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# The Queensway Tunnel was built in the 1930s

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Updated on: 26 Sep 2013, 02:39
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The Queensway Tunnel was built in the 1930s, but by the early 1960s, it was becoming clear that it was carrying much more traffic than had ever been envisaged when it was first opened.

A) it was becoming clear that it was
B) it was becoming clear that they were
C) they were becoming clear that it was
D) it was
E) it was clearly

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Originally posted by Transcendentalist on 26 Sep 2013, 02:10.
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26 Sep 2013, 02:27
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The Queensway Tunnel was built in the 1930s, but by the early 1960s, it was becoming clear that it was carrying much more traffic than had ever been envisaged when it was first opened.

A) it was becoming clear that it was --> Correct
B) it was becoming clear that they were --> Plural pronoun is not in agreement with the singular noun Tunnel to which "it" refers.
C) they were becoming clear that it was --> "it" is incorrectly replace with "they"
D) it was --> grammatically correct, but omitting "it was becoming clear" causes some meaning loss.
E) it was clearly --> Change in meaning
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The Queensway Tunnel was built in the 1930s, but by the early 1960s, it was becoming clear that it was carrying much more traffic than had ever been envisaged when it was first opened.
A) it was becoming clear that it was
B) it was becoming clear that they were
C) they were becoming clear that it was
D) it was
E) it was clearly
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This is poor quality question.
Option A, B can't be answer because GMAT doesn't like using single pronoun for 2 different antecedents.
IT - Expletive use
IT - Tunnel

So, I would avoid such sources.
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27 Sep 2013, 10:55
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Transcendentalist wrote:
The Queensway Tunnel was built in the 1930s, but by the early 1960s, it was becoming clear that it was carrying much more traffic than had ever been envisaged when it was first opened.
A) it was becoming clear that it was
B) it was becoming clear that they were
C) they were becoming clear that it was
D) it was
E) it was clearly
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This is poor quality question.
Option A, B can't be answer because GMAT doesn't like using single pronoun for 2 different antecedents.
IT - Expletive use
IT - Tunnel

So, I would avoid such sources.

Noo. It is not that bad, at all. Good for practice. Not so bad
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27 Sep 2013, 16:09
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I came to A quite quickly. Other options are not correct but A.

The Queensway Tunnel was built in the 1930s, but by the early 1960s, it was becoming clear that it was carrying much more traffic than had ever been envisaged when it was first opened.

A) it was becoming clear that it was
Correct. The first "it" is "placeholder it" <-- there is NO antecedent. Do not look for its antecedent.

B) it was becoming clear that they were
Wrong. The tunnel is singular.

C) they were becoming clear that it was
Wrong. "they" refers to what? The tunnel is singular.

D) it was <-- Past progressive tense
Wrong. Please see the non-underlined part "by the early 1960s". We can't say the tunnel was carrying much more traffic by the early 1960s <-- "by the early 1960s" makes the past progressive tense incorrect.

E) it was clearly <-- Past progressive tense
Wrong. Same error as in D. "by the early 1960s" makes the past progressive tense incorrect.

Hope it helps a bit.

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If I wanted to say that I want my concept of SC to be crystal clear, which book should I refer to?
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15 Oct 2013, 23:13
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Hi mate.

I don't know what your background is and what level are you in. Anyway, I would recommend Manhattan GMAT sentence correction. It's the "must have" book that will help you categorize different types of question and how to solve them. But if you have more time, why don't you try a Gmat Ultimate Grammar book published by Gmatclub? After finish them, let try OG and see how they help to inprove your scores.

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15 Oct 2013, 23:44
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Thank you Pqhai. I have given the GMAT a couple of times My verbal scores on both occasions were 27 and 22(I scored 6.0 in AWA in this attempt) respectively. I have referred the MGMAT SC. I still don't seem to be making any headway.
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16 Oct 2013, 05:55
pqhai wrote:
I came to A quite quickly. Other options are not correct but A.

The Queensway Tunnel was built in the 1930s, but by the early 1960s, it was becoming clear that it was carrying much more traffic than had ever been envisaged when it was first opened.

