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722. The data collected by weather airplanes that fly into the heart of a hurricane are useful mainly for gauging the stormâ€™s structure and strength, not for the speed and the path of their movement.

(A) not for the speed and the path of their movement
(B) not for the speed and path of its movement
(C) not the speed and path of its movement
(D) and not the speed and path of their movements
(E) and not for the speed and the path of its movements
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04 May 2005, 11:41
IMO its C since we are talking abt the storm's properties:

The data collected by weather airplanes that fly into the heart of a hurricane are useful mainly for gauging -- the stormâ€™s structure and strength, not the speed and path of its movement.

Here its would refer to the storm. Also movements is not the correct word to be used here
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04 May 2005, 16:31
I like B.

The data collected .......... useful ... for ...., not for the speed and path of its movement
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04 May 2005, 16:43
I will go with 'E'
Useful mainly for X, and not for Y
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04 May 2005, 16:45
One rare question where almost everyone differs.

I go with B, and here's why:

"the storm's structure ...." means the reference to one storm. Therefore, "their movement(s)" can be discarded. Therefore A and D go.

Secondly, since there's a comma, "and" just after the comma is redundant. Thus D and E are inappropriate.

Of remaining B and C, B sounds better because of parallelism (I don't know if even this is called parallelism, since I am trying to find parallels between "mainly for gauging the ..." and "not for the speed...").
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04 May 2005, 17:05
Agree with (B).

In (E), "And" changes the flow of the sentence.
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04 May 2005, 17:21
kapslock wrote:
Secondly, since there's a comma, "and" just after the comma is redundant. Thus D and E are inappropriate.

A comma before 'and' is not redundant, refer to OG # 206
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04 May 2005, 18:17
It is C.

This tests parallelism and pronoun agreement.

First, singular noun "storm" requires pronoun "its" in "its movement", not the plural "their".

Second, to be parallel, you'd say:

gauging the (X and Y) not the (A and B)
gauging the (structure and strength) not the (speed and path)

So...
The data collected by weather airplanes that fly into the heart of a hurricane are useful mainly for gauging the stormâ€™s structure and strength, not the speed and path of its movement.

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04 May 2005, 21:05

B/C are very close I don't think so that i wud have got this question correct on the test!

B and C both are corret it's just about the abvr. that needs to be taken care of.

Let's see a sentence"
Gmat is a test to gauage one's skill and speed, not knowledge

Gmat is a test to gauage one's skill and speed, AND not knowledge

Now if in this sentence we introduce "AND" it will read as if it is a "NECESSARY" that GMAT does not test knowledege, if it does gmat is no more a test.

I hope I am making lil sense.

yes! It shoud be C. "AND" is not required.

Thanks for posting! did learn something today need to be more careful!

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05 May 2005, 06:27
OA is "C"....altho I still don't understand why "B" is not the OA....B is definitely more ||.....I have no OE.
05 May 2005, 06:27
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