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New post 17 Jan 2019, 02:12
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I have a question concerning choice (E):

Many people have a disinclination to recognize the weakness of their analytical skills while willing to admit their lack of computer skills or other technical skills.

The official explanation for why this choice (E) is wrong is as follows:

Have a disinclination is wordy (the verb disinclined is preferred) and, when followed by while willing, creates an incomplete construction

I agree that answer is wrong because it is wordy, but I don't agree that it creates an incomplete construction. I've been scouring through grammar forums and grammar articles. Everything that I've read leads me to believe that this construction is perfectly grammatical.

So, am I wrong or is the Official Explanation wrong?


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Yes this construction is incomplete because 'while' is a subordinating conjunction and needs a full clause associated...
Which could have been true if it said.."while people are willing to admit.."

Since 'people are' does not appear anywhere else in the sentence, it can not be ellipsed.
That's why it is incomplete.

Let me know if it helped.


Yes this construction is incomplete because 'while' is a subordinating conjunction and needs a full clause associated...--> This is not really true. when two actions have the same actor, we can simplify the second one by using participle.
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New post 30 Mar 2019, 06:56
Hi Expert,

I still have no idea why E is wrong.

Please explain.

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I still have no idea why E is wrong.

Please explain.

Thank you.

(E) Many people have a disinclination to recognize the weakness of their analytical skills while willing to admit their lack of computer skills or other technical skills.

We have two parts of a sentence connected by a conjunction, "while."

Let's first consider the part that precedes the conjunction.

Many people have a disinclination to recognize the weakness of their analytical skills

That section of the sentence is a complete clause, and it basically makes sense.

At the same time, "many people have a disinclination" conveys that many people have one disinclination. Of course, that meaning is a little off.

Further, "many people have a disinclination" is a bit convoluted. I would be better to say something along the lines of "many people are disinclined."

Now, let's consider the remainder of the sentence, which is even more clearly incorrect than the first part.

We can more easily see what's wrong with the second part of the sentence by shortening the sentence.

Many people have a disinclination ... while willing to admit their lack of computer skills or other technical skills.

The two parts do not make sense together.

This makes sense:

    He was walking while asleep.

OK, we can all see that someone could walk while asleep. He was asleep, and during the period of time when he was asleep, he walked.

However, this does not make sense.

    They have a disinclination while willing.

At best, that sentence conveys the nonsensical meaning that people are willing, and during the period of time when they are willing, the have a disinclination.

Really though, what's going on is that that meaning is not what's meant to be conveyed, and there are some words missing from version (E).

We have the following:

"People have a disinclination" and then "willing."

"have" does not go with "willing." We would not say "people have willing."

We would say that people "are willing."

So, there is no verb connecting "people" with "willing," and so, as it stands, (E) says essentially "people have a disinclination, while people willing," which is illogical.

So, some words are missing.

Here's a rewritten version of (E) that makes more sense.

Rewritten version of (E) Many people are disinclined to recognize the weakness of their analytical skills, while they are willing to admit their lack of computer skills or other technical skills.
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Unlike computer skills or other technical skills, there is a disinclination on the part of many people to recognize the degree to which their analytical skills are weak.


(A) Unlike computer skills or other technical skills, there is a disinclination on the part of many people to recognize the degree to which their analytical skills are weak

(B) Unlike computer skills or other technical skills, which they admit they lack, many people are disinclined to recognize that their analytical skills are weak

(C) Unlike computer skills or other technical skills, analytical skills bring out a disinclination in many people to recognize that they are weak to a degree

(D) Many people, willing to admit that they lack computer skills or other technical skills, are disinclined to recognize that their analytical skills are weak

(E) Many people have a disinclination to recognize the weakness of their analytical skills while willing to admit their lack of computer skills or other technical

A, B are straight out because of mismatched comparison.

C has a problem with the pronoun 'they'. It is not clear whether the people are weak or the skills are weak. Please note that the subject of the sentence is analytical skills

D. This is the correct sentence with the modifier modifying the noun in front.

E. The main problem with this sentence is that it is not clear what the modifier 'while willing to admit' modifies. It may be noted that there is no comma before while and hence that phrase illogically modifies the technical skills.

(P. S) it is often seen that when subordinate conjunction is placed at the end of a sentence, it usually starts a full-fledged subordinate clause with a subject and a verb although am not sure whether this is a convention or rule.
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Drilled down to option C and D. Eliminated option C because of two reasons - "to a degree" doesn't make any sense. Moreover, the sentence completely changes the intent.
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New post 25 Jun 2019, 13:09
Hello

There are many comments regarding option E, in particular the use of "while". In my opinion, "while" can be used without a full clause as long as it is parallel to something that precedes it. Check out this Off SC problem: https://gmatclub.com/forum/a-recent-poll-indicates-that-many-people-in-the-united-states-hold-a-18679.html

In this particular case (E), what comes after while is unparalleled because it is preceded by a full clause, Thus it also should be structured the same way.

Please correct me if I'm wrong
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