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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 newspapers, and under her command it had won high praises

(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
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I try... A for me

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

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 ->unnecessary change of tense

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, modifier problem

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
-> missing main verb

e)Moving into the first rank of American newspaper only after Katharine Graham's becoming
its publisher in 1953, The Washington Post won high praise under her command -> tense problem, also change the meaning of the original sentence (emphasize Katharine's importance)

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I was going for A until I saw something subtle in C. "first rank of American newspaper" ? or "first rank of American newspapers". Assuming its not a typo in the other options, I go for C.

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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 newspaper, 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 newspaper, and it was under her command
that the paper won high praise

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 intor 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 newspaper only after Katharine Graham's becoming
its publisher in 1953, The Washington Post won high praise under her command

I can't come up with anything!!!!!!!!
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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.( Found it a bit wordy)
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.

Will go for D

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Well guyz the reasons why option A is the best choice are Logical Predication and Parallelism.

Parallelism: 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.

Moreover, because of the logical predication the sentence reads correctly without unnecessary usage of words such as 'becoming' and 'moving'

Hope the explanation helps!!

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09 Oct 2009, 18:44
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Well guyz the reasons why option A is the best choice are Logical Predication and Parallelism.

Parallelism: 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.

Moreover, because of the logical predication the sentence reads correctly without unnecessary usage of words such as 'becoming' and 'moving'

Hope the explanation helps!!

thx your explanation makes sense. +1

Now I record things like 'sb's moving' are wrong in GMATland.

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10 Oct 2009, 08:31
Glad to help Talinhuu!! Always watch out for the Parallelism and Comparison in SC, majority of the SCs have it and very well disguise it to confuse the exam takers..

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26 Oct 2009, 20:27
My answer was way far off from the right answer, I gussed E. damn! now I know answer is A and the explanation - thanks buddies

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26 Oct 2009, 22:37
nice...one..

I went with D .. but ur explaining was good.

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21 Jun 2010, 10:43
Really tough one.

I marked A because of the part - the paper won high praise for its

Only A matches the noun (the paper) for the pronoun (its).
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21 Jun 2010, 20:37
A for || ism.

It was x and it was y. Both the clauses should start with "it"

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21 Jun 2010, 21:12
+1 for A

A sound better than all other options.

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04 Jul 2010, 13:43
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I was going for A until I saw something subtle in C. "first rank of American newspaper" ? or "first rank of American newspapers". Assuming its not a typo in the other options, I go for C.

i will assume it s a typo and go for A

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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 newspaper, 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 newspaper, and it was under her command
that the paper won high praise

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 intor 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 newspaper only after Katharine Graham's becoming
its publisher in 1953, The Washington Post won high praise under her command

I can't come up with anything!!!!!!!!
Plz Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let's break this down so that it will be easier and faster...

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

General structure: Independent clause [,and] Independent clause

Both clauses here are in a form that is used to create emphasis: "it... is/was..... that+subject+verb"
Ex. It is the red dress that I want. (Emphatic structure for, "I want the red dress")

So we have here, "It was only after Graham became..." ,and "it was under.... that the paper won."

Notice that the time modifier for "became" is "in 1963," a specific time indicating the past simple (V2) "became".

So the tenses and sentence structure are good here!

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

The only problem here is the "had won"-- the past perfect (had+V3). There is no indication that the winning had taken place in the past relative to some other point in the past. The entire sentence should be in the past simple.

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

We can stop reading as soon as we get to "and only after that..." "That" is a relative pronoun that is trying to refer to some thing. But there is nothing, no written noun, to which the word "that" refers, and it cannot refer to the entire preceding clause. All pronouns must refer to a written noun that appears in the sentence.

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

Up until the first comma ("Moving into....1963,") is descriptive information. The "moving" is a present participle, an -ing word that is descriptive. After the subject, The Washington Post, there is another modifier starting with the present participle "winning". This second modifier (i.e. descriptive phrase) continues all the way to the end of the sentence, and we are never given a verb for the subject "The Washington Post!"

E)Moving into the first rank of American newspaper only after Katharine Graham's becoming its publisher in 1953, The Washington Post won high praise under her command

On a grammatically technical level, there is no error here. BUT INTENDED MEANING MATTERS! It is critical to try to understand the meaning that was intended by the original, and the original wanted to emphasize Graham's accomplishments, and hence the emphatic structure explained in A.
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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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Choice A starts with it was and follows up the same with a parallel it was in the second part. It also uses the simple past became to denote an event that occurred in the past. Though wordy, A seems to be without any error. This must be the right choice.

B It should be newspapers and not newspaper- may be a typo, let’s us ignore it. Becoming publisher is sought to be used as a gerund here. But the serious error is in the use of past perfect tense it had won. The context entails a simple past tense i.e. won.

C 1. The adjectival modifier having won high praise does not seem to have a noun to modify. Does it modify Katherine or Katherine’s publishership or The Washington Post?

2. does the pronoun that stand for Katharine Graham became publisher of The Washington Post. Because that is a pronoun and should refer to a noun rather than a clause.

3. Did it win high praise first for reporting Watergate episode that happened in 1974 and then move into the first rank of American newspapers in 1963 after Katherine became the publisher? Isn’t it incongruous?

D is a fragment without a completed verb. Let’s drop it.

E Katharine Graham's becoming is a very inelegant way of writing Katherine Graham became; so not acceptable
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IMO A by POE

(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. - No issues , looks good
(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 - Missing the information of Watergate Scandal and moreover the sentence is awkward
(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. Same issue as D

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TehJay wrote:
I'm guessing that "for its unrelenting reporting of the Watergate scandal" is NOT supposed to be underlined in the problem.

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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. Perfect
(B) It was only after Katharine 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 "only after Katharin Graham's becoming publisher" is ungrammatical, and the past perfect "had won high praise" is incorrect here
(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 Very awkward. "Only after that did it move" - "it" needs to refer to the subject, which is Katharine Graham here, but it actually refers to The Washington Post. "Having won high praise" doesn't work logically
(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 Sentence fragment
(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. Again, "Katharine Graham's becoming" is ungrammatical. The introduction clause at the beginning of the sentence is extremely long, making the sentence somewhat clunky.

Thats what I also thought initially, but when you look at answer choice A, it contains the whole sentence. If the whole sentence is underlined then this question becomes pretty easy, otherwise one can use the principle of parallelism to establish it as a correct answer

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Chose A.

Not sure if anyone noticed but B and D use "NEWSPAPER" and the others use NEWSPAPERS. Its obviously the plural. We can use that to eliminate a few.

Choices C and E - C suggests that it is the high praise that got the paper to No.1 rank. But the watergate scandal just got it praise. So explicitly implying that it is because of the reporting that it got the first rank is changing the meaning.
E- E is actually better than C but "Graham's becoming" is awkward.

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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.
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