Once the economic and social usefulness of the motor car was : GMAT Sentence Correction (SC)
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# Once the economic and social usefulness of the motor car was

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Once the economic and social usefulness of the motor car was demonstrated and with its superiority to the horse being proved, much of the early hostility to it in rural regions disappeared.
(A) and with its superiority to the horse being
(B) and its superiority over the horse had been
(C) and its superiority to the horse
(D) its superiority over the horse
(E) with its superiority to the horse having been

superiority over vs. superiority to
which is correct?

I think I've heard of ppl saying "superior to something"

But "over" also sounds correct...

For non-natives like me, idioms are such a pain in the arse!
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01 Apr 2007, 23:07
B for me.

The sentence B seems better than the phrase in E.
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02 Apr 2007, 01:13
B... supriority over is correct and had been goes well

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02 Apr 2007, 01:30
I think C is the correct choice:
in B,superiority over is a little redundant
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02 Apr 2007, 02:20
I would also go for C.

"Having been proved" is not the right tense...the rest of the sentence is simple past and we should stay with simple past. Also, even if we had to change the tense, I believe the correct usage would have been "having been proven"

And oh, I would go for "superiority to" also. I just checked, looks like both uses may be valid though.
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02 Apr 2007, 04:42
Hmm. after i read it 2nd time, C seems to be the answer with "was" omitted.
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02 Apr 2007, 04:50
Only doubt in my mind is regarding superiority to... though superior to is correct but isnt that it should be superiority over?? can someone clarify my doubt

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02 Apr 2007, 05:33
OA is C

Tough one I think.
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03 Apr 2007, 04:42
we need 'over' -> A,C,E out.
B has the past perfect 'had been' which is not nescessary in this instance.

D is best. maintains parallelism and correct tense used.
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