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# The ability of neuroscientists

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The ability of neuroscientists to pinpoint the exact locations in the brain where complex sensory responses to a variety of stimuli occur, such as a logic-based board game or a series of violent images, have become ever more precise.
A)The ability of neuroscientists to pinpoint the exact locations in the brain where complex sensory responses to a variety of stimuli occur, such as a logic-based board game or a series of violent images, have become ever more precise
B)The ability of neuroscientists has become ever more precise in pinpointing the exact locations in the brain where complex sensory responses to a variety of stimuli occur, such as a logic-based board game or a series of violent images
C)Neuroscientists have become able to pinpoint ever more precisely the exact locations in the brain where occur complex sensory responses to such a variety of stimuli as a logical puzzle or violent images
D)Neuroscientists have become ever more precise in their ability to pinpoint the exact locations in the brain where occur complex sensory responses to a variety of stimuli, like a logical puzzle or violent images
E)Neuroscientists’ ability to pinpoint the exact locations in the brain where complex sensory responses occur to a variety of stimuli such as a logic-based board game or a series of violent images has become ever more precise
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The ability of neuroscientists to pinpoint the exact locations in the brain where complex sensory responses to a variety of stimuli occur, such as a logic-based board game or a series of violent images, have become ever more precise.
A)The ability of neuroscientists to pinpoint the exact locations in the brain where complex sensory responses to a variety of stimuli occur, such as a logic-based board game or a series of violent images, have become ever more precise
B)The ability of neuroscientists has become ever more precise in pinpointing the exact locations in the brain where complex sensory responses to a variety of stimuli occur, such as a logic-based board game or a series of violent images
C)Neuroscientists have become able to pinpoint ever more precisely the exact locations in the brain where occur complex sensory responses to such a variety of stimuli as a logical puzzle or violent images
D)Neuroscientists have become ever more precise in their ability to pinpoint the exact locations in the brain where occur complex sensory responses to a variety of stimuli, like a logical puzzle or violent images
E)Neuroscientists’ ability to pinpoint the exact locations in the brain where complex sensory responses occur to a variety of stimuli such as a logic-based board game or a series of violent images has become ever more precise

I feel E is the correct answer because Neuroscientists’ ability is singular and correctly agree with has

E)Neuroscientists’ ability to pinpoint the exact locations in the brain where complex sensory responses occur to a variety of stimuli such as a logic-based board game or a series of violent images has become ever more precise

I felt C was wrong because 'where occur' placement does not feel correct.
C)Neuroscientists have become able to pinpoint ever more precisely the exact locations in the brain where occur complex sensory responses to such a variety of stimuli as a logical puzzle or violent images

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06 Mar 2016, 06:19
With great regard for Magoosh, may I ask whether the purported OA is indeed C? I have a feeling that it is substantially varying from the original in that,
A. The subject changes from ‘the ability of the neuroscientists’ to “neuroscientists” in C – Is ‘the ability of the neuroscientists’ as the subject really that bad?
B. “Such as a logic-based board game or a series of violent images” is changed to “such a variety of stimuli as a logical puzzle or violent images”. The doubt is whether a logical puzzle is the same as a logic-based board game and whether “a series of violent images “is synonymous with just “violent images”.
C. Do we really need to inverse the subject verb as “where occur complex sensory responses?”
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06 Mar 2016, 20:42
C)Neuroscientists have become able to pinpoint ever more precisely the exact locations in the brain where occur complex sensory responses to such a variety of stimuli as a logical puzzle or violent images

E)Neuroscientists’ ability to pinpoint the exact locations in the brain where complex sensory responses occur to a variety of stimuli such as a logic-based board game or a series of violent images has become ever more precise

