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Until 1868 from Disraeli, Great Britain had no prime

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Until 1868 and Disraeli, Great Britain had no prime minister not coming from a landed family.

A. Until 1868 and Disraeli, Great Britain had no prime minister not coming
B. Until 1868 and Disraeli, Great Britain has had not prime minister who has not come
C. Until Disraeli in 1868, Great Britain had no prime minister who has not come
D. It was not until 1868 that Great Britain had a prime minister-Disraeli-who did not come
E. It was only 1868 and Disraeli that Great Britain has one of its prime minister not coming.
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22 Jan 2007, 23:22
D is my choice.
IMO, A, B and C are wrong because in 'Until X from Y' X and Y are not parallel. Same problem in E. 'Only X and Y'. Comparing a year with a person is wrong.

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Until 1868 from Disraeli, Great Britain had no prime minister not coming from a landed family.

A.
B. Until 1868 from Disraeli, Great Britain has had not prime minister who has not come
C. Until 1868 from Disraeli, Great Britain had no prime minister who has not come
D. It was not until 1868 that Great Britain had a prime minister-Disraeli-who did not come
E. It was only 1868 and Disraeli that Great Britain has one of its prime minister not coming.

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23 Jan 2007, 06:12
A looks correct.

D should be wrong because "who" modifies "Disraeli" here instead of "prime minister"
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23 Jan 2007, 13:33
i agree with ASAF , I have never seen so many double negatives, the only one that I could even understand was D
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17 Aug 2015, 04:29
It's an official question with some tweaks. Please try and share your inputs.
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07 Jan 2016, 20:38
mono wrote:
Until 1868 from Disraeli, Great Britain had no prime minister not coming from a landed family.

A.
B. Until 1868 from Disraeli, Great Britain has had not prime minister who has not come
C. Until 1868 from Disraeli, Great Britain had no prime minister who has not come
D. It was not until 1868 that Great Britain had a prime minister-Disraeli-who did not come
E. It was only 1868 and Disraeli that Great Britain has one of its prime minister not coming.

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Answer D is correct because the B,C have tense mismatch while A has incorrect phrase in second part of sentence. Option E says the change occurred in Disraeli which is wrong.
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The point of this warped official question is to expound the use of double negatives. The core theme is that all PMs prior to Disraeli, who became the PM in 1868, came from landed gentry; Disraeli was the first one whose family did not own lands.
History aside, it is the dubious introductory remarks ‘Until 1868 from Disraeli’ that unseat A, B and C; it is not clear what the term ‘from’ stands for. It also may lead to an absurd meaning that all the PMs that GB had were from Disraeli.
We have to fall back on D and E now, but E is outright loser because of the murky structure
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08 Jan 2016, 21:05
JarvisR wrote:
It's an official question with some tweaks. Please try and share your inputs.

I appreciate the effort but I don't think we'd ever see a sentence like this on the GMAT. D is the only sentence here that makes sense and it's fairly obvious why.
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06 Mar 2017, 15:47
A: double negation
B: double negation + tense issue
C: tense issue
D: fine
E: wrong meaning (although technically correct) in parallelism (in 1868 and (in) Disraeli)
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13 Mar 2017, 10:00
Until 1868 and Disraeli, Great Britain had no prime minister not coming from a landed family.

A. Until 1868 and Disraeli, Great Britain had no prime minister not coming - until is used in the context of time ;The phrase …no prime minister not coming from… is confusing, as it doesn’t clearly convey the intended meaning that before Disraeli, all prime ministers of Great Britain came from landed families.
B. Until 1868 and Disraeli, Great Britain has had not prime minister who has not come -Use of past perfect tense verb had had is incorrect because the sentence talks about an event that took place till a certain point in time in the past.
C. Until Disraeli in 1868, Great Britain had no prime minister who has not come - same idiom error as in A and B ;
D. It was not until 1868 that Great Britain had a prime minister-Disraeli-who did not come - Correct
E. It was only 1868 and Disraeli that Great Britain has one of its prime minister not coming. - Illogical meaning - Disraeli in this choice appears to be a place and not a person.

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