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# V99-03

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16 Sep 2014, 01:29
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Choose the sentence with properly used idiom (emphasized with boldface). Please note that a wrong answer choice may be grammatically correct.

A. What these scores tell us is that rigor is lacking in some schools.
B. What these scores tell us is that some schools lack of rigor.
C. What these scores tell us is that there's a lack of rigor in some schools.
D. All of the above
E. None of the above

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16 Sep 2014, 01:29
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Choose the sentence with properly used idiom (emphasized with boldface). Please note that a wrong answer choice may be grammatically correct.

A. What these scores tell us is that rigor is lacking in some schools.
B. What these scores tell us is that some schools lack of rigor.
C. What these scores tell us is that there's a lack of rigor in some schools.
D. All of the above
E. None of the above

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23 Jan 2015, 08:44
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Hi
Why is answer C not correct ?
Thanks a lot for your help.
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09 Jul 2015, 03:44
Hi Bunuel,

Where can I find an exhaustive list of idioms?
Best Regards,
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09 Jul 2015, 04:04
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jgnorero wrote:
Hi Bunuel,

Where can I find an exhaustive list of idioms?
Best Regards,

Check here: gmat-idioms-comprehensive-list-of-gmat-idioms-80342.html
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17 Jul 2015, 08:17
can i please know why ans choice C is incorrect since "lack" acts as a noun rather than a verb
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28 Oct 2015, 03:45
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I don't agree with the explanation. [sth/sb] be lacking in [sth] (lacking is an adjective)
= [sth/sb] lack [sth] (lack is a verb)
= A lack of [sth] (lack is a noun)
Based on the meaning and structure, answer A is WRONG because the subject should be "some schools". It is "some schools" that are lacking in "rigor", how can rigor is lacking in schools?

Answer should be C, although in Manhattan Sentence Correction Guide, 4th edition, page 158, the similar sentence "there is a lack of" is suspected, but in Mahattan, what is more suspected is the remainder of the sentenec (to build new.." rather than the term "a lack of" itself.

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02 Jan 2016, 09:51
Even I think the answer should be C .

Can someone give a concrete answer ?
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20 Jul 2016, 05:00
Not only, I find C to be a correct option, but also A as an incorrect and unidiomatic option.
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10 Aug 2016, 08:29
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I don't know all the grammar rules, but I can add my 2 cents.

I got this right from the get-go and was pretty confident in my answer.

C does sound like the right answer, but in A emphasis is place on rigor instead of the lack of rigor.
To me, C sounds passive while A sounds assertive and just cleaner overall.

C is grammatically correct, however A is "better" to say the least.
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23 Aug 2016, 23:31
We're actually talking about the lack of rigor, and saying ' there's a lack of rigor' sounds like we're contradicting ourselves.
My \$0.02.
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06 May 2017, 06:13
Obviously, C is grammatically correct, but why it's not C? Is it because of its meaning?
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12 Jul 2017, 10:37
Option A is in active voice and clear. If this option was not there then C which is in passive voice would have been correct.
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19 Sep 2017, 09:01
I think this is a poor-quality question and I don't agree with the explanation. 'A lack of rigour' is a completely acceptable idiom and is commonly used in high quality newspapers and journals
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17 Oct 2017, 11:21
I think this is a high-quality question and I don't agree with the explanation. y not c
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22 Nov 2017, 21:24
I think this is a poor-quality question and the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate.
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26 Nov 2017, 20:53
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This not a rule but I have found this (All usages of "Lack" follow this pattern in OG. You can check by ctrl+F):

When 'Lack' is used as a verb, it usually does not take a preposition.
"The conclusion lacks support", "The conclusion is lacking popular acclaim" etc.

When 'Lack' is used as a noun, it takes preposition 'of'
"The lack of support makes the conclusion vulnerable. "

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30 Nov 2017, 00:57
I think the idea behind this question is the usage of present continuous tense for "these scores".

Otherwise, this question is poor.
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22 Mar 2018, 18:58
I think this is a poor-quality question and the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate.
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27 Jul 2018, 01:07
Why not C.
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