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# The Dean of the College accepted my apologies for the way

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The Dean of the College accepted my apologies for the way which I treated my fellow students.

(A) accepted my apologies for the way which
(B) accepted my apologies for the way in which
(C) excepted my apologies for how
(D) accepted my apologies for how
(E) excepted my apologies for the way in which
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06 Sep 2006, 16:54

(A) accepted my apologies for the way which
(B) accepted my apologies for the way in which
With all the talk about how "which" should be used with a noun, I am not sure about B... but this was close.
(C) excepted my apologies for how
(D) accepted my apologies for how
(E) excepted my apologies for the way in which

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06 Sep 2006, 20:19
D.

I think B is also correct, but I took it off, because B is more concise.
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06 Sep 2006, 20:24
It comes down to B & D. I'm going to choose B because I believe that "the way in which" properly addresses the reason for the apologies. I don't think that "how" properly relates to apologies.

I'm sure there is an idiomatic reason why "the way in which" or "how" is the proper choice, but I don't know what it is.

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06 Sep 2006, 20:25
I'll play the devil's advocate and take (B) here.

for the way in which~ is idiomatic

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06 Sep 2006, 20:38
"The way in which" is clear than "how". How leaves scope for some element of vagueness..
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06 Sep 2006, 20:52
Great point pelihu...

I was focussed on conciseness that I missed that...

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pelihu wrote:
It comes down to B & D. I'm going to choose B because I believe that "the way in which" properly addresses the reason for the apologies. I don't think that "how" properly relates to apologies.

I'm sure there is an idiomatic reason why "the way in which" or "how" is the proper choice, but I don't know what it is.

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06 Sep 2006, 22:21
choosing B. I just was 100% sure that D sounds very awkward...

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06 Sep 2006, 22:22
Futuristic wrote:
choosing B. I just was 100% sure that D sounds very awkward...

can you elaborate on "sounds?"

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06 Sep 2006, 23:59
I choose B just becuase it sounds right.BUt m also stuck between B&D. What's d OA? And how is D or B wrong?

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07 Sep 2006, 00:32
earlier i chose D..but after reading so many explanations .. ...B

I wish i get similar chances to change my mind positively in final test..

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07 Sep 2006, 01:40
What futuristic means is (B) is a better option than (D).
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07 Sep 2006, 01:43
Going fro B here...

As mentioned by pelihu, B focuses on the reason for the aplogy rather than D, which focuses on the aploligies itself...

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07 Sep 2006, 02:16
GMATT73 wrote:
Futuristic wrote:
choosing B. I just was 100% sure that D sounds very awkward...

can you elaborate on "sounds?"

Matt,

The reason I picked B was because I thought of the following phrases:

"to apologize for one's behavior"
"to apologize for a mishap"
"to apologize for the catastrophe that he caused"

In all cases, I found that apologize is usually followed by an abstract noun.
"the way" seemed to fit this a lot better than "how"....does this help?

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07 Sep 2006, 05:10
I go for D because D is more concise.
I'm not disturbed by the use of "how" since we coud as well use what, as in :
The Dean accepted my apologies for What I said.
rather than:
The Dean accepted my apologies for the words I said.

I've seen many examples in gmat sc where how, what, where can be used as object, so why not here...

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07 Sep 2006, 11:15
OA is (B)
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07 Sep 2006, 11:17
Great... good to know that "how" can be vague in some cases.

Do you happen to have an OE?
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Swagatalakshmi wrote:
OA is (B)

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07 Sep 2006, 11:39
OE is not detailed enough .. here is the OE

"The correct word in this case is "accepted", meaning to take in or receive. The word "excepted" means "apart from". The correct idiom is "the way in which", so the correct answer must be choice (B). "
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07 Sep 2006, 13:41
Swagatalakshmi wrote:
OE is not detailed enough .. here is the OE

"The correct word in this case is "accepted", meaning to take in or receive. The word "excepted" means "apart from". The correct idiom is "the way in which", so the correct answer must be choice (B). "

Sorry to say that, but it it a poor OE.

Honestly I dont see much difference between how and way and where the confusion could be:

How did you treat him? Bad!
In which way did you treat him? In a bad way!

For me both mean the same and are idiom.

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