GMAT Question of the Day: Daily via email | Daily via Instagram New to GMAT Club? Watch this Video

It is currently 09 Apr 2020, 17:57

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Close

Request Expert Reply

Confirm Cancel

The more objective evidence a judge is presented with, the easier it

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
TAGS:

Hide Tags

Find Similar Topics 
Math Expert
User avatar
V
Joined: 02 Sep 2009
Posts: 62676
The more objective evidence a judge is presented with, the easier it  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 26 Mar 2020, 00:26
00:00
A
B
C
D
E

Difficulty:

  25% (medium)

Question Stats:

64% (00:55) correct 36% (01:14) wrong based on 95 sessions

HideShow timer Statistics

Competition Mode Question



The more objective evidence a judge is presented with, the easier it is for that judge to decide if the suspect is guilty.

(A) the easier it is for that judge to decide if the suspect is guilty

(B) it is easier for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty

(C) the easier it is for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty

(D) easier it is for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty

(E) the easier it is for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty or not

_________________
Most Helpful Expert Reply
Math Expert
User avatar
V
Joined: 02 Sep 2009
Posts: 62676
Re: The more objective evidence a judge is presented with, the easier it  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 26 Mar 2020, 23:34

OFFICIAL EXPLANATION



The more objective evidence a judge is presented with, the easier it is for that judge to decide if the suspect is guilty.

(A) the easier it is for that judge to decide if the suspect is guilty

In the GMAT, the word if should be used in Conditionals only. Since in this question there is no condition, if should be replaced by whether.

Think of whether as a choice between two possibilities dealing with the same subject or as a yes/no question.

Example:
I do not know whether this will work. (yes or no)

He was not sure whether he wanted banana or chocolate cake. (a choice between 2 possibilities)



(B) it is easier for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty

Although this answer choice correctly uses whether instead of if, it is grammatically incorrect. This question uses a Double Comparative. The second part of a Double Comparative must begin with the word the. In this answer choice, however, it begins with the word it.


(C) the easier it is for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty

In the GMAT, the word if should be used in Conditionals only. Since in this question there is no condition, if should be replaced by whether.


(D) easier it is for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty

Although this answer choice correctly uses whether instead of if, it is grammatically incorrect. This question uses a Double Comparative. The second part of a Double Comparative must begin with the word the. In this answer choice, however, it begins with the word easier.


(E) the easier it is for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty or not

Although this answer choice correctly uses whether instead of if, in the GMAT, the addition of the phrase or not at any point after the word whether is considered redundant.


_________________
General Discussion
CR Forum Moderator
avatar
D
Joined: 18 May 2019
Posts: 767
GMAT ToolKit User Premium Member
Re: The more objective evidence a judge is presented with, the easier it  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 26 Mar 2020, 01:57
1
C is the right answer.

Split #1: if the suspect is guilty vs whether the suspect is guilty.
If is used for conditionals in sentences to introduce the condition that has to be satisfied for an event to occur. Whether on the other hand can be used to express two possible outcomes in a sentence. In the context of this sentence, the author wishes to express the possibility of the outcome of a judgment on a suspect to be guilty or not guilty. Hence, the use of whether is appropriate, and the use of if is inappropriate. Based on this, we can eliminate A.

Split #2: switch from passive voice to active voice.
The clause the more objective evidence a judge is presented with is in the passive voice. It is better for the second clause to also be specified in the passive voice, hence the clause it is easier for that judge to decide, is not optimal since it is in the active voice. The passive voice the easier it is for that judge to decide is optimal in the circumstances since it is in the passive voice, thereby maintaining the voice of the preceding clause. Based on this, we can eliminate B for switching from passive voice to active voice.

Split #3: the easier it is vs easier it is
We need the definite article the to modify easier in order to maintain parallelism with the previous clause that rightly modifies more objective evidence with the definite article the. the more X the easier Y. D can be eliminated based on this.

Split #4: Whether the suspect is guilty vs whether the suspect is guilty or not
whether the suspect is guilty or not is considered wordy compared with whether the suspect is guilty. There is no need to add or not since it is implied. E can be eliminated based on this.

C is left as the best answer.

Quote:
(A) The more objective evidence a judge is presented with, the easier it is for that judge to decide if the suspect is guilty.


Quote:
(B) The more objective evidence a judge is presented with, it is easier for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty.


Quote:
(C) The more objective evidence a judge is presented with, the easier it is for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty.


Quote:
(D) The more objective evidence a judge is presented with, easier it is for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty.


Quote:
(E) The more objective evidence a judge is presented with, the easier it is for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty or not.
VP
VP
avatar
D
Joined: 24 Nov 2016
Posts: 1369
Location: United States
Re: The more objective evidence a judge is presented with, the easier it  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 26 Mar 2020, 03:05
1
Quote:
The more objective evidence a judge is presented with, the easier it is for that judge to decide if the suspect is guilty.

