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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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IMO E

1. The skill and the precision => are
(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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IMO E.
The skill and the precision (plural subject) to measure the movements of the Sun and Moon are (plural verb) evidenced not only at (parallel with but at) Chaco Canyon but at a number of other sites.

Please note that use of but also entails use of not only; however use of not only does not entails use of but also.

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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


B.

skill and precision in doing <something> IDIOMATICALLY CORRECT
skill and precision to do X -> NOT IDIOMATICALLY CORRECT

Former is more idiomatic

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Following the pattern - not only at ... but at .. we can eliminate C and D.

Skill and precision together are plural "and skill .. is" is incorrect. This eliminates A.

So between B and E "skill in measuring" sounds better (ie. more idiomatic) than "skill to measure"

Hence B is my answer.

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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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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


I can eliminate D, and E easily and eliminated C also ('at' infront of not only) but I am struggling to decide between A and B.

I chose A as my answer but everybody else went for B.

I thought 'measuring the movements' should be singular, isn't it? how this is plural? can some one explain in more detail?

I know 'movements' is plural but we are talking about 'measuring the movements' right? measure is an activity and thinking this is singular ...

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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


I can eliminate D, and E easily and eliminated C also ('at' infront of not only) but I am struggling to decide between A and B.

I chose A as my answer but everybody else went for B.

I thought 'measuring the movements' should be singular, isn't it? how this is plural? can some one explain in more detail?

I know 'movements' is plural but we are talking about 'measuring the movements' right? measure is an activity and thinking this is singular ...

Subject here are The skill and the precision of the Anasazi
in measuring the movements of the Sun and Moon is modifier for subject, not subject

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Why D is incorrect ??



I think D is not correct because of two reasons:
1. 'to measure'... i think it should be 'in measuring' because it is following 'precision'.
2. 'is' is wrong. It should be 'are' because we got 'skill and precision' as subject to the verb.

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B or E....E is better because although you can say skills to do something....it is precision in doing something
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you are Right

E - incorrect - Idiom: skill in doing something.
His skill in teaching is better than His skill to teach


http://gmatsentencecorrection.blogspot. ... 3-984.html

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The reason B is better is that B correctly uses the idiom SKILL IN DOING X
SKILL TO is incorrect in this contest
Subjet VERB needs aAND

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IMO B - best option

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

precision - 'in measuring' is correct
skill + precision - 'are' is correct

correct idiom - 'not only' at
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B
I'd like to blame this on Idioms.

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B
but "not only" is not paired with "but also" in this question. I am surprised to see this.
not only X... but also Y... is the standard construction for Gmat. isnt it?
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whats wrong with to measure, please clear me


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

My ans is B.
Parallelism: not only at... but at...
Subj. V. agreement: the skill and the precision-->are
Idiom: In measuring > to measure
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Can somebody explain why TO measure is wrong?? I cannot understan that!
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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

Idiom: skill in (doing something)

e.g. Skill in sailing; Skill in shooting etc.

C,D, & E are out.

The skill and the precision of Anasazi (Two qualities of Anasazi) = Plural

so IS is OUT and ARE is IN.

B is the winner.

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Can somebody explain why TO measure is wrong?? I cannot understan that!
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Hi maiahoji,

Look carefully where the underlined text begins in the original post:

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.

It would be really awkward to say: ...Southwest, in to measure...

But if the underlined texts looks like: in measuring, then as in other post is written, "skill in" is the answer. But I agree that it's more confusing than the previous underlined text.

The underline beginning in "measuring" helps you rule out the sentence "in to measure".

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Can somebody explain why TO measure is wrong?? I cannot understan that!
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Hi maiahoji,

Look carefully where the underlined text begins in the original post:

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.

It would be really awkward to say: ...Southwest, in to measure...

But if the underlined texts looks like: in measuring, then as in other post is written, "skill in" is the answer. But I agree that it's more confusing than the previous underlined text.

The underline beginning in "measuring" helps you rule out the sentence "in to measure".




I think "in" is also underlined in this question.
As per your explanation "in to" if we choose B then its gong to be "in in" which is wordy and awkward (easy to pic)

I will go with E

reason 1. For skill and precision (plural) we use "are"
reason 2. to measure sounds more clear than in measuring
ex- johnny's skill to measure xyz

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Will go with B, because E sounds weird to me.
But ppl, isn't the question wrong? what about "not only ...but (also??)..."

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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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I too was able to eliminate ACD right off the bat (is/are)

E seems too awkward

Therefore, B.

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