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Re: Tricky SC Series - #5 [#permalink]

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01 Nov 2009, 00:11
C. "The ability to" .... is logical and idiomatic.
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Re: Tricky SC Series - #5 [#permalink]

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01 Nov 2009, 14:51
GMAT TIGER wrote:
C. "The ability to" .... is logical and idiomatic.

" A" for me. In C- Using "would" instead of "could" changes the meaning IMO.
All other choices are unidiomatic

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02 Nov 2009, 07:45
Agree "ability to" is idiomatic .. so C

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Re: Tricky SC Series - #5 [#permalink]

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02 Nov 2009, 08:04
IMO C too
But isn't predict a definitive verb.then in that case the use of Would is justified?
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02 Nov 2009, 22:32
1 right answer.. thanks for attempt everyone!

OA:
[Reveal] Spoiler:
A

B and D "ability for", "capability for" predicting... incorrect usage
C and E changes the meaning by using "would allow" instead of "could allow"

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03 Nov 2009, 01:10
gmattokyo wrote:
1 right answer.. thanks for attempt everyone!

OA:
[Reveal] Spoiler:
A

B and D "ability for", "capability for" predicting... incorrect usage
C and E changes the meaning by using "would allow" instead of "could allow"

Another thing I forgot to mention in my previous post - "would allow" not only changes the meaning but also is incorrect usage..Will should have been used instead.

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Re: Tricky SC Series - #5 [#permalink]

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03 Nov 2009, 01:55
Casinoking wrote:
gmattokyo wrote:
1 right answer.. thanks for attempt everyone!

OA:
[Reveal] Spoiler:
A

B and D "ability for", "capability for" predicting... incorrect usage
C and E changes the meaning by using "would allow" instead of "could allow"

Another thing I forgot to mention in my previous post - "would allow" not only changes the meaning but also is incorrect usage..Will should have been used instead.

Why is "would allow" is incorrect usage? Please explain.

"Would" is past tense.The sentence construction doesn't need that.

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Re: Tricky SC Series - #5 [#permalink]

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03 Nov 2009, 10:12
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Why is "would allow" is incorrect usage? Please explain.

"Would" is past tense.The sentence construction doesn't need that.

Casinoking thanks for the reply, but I beg to differ.

Apart from “would” being the past tense of “will”, "would" is also used to express a customary action.

IMO in this sentence "would" is used to express a customary action.

Thanks for the link jade3. However, "would" is used in a different context in the examples given. The actions were in the past.
In this sentence the author is predicting something that might happen in the future without the usage of "conditional" statements where "would" can be used.

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Re: Tricky SC Series - #5 [#permalink]

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03 Nov 2009, 22:32
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Would is past tense. In fact i've seen this question before. Part of the exception series where sentences with 'being' are correct

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04 May 2010, 23:06
Great collection of good SC questions.
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Re: Tricky SC Series - #5 [#permalink]

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05 May 2010, 05:06
C - need to use could instead of would

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23 May 2010, 02:55
But I read in some post that 'being' is not preferred in GMAT??

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Re: Tricky SC Series - #5 [#permalink]

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03 Aug 2010, 08:36
Casinoking wrote:
gmattokyo wrote:
1 right answer.. thanks for attempt everyone!

OA:
[Reveal] Spoiler:
A

B and D "ability for", "capability for" predicting... incorrect usage
C and E changes the meaning by using "would allow" instead of "could allow"

Another thing I forgot to mention in my previous post - "would allow" not only changes the meaning but also is incorrect usage..Will should have been used instead.

Totally disagree with you on this. "Would" is used to address abstract events. If your reasoning were correct, then "could" should be replaced with "can" cause could is the past tense of can just like would is the past tense of will. I am not right?

Fell for C because of "being". Now, i understand how use of "would" changes the meaning. "Would" means "with certainty", "guaranteed," whereas "could" merely refers to the possibility.
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03 Aug 2010, 12:43
A for me.

'ability to' is the correct idiom but the usage of 'would' is incorrect.

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04 Aug 2010, 01:42
wavering between A and C and as my luck would have it , Chose C....Its getting regular now - me nailing the options down to 2 and ultimately choosing the wrong one!!...Damn!

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08 Aug 2010, 12:45
Tricky.. would changes meaning , Being, here, shows Temporary action, usage is correct

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Re: Tricky SC Series - #5 [#permalink]

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04 Sep 2010, 07:37
rlevochkin wrote:
Casinoking wrote:
gmattokyo wrote:
1 right answer.. thanks for attempt everyone!

OA:
[Reveal] Spoiler:
A

B and D "ability for", "capability for" predicting... incorrect usage
C and E changes the meaning by using "would allow" instead of "could allow"

Another thing I forgot to mention in my previous post - "would allow" not only changes the meaning but also is incorrect usage..Will should have been used instead.

Totally disagree with you on this. "Would" is used to address abstract events. If your reasoning were correct, then "could" should be replaced with "can" cause could is the past tense of can just like would is the past tense of will. I am not right?

Fell for C because of "being". Now, i understand how use of "would" changes the meaning. "Would" means "with certainty", "guaranteed," whereas "could" merely refers to the possibility.

Apt explanation of how "would" changes the meaning...

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Re: practice... Others in this series: 1. [#permalink]

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21 Dec 2011, 09:01
Really good one ,i opted D. does ability for is always wrong?

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