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# Schliemann determined at the age of seven to find the site

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Schliemann determined at the age of seven to find the site of ancient Troy and devoted his subsequent career to do it.

A. devoted his subsequent career to do it
B. has devoted his subsequent career to do that
C. devoted his subsequent career to such an end
D. has devoted his subsequent career for that
E. devoted his subsequent career to that end

Wat's wrong with A??
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22 Feb 2011, 20:13
A is wrong becos the pronoun 'it' has no proper antecedent( so also 'that' in B and D) To such an end in C is wrong idiom. E remains. to that end is the right idiomatic way.
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22 Feb 2011, 21:25
daagh wrote:
A is wrong becos the pronoun 'it' has no proper antecedent( so also 'that' in B and D) To such an end in C is wrong idiom. E remains. to that end is the right idiomatic way.

His determination was to find the site of troy and he dedicated his career to do it. what's so wrong here?
'to that end' doesnt somehow fits in the this sentence.
Please elaborate. and if you have some other examples on the similar lines, it would be really helpfull if you can post them here, just as an example.

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"it" - it cannot refer to a phrase like in this example. "It" cannot refer to bunch of words. its too much to ask. "It" can only refer to a clear noun. Hence A is suspicious.

"that" - when you see two "that" - Immediately suspect "that".

split "has devoted" / devoted - B and D gone. u need simple past tense. A, C and E remain.

A has "it" - ambiguous
C has "such as" - in gmat "such as" is used to include examples. Not here. Cross it and move on !
E remains. that has to be the answer since others are wrong one way or the other.

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daagh wrote:
A is wrong becos the pronoun 'it' has no proper antecedent( so also 'that' in B and D) To such an end in C is wrong idiom. E remains. to that end is the right idiomatic way.

His determination was to find the site of troy and he dedicated his career to do it. what's so wrong here?
'to that end' doesnt somehow fits in the this sentence.
Please elaborate. and if you have some other examples on the similar lines, it would be really helpfull if you can post them here, just as an example.

Thnx.
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22 Feb 2011, 21:36
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"it" - it cannot refer to a phrase like in this example. "It" cannot refer to bunch of words. its too much to ask. "It" can only refer to a clear noun. Hence A is suspicious.

"that" - when you see two "that" - Immediately suspect "that".

split "has devoted" / devoted - B and D gone. u need simple past tense. A, C and E remain.

A has "it" - ambiguous
C has "such as" - in gmat "such as" is used to include examples. Not here. Cross it and move on !
E remains. that has to be the answer since others are wrong one way or the other.

krishnasty wrote:
daagh wrote:
A is wrong becos the pronoun 'it' has no proper antecedent( so also 'that' in B and D) To such an end in C is wrong idiom. E remains. to that end is the right idiomatic way.

His determination was to find the site of troy and he dedicated his career to do it. what's so wrong here?
'to that end' doesnt somehow fits in the this sentence.
Please elaborate. and if you have some other examples on the similar lines, it would be really helpfull if you can post them here, just as an example.

Thnx.

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01 Mar 2011, 08:42
when to choose has and when not to choose has?

As far as I know something which started in the past and still continuing needs has and something which has started in the past and ended now will not have has. Then in this case how will I determine, if the person is still alive and perusing his wish?
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01 Mar 2011, 08:56
this is fairly simple. E is easy to conclude
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01 Apr 2011, 03:36
navami wrote:
when to choose has and when not to choose has?

As far as I know something which started in the past and still continuing needs has and something which has started in the past and ended now will not have has. Then in this case how will I determine, if the person is still alive and perusing his wish?

Hello Navami,

your question is really valid. But in this case we do not need to know whether the person is still alive because all choices with the present perfect have errors. If the question were really about to test the right tense (and wants to have present perfect) the question would contain something such as "until today".

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krishnasty wrote:
Schliemann determined at the age of seven to find the site of ancient Troy and devoted his subsequent career to do it.

A. devoted his subsequent career to do it
B. has devoted his subsequent career to do that
C. devoted his subsequent career to such an end
D. has devoted his subsequent career for that
E. devoted his subsequent career to that end

Wat's wrong with A??

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