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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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20 May 2009, 18:31
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"

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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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20 May 2009, 22:16
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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"

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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

agree with bsd_lover

same logic.
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20 May 2009, 22:33
Yes B, Noun of Noun in V-ing is more idiomatic than Noun of Noun + to infinitive V
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21 May 2009, 07:25
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 ...
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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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21 May 2009, 07:54
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ugimba wrote:
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

oh ...gotcha .. thank you ... may be I was too focussing on the answer choice(s) alone. +1 for ya.
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03 Nov 2009, 18:51
Minheequang wrote:
Yes B, Noun of Noun in V-ing is more idiomatic than Noun of Noun + to infinitive V

Can you elaborate on what you wrote ?
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03 Nov 2009, 19:30
Minheequang wrote:
Yes B, Noun of Noun in V-ing is more idiomatic than Noun of Noun + to infinitive V

How valid is this
Yeah even i would choose B
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03 Nov 2009, 21:32
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Why D is incorrect ??

Because "is evidenced" is incorrect, plural should be used here.
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04 Nov 2009, 09:55
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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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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 don`t 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, 08:46
Hi this is a common pattern which is checked on gmat.

"The skill and the precision of the Anasazi, ancient inhabitants of the Southwest," is just a phrase without any verb.

I need a gerund (ing) to complete the action in the active voice.

B does that wonderfully.
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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 Feb 2014, 06:14
Can someone please tell when to use "To do some something " and when to use "In doing something"? I was down to B and E but couldn't choose thereafter...
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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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05 Feb 2014, 08:22
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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

Thanks for your explanation .. But aren't both the idioms right? And if Yes then in what context should they be used?
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27 Jun 2014, 03:19
We wont see such question in current format of GMAT, as we know that GMAT is drifting away from questions testing subtle idiom differences to preserve its status as an international exam.
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