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# Okay, I am really confused with when it's okay to use the

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Okay, I am really confused with when it's okay to use the [#permalink]

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Okay, I am really confused with when it's okay to use the passive voice and when it is not. Will someone kindly explain? I'd really appreciate it!!

Cooperative apartment houses have the peculiar distinction of being dwellings that must also operate as businesses.

(A) of being dwellings that must also operate as businesses
(B) of dwellings that must also operate like business
(C) that they are dwellings that must operate like business
(D) that, as dwellings, they must also operate like businesses
(E) to be a dwelling that must also operate as a business

But then in this question:

It may be another fifteen years before spacecraft from Earth again venture to Mars, a planet now known to be cold, dry, and probably lifeless.

(A) again venture to Mars, a planet now known to be
(B) venture to Mars again, a planet now known for being
(C) will venture to Mars again, a planet now known as being
(D) venture again to Mars, a planet that is known now to be
(E) will again venture to Mars, a planet known now as being

I picked C. Don't we need an "s" after venture since spacecraft is singular?

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14 Sep 2005, 02:29
Hey truly blessed, in the second example you can eliminate the answr choices ending with being. Why? Because the GMAT test makers always use it as an incorrect answer trap. It is virtually NEVER the correct answer. That leaves A and D, and I would go with A because its concise.

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14 Sep 2005, 02:32
GMATT73, But then howcome in the first example, being is correct? (Sorry to give it away!)

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Hey truly blessed, in the second example you can eliminate the answr choices ending with being. Why? Because the GMAT test makers always use it as an incorrect answer trap. It is virtually NEVER the correct answer. That leaves A and D, and I would go with A because its concise.

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14 Sep 2005, 02:39
Truly blessed: being is correct in the first example because of it's idiomatic structure. ...distinction of being... is a common phrasal verb collocation.

Pay special attention to where and how being is used at he end of these answer choices. This is a Kaplan takeaway strategy.

(A) again venture to Mars, a planet now known to be
(B) venture to Mars again, a planet now known for being
(C) will venture to Mars again, a planet now known as being
(D) venture again to Mars, a planet that is known now to be
(E) will again venture to Mars, a planet known now as being

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14 Sep 2005, 02:44
Truly blessed: For reinforcement, just refer to the answers and explanations to macca's recent posting: herbicide. That should pound it in!

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