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Until Tammy Howard proved otherwise in the 18th century,

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Re: Until Tammy Howard proved otherwise in the 18th century, [#permalink]

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can anyone explain why B is wrong ? it because of placement of *IT* after and makes the sentence confusing? otherwise please give reason.

Hey Saarthak

See; scientists belief was before Howard proved. So, instead of Scientists believed, it should be "scientists had believed" because this actually occurred earlier than Howard proved. That's the main reason of dropping B.

As far as the placement of "its" is concerned, I dont see it is referring anything other than Phlogiston. It's fine there from its usage perspective.

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New post 24 Dec 2017, 22:38
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saarthak299 wrote:
can anyone explain why B is wrong ? it because of placement of *IT* after and makes the sentence confusing? otherwise please give reason.

Hey Saarthak

See; scientists belief was before Howard proved. So, instead of Scientists believed, it should be "scientists had believed" because this actually occurred earlier than Howard proved. That's the main reason of dropping B.

As far as the placement of "its" is concerned, I dont see it is referring anything other than Phlogiston. It's fine there from its usage perspective.

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"it" can actually refers to "a substance". B has many flaws; this is common in gmat.
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New post 25 Dec 2017, 05:35
Option A - Correct --> Proper contrast is established between Tammy H and many scientists, past perfect (had) clearly confirms the action prior to the 18th century and phlogiston is clearly described after a comma.
Option B - Incorrect --> Original sentence does not call for any parallel structure as presented in option B (X and Y)
Option C - Incorrect --> Awkward wording + unclear meaning.
Option D - Incorrect --> Improper comparision of phlogiston with TH.
Option E - Incorrect --> Change of meaning from original intended meaning.
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