Though in C, where occur does seem awkward but in E- it's mentioned "ability has become more precise." Can we say ability has become more precise or its better to say- able to pinpoint precisely the exact locations?
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The ability of neuroscientists to pinpoint the exact locations in the brain where complex sensory responses to a variety of stimuli occur, such as a logic-based board game or a series of violent images, have become ever more precise.
A)The ability of neuroscientists to pinpoint the exact locations in the brain where complex sensory responses to a variety of stimuli occur, such as a logic-based board game or a series of violent images, have become ever more precise
B)The ability of neuroscientists has become ever more precise in pinpointing the exact locations in the brain where complex sensory responses to a variety of stimuli occur, such as a logic-based board game or a series of violent images
C)Neuroscientists have become able to pinpoint ever more precisely the exact locations in the brain where occur complex sensory responses to such a variety of stimuli as a logical puzzle or violent images
D)Neuroscientists have become ever more precise in their ability to pinpoint the exact locations in the brain where occur complex sensory responses to a variety of stimuli, like a logical puzzle or violent images
E)Neuroscientists’ ability to pinpoint the exact locations in the brain where complex sensory responses occur to a variety of stimuli such as a logic-based board game or a series of violent images has become ever more precise

Hi,
Few Issues on which the Qs tests us..
1) SV agreement..
A incorrectly uses VERB 'Have' for 'The ability of neuroscientists'

2) Use of Such as--
such as is the correct usage.. D incorrectly uses LIKE
such as is giving examples of stimuli so should be placed next to it.. A and B incorrectly place next to OCCUR..
such a variety of stimuli as.. is better to lay emphasis on varieties

3) responses occur to a variety of stimuli vs occur responses to a variety of stimuli ..
the correct usage in the context of sentence is occur responses to a variety of stimuli .. so E is out..

Left is only C, but with its share of some problems--
A)To make a sentence concise, the original meaning should be conveyed..
Logical puzzle and a logic-based board game are two different things,.. One can be part of Other but cannot be used for each other..
Similarly a series of Images has different connotation than just images..
B)Even 'Neuroscientists have become able ' is not better than the Original construction..

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31 Mar 2016, 02:32
282552 wrote:
The ability of neuroscientists to pinpoint the exact locations in the brain where complex sensory responses to a variety of stimuli occur, such as a logic-based board game or a series of violent images, have become ever more precise.
A)The ability of neuroscientists to pinpoint the exact locations in the brain where complex sensory responses to a variety of stimuli occur, such as a logic-based board game or a series of violent images, have become ever more precise
B)The ability of neuroscientists has become ever more precise in pinpointing the exact locations in the brain where complex sensory responses to a variety of stimuli occur, such as a logic-based board game or a series of violent images
C)Neuroscientists have become able to pinpoint ever more precisely the exact locations in the brain where occur complex sensory responses to such a variety of stimuli as a logical puzzle or violent images
D)Neuroscientists have become ever more precise in their ability to pinpoint the exact locations in the brain where occur complex sensory responses to a variety of stimuli, like a logical puzzle or violent images
E)Neuroscientists’ ability to pinpoint the exact locations in the brain where complex sensory responses occur to a variety of stimuli such as a logic-based board game or a series of violent images has become ever more precise

I eliminated C straightaway because of the construction - "have become able to". Isnt is much better to say - " Neuroscientists are able to" ?
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31 Mar 2016, 06:07
I marked E, but OA is C. I know the mistake I did, but to me even C doesn't seems right.
Although all the other answer choices are wrong, C is the weirdest of them all.
Can we expect such types of questions in the real exam.
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C is not a good answer, although I agree that we can eliminate the rest, too. However, be careful about eliminating choices because they seem a bit awkward or because they differ from the "original." There really is no original! Treat answer choice A just like all the others, as one of five possible answers. We don't need to justify every change of wording between A and the other choices.
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31 Mar 2016, 12:38
DmitryFarber wrote:
C is not a good answer, although I agree that we can eliminate the rest, too. However, be careful about eliminating choices because they seem a bit awkward or because they differ from the "original." There really is no original! Treat answer choice A just like all the others, as one of five possible answers. We don't need to justify every change of wording between A and the other choices.

