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The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, a test developed in the 1930s to assess character, attitudes, and behavior, is finally being revised, after many attacks recently as dated and culturally biased.
(A) is finally being revised, after many attacks recently as dated and culturally biased
(B) has recently been attacked as dated and culturally biased and is finally being revised
(C) is finally under revision for receiving much recent attack as dated and culturally biased
(D) was finally revised recently because it is being attacked as dated and culturally biased
(E) is finally to be revised after recent attacks as dated and culturally biased

[Reveal] Spoiler: OE
Listen for things that sound funny in the original sentence,
and find the choice that’s most precise. In (A),
“attacks recently” is illogical and awkward-sounding.
The test isn’t under revision “FOR receiving attack,”
in (C). It’s under revision AFTER receiving attack. In
(D), it seems as though the attack happens before and
after the revision. In (E), it’s not clear that it’s the test
that’s being attacked. (B) makes the sequence of
events clear: the test has recently been attacked and is
finally being revised.


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Following has been tested:
a. Usage of adverb/adjective
b. Change of meaning / Unclear Meaning.
c. Object of the action
d. Modifier
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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Between A and B.
I will go with A. Why not others? >> after OA is posted :)

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The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, a test developed in the 1930s to assess character, attitudes, and behavior, is finally being revised, after many attacks recently as dated and culturally biased.
(A) is finally being revised, after many attacks recently as dated and culturally biased
(B) has recently been attacked as dated and culturally biased and is finally being revised parallel problem with ands so NO.
(C) is finally under revision for receiving much recent attack as dated and culturally biased It should be attacks and not sure if much is the right word there
(D) was finally revised recently because it is being attacked as dated and culturally biased being sounds it is still being attacked after revision.. tense problem
(E) is finally to be revised after recent attacks as dated and culturally biased

I think A is the best choice....
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hmmm ... now im confsued between A and B

I guess I change my answer to B now

A has "attacks recently" which makes it wrong

So B is the answer for me

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for B to work dont we need to take out "and" in the last part of
"has recently been attacked as dated and culturally biased and is finally being revised" ? Doesnt that with and seem like it is still in the list of attacks? If we take out the and it is correct? Well I am sticking with A.....
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E? I can explain if this is correct :-D

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B>>> i went with eliminating other options and found B to be the only logical and clear option.

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why are the 2 "ands" not breaking the parallel? I thought they all have to be parallel?
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But somehow I didn't like use of "and" in option B. By use of "and" it seems these are two unrelated phrases. But actually I think the intended meaning was that the "revision" happened due to "attacks"

(A) is finally being revised, after many attacks recently as dated and culturally biased -Incorrect modifier. "as dated and culturally biased" sounds to modify "attacks"
(B) has recently been attacked as dated and culturally biased and is finally being revised
(C) is finally under revision for receiving much recent attack as dated and culturally biased -Incorrect use of Much. As attacks are countable, it should be replaced with "Many". If author intended to modify "recent" instead then a use of adverb "very" would have been meaningful.
(D) was finally revised recently because it is being attacked as dated and culturally biased -Tense problem. Attacks must have happened before revision.
(E) is finally to be revised after recent attacks as dated and culturally biased -Change of meaning. It sounds revision is yet to be implemented
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The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory,a test developed in the 1930s to assess character, attitudes, and behavior, is finally being revised, after many attacks recently as dated and culturally biased.

(A) is finally being revised, after many attacks recently as dated and culturally biased
(B) has recently been attacked as dated and culturally biased and is finally being revised
(C) is finally under revision for receiving much recent attack as dated and culturally biased
(D) was finally revised recently because it is being attacked as dated and culturally biased
(E) is finally to be revised after recent attacks as dated and culturally biased

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My doubt is the usage of and in the correct choice. and is a coordinating conjuntion that is used to join independent clauses and generally does not mean a causal relation between the two independent clauses. However in this problem, the original sentence tends to suggest that the recent attacks caused the revision of the Act. Am I thinking too much :) ?

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Ok. This is how I approached this question.

