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# The term "cult" has no formal definition in the Study of Religions, bu

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The term "cult" has no formal definition in the Study of Religions, but in the popular media, it is a group of people that uses manipulative techniques to brainwash unsuspecting victims.

A it is a group of people that uses
B it is a group of people that use
C they are a group of people who use
D it refers to a group that uses
E it is a term in reference to a group of people known to use

there is a similar question with the similar patterns in D & E. Nevertheless, I am not sure whether this question is good enough. For example, in D, a group of what?
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11 Jan 2018, 13:37
easy... the hint here is that gmat desires "refers to" in the stead of "is" often times.

in reference to is correct however it is not the most concise answer.
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11 Jan 2018, 13:42
destinyawaits wrote:
easy... the hint here is that gmat desires "refers to" in the stead of "is" often times.

in reference to is correct however it is not the most concise answer.

the grammar in E is also correct, isn't it?
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11 Jan 2018, 14:30
chesstitans wrote:
destinyawaits wrote:
easy... the hint here is that gmat desires "refers to" in the stead of "is" often times.

in reference to is correct however it is not the most concise answer.

the grammar in E is also correct, isn't it?

Yes. It is correct. However, the correct answer on the GMAT is always the most concise. This means that you should always select The answer that expresses the most in the fewest words.

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11 Jan 2018, 14:59
destinyawaits wrote:
chesstitans wrote:
destinyawaits wrote:
easy... the hint here is that gmat desires "refers to" in the stead of "is" often times.

in reference to is correct however it is not the most concise answer.

the grammar in E is also correct, isn't it?

Yes. It is correct. However, the correct answer on the GMAT is always the most concise. This means that you should always select The answer that expresses the most in the fewest words.

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a group" is too concise; it can be "a group of cats"
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The subject of the sentence is a word, the word "cult." A cult itself may be a group of people, but the word "cult" is not a group of people. Choices (A) & (B) & (C) all mistakenly identify the word with the group of people, so these are wrong.

Choice (D) is logically correct and elegant.

Choice (E) is logically and grammatically correct, but it is exceptionally wordy and indirect. Choice (D) is better than (E) and is the best answer here.
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14 May 2018, 09:48
chesstitans wrote:
a group" is too concise; it can be "a group of cats"

If a group of cats "use[d] manipulative techniques to brainwash unsuspecting victims," I think I'd call it a cult.
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