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Not since Galileo suffered the “scurvy humor” of the Inquisition has a religious organization so effectively curbed the ability of a major scientist that he could pursue a theory.

(A) has a religious organization so effectively curbed the ability of a major scientist that he could pursue
(B) did a religious organization so effectively curb the ability of a major scientist that he could pursue
(C) has a religious organization so effectively curbed the ability of a major scientist to pursue
(D) did a religious organization so effectively curb the ability of a major scientist to pursue
(E) has a religious organization so effectively curbed whether a major scientist had the ability that he could be pursuing
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09 Apr 2009, 03:28
(A) has a religious organization so effectively curbed the ability of a major scientist that he could pursue – has is not required
(B) did a religious organization so effectively curb the ability of a major scientist that he could pursue
(C) has a religious organization so effectively curbed the ability of a major scientist to pursue - ‘ so that’ idiom is missing
(D) did a religious organization so effectively curb the ability of a major scientist to pursue - ‘ so that’ idiom is missing
(E) has a religious organization so effectively curbed whether a major scientist had the ability that he could be pursuing – ing is not required
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Not since Galileo suffered the “scurvy humor” of the Inquisition has a religious organization so effectively curbed the ability of a major scientist that he could pursue a theory.

(A) has a religious organization so effectively curbed the ability of a major scientist that he could pursue
(B) did a religious organization so effectively curb the ability of a major scientist that he could pursue
(C) has a religious organization so effectively curbed the ability of a major scientist to pursue
(D) did a religious organization so effectively curb the ability of a major scientist to pursue
(E) has a religious organization so effectively curbed whether a major scientist had the ability that he could be pursuing

when I tried today this again I come to answer C)..

"has" - preferred here because religion organization is still there...(A, C, E).
"he" - antecendent is not clear. (scientist or galileo)?
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12 Apr 2009, 07:53
Hi mates,

IMO A

"has" needed because singular and because "since" shows that the organization remains

OA and Source?

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13 Apr 2009, 07:05
IMO C. has is needed because of since and ability to.. is known idiom. But I know I am just guessing.. this sentence is way too much for me to solve and understand under 2 minute. If anyone has any shortcut/smarter way please post..
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16 Apr 2009, 03:10
neeshpal wrote:
Not since Galileo suffered the “scurvy humor” of the Inquisition has a religious organization so effectively curbed the ability of a major scientist that he could pursue a theory.

(A) has a religious organization so effectively curbed the ability of a major scientist that he could pursue(B) did a religious organization so effectively curb the ability of a major scientist that he could pursue (DID is not required)
(C) has a religious organization so effectively curbed the ability of a major scientist to pursue (That required)
(D) did a religious organization so effectively curb the ability of a major scientist to pursue (DID not required)
(E) has a religious organization so effectively curbed whether a major scientist had the ability that he could be pursuing

Since requires HAS or HAVE. Therefore choice A is best.
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16 Apr 2009, 10:56
OA is C.

but,
(C) has a religious organization so effectively curbed the ability of a major scientist to pursue - ‘ so that’ idiom is missing. and hence sentence looks incomplete.
(A) has a religious organization so effectively curbed the ability of a major scientist that he could pursue - idiom is fine but "he" is issue here. Further, "ability" looks correct because "ability" is not followed by verb. idiom: ability to <verb>
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16 Apr 2009, 17:47
I'd guess it's C, by gut feel only.
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16 Apr 2009, 22:30
A vote for C

Not since Galileo suffered the “scurvy humor” of the Inquisition has a religious organization so effectively curbed the ability of a major scientist that he could pursue a theory.

