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# The sale of government surplus machinery will begin at 9

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The sale of government surplus machinery will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until the supply lasts.

(A) will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until the supply lasts
(B) begins at 9 a.m., continuing until the supply lasts
(C) will begin at 9 a.m. and, until the supply lasts, will continue
(D) begins at 9 a.m. and, as long as the supply may last, it continues
(E) will begin at 9 a.m. and continue as long as the supply lasts

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(A) will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until the supply lasts <-- "until the supply lasts" is incorrect. It's more appropriate to say "until the supply ends" or "until everything is gone"
(B) begins at 9 a.m., continuing until the supply lasts *same with A
(C) will begin at 9 a.m. and, until the supply lasts, will continue *same with A
(D) begins at 9 a.m. and, as long as the supply may last, it continues <-- "it" is unclear
(E) will begin at 9 a.m. and continue as long as the supply lasts <-- correct
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06 Dec 2007, 12:53
yup, straight E.

"until the supply lasts" sounds like the sale goes on until all of a sudden "the supply lasts!" like it's some even that will being happening in the future
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06 Dec 2007, 13:33
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OA is E. you guys are good. i managed to narrow my answer choices to A and E, but then ended up choosing A. thanks guys
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OA is E

"Until" denotes continuation until a stopping event triggers. ie I kept working until he told me to stop.
"As long as" is conditional and can be written to "provided that", "at the condition that" i.e. I will keep working as long as you work with me. Or the sale will continue as long as supplies last. Very subtle difference.
So "Until" is not the best choice here because there is no "triggering event" that will stop the sale.
Rather, the stop of the sale is conditional, under the condition that as soon as the supplies run out, the sale will stop.
ABC are gone for using Until.
D is useless
So it becomes E
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06 Mar 2011, 13:01
With above explanations GMAT prefers simple sentence. So E.
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06 Mar 2011, 19:46
+1 E

"until" is for specific moment (for instance, a date).
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07 Mar 2011, 08:47
Folks I came across this SC in one of the KAPLAN material. Cannot understand the reasoning behind the answer

During the 18th century roughly 0.5 billion grams of gold are estimated to have left Columbia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama and Haiti and supplied 80% of world's total quantity of recovered gold.

a) During the 18th century roughly 0.5 billion grams of gold are estimated to have left Columbia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama and Haiti and supplied
b) During 18th century it is estimated that roughly 0.5 billion grams of gold left Columbia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama and Haiti and supplied
c) It is estimated that there was roughly 0.5 billion grams of gold that left Columbia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama and Haiti during the 18th century and supplied
d) It is estimated that during the 18th century roughly 0.5 billion grams of gold left Columbia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama and Haiti, supplying
e) Roughly 0.5 billion grams of gold is estimated as having left Columbia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama and Haiti, supplying

I answered b to maintain the verb tense as the gold left in the past and was supplied in the past. But the correct answer is something else. What do you think guys/gals?
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07 Mar 2011, 14:02
+1 E.

D is wordy, and the other 3 have meaning problem.
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07 Mar 2011, 14:39
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+1 E.

D is wordy, and the other 3 have meaning problem.

'E' does not have the 18th century reference, hence incorrect according to me. I could be wrong
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08 Mar 2011, 08:33
The answer is D for the question but can anyone help to address my doubt mentioned below the question
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07 Mar 2014, 06:04
Good question! Very interesting. It is either "Until the supply ends" or "As long as the supply lasts". Thanks for the posts guys.
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Folks I came across this SC in one of the KAPLAN material. Cannot understand the reasoning behind the answer

During the 18th century roughly 0.5 billion grams of gold are estimated to have left Columbia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama and Haiti and supplied 80% of world's total quantity of recovered gold.

a) During the 18th century roughly 0.5 billion grams of gold are estimated to have left Columbia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama and Haiti and supplied
b) During 18th century it is estimated that roughly 0.5 billion grams of gold left Columbia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama and Haiti and supplied
c) It is estimated that there was roughly 0.5 billion grams of gold that left Columbia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama and Haiti during the 18th century and supplied
d) It is estimated that during the 18th century roughly 0.5 billion grams of gold left Columbia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama and Haiti, supplying
e) Roughly 0.5 billion grams of gold is estimated as having left Columbia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama and Haiti, supplying

I answered b to maintain the verb tense as the gold left in the past and was supplied in the past. But the correct answer is something else. What do you think guys/gals?

Hi karankhinchi,

E sounds incorrect to me because in E it has used "HAVING" -this shows that the gold export started in 1800 is still in effect- this is incorrect because the sentence talks about something happened in past. Use of "HAVING" changes the meaning.

Let me know if this helps.
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02 Feb 2017, 19:23
i am wondering if in E continue should add an "s", because "the sale" is singular and the first verb use the future tense, it's OK
but continue stands for present and future it should be used as "continues" am i right?
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