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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


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


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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

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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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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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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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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I am not an expert but I can help you here.

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

E) The skill and the precision of the Anasazi, ancient inhabitants of the Southwest, to measure the movements of the Sun and Moon are evidenced not only at Chaco Canyon but at a number of other sites.

They are very similar. They have the right verb "are" use the same structure in the comparison "not only at ... but at". As you can see there is only one difference : in measuring/to measure. To measure sounds awkward, I would say the skill in something rather than the skill to . This is a question from the 1000 series and from what I've learned so far, it's not a good source.

Let me know if it's clear
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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.

Experts your help needed.

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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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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.

Experts your help needed.

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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. :-)
Thanks.
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Hi Shraddha,

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....

Please confirm

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Hi Shraddha,

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.

Hope this helps. :-)
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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 idiomatically correct
(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 unidiomatic
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certainly, precision to measure sounds very very awkward.
This question does not test any concept of idiom, but B is the right answer.
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New post 27 Jan 2018, 04:12
Understood my mistake although I marked Option E....was stuck between two options B and E....Skill and Precision together are plural so Options A,C and D eliminated. Correct idiomatic usage is skill and precision in doing something and not skill and precision to do something
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Experts, Please provide Poe for options B and E.
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