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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 [#permalink]

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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 eradication, of such infections like
C. something they had not previously considered possible -- better control, if not eradication, of such infections as
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
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12 Oct 2008, 18:47
confused between B and C. Will prefer to go with C
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12 Oct 2008, 19:09
B sounds correct to me.
in Sentence C . "such infections as" is wrong
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Re: SC:The Success [#permalink]

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12 Oct 2008, 19:58
Lets try figuring out why all the other options are incorrect.
A. Uses 'the' before other infections.We have two infections here measles and yaws. So the cannot be used.
B. It uses "like". Like can be used when saying "similar to". But here we know the infections to be measles and yaws.
D. Wordy and changes the meaning of the original sentence.
E. Same reason as B.

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12 Oct 2008, 21:48
paeagain 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 eradication, of such infections like
C. something they had not previously considered possible -- better control, if not eradication, of such infections as
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

we need "such as" here . So we can eliminate B and E
D is passive. So we eliminate D
Between A and C "something they had not" is better than "what they had not"

So I go with C.
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12 Oct 2008, 23:49
amitdgr wrote:
paeagain 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 eradication, of such infections like
C. something they had not previously considered possible -- better control, if not eradication, of such infections as
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

we need "such as" here . So we can eliminate B and E
D is passive. So we eliminate D
Between A and C "something they had not" is better than "what they had not"

So I go with C.

C is concise and conveys the meaning !!
IMO C
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Re: SC:The Success [#permalink]

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13 Oct 2008, 03:41
shouldn't we use "like" while citing examples of infections ...measles and yaws?
why is "such as " needed here?
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13 Oct 2008, 04:36
prasun84 wrote:
shouldn't we use "like" while citing examples of infections ...measles and yaws?
why is "such as " needed here?

like is used to show similarities !!
where as such is used to give examples
infections measels and yaws are examples not similar to infections

hence cant use like
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Re: SC:The Success [#permalink]

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14 Oct 2008, 03:58
I am still not sure why A is wrong...I picked A as I did not find any error. May be the error is in "the other infections such as....".
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14 Oct 2008, 04:25
scthakur wrote:
I am still not sure why A is wrong...I picked A as I did not find any error. May be the error is in "the other infections such as....".

scthakur, usually 'what' is such sentences is used in casual english. 'Something' is preferred in formal english.
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