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# The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft will

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The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft will orbit the asteroid Eros for a year, slowly moving closer to the surface of the object to make ever more precise measurements that scientists hope will enable them to understand how the solar system formed some four billion years ago.

A. to make ever more precise measurements that scientists hope will enable them to
B. to make ever more and more precise measurements, which scientists are hoping to enable them
C. for making ever more precise measurements, and scientists hope that they will be able to
D. with the purpose of making more precise measurements than ever, and which scientists hope will enable them to
E. in order to make more precise measurements than it ever did, and scientists are hoping they will be able to

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20 Jul 2006, 20:39
A

A is using the phrase and C is using the clause. We need a phrase here. In C use of clause is not connecting the the sentence eventhouhg conjuction "and" is used. Also first clause is not totally independent.
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20 Jul 2006, 21:53
agree with A. why do you say that first clause is not fullyindependent? it is.

ps_dahiya wrote:
Also first clause is not totally independent.
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20 Jul 2006, 22:06
Clear winner A.

Other options are either awkward or with problems.
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20 Jul 2006, 22:19
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The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft will orbit the asteroid Eros for a year, slowly moving closer to the surface of the object to make ever more precise measurements that scientists hope will enable them to understand how the solar system formed some four billion years ago.

A. to make ever more precise measurements that scientists hope will enable them to
B. to make ever more and more precise measurements, which scientists are hoping to enable them
C. for making ever more precise measurements, and scientists hope that they will be able to
D. with the purpose of making more precise measurements than ever, and which scientists hope will enable them to
E. in order to make more precise measurements than it ever did, and scientists are hoping they will be able to

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I vote for E. moving is || to hoping..
ever more -- in A seems wrong to me.. Shouldn't it be - more precise than ever ??
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21 Jul 2006, 07:53
Doesnt 'making' need to be there to parallel 'slowly moving closer to the surface of the object' ?

Please explain why 'to make' is used even though 'to make' does not parallel 'moving.'
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21 Jul 2006, 07:59
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Doesnt 'making' need to be there to parallel 'slowly moving closer to the surface of the object' ?

Please explain why 'to make' is used even though 'to make' does not parallel 'moving.'

Eros is moving "to make" measurements... that is its purpose It isn't moving, while making them...

A here should do it.
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21 Jul 2006, 08:18
u2lover..choices C and D also indiacte that Eros is moving for the purpose of making measurements. Both choices dont give the idea that Eros is moving while making. So i am still confused

C. for making ever more precise measurements, and scientists hope that they will be able to
D. with the purpose of making more precise measurements than ever, and which scientists hope will enable them to
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21 Jul 2006, 08:37
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u2lover..choices C and D also indiacte that Eros is moving for the purpose of making measurements. Both choices dont give the idea that Eros is moving while making. So i am still confused

C. for making ever more precise measurements, and scientists hope that they will be able to
D. with the purpose of making more precise measurements than ever, and which scientists hope will enable them to

I didn't mean to "plug" purpose in here... I was just trying to explain...

nevertheless... C and D have other problems

C) for making ever more precise measurements, and scientists hope that they will be able to ... red part is not needed here... it is redundant... if you remove it the sentence still makes the perfect sense w/out it.

D) with the purpose of making more precise measurements than ever, and which scientists hope will enable them to
ok... this is a complete mess... "with the purpose" is not needed here either, it is implied in the meaning, just as in A
"which" is incorrectly used here as well... it usually is set off by commas and introduces non-essential info that can be removed without distoring the meaning (in this case it is essential that we know what scientists hope to achieve)

I wrote many posts regarding "which", redundancy and concision... you would have to practice quesitons that involve those... I really don't want to go look for those...

hope this helps you anyway...
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21 Jul 2006, 09:32
A. to make ever more precise measurements that scientists hope will enable them to
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24 Jul 2006, 09:17
It's straight forward no redundancy ..... I vote for A.
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24 Jul 2006, 09:19
A seems the most concise and straight to the point
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24 Jul 2006, 13:58
I'll go with E.

