It is currently 18 Nov 2017, 12:58

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

# Events & Promotions

###### Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

# The sale of government surplus machinery (will begin at 9

Author Message
Senior Manager
Joined: 05 Apr 2007
Posts: 255

Kudos [?]: 94 [0], given: 1

The sale of government surplus machinery (will begin at 9 [#permalink]

### Show Tags

17 May 2009, 12:22
00:00

Difficulty:

(N/A)

Question Stats:

0% (00:00) correct 100% (00:00) wrong based on 1 sessions

### HideShow timer Statistics

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
_________________

Choose Life

Kudos [?]: 94 [0], given: 1

Director
Joined: 29 Aug 2005
Posts: 855

Kudos [?]: 502 [0], given: 7

### Show Tags

17 May 2009, 14:58
E. The meaning implies the future event. "as long as" is idiomatic.
trainspotting wrote:
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

Kudos [?]: 502 [0], given: 7

Manager
Joined: 15 May 2009
Posts: 168

Kudos [?]: 30 [0], given: 3

### Show Tags

17 May 2009, 16:45
trainspotting wrote:
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

"until supplies last" doesn't make sense, so A, B, & C are out; D is somewhat wordy, & I think it changes the meaning of the sentence by changing the tense (from 'will begin' to 'begins'); so I'll go with (E).

Kudos [?]: 30 [0], given: 3

Manager
Joined: 30 Mar 2009
Posts: 248

Kudos [?]: 203 [0], given: 1

### Show Tags

17 May 2009, 18:01
IMO E. In this context, future tense is most suitable. Besides, continue as long as the supply lasts seems better in describing an continuous action rather than until

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 --> best

Kudos [?]: 203 [0], given: 1

Senior Manager
Joined: 29 Oct 2008
Posts: 412

Kudos [?]: 344 [0], given: 34

Location: United States
Concentration: Marketing, Technology

### Show Tags

06 Mar 2011, 07:57
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
_________________

If you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of anybody! Cowards do that and You're better than that!
The path is long, but self-surrender makes it short; the way is difficult, but perfect trust makes it easy.

Fire the final bullet only when you are constantly hitting the Bull's eye, till then KEEP PRACTICING.
Failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.
Getting defeated is just a temporary notion, giving it up is what makes it permanent.

http://gmatclub.com/forum/1000-sc-notes-at-one-place-in-one-document-with-best-of-explanations-192961.html

Press +1 Kudos, if you think my post gave u a tiny tip.

Kudos [?]: 344 [0], given: 34

Re: Surplous machinery   [#permalink] 06 Mar 2011, 07:57
Display posts from previous: Sort by

# The sale of government surplus machinery (will begin at 9

Moderators: GMATNinjaTwo, GMATNinja

 Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group | Emoji artwork provided by EmojiOne Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.