A) it was becoming clear that it was
Correct. The first "it" is "placeholder it" <-- there is NO antecedent. Do not look for its antecedent.

B) it was becoming clear that they were
Wrong. The tunnel is singular.

C) they were becoming clear that it was
Wrong. "they" refers to what? The tunnel is singular.

D) it was <-- Past progressive tense
Wrong. Please see the non-underlined part "by the early 1960s". We can't say the tunnel was carrying much more traffic by the early 1960s <-- "by the early 1960s" makes the past progressive tense incorrect.

E) it was clearly <-- Past progressive tense
Wrong. Same error as in D. "by the early 1960s" makes the past progressive tense incorrect.

Hope it helps a bit.

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PQHAI,

We know that "The Queensway Tunnel was built in the 1930s"
we also know that "but by the early 1960s", -- Traffic was more

To have correct parallelism, both the sentences must be in the same tense (Past in this case)

However, Option A is changing this tense into past progressive....But in the current period, we already know about 1960. Then why is past progressive correct and why is past tense incorrect?

How can we avoid these kind of mistakes? Any info will be appreciated.
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29 Oct 2013, 02:21
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The Queensway Tunnel was built in the 1930s, but by the early 1960s, it was becoming clear that it was carrying much more traffic than had ever been envisaged when it was first opened.

A) it was becoming clear that it was --> Correct
B) it was becoming clear that they were --> Plural pronoun is not in agreement with the singular noun Tunnel to which "it" refers.
C) they were becoming clear that it was --> "it" is incorrectly replace with "they"
D) it was --> grammatically correct, but omitting "it was becoming clear" causes some meaning loss.
E) it was clearly --> Change in meaning

I chose D because it was clear and I was thinking that "it was becoming" was wordy...

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pqhai wrote:
I came to A quite quickly. Other options are not correct but A.

The Queensway Tunnel was built in the 1930s, but by the early 1960s, it was becoming clear that it was carrying much more traffic than had ever been envisaged when it was first opened.

A) it was becoming clear that it was
Correct. The first "it" is "placeholder it" <-- there is NO antecedent. Do not look for its antecedent.

B) it was becoming clear that they were
Wrong. The tunnel is singular.

C) they were becoming clear that it was
Wrong. "they" refers to what? The tunnel is singular.

D) it was <-- Past progressive tense
Wrong. Please see the non-underlined part "by the early 1960s". We can't say the tunnel was carrying much more traffic by the early 1960s <-- "by the early 1960s" makes the past progressive tense incorrect.

E) it was clearly <-- Past progressive tense
Wrong. Same error as in D. "by the early 1960s" makes the past progressive tense incorrect.

Hope it helps a bit.

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Hi,
According to Manhattan Sc, all 'it, its' refer to the same singular antecedent in a sentence and all 'they, them, their' refer to the same plural antecedent in a sentence. We clearly know from the non-underlined portion of the sentence that 'it' refers to 'tunnels'. Thus. all 'it or its' in the sentence must refer to 'tunnel'. I have not seen a single question defying this rule.
Though I agree option (d) says that 'tunnel was carrying', but apparently, this is the best option at hand.
Also, there is no need of a placeholder 'it'. Rather, using placeholder 'it' makes the sentence much more complex and ambiguous.

IMO, the best option is (d).
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Hi,
According to Manhattan Sc, all 'it, its' refer to the same singular antecedent in a sentence and all 'they, them, their' refer to the same plural antecedent in a sentence. We clearly know from the non-underlined portion of the sentence that 'it' refers to 'tunnels'. Thus. all 'it or its' in the sentence must refer to 'tunnel'. I have not seen a single question defying this rule.
Though I agree option (d) says that 'tunnel was carrying', but apparently, this is the best option at hand.
Also, there is no need of a placeholder 'it'. Rather, using placeholder 'it' makes the sentence much more complex and ambiguous.

IMO, the best option is (d).

I hope you also have referred the concept of place holder it in chapter 12 page 235, MGMAT SC. Clearly in option A that concept is applied and here it is not working like a pronoun for a noun antecedent as you mentioned above. Further as per original sentence central meaning is related to something which was becoming clear not that trains were carrying much load. Therefore, OPTION D and E do not preserve that original meaning and we must go by original meaning of sentence unless there is a pure grammatical error in option A.
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pqhai wrote:
I came to A quite quickly. Other options are not correct but A.

