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The ability of scientists to provide models of the atmosphere’s comple

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Is 'Ability in' idiomatic?I did some research and found that it is being used in few cases.
Also,how can we conclude that ability has become accurate or the models.According the question statement ability has become accurate.If we go along with that meaning the B should be correct.
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hi AjiteshArun..

the intent as per the original sentence is that the ability has become accurate. The text states clearly that 'the ability of scientists has become ever more accurate’

B maintains this intent intact, while C changes the intent blatantly by saying that ‘Scientists have become able to provide ever more accurate models”

I am still having a hard time eliminating option B. Is it the comma just before such as in option B that makes the construction in option B a lil weird?

Please help me understand this

I look forward to hearing from you.

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aditliverpoolfc wrote:
hi AjiteshArun..

the intent as per the original sentence is that the ability has become accurate. The text states clearly that 'the ability of scientists has become ever more accurate’

B maintains this intent intact, while C changes the intent blatantly by saying that ‘Scientists have become able to provide ever more accurate models”

I am still having a hard time eliminating option B. Is it the comma just before such as in option B that makes the construction in option B a lil weird?

Please help me understand this

I look forward to hearing from you.

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Hi aditliverpoolfc,

We need to look at all the 5 options and then take a call on what the sentence is trying to say. That is, it could be that only option E conveys the intended meaning (and none of the other options does). Very specifically, option A is not guaranteed to provide us the correct meaning, so we should not always try to ensure that the option that we mark is one that maintains the same meaning as option A.

If it helps, we could try checking what we'd think if what option A says were presented to us as, say, option F.

F. The ability of someone to do something have become more accurate. ← The verb is plural, and the meaning is incorrect. That is, can we say "her ability to score a 700 has become more accurate" or "his ability to identify difficult questions has become more accurate"?

If the answer is yes, that's fine. As in, we made a mistake, and that happens. We should not, however, trust what option A says blindly.

The good news is, of course, that if we take the right decision here, we can remove every option that says that the ability has become more accurate, including option B.
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AjiteshArun wrote:
aditliverpoolfc wrote:
hi AjiteshArun..

the intent as per the original sentence is that the ability has become accurate. The text states clearly that 'the ability of scientists has become ever more accurate’

B maintains this intent intact, while C changes the intent blatantly by saying that ‘Scientists have become able to provide ever more accurate models”

I am still having a hard time eliminating option B. Is it the comma just before such as in option B that makes the construction in option B a lil weird?

Please help me understand this

I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards,
Adit
Hi aditliverpoolfc,

We need to look at all the 5 options and then take a call on what the sentence is trying to say. That is, it could be that only option E conveys the intended meaning (and none of the other options does). Very specifically, option A is not guaranteed to provide us the correct meaning, so we should not always try to ensure that the option that we mark is one that maintains the same meaning as option A.

If it helps, we could try checking what we'd think if what option A says were presented to us as, say, option F.

F. The ability of someone to do something have become more accurate. ← The verb is plural, and the meaning is incorrect. That is, can we say "her ability to score a 700 has become more accurate" or "his ability to identify difficult questions has become more accurate"?

If the answer is yes, that's fine. As in, we made a mistake, and that happens. We should not, however, trust what option A says blindly.

The good news is, of course, that if we take the right decision here, we can remove every option that says that the ability has become more accurate, including option B.


AjiteshArun understood... thank you!! :)
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New post 03 Oct 2019, 16:50
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The ability of scientists to provide models of the atmosphere’s complex responses to changing conditions, like seasonal and daily cycles or different planetary conjunctions, have become ever more accurate.

(A) The ability of scientists to provide models of the atmosphere’s complex responses to changing conditions, like seasonal and daily cycles or different planetary conjunctions, have become ever more accurate.
Illogical and SV agreement is wrong, the ability *has* not become more accurate. The sentence is trying to say that the scientists are more able to provide accurate models.

(B) The ability of scientists has become ever more accurate in providing models of the atmosphere’s complex responses to changing conditions, such as seasonal and daily cycles or different planetary conjunctions.
Same illogical structure as A)

(C) Scientists have become able to provide ever more accurate models of the atmosphere’s complex responses to such changing conditions as seasonal and daily cycles or different planetary conjunctions.
Corrects the illogical structure, correct SV agreement.

(D) Scientists have become ever more accurate in their ability for providing models of the atmosphere’s complex responses to changing conditions, like seasonal and daily cycles or different planetary conjunctions.
"for providing" is wrong, should be "to provide"
"like X and Y" is wrong, "such as X and Y" is correct to list examples
Finally, "have become ever more accurate in their ability" is illogical, they are not more accurate "in their ability" but they are just providing more accurate models.

(E) Scientists’ ability to provide models of the atmosphere’s complex responses to such changing conditions as seasonal and daily cycles or different planetary conjunctions have become ever more accurate.
Same illogical structure as A)
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(A) The ability of scientists to provide models of the atmosphere’s complex responses to changing conditions, like seasonal and daily cycles or different planetary conjunctions, have become ever more accurate.
(B) The ability of scientists has become ever more accurate in providing models of the atmosphere’s complex responses to changing conditions, such as seasonal and daily cycles or different planetary conjunctions.
(C) Scientists have become able to provide ever more accurate models of the atmosphere’s complex responses to such changing conditions as seasonal and daily cycles or different planetary conjunctions.
(D) Scientists have become ever more accurate in their ability for providing models of the atmosphere’s complex responses to changing conditions, like seasonal and daily cycles or different planetary conjunctions.
(E) Scientists’ ability to provide models of the atmosphere’s complex responses to such changing conditions as seasonal and daily cycles or different planetary conjunctions have become ever more accurate.

Like is for comparison and such as is for example. Using this rule we can eliminate (A) and (D).
In comparison to (C) both B and E sound incorrect.
The ability has not become more accurate rather they have been able to predict more accurately. So (C) is the answer.
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