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# It was the coincidence of the geographic range of the sickle

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30 Jun 2016, 02:32
sayantanc2k wrote:
HanoiGMATtutor wrote:

So you're basically saying the GMAT's official answer is incorrect? I would agree with that. What a weird GMAT question.

Is this an official GMAT question ? Then I am sure we are missing something. They are never wrong.

According to the original poster of this thread, this is a question from a GMAT paper test. I have recently seen a few super old GMAT questions whose answers are not completely convincing. It is possible that the GMAT makers have changed their standards over the years. This question is merely one example. So I wouldn't fret about it too much. Great discussion though!
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30 Jun 2016, 23:21
There is typo in the original sentence, it should be geographic ranges.
Someone posted it here. http://www.urch.com/forums/gmat-sentenc ... r-scs.html
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30 Jun 2016, 23:58
HieuNguyenVN wrote:
There is typo in the original sentence, it should be geographic ranges.
Someone posted it here. http://www.urch.com/forums/gmat-sentenc ... r-scs.html

And justice has been hereby restored. Thank you for sharing this!

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01 Jul 2016, 13:16
PrijitDebnath wrote:
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In order to have a coincidence there has to be two distinct entities, not one - one entity cannot coincide all by itself.

Can you please explain this. Specially I am not able to understand the thing about why there need to be two distinct entities?

It was coincidence of time that Einstien and Max Plank both researched on Particle Physics.

This suggests that Einstien and Max Plank both researched Particle Physics at the same time.

Here also, it says It was the coincidence of the geographic range of the sickle cell gene and malaria

This suggests that sickle cell gene and malaria both had the same geographic range.

Where am I going wrong in my interpretation?

In the example you stated, two points of time are described that coincided : 1. The time when Einstein researched. 2. the time when Max Plank researched.
Both these points of time COINCIDED. Because of the very meaning of the word "coincidence", there must be at least two events / entities that should occur together (same place OR same time). The word coincide is not applicable for a single event or entity.
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10 Mar 2018, 07:55
At this question we need to focus on the difference between coincidence and coinciding with ... the word coinciding means --> 2 things happening at the same time. Hence the meaning changes in the options that include the "coinciding" ... The meaning of the sentence is the coincidence of the geographic ranges of the sickle cell gene and malaria ... not the geographic range. Always the first sentence provides the fundamental meaning of the sentence that we should focus on.

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11 Mar 2018, 11:18
It was + noun + that is the correct structure in SC; this structure does not usually appear in SC questions. Gmatclub test also has one question of this structure.
E also uses "it was" but E is surely wrong.
"coinciding with malaria that " violates parallel structure.
C and D are awkward.
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