The Queensway Tunnel was built in the 1930s, but by the early 1960s, it was becoming clear that it was carrying much more traffic than had ever been envisaged when it was first opened.

A) it was becoming clear that it was
Correct. The first "it" is "placeholder it" <-- there is NO antecedent. Do not look for its antecedent.

B) it was becoming clear that they were
Wrong. The tunnel is singular.

C) they were becoming clear that it was
Wrong. "they" refers to what? The tunnel is singular.

D) it was <-- Past progressive tense
Wrong. Please see the non-underlined part "by the early 1960s". We can't say the tunnel was carrying much more traffic by the early 1960s <-- "by the early 1960s" makes the past progressive tense incorrect.

E) it was clearly <-- Past progressive tense
Wrong. Same error as in D. "by the early 1960s" makes the past progressive tense incorrect.

Hope it helps a bit.

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PQHAI,

We know that "The Queensway Tunnel was built in the 1930s"
we also know that "but by the early 1960s", -- Traffic was more

To have correct parallelism, both the sentences must be in the same tense (Past in this case)

However, Option A is changing this tense into past progressive....But in the current period, we already know about 1960. Then why is past progressive correct and why is past tense incorrect?

How can we avoid these kind of mistakes? Any info will be appreciated.[/quote]

Hi Piyush,

Can u please shed some light in this doubt? I seem to have the same issue...
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18 Oct 2014, 11:08

D can be eliminated right way, B can also be eliminate due to wrong pronoun use they.
E, it was clearly carrying? This wrong sentence construction.

A and D, D changes the meaning.

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The Queensway Tunnel was built in the 1930s, but by the early 1960s, it was becoming clear that it was carrying much more traffic than had ever been envisaged when it was first opened.

A) it was becoming clear that it was
B) it was becoming clear that they were
C) they were becoming clear that it was
D) it was
E) it was clearly

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18 Feb 2016, 11:35
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I dont understand why D/E is wrong and why A is right.
I chose E thinking that it is less wordy.
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24 May 2017, 20:27
phenomenal analysis, would HAD be the correct word to use instead of WAS in options D/E?

pqhai wrote:
I came to A quite quickly. Other options are not correct but A.

The Queensway Tunnel was built in the 1930s, but by the early 1960s, it was becoming clear that it was carrying much more traffic than had ever been envisaged when it was first opened.

A) it was becoming clear that it was
Correct. The first "it" is "placeholder it" <-- there is NO antecedent. Do not look for its antecedent.

B) it was becoming clear that they were
Wrong. The tunnel is singular.

C) they were becoming clear that it was
Wrong. "they" refers to what? The tunnel is singular.

D) it was <-- Past progressive tense
Wrong. Please see the non-underlined part "by the early 1960s". We can't say the tunnel was carrying much more traffic by the early 1960s <-- "by the early 1960s" makes the past progressive tense incorrect.

E) it was clearly <-- Past progressive tense
Wrong. Same error as in D. "by the early 1960s" makes the past progressive tense incorrect.

Hope it helps a bit.

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18 Jun 2017, 20:03
I chose D though it changes meaning.
Next best choice was A, but in A, I think two IT are referring to different things? Is it acceptable?
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20 Jun 2017, 13:31
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I dont understand why D/E is wrong and why A is right.
I chose E thinking that it is less wordy.

there is a post that explains why E is wrong.
E is wrong because the tense is not properly used. "by 1960s"
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12 Aug 2018, 00:13
Can we have detailed analysis as is usually done by GMATNinja wrt why option D is wrong.

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Transcendentalist wrote:
The Queensway Tunnel was built in the 1930s, but by the early 1960s, it was becoming clear that it was carrying much more traffic than had ever been envisaged when it was first opened.

A) it was becoming clear that it was
B) it was becoming clear that they were
C) they were becoming clear that it was
D) it was
E) it was clearly

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daagh sir , GMATNinja , KarishmaB

I am still not clear on why D and E are incorrect
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