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# The Great Wall Space Agency’s recent attempts to launch a man into spa

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The Great Wall Space Agency’s recent attempts to launch a man into space, a major goal of their space program for the past few years, has not substantially decreased the gaps existing between the technology-rich and technology-poor cities around the space center.

(A) has not substantially decreased the gaps existing

(B) has not been substantial in decreasing the gap that exists

(C) has not made a substantial decrease in the gap that exists

(D) have not substantially decreased the gap that exists

(E) have not been substantial in a decrease of the gap that exists

I am confused regarding the structure of this question .... i will break it down in the next post .

Originally posted by shelrod007 on 02 Nov 2014, 05:39.
Last edited by carcass on 03 Nov 2014, 04:58, edited 1 time in total.
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02 Nov 2014, 05:47
I tried to break the question in the following manner

The Great Wall Space Agency’s recent attempts to launch a man into space, a major goal of their space program for the past few years, has not substantially decreased........

Great Wall Space Agency's : is in the possessive form , singular
attempts : Singular verb ..

But who is the their referring to here ? if their is referring to agency then it should be it ?

I am not sure if i have split the sentence wrong
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02 Nov 2014, 05:51
D it is: have not substantially decreased the gap that exists

The Great Wall Space Agency’s recent attempts to launch a man into space, a major goal of their space program for the past few years, have not substantially decreased the gap that exists between the technology-rich and technology-poor cities around the space center.

You are right about "their" but because it is in the non underlined part so that is moot point; however, i will strongly suggest you to check the source again
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02 Nov 2014, 05:56
aditya8062 I am referring to the gmat andriod toolkit ... another question here isn't attempts here the verb to the Great Wall Space Agency’s ?

I mean if i ask the question who's attempts ? It would point me back to "The Great Wall Space Agency's ...
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02 Nov 2014, 06:08
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I am referring to the gmat andriod toolkit ...

not sure what u r asking

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another question here isn't attempts here the verb to the Great Wall Space Agency’s ?

kindly write more readable sentences. for instance if i would have asked this same question then i would have written the following: isn't "attempts", the verb, refers to the "Great Wall Space Agency’s"? (see how i have used the "apposition" and "italicized" words). this makes it more readable !!
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02 Nov 2014, 06:16
Re phrasing my question .

In the sentence

The Great Wall Space Agency’s recent attempts to launch a man into space

attempts : Is the verb , Who attempts ?
Great Wall Space Agency’s : Is the subject .

Then why does the underlined part begin with 'has' ?

The Great Wall Space Agency’s recent attempts to launch a man into space, a major goal of their space program for the past few years, has not substantially decreased the gaps existing between the technology-rich and technology-poor cities around the space center.
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02 Nov 2014, 06:20
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The Great Wall Space Agency’s recent attempts to launch a man into space

attempts : Is the verb , Who attempts ?
Great Wall Space Agency’s : Is the subject .

Then why does the underlined part begin with 'has' ?

The Great Wall Space Agency’s recent attempts to launch a man into space, a major goal of their space program for the past few years, has not substantially decreased the gaps existing between the technology-rich and technology-poor cities around the space center.

YOU are not parsing the construction correctly

in the construction: The Great Wall Space Agency’s recent attempts to launch a man into space, a major goal of their space program for the past few years, have not substantially decreased the gap that exists between the technology-rich and technology-poor cities around the space center.------------>the bold "attempts" is the NOUN and its VERB is "have not decreased"
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02 Nov 2014, 07:41
"Great Wall Space Agency’s recent" is just a modifier for "attempts". hence attempts is the subject of the sentence.
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02 Nov 2014, 09:55
What is the source of this question?

The pronoun their (in the non-underlined portion a major goal of their space program for the past few years) does not have any valid antecedent.
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03 Nov 2014, 05:11
First of all you must follow the guidelines aka rules for posting in verbal section: the title of a new post CAN NOT be SC, simply. Thanks

Back to the question.

The source is from manhattanreview, so indeed a good resource.

The Great Wall Space Agency’s recent attempts to launch a man into space, a major goal of their space program for the past few years, has not substantially decreased the gaps existing between the technology-rich and technology-poor cities around the space center.

The Great Wall Space Agency’s recent attempts...................................have not substantially decreased the gap that exists.........and bla bla bla. This is the gist of the question. Pretty much simple

As regard their in my opinion it is fine: the main goal is the launch of a man into space and as it turns out is the major goal of THEIR space programS, the programs of the agency. Maybe a typo.........the sentence is still fine.

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03 Nov 2014, 05:47
carcass wrote:
As regard their in my opinion it is fine: the main goal is the launch of a man into space and as it turns out is the major goal of THEIR space programS, the programs of the agency. Maybe a typo.........the sentence is still fine.

Well, one might opine that their is in the non-underlined portion, and so, it's not a big deal even if it is incorrectly used in this sentence.

However, the bigger problem is that test takers then get accustomed to reading such sentences and so, it becomes difficult for them to identify this as anomaly, even when it is tested. This is especially significant, since GMAT does test you on these aspects.

Even if it's a typo, it should be highlighted so that GMAT aspirants are aware of this.

p.s. their has nothing to do with program/programs. In either case (whether it is program or programs), their is incorrect.
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03 Nov 2014, 08:00
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However, the bigger problem is that test takers then get accustomed to reading such sentences and so............................

I have spotted some important flaws..........oh well
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The Great Wall Space Agency’s recent attempts to launch a man into space, a major goal of their space program for the past few years, has not substantially decreased the gaps existing between the technology-rich and technology-poor cities around the space center.

(A) has not substantially decreased the gaps existing

(B) has not been substantial in decreasing the gap that exists

(C) has not made a substantial decrease in the gap that exists

(D) have not substantially decreased the gap that exists

(E) have not been substantial in a decrease of the gap that exists

A, B, C are out for SV error - "attempts have not" is correct

E is out for "been". Also, "substantial" is an adjective wrongly modifying a prepositional phrase "in a decrease"

Hence (D)
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21 Apr 2018, 07:32
I have the same concern even though I got the correct answer.
Pretty sure the attempts are major goals for The Great Wall Space Agency's programs or "its" program.
"Their" would imply the attempts are major goals for the attempts' space program; this simply does not make sense.
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04 Sep 2018, 03:46
shelrod007 wrote:
The Great Wall Space Agency’s recent attempts to launch a man into space, a major goal of their space program for the past few years, has not substantially decreased the gaps existing between the technology-rich and technology-poor cities around the space center.

(A) has not substantially decreased the gaps existing

(B) has not been substantial in decreasing the gap that exists

(C) has not made a substantial decrease in the gap that exists

(D) have not substantially decreased the gap that exists

(E) have not been substantial in a decrease of the gap that exists

I am confused regarding the structure of this question .... i will break it down in the next post .

MANHATTAN REVIEW OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:

The first thing you have to determine in this sentence is whether the verb ‘to have’ should be in the singular or plural form. To what does the verb ‘has’ refer? It refers to the attempts. You can shorten this sentence and isolate the core: the attempts (x) have done something (y). That means that only D and E can be possible answers. Choice E is too wordy. Choice D is the correct answer.
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