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# The British Admiralty and the War Office met in March 1892

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The Official Guide for GMAT Review, 10th Edition, 2003

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The British Admiralty and the War Office met in March 1892 to consider a possible Russian attempt to seize Constantinople and how they would have to act militarily to deal with them.

(A) how they would have to act militarily to deal with them

(B) how to deal with them if military action would be necessary

(C) what would be necessary militarily for dealing with such an event

(D) what military action would be necessary in order to deal with such an event

(E) the necessity of what kind of military action in order to take for dealing with it

Empire and Continent: Studies in British Foreign Policy from the 1880s to the First World War
by Keith M. Wilson (Author)

The Admiralty, impressed with the growth in size and quality of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, and the War Office, in possession of disquieting intelligence about Russian intentions, met in March 1892 in the form of the Directors of Naval and Military Intelligence to consider the question of a possible Russian attempt to seize Constantinople and what naval and military action would be necessary to meet such a case.

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The British Admiralty and the War Office met in March 1892 to consider a possible Russian attempt to seize Constantinople and how they would have to act militarily to deal with them.

(A) how they would have to act militarily to deal with them
(B) how to deal with them if military action would be necessary
(C) what would be necessary militarily for dealing with such an event
(D) what military action would be necessary in order to deal with such an event
(E) the necessity of what kind of military action in order to take for dealing with it

A (original sentence): The British Admiralty and the War Office met in March 1892 to consider a possible Russian attempt to seize Constantinople and how they would have to act militarily to deal with them.
1. Assuming "they" refers to the British Admiralty and War Office, who does "them" refer to? The "Russian attempt to seize Constantinople"? If so, that's incorrect, since "them" is plural and "Russian attempt" is singular
2. "act militarily" seems a bit awkward.

B: The British Admiralty and the War Office met in March 1892 to consider a possible Russian attempt to seize Constantinople and how to deal with them if military action would be necessary.
1. Again, "them".

C: The British Admiralty and the War Office met in March 1892 to consider a possible Russian attempt to seize Constantinople and what would be necessary militarily for dealing with such an event.
1. "what would be necessary militarily" is very unnatural, though not entirely incorrect. The adverb "militarily" is not commonly used, and for good reason, I think-- because it makes for awkward sentences.
2. the idiom is "necessary to", not "necessarily for".
3. "such an event" is great, though, since it specifies what would be dealt with, without the use of ambiguous/incorrect pronouns

D. The British Admiralty and the War Office met in March 1892 to consider a possible Russian attempt to seize Constantinople and what military action would be necessary in order to deal with such an event.
1. "Military action" is a much clearer and more concise way of conveying the same information, and nothing in this sentence is ambiguous-- it's very clear who would be performing the action and in what regard.

E. The British Admiralty and the War Office met in March 1892 to consider a possible Russian attempt to seize Constantinople and the necessity of what kind of military action in order to take for dealing with it.
A lot of issues here:
1. "the necessity of what kind of" is all just unnecessary wording
2. "to take" and "in order" should be switched, the idiom is "in order...to deal", not "in order...for deal"
3. "it" is unclear, as it could refer to either the "Russian attempt to seize Constantinople", or just Constantinople itself

Does that make sense? Let me know if you'd like me to explain anything further, or have any other questions and I'd be happy to help!
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24 May 2007, 22:37
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(A) how they would have to act militarily to deal with them - Wrong Context
(B) how to deal with them if military action would be necessary - Wrong Context
(C) what would be necessary militarily for dealing with such an event - Wrong construction
(D) what military action would be necessary in order to deal with such an event
(E) the necessity of what kind of military action in order to take for dealing with it - Wrong context.

A, B - We are talking about russian attempt and not about russians themselves.

left with C, D & E
E - Wrong context

left with C & D
C - Verb Tense. dealing, militarily - Not very good construction.

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The British Admiralty and the War Office met in March 1892 to consider a possible Russian attempt to seize Constantinople and how they would have to act militarily to deal with them.

(A) how they would have to act militarily to deal with them => they , them - who ??

(B) how to deal with them if military action would be necessary
=> should be should be

(C) what would be necessary militarily for dealing with such an event

(D) what military action would be necessary in order to deal with such an event

(E) the necessity of what kind of military action in order to take for dealing with it => wordy / awkward

D is the answer / OA
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amolsk11 wrote:
The British Admiralty and the War Office met in March 1892 to consider a possible Russian attempt to seize Constantinople and how they would have to act militarily to deal with them.
(A) how they would have to act militarily to deal with them
(B) how to deal with them if military action would be necessary
(C) what would be necessary militarily for dealing with such an event
(D) what military action would be necessary in order to deal with such an event
(E) the necessity of what kind of military action in order to take for dealing with it

D

D. "consider" requires a parallel "deal" and it avoids any reference errors that "they" creates.
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03 Jun 2009, 23:39
snoor wrote:
(C) what would be necessary militarily for dealing with such an event
(D) what military action would be necessary in order to deal with such an event

what can be the reason for not selecting "C", is it the incorrect Idiom "for dealing with" ? I think D is wordy and is unnecessarily using "in order to" .
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bigoyal wrote:
snoor wrote:
(C) what would be necessary militarily for dealing with such an event
(D) what military action would be necessary in order to deal with such an event

what can be the reason for not selecting "C", is it the incorrect Idiom "for dealing with" ? I think D is wordy and is unnecessarily using "in order to" .

