant, since “beginning” and “commencement” are synonyms. Furthermore, this choice incorrectly uses “like” instead of the idiomatic "such as" to refer to specific baritone singers. Finally, it incorrectly shifts to the past perfect “had contributed,” which would only be correct if they “had contributed” prior to some other action in the simple past tense; here there is no such simple past tense verb.

(E) In this choice, “contributed in” is unidiomatic; the proper construction is “contributed to.” Furthermore, this choice incorrectly uses the past perfect “had contributed,” which would only be correct if they “had contributed” prior to some other action in the simple past tense, such as “the 1930s commenced.” This verb tense usage reverses the intended order of events: this choice clearly indicates that they contributed “not long after” the 1930s commenced.
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1. "Contribute to" - the right usage, "contribute in" - the wrong one. B, E are out.
2. We have not comparison here, so, "like" is not the case.
We have examples of baritone singers, so it is right to use "such as". C, D are out.

3. So, the answer is A.

4. (additional one). The usage of past perfect here is wrong, so D, E are out again.
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