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The rank of General of the Armies, the highest rank in the US Army, created for the supreme US commander in the First World War, John Pershing, but in 1976, George Washington had a posthumous promotion to this rank to make no other American in history outrank him.


A. created for the supreme US commander in the First World War, John Pershing, but in 1976, George Washington had a posthumous promotion to this rank to make no other American in history

B. created for John Pershing, the supreme US commander in the First World War, was given to George Washington in 1976 in posthumous promotion to this rank, making no other American in history to

C. was created for the supreme US commander in the First World War, John Pershing, with George Washington getting posthumously promoted to this rank, so that no other American in history would

D. was created for John Pershing, who was the supreme US commander in the First World War; in 1976, George Washington was posthumously promoted to this rank, so that no other American in history would

E. was created for the supreme US commander in the First World War, John Pershing; furthermore, George Washington was given a promotion to this rank posthumously in 1976, with the purpose that no other American in history would hold any rank that would

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The rank of General of the Armies, the highest rank in the US Army, created for the supreme US commander in the First World War, John Pershing, but in 1976, George Washington had a posthumous promotion to this rank to make no other American in history outrank him.

A. created for the supreme US commander in the First World War, John Pershing, but in 1976, George Washington had a posthumous promotion to this rank to make no other American in history
B. created for John Pershing, the supreme US commander in the First World War, was given to George Washington in 1976 in posthumous promotion to this rank, making no other American in history to
C. was created for the supreme US commander in the First World War, John Pershing, with George Washington getting posthumously promoted to this rank, so that no other American in history would
D. was created for John Pershing, who was the supreme US commander in the First World War; in 1976, George Washington was posthumously promoted to this rank, so that no other American in history would
E. was created for the supreme US commander in the First World War, John Pershing; furthermore, George Washington was given a promotion to this rank posthumously in 1976, with the purpose that no other American in history would hold any rank that would


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A. created for the supreme US commander in the First World War, John Pershing, but in 1976, George Washington had a posthumous promotion to this rank to make no other American in history
B. created for John Pershing, the supreme US commander in the First World War, was given to George Washington in 1976 in posthumous promotion to this rank, making no other American in history to
C. was created for the supreme US commander in the First World War, John Pershing, with George Washington getting posthumously promoted to this rank, so that no other American in history would
D. was created for John Pershing, who was the supreme US commander in the First World War; in 1976, George Washington was posthumously promoted to this rank, so that no other American in history would --> Corrects the error of missing verb and second clause is grammatically correct.
E. was created for the supreme US commander in the First World War, John Pershing; furthermore, George Washington was given a promotion to this rank posthumously in 1976, with the purpose that no other American in history would hold any rank that would --> Wordy
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Re: The rank of General of the Armies, the highest rank in the US Army, cr  [#permalink]

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A question about Gen. John Pershing, the supreme US commander in WWI.

Choice (A) has a structural problem: [noun][modifier][modifier]but[independent clause]. In the set of words before the word “but” we have a noun but not a verb: the famous missing-verb mistake! Choice (A) is incorrect.

Most of Choice (B) is acceptable, if not stellar, until we get to the final comma. The phrasing “making A to do X” is idiomatically incorrect—it doesn’t need the “to.” We would say not “making the kids to clean their rooms,” but simply “making the kids clean their rooms.” Including the “to” is idiomatically incorrect. Even if this were corrected, “making no other American in history outrank him” is a very colloquial and casual way to communicate this information; it lacks the formality of the GMAT. Choice (B) is incorrect.

Choice (C) has the sloppy with + [noun] + [participle] structure. This structure is not appropriate in this context, because there is no reasonable sense in which Gen. Pershing was “with” George Washington. Choice (C) is incorrect.

Choice (D) divides the sentence with a semicolon. The first half talks about the creation of the rank for Pershing. The second half talk about extending it to Washington, and explains the purpose in a grammatically correct way. This is an elegant organization of this information. Choice (D) has no problems.

In choice (E), the sentence up to the semicolon is fine. The transition word “furthermore” is awkward, because the second half doesn’t simply continue with the same information—it brings up a new and potentially unexpected fact. The use of “furthermore” here is awkward. Notice that this one is exceptionally long and wordy: it seems to be going out of its way to be as wordy as possible. Whereas (D) is sleek and elegant, (E) is bloated and meandering. We can reject choice (E).

Choice (D) is the best answer.
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