I guess in verbal one has to pick the least worst choice for at least some questions.
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282552 wrote:
The ability of neuroscientists to pinpoint the exact locations in the brain where complex sensory responses to a variety of stimuli occur, such as a logic-based board game or a series of violent images, have become ever more precise.
A)The ability of neuroscientists to pinpoint the exact locations in the brain where complex sensory responses to a variety of stimuli occur, such as a logic-based board game or a series of violent images, have become ever more precise
B)The ability of neuroscientists has become ever more precise in pinpointing the exact locations in the brain where complex sensory responses to a variety of stimuli occur, such as a logic-based board game or a series of violent images
C)Neuroscientists have become able to pinpoint ever more precisely the exact locations in the brain where occur complex sensory responses to such a variety of stimuli as a logical puzzle or violent images
D)Neuroscientists have become ever more precise in their ability to pinpoint the exact locations in the brain where occur complex sensory responses to a variety of stimuli, like a logical puzzle or violent images
E)Neuroscientists’ ability to pinpoint the exact locations in the brain where complex sensory responses occur to a variety of stimuli such as a logic-based board game or a series of violent images has become ever more precise

Hi,
Few Issues on which the Qs tests us..
1) SV agreement..
A incorrectly uses VERB 'Have' for 'The ability of neuroscientists'

2) Use of Such as--
such as is the correct usage.. D incorrectly uses LIKE
such as is giving examples of stimuli so should be placed next to it.. A and B incorrectly place next to OCCUR..
such a variety of stimuli as.. is better to lay emphasis on varieties

3) responses occur to a variety of stimuli vs occur responses to a variety of stimuli ..
the correct usage in the context of sentence is occur responses to a variety of stimuli .. so E is out..

Left is only C, but with its share of some problems--
A)To make a sentence concise, the original meaning should be conveyed..
Logical puzzle and a logic-based board game are two different things,.. One can be part of Other but cannot be used for each other..
Similarly a series of Images has different connotation than just images..
B)Even 'Neuroscientists have become able ' is not better than the Original construction..

Could you please elaborate why E is out?

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chetan2u wrote:
282552 wrote:
The ability of neuroscientists to pinpoint the exact locations in the brain where complex sensory responses to a variety of stimuli occur, such as a logic-based board game or a series of violent images, have become ever more precise.
A)The ability of neuroscientists to pinpoint the exact locations in the brain where complex sensory responses to a variety of stimuli occur, such as a logic-based board game or a series of violent images, have become ever more precise
B)The ability of neuroscientists has become ever more precise in pinpointing the exact locations in the brain where complex sensory responses to a variety of stimuli occur, such as a logic-based board game or a series of violent images
C)Neuroscientists have become able to pinpoint ever more precisely the exact locations in the brain where occur complex sensory responses to such a variety of stimuli as a logical puzzle or violent images
D)Neuroscientists have become ever more precise in their ability to pinpoint the exact locations in the brain where occur complex sensory responses to a variety of stimuli, like a logical puzzle or violent images
E)Neuroscientists’ ability to pinpoint the exact locations in the brain where complex sensory responses occur to a variety of stimuli such as a logic-based board game or a series of violent images has become ever more precise

Hi,
Few Issues on which the Qs tests us..
1) SV agreement..
A incorrectly uses VERB 'Have' for 'The ability of neuroscientists'

2) Use of Such as--
such as is the correct usage.. D incorrectly uses LIKE
such as is giving examples of stimuli so should be placed next to it.. A and B incorrectly place next to OCCUR..
such a variety of stimuli as.. is better to lay emphasis on varieties

3) responses occur to a variety of stimuli vs occur responses to a variety of stimuli ..
the correct usage in the context of sentence is occur responses to a variety of stimuli .. so E is out..

Left is only C, but with its share of some problems--
A)To make a sentence concise, the original meaning should be conveyed..
Logical puzzle and a logic-based board game are two different things,.. One can be part of Other but cannot be used for each other..
Similarly a series of Images has different connotation than just images..
B)Even 'Neuroscientists have become able ' is not better than the Original construction..

Could you please elaborate why E is out?

Thanks.

Option E implies that the "ability" has become ever more precise, whereas the intended meaning is that the action "pinpoint" is done ever more precisely. The words "precise" / "precisely" should refer to "pinpoint" ( as in C), not "ability" ( as in E). Therefore E is wrong.

The "ability" has not become ever more precise, the "pinpointing" has become ever more precise - "precise ability" is not meaningful.
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16 Jan 2018, 00:53
there is totally fine with E in term of logic and grammar issues. However, E looks more like informal language.
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