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guyzz plz explain ur answer choices.........

(A) It was only after Katharine Graham became publisher of The Washington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newspapers, and it was under her command that the paper won high praise for its unrelenting reporting of the Watergate scandal.
(B) It was only after Katharin Graham's becoming publisher of The Wasington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newspaper, and under her commandt it had won high praise
possessive poison rule for pronouns.Reject.
(C) Katharine Graham became publisher of The Washington Post in 1963, and only after that
did it move into the first rank of American newspapers, having won high praise under her command
Cant use that in lieu of noun.
(D) Moving into the first rank of American newspaper only after Katharine Graham became
its publisher in 1963, The Washington Post, winning high praise under her command
no verb in sentence
(E) Moving into the first rank of American newspapers only after Katharine Graham's becoming its publisher in 1963, The Washington Post won high praise under her command.
possessive poison rule.


Another mistake in C is that it changes the meaning of the sentence altogether. The original sentence states that two things happened after Katharine Graham became the publisher: 1) the newspaper moved into the first rank of American newspapers and 2) the paper won high praise for its unrelenting reporting of the Watergate scandal.
Option C changes the meaning of the sentence by the use of "Having".

having + past participle is used to express actions that are finished and to show that one thing comes after another. Furthermore, there is usually a "because relationship between the two.
For example: Having eaten already, I turned down the invitation to dinner.

However in this question the two things I pointed out earlier do not have a "because" relationship.

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guyzz plz explain ur answer choices.........

(A) It was only after Katharine Graham became publisher of The Washington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newspapers, and it was under her command that the paper won high praise for its unrelenting reporting of the Watergate scandal.
(B) It was only after Katharin Graham's becoming publisher of The Wasington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newspaper, and under her commandt it had won high praise
possessive poison rule for pronouns.Reject.
(C) Katharine Graham became publisher of The Washington Post in 1963, and only after that
did it move into the first rank of American newspapers, having won high praise under her command
Cant use that in lieu of noun.
(D) Moving into the first rank of American newspaper only after Katharine Graham became
its publisher in 1963, The Washington Post, winning high praise under her command
no verb in sentence
(E) Moving into the first rank of American newspapers only after Katharine Graham's becoming its publisher in 1963, The Washington Post won high praise under her command.
possessive poison rule.


Another mistake in C is that it changes the meaning of the sentence altogether. The original sentence states that two things happened after Katharine Graham became the publisher: 1) the newspaper moved into the first rank of American newspapers and 2) the paper won high praise for its unrelenting reporting of the Watergate scandal.
Option C changes the meaning of the sentence by the use of "Having".

having + past participle is used to express actions that are finished and to show that one thing comes after another. Furthermore, there is usually a "because relationship between the two.
For example: Having eaten already, I turned down the invitation to dinner.

However in this question the two things I pointed out earlier do not have a "because" relationship.

so what s the problem if having + past participle is used to express actions that are finished and to show that one thing comes after another.how does it change the meaning in C.
I didnt know abt the because relation signified by "having " -ed" R u sure?
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Option C implies that "After the newspaper won high praise under her command, it moved into the first rank of American Newspapers". But that is not the case. Winning praise and moving into the first rank of american newspapers are two separate outcomes of her becoming the publisher. Hence the meaning of the sentence is changed.

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Most definitely A. It is the only one that is error free.

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i went for D without noticing the eliminated part of the sentence.
usually choice "A" are the correct answers for full underline questions. This is one of the GMAC strategy to waste test taker time.
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Experts, If we should have had "Katharine Graham's becoming of" instead of "Katharine Graham's becoming", would that have been more appropriate?

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Experts, If we should have had "Katharine Graham's becoming of" instead of "Katharine Graham's becoming", would that have been more appropriate?

OP, kudos for the nice question. :)


The general rule of concision is Verb > Adjective > Noun. Hence become/became would still be preferred over becoming, (unless off course you are using becoming as conversion, as in the movie Red Dragon :) - just a joke).

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It was only after Katharine Graham became publisher of The Washington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newspapers, and it was under her command that the paper won high praise for its unrelenting reporting of the Watergate scandal.

(A) It was only after Katharine Graham became publisher of The Washington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newspapers, and it was under her command that the paper won high praise for its unrelenting reporting of the Watergate scandal.
(B) It was only after Katharin Graham's becoming publisher of The Wasington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newspaper, and under her commandt it had won high praise
(C) Katharine Graham became publisher of The Washington Post in 1963, and only after that
did it move into the first rank of American newspapers, having won high praise under her command
(D) Moving into the first rank of American newspaper only after Katharine Graham became
its publisher in 1963, The Washington Post, winning high praise under her command
(E) Moving into the first rank of American newspapers only after Katharine Graham's becoming its publisher in 1963, The Washington Post won high praise under her command.