(A) has a religious organization so effectively curbed the ability of a major scientist that he could pursue --> althought present perfect tense here is correct, the use of so ... that structure here makes the sentence awkward in meaning. Also, curb the ability with no modification for ability is problematic
(B) did a religious organization so effectively curb the ability of a major scientist that he could pursue --> did here is not correct because the existence of since in the sentence. Besides, the same error as (A)
(C) has a religious organization so effectively curbed the ability of a major scientist to pursue --> correct present perfect tense, precise meaning and structure
(D) did a religious organization so effectively curb the ability of a major scientist to pursue --> same error as (B)
(E) has a religious organization so effectively curbed whether a major scientist had the ability that he could be pursuing --> many errrors: awkward structure whether ... that (???), had the ability that he could ... is wordy
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17 Apr 2009, 03:04
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OA is C.

but,
(C) has a religious organization so effectively curbed the ability of a major scientist to pursue - ‘ so that’ idiom is missing. and hence sentence looks incomplete.
(A) has a religious organization so effectively curbed the ability of a major scientist that he could pursue - idiom is fine but "he" is issue here. Further, "ability" looks correct because "ability" is not followed by verb. idiom: ability to <verb>

What is the OE? To me, none of the answer choices looks correct. What is the source?
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17 Apr 2009, 23:03
priyankur_saha@ml.com wrote:
OA is C.

but,
(C) has a religious organization so effectively curbed the ability of a major scientist to pursue - ‘ so that’ idiom is missing. and hence sentence looks incomplete.
(A) has a religious organization so effectively curbed the ability of a major scientist that he could pursue - idiom is fine but "he" is issue here. Further, "ability" looks correct because "ability" is not followed by verb. idiom: ability to <verb>

mates!

what's the source of this question?

Besides, can we ha the OE please?

I do'nt see what's wrong with "he" and I'm not sure if ability must be followed always by to

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priyankur_saha@ml.com wrote:
OA is C.

but,
(C) has a religious organization so effectively curbed the ability of a major scientist to pursue - ‘ so that’ idiom is missing. and hence sentence looks incomplete.
(A) has a religious organization so effectively curbed the ability of a major scientist that he could pursue - idiom is fine but "he" is issue here. Further, "ability" looks correct because "ability" is not followed by verb. idiom: ability to <verb>

mates!

what's the source of this question?

Besides, can we ha the OE please?

I do'nt see what's wrong with "he" and I'm not sure if ability must be followed always by to

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I got C.

Not since Galileo suffered the “scurvy humor” of the Inquisition has a religious organization so effectively curbed the ability of a major scientist that he could pursue a theory.

(A) has a religious organization so effectively curbed the ability of a major scientist that he could pursue(B) did a religious organization so effectively curb the ability of a major scientist that he could pursue (DID is not required)
(C) has a religious organization so effectively curbed the ability of a major scientist to pursue (That required)
(D) did a religious organization so effectively curb the ability of a major scientist to pursue (DID not required)
(E) has a religious organization so effectively curbed whether a major scientist had the ability that he could be pursuing

"he" in the options offered is not referring to Galileo - this statement seems to be part of a wider passage where there are using the comparison of Galieo to the subject that was being discussed. Therein having "he" is wrong.

You could change it to :
(C) has a religious organization so effectively curbed the ability of a major scientist "so that he could" pursue

or just have as

(C) has a religious organization so effectively curbed the ability of a major scientist to pursue

take away "major scientist" and then it becomes - " has a religious organization so effectively curbed the ability "to" pursue....

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18 Apr 2009, 22:43
got it now, thanks nightwing79

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03 May 2009, 23:06
the catchword is "since".

it requires present perfect
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06 May 2009, 08:12
Friends here the underlined part needs to start with "has"...Amoung all the has choice, C is the only one that has the correct Idiom, ability to...IMO C
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25 Oct 2009, 05:23
One more C

Not since Galileo suffered the “scurvy humor” of the Inquisition has a religious organization so effectively curbed the ability of a major scientist that he could pursue a theory.

(A) has a religious organization so effectively curbed the ability of a major scientist that he could pursue - not idiomatically correct - wrong tense
(B) did a religious organization so effectively curb the ability of a major scientist that he could pursue
(C) has a religious organization so effectively curbed the ability of a major scientist to pursue
(D) did a religious organization so effectively curb the ability of a major scientist to pursue - wrong tense
(E) has a religious organization so effectively curbed whether a major scientist had the ability that he could be pursuing - same as A but even more awkward
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03 Jan 2011, 16:57
went with D but thanks for the explanation
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