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One of the greatest problems facing Engineering practitioners today, apart from absorbing volumes of technical information and learning habits of scientific thought, is remaining empathetic to the needs of patients in the face of all the rigorous training

A. facing Engineering practitioners today, apart from absorbing volumes of technical information and learning habits of scientific thought, is remaining

B. facing Engineering practitioners today, apart from absorbing volumes of technical information and learning habits of scientific thought, is to remain

C. faced by engineering practitioners today apart from absorbing volumes of technical information and learning habits of scientific thought, which remain

D. faced by Engineering practitioners today, apart from absorbing volumes of technical information and learning habits of scientific thought, and they remain

E. facing Engineering practitioners today, is absorbing volumes of technical information and learning habits of scientific thought, and besides remaining
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New post 23 Jun 2011, 02:49
Are you sure the Question is complete?
Option B has different wordings

I will go with B ..

"one of the ............. is to " is the correct usage
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edited; thanks. forgot to cut out the non-underlined portion.
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IMO, B.

"is remaining" sounds like present progressive.
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According to Option B the sentence can be re framed this way.

One of the greatest problems facing Engineering practitioners today is to remain.

Now im some how not feeling comfortable in accepting this sentence as a correct option.
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Are you sure the sentence is complete?
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Can some one explain why the OA is A? I picked d based on 'facing' 'faced by'
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thank you; the text is amended; sorry, some functions are getting
missed in my comp.
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D is essentially a fragment and –they- has no proper antecedent
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Now it make sense why A is the right one. D definitely is fragment, but i could not have done much without the complete question.

I was still debating between B and A though.
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A: absorbing, learning and remaining are // .
B. absorbing, learning and to remain are not //
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One of the greatest problems facing Engineering practitioners today, apart from absorbing volumes of technical information and learning habits of scientific thought, is remaining empathetic to the needs of patients in the face of all the rigorous training


In the sentence "IS" is working as a linking verb, the verb that express what the subject is or what condition subject is in. .... in case of linking verb the subject and object should be maintained parallel .... Option A is maintaining a required parallelism ...

Hence option A
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Can someone please explain why A is right and not B?
Why "is remaining" should be parallel?

we can read it like that:
One of the greatest problems facing Engineering practitioners today is remaining...
Or:
One of the greatest problems facing Engineering practitioners today is to remain...

B sounds much better. can someone explain a little more please?
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I also believe the same. B looks correct. Someone plz explain the choice A.
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I also believe the same. B looks correct. Someone plz explain the choice A.


A looks okay:

One of the greatest problems facing Engineering practitioners today, apart from absorbing volumes of technical information and learning habits of scientific thought, is remaining empathetic to the needs of patients in the face of all the rigorous training

One of the greatest problems facing Engineering practitioners today
apart from:
absorbing <%#%#$>
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remaining <%$%#$>

"Gerund-Gerund" looks parallel!!!
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the "apart" is splitted from the main sentence by commas. so we should be able to read the sentence without this part completely. Whats the source for this question?
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A: absorbing, learning and remaining are // .
B. absorbing, learning and to remain are not //



according to A the structure would be
one of the greatest problems .............is remaining........ (well this makes no sense at all and the sentence looks like a fragment)

only B makes sense
there should be nothing parallel
first of all in GMAT we should see if the correct choice does make any sense

hence my choice is B
any other by my side..... :? :?
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check posts above... im with u on this one.
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check posts above... im with u on this one.


hey
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i strongly believe this time that B is the right answer ..not A
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daagh, i have a question here.

how can problems 'face' someone such as a practitioner? imo, it is the practitioner who faces problems.
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