Strategy 1 - Cutting the fluff. Advantage (Saves the time)

The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (ignore rest until the underlined portion)

Strategy 2 - The use of "and". The LHs and RHS of and should be parallel. So in Answer choice B
as "dated" and culturally "biased" are parallel. Use of present Tense is correct as the Test is currently being reviewed.

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A changes the meaning of the sentence although it seems to be right .It implies that the attacks were dated and culturally biased .In B this is rectified and the correct tense is used .
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The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory,a test developed in the 1930s to assess character, attitudes, and behavior, is finally being revised, after many attacks recently as dated and culturally biased.

(A) is finally being revised, after many attacks recently as dated and culturally biased
(B) has recently been attacked as dated and culturally biased and is finally being revised
(C) is finally under revision for receiving much recent attack as dated and culturally biased
(D) was finally revised recently because it is being attacked as dated and culturally biased
(E) is finally to be revised after recent attacks as dated and culturally biased



(A) I would consider A if it is either "....after many recent attacks as dated and culturally biased" or "....recently after many attacks as dated and culturally biased"
(C) attack is countable noun and hence 'much attack' does not go well
(D) changing the meaning (indicates revision has completed, where as it is still under progress)
(E) changing the meaning (indicates revision is yet to start, where as it is still under progress)

Now, if we look at B, it uses present perfect continuous tense, which is very much needed in this context. This tense is required when we talk about an action that started in the past and stopped recently. There is usually a result now. Have a look at http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verb ... inuous.htm

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The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory,a test developed in the 1930s to assess character, attitudes, and behavior, is finally being revised, after many attacks recently as dated and culturally biased.

(A) is finally being revised, after many attacks recently as dated and culturally biased
(B) has recently been attacked as dated and culturally biased and is finally being revised
(C) is finally under revision for receiving much recent attack as dated and culturally biased
(D) was finally revised recently because it is being attacked as dated and culturally biased
(E) is finally to be revised after recent attacks as dated and culturally biased



(A) I would consider A if it is either "....after many recent attacks as dated and culturally biased" or "....recently after many attacks as dated and culturally biased"
(C) attack is countable noun and hence 'much attack' does not go well
(D) changing the meaning (indicates revision has completed, where as it is still under progress)
(E) changing the meaning (indicates revision is yet to start, where as it is still under progress)

Now, if we look at B, it uses present perfect continuous tense, which is very much needed in this context. This tense is required when we talk about an action that started in the past and stopped recently. There is usually a result now. Have a look at http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verb ... inuous.htm

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To speak to TS's very particular question:

I'd like nothing more than to point out an error in somebody else's materials, but this Kaplan question is perfectly fine. Sometimes, even in Standard Written English, "and" can mean "and so." Does this happen on the GMAT? Well, I've never surveyed for just that usage, but I would guess so.

TS is right, of course, to consider meaning. GMAT SC has always included some wrong answers that are grammatically correct, but which distort the meaning of the sentence, and such wrong answers have become more common over the last couple of years. Still, grammar first. You seem to recognize that every answer except B has serious grammatical problems, so the fine point about meaning shouldn't even come up in this problem.
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Thanks a lot Michael for clarifying my doubt.

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I came across a problem where the choice with "and" is wrong because it distorts the meaning:

The largest trade-book publisher in the US has announced the creation of a new digital imprint division, under which it will publish about 20 purely digital works to be sold online as either electronic books or downloadable copies that can be printed upon purchase.

A) works to be sold online as either electronic books or
B) works to sell them online, either as electronic books or
C) works and it will sell them online as either electronic books or as
D) works, and selling them online as either electronic books or as
E) works, and it will sell them online as either electronic books or

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I came across a problem where the choice with "and" is wrong because it distorts the meaning:

The largest trade-book publisher in the US has announced the creation of a new digital imprint division, under which it will publish about 20 purely digital works to be sold online as either electronic books or downloadable copies that can be printed upon purchase.

A) works to be sold online as either electronic books or
B) works to sell them online, either as electronic books or
C) works and it will sell them online as either electronic books or as
D) works, and selling them online as either electronic books or as
E) works, and it will sell them online as either electronic books or

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A as opposed to E

This question has been already discussed. The reason for A is not the word 'and', but meaning. Except A, all other options change the meaning.
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