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The possibility of massive earthquakes are regarded by most

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The possibility of massive earthquakes are regarded by most area residents with a mixture of scepticism and caution.
B. is regarded by most area residents with
C. is regarded by most area residents as
D. is mostly regarded by area residents with
E. by most area residents is regarded with

Provide your reasoning.
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21 Jun 2007, 05:59
The possibility of massive earthquakes are regarded by most area residents with a mixture of scepticism and caution.
A. are regarded by most area residents with
Singular verb should match "the possibility".
B. is regarded by most area residents with
Wrong idiomatic expression.
C. is regarded by most area residents as
Correct. "X is regarded as Y"
D. is mostly regarded by area residents with
Wrong idiomatic expression.
E. by most area residents is regarded with
Wrong idiomatic expression.

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21 Jun 2007, 07:20
cannot be C, possibility cannot be regarded as a mixture of scepticism and caution.

answer is B.[/b]

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21 Jun 2007, 10:50
A. are regarded by most area residents with
Singular verb should match "the possibility".

B. is regarded by most area residents with
Correct

C. is regarded by most area residents as
"As" implies that possibility is a mixture.

D. is mostly regarded by area residents with
Changes the meaning of the original sentence.

E. by most area residents is regarded with
The possibility of massive earthquakes by most area residents is regarded with a mixture of scepticism and caution.
Earthquake is not caused by residents.

I will go with B

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21 Jun 2007, 12:11
go with answer C

is regarded .... as.... -> is the correct usage.

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21 Jun 2007, 13:08
I say B, it has to be regarded with a mixture regarding as a mixture does not make sense the mixture is not part of the possibility it is an addition to the possibility

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21 Jun 2007, 13:31
I'd say B as well... I don't think you can regard something that is intangible.

The idiom would be correct in the case if it was a noun that was being regarded. Note the difference:

David is regarded as a top scholar.

The possibility is regarded as a mixture ??? no logical sense.

Logic trumps all grammar rules in the GMAT.

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21 Jun 2007, 13:33
Definitely B.

You cant regard the possibility of earthquakes AS a mixture of skepticism and caution. It's illogical...

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21 Jun 2007, 14:49
While it may sound better to say regard X with Y, the correct idiom is regard X as Y.

My choice: C.

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21 Jun 2007, 23:35
regarded as is correct idiom.

My choice C.

Whats OA?

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22 Jun 2007, 10:52
I agree with Baer

It is totally acceptable in English to say

John is regarded with great respect.

You would not say John is regarded as great respect.

That makes NO sense.....when regarded someone to an abstract noun it seems regarded with is the correct idiom

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22 Jun 2007, 15:14
Why doesn't the OP put up the OA?

terp26 wrote:
I agree with Baer

It is totally acceptable in English to say

John is regarded with great respect.

You would not say John is regarded as great respect.

That makes NO sense.....when regarded someone to an abstract noun it seems regarded with is the correct idiom

"Regard as" is a correct idiom. I checked a couple of sources

She is regarded as an expert.

You wouldn't say, She is regarded with an expert.

So I guess this question can go in both ways until we get something definitive.

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22 Jun 2007, 15:51
As far as I know, for GMAT the correct ideom is : Regarded + As

MY ANSWER: C

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22 Jun 2007, 18:13
"regard...as" and "regard...with" are both correct idiom. In this case, regard...with is more logical.

B is my answer

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22 Jun 2007, 22:11
One more for B....the sentence has to be logical.

If the choice is C then the complete sentence would read:
The possibility of massive earthquakes is regarded by most area residents as a mixture of scepticism and caution.

A possibility cannot be regarded as a mixture of emotions. On the other hand, a possibility can be regarded with a mixture of emotions.

If you go with C then you should also be able to say that 'The possibility that this project might not work is being regarded by most employees as disappointment.' Just does not make sense.

An emotion is always regarded....with. You always always express with an emotion, never as an emotion.

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22 Jun 2007, 22:17
http://www.wes.edu.pk/Testing.htm

http://www.cyberprep.com/bschool/gmatdx ... matdxv.htm

Just typed the sentence in google...these are some sites which give it as a sample question and the answer as B. Not the most reliable but I guess they has to be right. There are other sites too.

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23 Jun 2007, 04:34
I go with answer C

Possibilty is singular and hence "is" has to be used.

regarded as is the right idiom.

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23 Jun 2007, 11:44
The OA given is B. This is my take on the answer.

the possibility is a singular noun therefore it demands a singular form of the verb 'to be' however the correct preposition here is 'with

ans for me in this case is B ..note the 'scepticism and caution' belong to the residents

Normally, there is only one idiom thats correct in this case and thats 'regard as' but in this case its wrong

Useful tip : is that when one thinks of whether to use the word 'consider' change it out for 'regard as' .........and if it still makes sense then its fine if not then choose sthg else. The vice versa also holds true.

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E just plain changes the meaning !!!

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03 Aug 2010, 20:14
Regarded as - correct idiom
However, in this sentence, regarded with is also appropriate. I chose C
OA???

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Re: SC: Earthquakes   [#permalink] 03 Aug 2010, 20:14
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