Can someone please explain why its not "E". I did not find any error in E. The introduction phrase "Moving into first rank" correctly modifies the "The Washington post".
I didnt select A because "It" was used multiple times in the sentence and antencedent for It was not same everytime. First "It" - opening the sentence, Second "It"- refers to "The washington Post", third "It"- again opening sentence and the fourth "Its" - refers again to "The washington Post".

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I am still not clear on A option.

In choice A
"It was only after Katharine Graham became publisher of The Washington Post in 1963 [highlight]that it moved into the first rank of American newspapers[/highlight], and it was under her command that the paper won high praise for its unrelenting reporting of the Watergate scandal."

On the sentence above highlighted part not clearly pointing to the right subject. Can anyone explain more on how do we say it is option A here.

In Choice E - which is also not correct but
"Moving into the first rank of American newspapers only after Katharine Graham's becoming its publisher in 1963, The Washington Post won high praise under her command."
Correction could be like
"Moving into the first rank of American newspapers only after Katharine Graham becoming its publisher in 1963, The Washington Post won high praise under her command."

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It was only after Katharine Graham became publisher of The Washington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newspapers, and it was under her command that the paper won high praise for its unrelenting reporting of the Watergate scandal.

Choice E is incorrect for two reasons. Firstly, it somewhat distorts the intended meaning of the sentence by taking away the emphasis. The original sentence clearly says that The Washington Post became the leading newspaper only after KG took charge of it and it was during her tenure only that the paper won high acclaims for its unrelenting reporting of the Watergate scandal.
Choice E removes this emphasis. Per this choice, the sentence means that The Washington Post won high praises for its unrelenting reporting of the Watergate scandal under KG’s command. By the way, the newspaper moved to first place after KG became the publisher. This point comes as additional information in the sentence. This is certainly not the intended meaning of the sentence.
Also if you compare “after KG’s becoming” with “after KG became”, the latter is better, clearer and more direct. So for these two reasons Choice E is not correct.

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It was only after Katharine Graham became publisher of the Washington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newspapers, and it was under her command that the paper won high praises for its unrelenting reporting of the Watergate scandal.

a) It was only after Katharine Graham became publisher of the Washington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newspapers, and it was under her command that the paper won high praises

b) It was only after Katharine Graham's becoming publisher of The Washington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newpapers, and under her command it had won high priases

c) Katharine Graham became publisher of The Washington Post in 1963, and only after that did it move into the first rank of American newspapers, having won high praise under her command

d) Moving into the first rank of American newspapers only after Katharine Graham became its publisher in 1963, The Washington Post, winning high praise under her command

e) Moving into the first rank of American newspapers only after Katharine Graham's becoming its publisher in 1963, The Washinton Postwon high praise under her command




I don't see what this question is trying to test exactly. Can anyone provide a grammatical explanation to this one? thanks



Guys whats wrong with E


In the GMAT, avoid verbs of being as much as you can.

Graham's becoming is just too awkward. Of course there might be other problems with that sentence, but I quickly eliminated it after I noticed that.

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Although A isn't the best choice, it's the only one among the rest that fits.

Why I say it isn't the best choice is because of the first part that says, "It was only after Katharine Graham became publisher of The Washington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank...". I think that "it" is misleading because the subject of the sentence is Katharine Graham not Washington Post.
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It was only after Katharine Graham became publisher of The Washington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newspapers, and it was under her command that the paper won high praise for its unrelenting reporting of the Watergate scandal.

(A) It was only after Katharine Graham became publisher of The Washington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newspapers, and it was under her command that the paper won high praise for its unrelenting reporting of the Watergate scandal.
crisp, clear and winner
(B) It was only after Katharin Graham's becoming publisher of The Wasington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newspaper, and under her command it had won high praise
Katharin Graham's becoming-incorrect
(C) Katharine Graham became publisher of The Washington Post in 1963, and only after that
did it move into the first rank of American newspapers, having won high praise under her command
having won-incorrect
(D) Moving into the first rank of American newspaper only after Katharine Graham became
its publisher in 1963, The Washington Post, winning high praise under her command
Ms Graham became the publisher first or the Newspaper got the first rank first ? incorrect
(E) Moving into the first rank of American newspapers only after Katharine Graham's becoming its publisher in 1963, The Washington Post won high praise under her command.
moving...becoming- improper -incorrect
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With answer (A), which is the correct answer, one thing I think that can throw many of is the first 'it was.' Clearly the use of 'it' in this sense does not require an antecedent. Given the proximity of the next 'it', however, one may think that the two 'its' do not refer to the same thing. Nonetheless, the phrase 'it was' should be treated differently from the 'it' in '...that it moved.' This 'it' clearly refers to the Post. The next 'it' in the 'it was...' maintains parallelism with the first 'it was.' Finally the last 'its' refers back to the Post. Quite a lot of 'its.' Hopefully, 'it' will not throw you next time :).
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I answered E.
It is not completely clear to me why the answer is A, since A is quite confusing for me. But I guess it is the best answer offered.


