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# The skill and the precision of the Anasazi, ancient

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09 Apr 2010, 04:01
hey ..no problem...
I was smacked many times by these idioms in the beginning. Obviously I still recognize some of them

I would worry more about the source of this question.
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10 Apr 2010, 23:49
I too was able to eliminate ACD right off the bat (is/are)

E seems too awkward

Therefore, B.
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03 Jun 2010, 07:55
I think we use infinitive form for an action which is to be done, but here we are talking abt ancient Anasazi. So, in measuring will be preferable to to measure.

Correct me, if I am wrong.
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03 Jun 2010, 08:27
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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

lookong fot the parallelism - so C, D are out.
skill and precision - require plural, so A and D are out as well
in measuring sounds better than to measure - but I dont know the exact reason
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08 Jun 2010, 07:37
Precision should be followed by "in". you have "precision in doing something". precision to do something is awkward

Idiom: skill in doing something.

"His skill in teaching" is better than "His skill to teach"
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08 Jun 2010, 10:00
A. in measuring the movements of the Sun and Moon is evidenced not only at
subject verb agreement

B. in measuring the movements of the Sun and Moon are evidenced not only at
correct

C. in measuring the movements of the Sun and Moon is evidenced at not only
subject verb agreement

D. to measure the movements of the Sun and Moon is evidenced at not only
subject verb agreement

E. to measure the movements of the Sun and Moon are evidenced not only at
wrong idiom
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05 Aug 2010, 10:54
Hi,
in the original sentence:

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.

I think there is a mistake because it is not correct use "not only.....but...", it should be "not only at Chaco Canyon but ALSO at a number of other sites :

Am i ok?.

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05 Aug 2010, 11:13
+1 for B.

But I am not sop positive about "....not only ....but" idiom honestly.

As far as I know, there are 2 similar idions: one is "not only but also," and the second one is "...not...X.... but Y...

Is "not only ...but" correct. Someonre can clarify it?
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05 Aug 2010, 13:50
The answer is def B. The use of the "to" eliminates choice E.

I would agree, though, that the apparent misuse of the idiom "not only X.... but also Y" is troubling.

It kind of makes me question the source of this question.
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14 Aug 2010, 07:51
A) in measuring the movements of the Sun and Moon is evidenced not only at: IS should be replaced by ARE
(B) in measuring the movements of the Sun and Moon are evidenced not only at:CORRECT
(C) in measuring the movements of the Sun and Moon is evidenced at not only:'AT NOT ONLY' should be 'NOT ONLY AT' and IS should be replaced by ARE
(D) to measure the movements of the Sun and Moon is evidenced at not only: 'TO MEASURE' is unidiomatic,'AT NOT ONLY' should be 'NOT ONLY AT' and IS should be replaced by ARE
(E) to measure the movements of the Sun and Moon are evidenced not only at:'TO MEASURE' is unidiomatic
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28 Dec 2011, 07:45
+1 B
tHOUGH E COMES CLOSER
SKILL IN is correct in this context.
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27 Dec 2012, 23:54
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

==> Split between 'to measure' and 'in measuring', go with 'in measuring' because Skill and precision to measure is awkward, moreso precision is exhibited by words 'in measuring'.
==> left over options A),B) and C).
==> Skill and Precision (Plural Subject) hence should have 'are' and not 'is'.
So B) is my choice.(Also, Not only and But goes with each other).so no issues there as well.
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15 Apr 2013, 23:24
Could anyone give a very strong reasoning for the options B and E as to why B is correct and E is wrong or either ways, B is wrong and E is correct.

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23 Dec 2013, 03:19
Parallelism is required between what follows Not only and what follows But, since but is followed by 'at' Not only also need to be followed by 'at'.
This eliminates C & D.
Verb and subject should agree- Here The skill and the precision of the Anasazi needs a plural verb 'are' so A, C and D are eliminated.
Between B & E, E uses the incorrect idiomatic usage of 'precision to measure' hence the answer is B
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23 Dec 2013, 07:42
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Amit1408GMAThunk wrote:
Could anyone give a very strong reasoning for the options B and E as to why B is correct and E is wrong or either ways, B is wrong and E is correct.

Thanks and regards,
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Hi,
This is in response to your PM.

The only difference between Choice B and Choice E is of "in measuring" and "to measure". Per the context of the sentence, "in measuring" is better that "to measure".
As the poster before my post has correctly said, this is not very good question to study because GMAT now does not use the idiom "not only X but Y". The correct idiom is "not only X but also Y".

So just study official questions.

Hope this helps.
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Based on the article ' for verbing vs to verb', we can clearly infer that there is no intent to measure the movements of sun and moon and hence use of to verb will be incorrect..although the other options doesn't have 'for verb' construction but using the concept in the article, we can say in measuring will be the correct usage....

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23 Dec 2013, 14:33
WoundedTiger wrote:

Based on the article ' for evening vs to verb', we can clearly infer there is no intent to measure the movements of sun and moon and hence use of to verb will be incorrect..although the other option doesn't have 'for verb' construction but using the concept in the article, we can say in measuring will be the correct usage....

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Hi there,

Yes, your understanding is correct here. We can easily that last two answer choices because of the incorrect use of "to measure". This leaves us with the answer choices that start with "in measuring". So yes, this usage has to be correct.

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05 Feb 2014, 08:00
LET ME HIGHLIGHT THE PREPOSITIONAL PHRASES.............

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.

SUBJECT- SKILL AND PRECISION...... VERBSHOULD BE " ARE".... A, C AND E ... GONE...
BALANCE B AND E.....

NOT ONLY AT -------- BUT AT ----------- ...... IS CORRECT IN BOTH......
SKILL AND PRECISION IN MEASURING ( AS IN "B") IS CORRECT.....SKILL AND PRECISION TO MEASURE ( AS IN "E") IS INCORRECT.

BELOW---- INCORRECT PORTIONS HIGHLIGHTED...

A. in measuring the movements of the Sun and Moonis evidenced not only at

B. in measuring the movements of the Sun and Moon are evidenced not only at......CORRECT

C. in measuring the movements of the Sun and Moonis evidenced at not only

D. to measure the movements of the Sun and Moonis evidenced at not only

E. to measure the movements of the Sun and Moon are evidenced not only at

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15 Sep 2014, 23:44
nightwing79 wrote:
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

Shoudnt it be "the Sun and THE Moon" due to parallelism in the correct answer??
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19 Sep 2016, 02:06
"skill" doesn't precede "in".
we don't say "I have skill in bowling"
we say "I have the skill to bowl"
"Skill to" is a correct construction...
Now coming to this question B is correct option
because here not just "skill" is used but "skill and precision" is used.
we don't say "I have the precision to bowl"
we say "I have the precision in bowling"
So, "Precision in" is correct construction.
So B is correct one here.
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21 May 2017, 09:20
mailabhishekmathur wrote:
Please mention why to is chosen over in

Hi mailabhishekmathur ,

For this question, the correct answer is B and not E.

We always have precision in something. Precision to is an incorrect usage.
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