(A) the easier it is for that judge to decide if the suspect is guilty

(B) it is easier for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty

(C) the easier it is for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty

(D) easier it is for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty

(E) the easier it is for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty or not


notes: "the more…the easier" must be parallel; "whether" > "if", and idiom wise, "whether" > "whether or not".

Ans (C)
Director
Director
User avatar
D
Joined: 07 Mar 2019
Posts: 927
Location: India
GMAT 1: 580 Q43 V27
WE: Sales (Energy and Utilities)
Premium Member
Re: The more objective evidence a judge is presented with, the easier it  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 26 Mar 2020, 06:36
1
1
The more objective evidence a judge is presented with, the easier it is for that judge to decide if the suspect is guilty.

(A) the easier it is for that judge to decide if the suspect is guilty - WRONG. Using 'if' is wrong for 'guilty' is not decided yet.

(B) it is easier for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty - WRONG. Not parallel.

(C) the easier it is for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty - CORRECT. Removes both errors as found in previous options.

(D) easier it is for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty - WRONG. Not parallel.

(E) the easier it is for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty or not - WRONG. 'Whether or not' is wrong in GMAT.

IMO Answer C.
_________________
Ephemeral Epiphany..!

GMATPREP1 590(Q48,V23) March 6, 2019
GMATPREP2 610(Q44,V29) June 10, 2019
GMATPREPSoft1 680(Q48,V35) June 26, 2019
Director
Director
avatar
P
Joined: 01 Mar 2019
Posts: 502
Location: India
Concentration: Strategy, Social Entrepreneurship
Schools: Ross '22, ISB '20, NUS '20
GMAT 1: 580 Q48 V21
GPA: 4
Reviews Badge
Re: The more objective evidence a judge is presented with, the easier it  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 26 Mar 2020, 08:16
1
The more objective evidence a judge is presented with, the easier it is for that judge to decide if the suspect is guilty...........................................“if” in a conditional sentence to show that one thing will happen if something else happens. Use “whether” to show that two alternatives are possible.................here its the second case.....so whether needs to be used

(A) the easier it is for that judge to decide if the suspect is guilty......INCORRECT

(B) it is easier for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty....missing parallelism......INCORRECT

(C) the easier it is for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty......CORRECT

(D) easier it is for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty.....missing parallelism.........INCORRECT

(E) the easier it is for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty or not......Redundancy....INCORRECT
Retired Moderator
User avatar
V
Status: enjoying
Joined: 19 Feb 2007
Posts: 5479
Location: India
WE: Education (Education)
Re: The more objective evidence a judge is presented with, the easier it  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 26 Mar 2020, 18:39
1
Top Contributor
The more objective evidence a judge is presented with, the easier it is for that judge to decide if the suspect is guilty.

The correct idiomatic structure is --- the more x…. the more Y. The definite article 'the' should be there for both the compared items.


(A) the easier it is for that judge to decide if the suspect is guilty --- There is no condition involved. Hence the use of 'if' is wrong

(B) it is easier for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty – missing the idiomatic template structure

(C) the easier it is for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty – The correct choice

(D) easier it is for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty – missing the definite article. Hence, not parallel.

(E) the easier it is for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty or not – whether guilty or not is redundant
_________________
One-to-one video private sessions on SC +91 98845 44509, <newnaren@gmail.com>
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 24 Mar 2020
Posts: 1
Re: The more objective evidence a judge is presented with, the easier it  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 26 Mar 2020, 18:47
(E) the easier it is for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty or not

Posted from my mobile device
Intern
Intern
avatar
B
Joined: 14 Jul 2017
Posts: 46
Re: The more objective evidence a judge is presented with, the easier it  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 26 Mar 2020, 19:40
1
Ans . C

The more objective evidence a judge is presented with, the easier it is for that judge to decide if the suspect is guilty.

The more X, the easier Y .....
whether is more preferable since we are defining a condition.....

(A) the easier it is for that judge to decide if the suspect is guilty .....

(B) it is easier for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty

(C) the easier it is for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty

(D) easier it is for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty

(E) the easier it is for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty or not
Manager
Manager
avatar
G
Joined: 17 Mar 2019
Posts: 185
Re: The more objective evidence a judge is presented with, the easier it  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 26 Mar 2020, 22:57
The more objective evidence a judge is presented with, the easier it is for that judge to decide if the suspect is guilty.

(A) the easier it is for that judge to decide if the suspect is guilty

(B) it is easier for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty

(C) the easier it is for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty

(D) easier it is for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty

(E) the easier it is for that judge to decide whether the suspect is guilty or not


IMO E More objective the evidence is the easier it is to decide. In option E the correct use of idiom whether X or Y is used
GMAT Club Bot
Re: The more objective evidence a judge is presented with, the easier it   [#permalink] 26 Mar 2020, 22:57
Display posts from previous: Sort by

The more objective evidence a judge is presented with, the easier it

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  





cron

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group | Emoji artwork provided by EmojiOne