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# The success of the program to eradicate smallpox has

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The success of the program to eradicate smallpox has stimulated experts to
pursue what they had not previously considered possible -- better control, if not eradication, of the other infections such as measles and yaws.

A. what they had not previously considered possible -- better control, if not eradication, of the other infections such as
B. what they had not previously considered a possibility -- better control, if not
C. something they had not previously considered possible -- better control, if not
D. something not considered a previous possibility -- better control and perhaps
eradication, of other infections such as
E. the possibility of what they had not previously considered possible -- better
control and possibly eradication of infections like

Can anyone explain why A is wrong ?

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25 Sep 2008, 02:40
Nihit wrote:
The success of the program to eradicate smallpox has stimulated experts to
pursue what they had not previously considered possible -- better control, if not eradication, of the other infections such as measles and yaws.

A. what they had not previously considered possible -- better control, if not eradication, of the other infections such as
B. what they had not previously considered a possibility -- better control, if not
C. something they had not previously considered possible -- better control, if not
D. something not considered a previous possibility -- better control and perhaps
eradication, of other infections such as
E. the possibility of what they had not previously considered possible -- better
control and possibly eradication of infections like

Can anyone explain why A is wrong ?

Tough call between C & D.

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25 Sep 2008, 06:46
Nihit wrote:
I think the idiom is Such ..... as

Please note that such & as can be separated by words in between. This usage is also correct.
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25 Sep 2008, 07:11
C should be it.
Yes, it is the "such" and "as" combination that the author is looking for.
Somebody asked " why A is wrong?" It is not grammatically wrong but it is too wordy! There are better formats available in the answer.
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25 Sep 2008, 07:24
As Vs Like – As used to compare 2 verbs, Like used to compare 2 nouns. Here, they are comparing nouns, so I would have gone with “like”. However, B looks wrong.

Tough call will go with C

A - wordy
B -
C -
D – “something not considered” does not modify experts
E - redundant
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25 Sep 2008, 14:30
Imo. D.

[quote="Nihit"]The success of the program to eradicate smallpox has stimulated experts to
pursue what they had not previously considered possible -- better control, if not eradication, of the other infections such as measles and yaws.

A. what they had not previously considered possible -- better control, if not eradication, of the other infections such as

Not too fond of the "they". I also don't believe the use of "if" is correct. From my understanding, if there's an if, then there must be a then (atleast in the gmats). Can someone confirm?

B. what they had not previously considered a possibility -- better control, if not

like is not correct. we need such as because they are giving examples: measles and yaws.

C. something they had not previously considered possible -- better control, if not

The correct idiom is such as.

D. something not considered a previous possibility -- better control and perhaps
eradication, of other infections such as

This is the better answer. However I'm skeptical in the wording of "considered a previous possibility" vs previously considered a possibility. Can someone clarify this for me?

E. the possibility of what they had not previously considered possible -- better
control and possibly eradication of infections like

Like is not the appropriate usage here. We need such as.
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26 Sep 2008, 05:05
IMO D. past perfect does not make sense here. All the other options but D use past perfect.

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