Does the plural "measurements" in choice 'A' go with the word "that"? correct me.
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24 Feb 2013, 06:00
Gmat prep:

The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft will orbit the asteroid Eros for a year, slowly moving closer to the surface of the object to make ever more precise measurements that scientists hope will enable them to understand how the solar system formed some four billion years ago.

A. to make ever more precise measurements that scientists hope will enable them to
B. to make ever more and more precise measurements, which scientists are hoping to enable them
C. for making ever more precise measurements, and scientists hope that they will be able to
D. with the purpose of making more precise measurements than ever, and which scientists hope will enable them to
E. in order to make more precise measurements than it ever did, and scientists are hoping they will be able to

OA after a round of discussion
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24 Feb 2013, 07:54
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Gmat prep:

The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft will orbit the asteroid Eros for a year, slowly moving closer to the surface of the object to make ever more precise measurements that scientists hope will enable them to understand how the solar system formed some four billion years ago.

A. to make ever more precise measurements that scientists hope will enable them to
B. to make ever more and more precise measurements, which scientists are hoping to enable them
C. for making ever more precise measurements, and scientists hope that they will be able to
D. with the purpose of making more precise measurements than ever, and which scientists hope will enable them to
E. in order to make more precise measurements than it ever did, and scientists are hoping they will be able to

OA after a round of discussion

a) seems ok
b) ever more and more precise measurements ...wordy
c) to make...is used to reflect the purpose or intent..so for making is wrong
d) measurement will enable scientists or NEAR will ...not clear
e) more precise...then it ever did.....redundancy
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A. to make ever more precise measurements that scientists hope will enable them to
"ever more..." is an acceptable idiomatic expression. its meaning is roughly the same as that of "increasingly" or "more and more".
* "them" refers to "scientists". (if you actually omitted "scientists hope", then you would have to replace "them" by "scientists".)

B. to make ever more and more precise measurements, which scientists are hoping to enable them
* REDUNDANCY: you can't combine 2 idioms that mean the same thing.
you say EITHER "ever more" OR "more and more", but not both.
* "measurements, which scientists are hoping to enable them" doesn't make sense

C. for making ever more precise measurements, and scientists hope that they will be able to
* "for making" is not idiomatic. this should be the infinitive "to make".
* the "and" connector is inappropriate here. if you use "and" like this, then you're implying that there are two ENTIRELY SEPARATE things going on: (a) the spacecraft is hanging around making measurements, and (b) scientists hope one day that blah blah blah.
these are clearly connected, so, "and" is inappropriate.

D. with the purpose of making more precise measurements than ever, and which scientists hope will enable them to
* not parallel.
you can't place a prepositional phrase (with the purpose of...) in parallel with a relative-pronoun clause (which ...).

E. in order to make more precise measurements than it ever did, and scientists are hoping they will be able to
same problem with "and" as in (c).
also unacceptably wordy / awkward.
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13 Jul 2016, 00:19
I would chose OPTION A but very reluctant since all other options are equally bad.

I have a strong reservation about Option A
A) to make ever more precise measurements that scientists hope will enable them to

to make ever more precise measurements --> even more precise than what ??? ---> there should have been some logical reference to explain the phrase"even more precise"
even more precise measurements than the measurements earlier spacecraft made?
even more precise measurements than the measurements obtained by a computational model in the lab?
even more precise measurements than the measurements calculated by the little boy who used his home made telescope?

"MORE" is a adjective of comparison. Where is the second item to compare in this sentence ????
What are we comparing "more precise measurements to" ???

Not happy with this question at all

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The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft will orbit the asteroid Eros for a year, slowly moving closer to the surface of the object to make ever more precise measurements that scientists hope will enable them to understand how the solar system formed some four billion years ago.

A. to make ever more precise measurements that scientists hope will enable them to
B. to make ever more and more precise measurements, which scientists are hoping to enable them
C. for making ever more precise measurements, and scientists hope that they will be able to
D. with the purpose of making more precise measurements than ever, and which scientists hope will enable them to
E. in order to make more precise measurements than it ever did, and scientists are hoping they will be able to

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