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New post 24 Dec 2018, 00:08
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daagh egmat "better control of infections", Better control seems me to be an adjective modifying infections. the word possibility is modifying better control, an adjective. Dont you think that possible is incorrect here?
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Where is the word possible? Could you kindly give me the entire clause and picture, and make it easy for me respond? Also, better is an adjective and it modifies the noun control. It is actually the prepositional phrase 'of infections' that modifies the control. It is important to understand the structure of the sentence, or else, we may go astray in the meaning.
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Where is the word possible? Could you kindly give me the entire clause and picture, and make it easy for me respond? Also, better is an adjective and it modifies the noun control. It is actually the prepositional phrase 'of infections' that modifies the control. It is important to understand the structure of the sentence, or else, we may go astray in the meaning.

Apologies for being too abstract.
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. I was referring to possible that is in bold font.
Now I understood the sentence clearly but have a question. better control of diseases is a possibility or better control of diseases is possible?
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Both seem correct. can't make out any difference in meaning
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Isn't C fragment ?
There is no conjuction between the sucess.... has .... and they had not considered......
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Isn't C fragment ?
There is no conjuction between the sucess.... has .... and they had not considered


C: The success of the program to eradicate smallpox has stimulated experts to pursue something they had not previously considered possible

A run-on happens between two ICs.

The first IC is -The success of the program to eradicate smallpox has stimulated experts.

"to pursue something they had not previously considered possible" is not an IC. It actually means, "to pursue something (that/ which) they had not previously considered possible", with the relative pronoun elided and implied. Thus, ---" they had not previously considered possible --- is relative clause modifier that modifies the noun 'something. Therefore, it is not an IC.
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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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Is "they had not previously considered possible" using past perfect? If so, is it not violating a grammar rule since we don't have 2 events in past?

I know "had considered" would be past perfect. Not sure about "had not considered".

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We have already removed D and E for grammatically inappropriate meaning 'such as' and for the use of like to denote examples. If you are further going to remove A, B ,and C for the use of the dangling past perfect without a past tense, then we have to drop this question altogether. GMAT is keen the know what we will do in these tricky circumstances.,

Therefore, go for the best choice among the lot. You cn drop A and B for the same reasons we dropped D and E. You can choose C as th best among the lot despite the hole you pointed out.
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Is "they had not previously considered possible" using past perfect? If so, is it not violating a grammar rule since we don't have 2 events in past?

Hi dabaobao, this is definitely past perfect and it is not a violation of the rule.

Following two events happened in the past:
(i) stimulated experts to pursue <something>
(ii) earlier, they had not previously considered <something> possible

Clearly, (ii) happened before (i) and hence, is expressed as past perfect.

For example, following would also be a correct sentence:

Peter has finally aced the exam that he had earlier not been able to ace.

Again, ace the exam and not able to ace earlier, are two events that happened in the past. The event that happened earlier (not able to ace earlier) is expressed as past perfect.

Apart from the sentence under consideration, there are other official examples of this nature as well:

The success of the program to eradicate smallpox has stimulated experts to pursue something they had not previously considered possible -- better control, if not eradication, of such infections as measles and yaws.
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New post 25 Nov 2019, 16:11
Like is incorrect for example.
Like is used for comparison.
So (B) and (E) is out.
'Other infections' in A and D is incorrect.
Also 'D' is passive which is not favored.
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