Hi,

In the original sentence (option A) the two clauses are both independent clauses linked by the conjunction "and"; however, option E needlessly subordinates one of the these clauses to the other, changing the meaning of the original sentence. Hope this is clear.

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Oh, how sad! The transcription, especially, the underlining part is wrong in this thread. Here is the correct version

It was only after Katharine Graham became publisher of the Washington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newspapers, and it was under her command that the paper won high praises for its unrelenting reporting of the Watergate scandal.

a) It was only after Katharine Graham became publisher of the Washington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newspapers, and it was under her command that the paper won high praises

b) It was only after Katharine Graham's becoming publisher of The Washington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newpapers, and under her command it had won high priases

c) Katharine Graham became publisher of The Washington Post in 1963, and only after that did it move into the first rank of American newspapers, having won high praise under her command

d) Moving into the first rank of American newspapers only after Katharine Graham became its publisher in 1963, The Washington Post, winning high praise under her command

e) Moving into the first rank of American newspapers only after Katharine Graham's becoming its publisher in 1963, The Washinton Post won high praise under her command

The underlining stops with praises; for its for its unrelenting reporting of the Watergate scandal’ is part of all the other answers. Please, search below this thread’s page and open any of the links there and you will find the correct stem

We cannot brand a GMATPREP’s own question as below GMAT’s standards. IMO, this is one of the very good questions for GMAT practice, because the complexities of the implicit meaning involved therein.
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It was only after Katharine Graham became publisher of The Washington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newspapers, and it was under her command that the paper won high praise for its unrelenting reporting of the Watergate scandal

(A) It was only after Katharine Graham became publisher of The Washington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newspapers, and it was under her command that the paper won high praise for its unrelenting reporting of the Watergate scandal.correct usage of tense and flow
(B) It was only after Katharin Graham's becoming publisher of The Wasington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newspaper, and under her commandt it had won high praise"Katharin Graham's" wrong usage
(C) Katharine Graham became publisher of The Washington Post in 1963, and only after that
did it move into the first rank of American newspapers, having won high praise under her command"having won" wrong usage of tense "did it move" wrong tense and awkward
(D) Moving into the first rank of American newspaper only after Katharine Graham became
its publisher in 1963, The Washington Post, winning high praise under her commandrun on sentence
(E) Moving into the first rank of American newspapers only after Katharine Graham's becoming its publisher in 1963, The Washington Post won high praise under her command.run on sentence
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(A) It was only after Katharine Graham became publisher of The Washington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newspapers, and it was under her command that the paper won high praise for its unrelenting reporting of the Watergate scandal. Correct
(B) It was only after Katharin Graham's becoming Becoming is akward here. Became would be correct if we dropped the 's after Graham publisher of The Wasington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newspaper, and under her commandt it had won high praise Seems like a run on / dangler
(C) Katharine Graham became publisher of The Washington Post in 1963, and only after that That is ambiguous. Could refer to publisher or Washingto Post
did it move into the first rank of American newspapers, having won high praise under her command
(D) Moving into the first rank of American newspaper only after Katharine Graham became
its publisher in 1963, The Washington Post, winning high praise under her commandWeird structure
(E) Moving into the first rank of American newspapers only after Katharine Graham's becomingBecoming again... entire sentence is akward its publisher in 1963, The Washington Post won high praise under her command.

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Indeed a tough one....but with no error IMO!!!!
i lgo with A...

actually it's pretty easy. Answer is ofcorse A. What makes it a very easy and obvious choice, other than grammatical errors, is the fact that none of the other answer choices contain the last part of the second clause-"the paper won praise for it's unrelenting reporting of the watergate scandal".
How can that part be simply omitted? It cannot yield to the principle of concision as it distorts the meaning of the sentence. Won praise for what?
I agree A is wordy but all other choices are not only grammatically wrong but also omit a necessary part of the second clause of the sentence.

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The important thing to understand here is that Why Option A will still remain best answer even if all sentences are complete and not omitted any word.

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