C would be correct if the sentence was using "considering" instead of consider. parallelism issue here imho.
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IMO D

(A) how they would have to act militarily to deal with them ("they" and "them" Pronoun reference Error)
(B) how to deal with them if military action would be necessary ("them" Pronoun reference Error)
(C) what would be necessary militarily for dealing with such an event ("For dealing" incorrect usage of idiom)
(D) what military action would be necessary in order to deal with such an event (simple and clear)
(E) the necessity of what kind of military action in order to take for dealing with it (Wordy and Awkward)

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bigoyal wrote:
snoor wrote:
(C) what would be necessary militarily for dealing with such an event
(D) what military action would be necessary in order to deal with such an event

what can be the reason for not selecting "C", is it the incorrect Idiom "for dealing with" ? I think D is wordy and is unnecessarily using "in order to" .

C is using militarily, therefore sentence does not give correct meaning.
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30 Jan 2010, 10:04
The correct idiom is CONSIDER X AND Y

Here X is POSIBLE RUSSIAN ATTEMPT()which is a noun) .

The structure of Y should begin with noun.
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30 Jan 2010, 10:06
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The correct idiom is CONSIDER X AND Y

Here X is POSIBLE RUSSIAN ATTEMPT()which is a noun) .

The structure of Y should begin with noun.

ans is D
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The British Admiralty and the War Office met in March 1892 to consider a possible Russian attempt to seize Constantinople and how they would have to act militarily to deal with them.
(A) how they would have to act militarily to deal with them
the noun is "a possible Russian attempt" and it cannot be refer by them. Also militarily is an adv which is less preferred if we have a possibility of an adj. Hence incorrect

(B) how to deal with them if military action would be necessary
the noun is "a possible Russian attempt" and it cannot be refer by them. Hence incorrect

(C) what would be necessary militarily for dealing with such an event
Not parallel to 'to seize'... hence incorrect!

(D) what military action would be necessary in order to deal with such an event
Correct - military is used as adj (which is preferred)... No pronoun used .... and to deal is parallel to to seize

(E) the necessity of what kind of military action in order to take for dealing with it
too wordy... also dealing is not parallel to to seize.... incorrect!
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The British Admiralty and the War Office met in March 1892 to consider a possible Russian attempt to seize Constantinople and how they would have to act militarily to deal with them.
(A) how they would have to act militarily to deal with them
No clear antecedant of them

(B) how to deal with them if military action would be necessary
again, no clear referrent of them

(C) what would be necessary militarily for dealing with such an event
militarily seems to be wierd.

(D) what military action would be necessary in order to deal with such an event
Correct

(E) the necessity of what kind of military action in order to take for dealing with it
Awkward senetence.
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[quote="amolsk11"]The British Admiralty and the War Office met in March 1892 to consider a possible Russian attempt to seize Constantinople and how they would have to act militarily to deal with them.
(A) how they would have to act militarily to deal with them
(B) how to deal with them if military action would be necessary
(C) what would be necessary militarily for dealing with such an event
(D) what military action would be necessary in order to deal with such an event
(E) the necessity of what kind of military action in order to take for dealing with it

E is awkward and that leaves only D.
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The British Admiralty and the War Office met in March 1892 to consider a possible Russian attempt to seize Constantinople and how they would have to act militarily to deal with them.

Meaning:

X and Y MET to CONSIDER A and B (Everything stated must adhere to ||ism)

(A) how they would have to act militarily to deal with them
Although Pronoun ambiguity should be checked at last, 'them' doesn't have an antecedent.
Further, 'militarily' as an adverb is illogical per the meaning of the sentence.

(B) how to deal with them if military action would be necessary
Would never goes into IF clause.
Them has no antecedent.

(C) what would be necessary militarily for dealing with such an event
'militarily' as an adverb is illogical per the meaning of the sentence.
(D) what military action would be necessary in order to deal with such an event
Perfect -> maintains ||ism TO Consider X and Y
(E) the necessity of what kind of military action in order to take for dealing with it
Wordy,
IT has no referent.

Hope it makes sense!
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18 Jul 2017, 21:48
I wonder if the answer is correct. The answer seems to be missing the parallel structure to X and to Y. Anyway, D is the best worded of them all after eliminating the rest.
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25 May 2018, 00:50
In option C

The British Admiralty and the War Office met in March 1892 to consider a possible Russian attempt to seize Constantinople and what would be necessary militarily for dealing with such an event.

Perfect parallelism. They met to consider two things.
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08 Jul 2018, 22:09
Although all the other options are incorrect, even in option (D) 'what action would be necessary' is used. I am facing difficulties to classify it as a phrase. I feel like it is a clause
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