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# Meaning/Clarity 5.Around three centuries ago, the prevailing

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25 Feb 2017, 09:13
Hi experts,
I have a small doubt with the following question :

During a conversation with Stacy???s parents, the teacher mentioned that Stacy
had shown considerable ability in literature and to learn foreign languages

(A) considerable ability in literature and to learn
(B) considerable ability in literature and that she could do it well in
(C) ability that was considerable in literature as well as in learning
(D) ability considerably in literature and in
(E) considerable ability in literature and in

I agree that option E is the best of all.
My question is that do we consider the ability in literature and that in foreign language the same thing? Should it be "considerable abilities in literature and in foreign language?"

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26 Feb 2017, 04:05
sleepynut wrote:
Hi experts,
I have a small doubt with the following question :

During a conversation with Stacy???s parents, the teacher mentioned that Stacy
had shown considerable ability in literature and to learn foreign languages

(A) considerable ability in literature and to learn
(B) considerable ability in literature and that she could do it well in
(C) ability that was considerable in literature as well as in learning
(D) ability considerably in literature and in
(E) considerable ability in literature and in

I agree that option E is the best of all.
My question is that do we consider the ability in literature and that in foreign language the same thing? Should it be "considerable abilities in literature and in foreign language?"

Thanks

Singular "ability" is alright. The skills required may be different, but she is considerably able in both.
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26 Feb 2017, 23:17
Hi Experts , question 5. Is this option correct:
the artist???s music was more innovative than that of most of his
contemporaries.

Here THAT makes copy of the artist's music. So the sentence will read as artist's music was more innovative than artist's music of most of his contemporaries.
?
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01 Mar 2017, 00:41
rakaisraka wrote:
Hi Experts , question 5. Is this option correct:
the artist???s music was more innovative than that of most of his
contemporaries.

Here THAT makes copy of the artist's music. So the sentence will read as artist's music was more innovative than artist's music of most of his contemporaries.
?
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"That" makes a copy of "music", not "artist's music". However from parallelsim aspect, following optons would be better:

The artist’s music was more innovative than most of his contemporaries' music.
OR
The music of the artist was more innovative than that of most of his contemporaries.
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22 Sep 2017, 10:55
carcass wrote:

4 Being that many Indian food recipes require you to cook and not be interrupted,

(A) Being that many Indian food recipes require you to cook and not be
interrupted,
(B) Because many Indian food recipes require for one to cook without
interruption,
(C) Because many Indian food recipes require that one cook without interruption,
(D) Many Indian food recipes require that one cook without interruption and
(E) Many Indian food recipes require that one should cook without interruption;

OAs

A E A C C B A C D C

Can anybody clear my doubt... should not it be "One cooks" and not "One Cook" in option "C"...anybody!!

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13 Feb 2018, 21:05
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Certain Verbs have specific structures that need to be maintained. Verbs such as "require", "recommend", " suggest", etc. (command verb) have one of the following two structure:
A ) Verb+that+subject+bare infinitive
Example : The doctor suggested that she take her medicine (not takes).
**Also, in this structure, insertion of "should", or " would" or any other auxilary is not permitted.
B ) Verb+object+to+person
Example : The doctor suggested some antibiotics to her

**reference from : "Manhattan Review- Gmat Sentence Correction Guide, page 298."
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18 Feb 2018, 22:40
Marcab wrote:
I don't care about my answer right now. I just can't understand how E is the answer for 2. It changes the meaning drastically.

My take is E:

(A) considerable ability in literature and to learn :
in A parallelism and meaning are tested which are at issue,
First Considerable ability in literature(prepositional phrase=preposition+object)
Considerable ability to learn foreign languages(to+verb+object)
so wrong.

E) considerable ability in literature and in : is parallel and less ambiguous.
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20 Feb 2018, 05:07
Can anyone suggest in brief how 6 has the ans B and why not A ?
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21 Feb 2018, 17:13
The question 9 ...Why is D not B ?
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01 Apr 2018, 20:21
sparkling12 wrote:
9 Patrick Woodroffe is a poet and painter that is able to make a living at it

(A) Patrick Woodroffe is a poet and painter that is able to make a living at it
(B) Patrick Woodroffe is able to make a living as a poet and painter
(C) A poet and painter, Patrick Woodroffe is able to make a living at it
(D) Patrick Woodroffe makes a living as a poet and a painter
(E) By writing poetry and painting is how Patrick Woodroffe makes a living

The intended meaning of the original sentence is clearly giving stress upon "being as a poet & a painter" and it says this is the only medium through which patrick can able to earn something, while option D is pretty straight forward and missing the intended stress on his profession.
Am I making sense? Btw what is wrong with option B? It is having that stress component as well

Carcass, I have the exact same doubt and went with B.. can you explain why it is wrong please?
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31 May 2018, 11:17
I join to @Juliaz's question
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31 May 2018, 11:28
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Actually, The meaning of B and D is exactly the same.

However, "is able to make a living" in B and "makes a living" in D, between the two D is better because of two reasons:

• GMAT prefers concision;
• as a general rule in a daily speaking: why you should use ten words instead of 5 words to say the exact concept ?' is a question of efficiency, in every field.

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05 Jun 2018, 09:08
Can anyone explain Question 4, what is the difference between Option B and C?
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