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# The skill and the precision of the Anasazi, ancient

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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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22 Aug 2010, 14:11

skill and precision - 'and' hence plural verb form - 'are'.

leaves us with options B and D.

NOT ONLY at x But at Y --- correct idiom and parallelism is maintained.

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25 Aug 2010, 19:15
B
Parallelism: not only at... but at...
Subj. V. agreement: the skill and the precision-->are
In measuring
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25 Aug 2010, 23:18
So when the subject has a and b does that make it plural? So a and b and c is like a compound subject?

What about not only but? Why is there no also?

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26 Aug 2010, 04:53
+1 for E..
I searched for Idiom : Skill in Vs Skill to....but coud'nt find the proper usage.
Still confused between B and E.
Can anyone solve the mystery please....
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18 Nov 2010, 02:18
I'm confused btw A & B, but finally go for B. OA pls!
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18 Nov 2010, 21:13
The big Oxford dictionary says:

skill // noun
1 [U] ~ (in / at sth) | ~ (in / at doing sth) the ability to do sth well:
The job requires skill and an eye for detail. * What made him remarkable as a photographer was his skill in capturing the moment.
2 [C] a particular ability or type of ability:
We need people with practical skills like carpentry. * management skills
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18 Nov 2010, 21:18
The skill and the precision of the Anasazi is a plural subject thus needs plural verb ARE not is
So A is out and B is correct.
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23 Nov 2010, 17:31
First looking at the SV agreement we should have "are".
So between B and E but E is wrong coz "skill into measuring" is awkward.
IMO B
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01 Jan 2011, 11:33
A,C,D is agreement issue

B,E ---are(B is idiomatic) to make is infinitive (use only for purpose)
clearly
b wins
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21 Mar 2011, 22:07
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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

out of the given options B is the best choice no doubt,

but ' not only x.... but also y ' is the right idiomatic usage i suppose , so ' not only X... but Y' is only the lesser evil of the options given.

is that valid ?
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21 Mar 2011, 22:10
1 more thing i want to know...
whats the difference between ' is evidenced AT not only X' , and 'is evidenced not only AT X'
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13 May 2011, 10:19
well, i think the correct usage is not only...but also. using that as a rule , all the options are flawed .

but out of the given options B is the best because of the usage of 'are' for plural subject 'the skill and the precision'
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13 May 2011, 11:18
skill ans precision are describing qualities of measurement.
Hence of measuring is preferred rather than to measure.

not only at but at --idiom

skill and precision needs a plural verb are to be linked with measuring.

B comes clean.
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28 Jul 2011, 23:31
To measure vs in measuring
Infinitives show intention but says nothing about results
Participles show results but doesn't say anything about results.

Therefore in situations where we need to emphasize on intent we need to use infinitives, if we need to emphasize on results then we need to use participles.

In this case the result is the evidence and not the intent, therefore we need to go with the participle.
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09 Sep 2011, 05:30
according to mgmt forum, these type of questions do not appear on gmat anymore, so it is better to just ignore them because you'd be wasting your time.
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10 Sep 2011, 05:20
yea... i like E too... i remember reading that an infinitive form ( to measure) is better than using a gerund form (measuring).

1. Am i right?
2. is measure any different?
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