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The skill and the precision of the Anasazi, ancient

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The skill and the precision of the Anasazi, ancient
inhabitants of the Southwest, in measuring the
movements of the Sun and Moon is evidenced not
only at Chaco Canyon but at a number of other sites.

(A) in measuring the movements of the Sun and
Moon is evidenced not only at
(B) in measuring the movements of the Sun and
Moon are evidenced not only at
(C) in measuring the movements of the Sun and
Moon is evidenced at not only
(D) to measure the movements of the Sun and Moon
is evidenced at not only
(E) to measure the movements of the Sun and Moon
are evidenced not only at

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31 Jul 2007, 16:19
The choice A of any SC question tells you the relevant part.
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31 Jul 2007, 16:52
First of all we need are. So only B and E remain. I feel B is better than E
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31 Jul 2007, 17:15
empty_spaces wrote:
Any reason for choosing B over E?

dahcrap wrote:
First of all we need are. So only B and E remain. I feel B is better than E

The "skill in measuring" makes more sense than the "skill to measure".

You would never say that someone demonstrates her skill to measure, you would say that someone demonstrates her skill in measuring.
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31 Jul 2007, 17:57
needs "are" for reference agreement.

So B or E. The skill can be used with both to and "ing" form. But precision cant be used with "to" form. It can only be used with an "ing" form.
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01 Aug 2007, 07:59
"In measuring" is better than "to measure". It just sounds right to me. So D and E are eliminated.

Recall the rule "A and B are", not "A and B is", here we have "the skill and the precision", so ARE is needed. A and C are eliminated.

B is my choice.
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