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# Venture researchers are interested in tracking information

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Venture researchers are interested in tracking information regarding all
aspects of the venture creation process as well as capturing data that
demonstrates
the economic value of venture capital to the national and
global economies.

(A) interested to track information regarding all aspects of the venture
creation process as well as capturing data that demonstrates
(B) interested in tracking information regarding all aspects of the venture
creation process as well as capturing data that demonstrate
(C) interested in tracking information regarding all aspects of the venture
creation process as well as in capturing data that demonstrates
(D) interested in tracking information regarding all aspects of the venture
creation process as well as in capturing data that demonstrate
(E) interested to track information regarding all aspects of the venture
creation process as well as to capture data that demonstrates
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22 Jun 2004, 04:37
I would go with B

There are two errors that have to be corrected.
First, it is the idiom -- "interested in".
Second, the subject-verb agreement issue -- data , which is plural , needs
a plural verb -- demonstrate.
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22 Jun 2004, 04:44
is it C? (E is also a close choice .. )

but i don't idiom regarding interested in/to

C and E are having proper parallel structure..

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22 Jun 2004, 04:55
I suppose the official answer is E.

However, choices C and D are perfectly fine!

One may be interested to know sth and in knowing sth.

"As well as" should be followed by either "in" or "to" to uphold parallelism.

The bone of contention here is "data" which may be both plural and singular. On balance it's really a usage issue. Below is an excerpt from The American HeritageÂ® Dictionary of the English Language.

The word data is the plural of Latin datum, â€œsomething given,â€
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22 Jun 2004, 05:34
D it is.
Idiom is "interested in +ing"
data is usually plural
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22 Jun 2004, 05:38
Yes, it is D. It employs a correct idiom, a correct verb after a plural (DATA), and the most parallel structure.
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22 Jun 2004, 05:42
stolyar wrote:
Yes, it is D. It employs a correct idiom, a correct verb after a plural (DATA), and the most parallel structure.

See above and try to prove that E, or C for that matter, is wrong.
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22 Jun 2004, 05:49
ob wrote:
stolyar wrote:
Yes, it is D. It employs a correct idiom, a correct verb after a plural (DATA), and the most parallel structure.

See above and try to prove that E, or C for that matter, is wrong.

Don't you see? OK.

(C) interested in tracking information regarding all aspects of the venture
creation process as well as in capturing data that DEMONSTRATES [mistake]

(E) interested to track [a wrong idiom] information regarding all aspects of the venture creation process as well as to capture data that demonstrates [a wrong verb form]
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22 Jun 2004, 06:00
stolyar wrote:
ob wrote:
stolyar wrote:
Yes, it is D. It employs a correct idiom, a correct verb after a plural (DATA), and the most parallel structure.

See above and try to prove that E, or C for that matter, is wrong.

Don't you see? OK.

(C) interested in tracking information regarding all aspects of the venture
creation process as well as in capturing data that DEMONSTRATES [mistake]

(E) interested to track [a wrong idiom] information regarding all aspects of the venture creation process as well as to capture data that demonstrates [a wrong verb form]

Umm... I just quoted The American Heritage Dictionary on using plural/singular verb forms with "data" (I hope you've read the reference ). What other authority do you need?

If you check a dictionary, and I mean any dictionary, you will see that "interested" may be followed by either "in + gerund" or "to + bare infinitive."
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22 Jun 2004, 06:19
stolyar wrote:
Venture researchers are interested in tracking information regarding all
aspects of the venture creation process as well as capturing data that
demonstrates
the economic value of venture capital to the national and
global economies.

(A) interested to track information regarding all aspects of the venture
creation process as well as capturing data that demonstrates
(B) interested in tracking information regarding all aspects of the venture
creation process as well as capturing data that demonstrate
(C) interested in tracking information regarding all aspects of the venture
creation process as well as in capturing data that demonstrates
(D) interested in tracking information regarding all aspects of the venture
creation process as well as in capturing data that demonstrate
(E) interested to track information regarding all aspects of the venture
creation process as well as to capture data that demonstrates

I think that the answer is D.

elimiated A & E on the basis of 'interested to track' which I believe to be unidiomatic as opposed to 'interested in doing smth'

B - doesn't have the correct parallel structure
B - 'interested in X as well as Y'
should be - 'interested in X as well as in Y'

C & D are almost identical, have the correct parallel structure

The difference
C: 'the data that demonstrates'
D: 'the data that demonstrate'

That makes it a very difficult call and a tricky question. I choose to go with D, because I've recently seen 'data' used in plural in an accounting textbook...
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22 Jun 2004, 06:22
I may quote other well-known sources maintaining that DATA is plural.
In all the books I have read about the GMAT and TOEFl, DATA is stated as a plural.
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22 Jun 2004, 06:42
stolyar wrote:
I may quote other well-known sources maintaining that DATA is plural.
In all the books I have read about the GMAT and TOEFl, DATA is stated as a plural.

So you do admit to opposing views on the subject

My other point has not been addressed.

Man, I didn't mean to start a shouting match; I just wanted to underscore that the question is pretty controversial and a little inadequate for a standardized test.
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22 Jun 2004, 07:45
Close between D and E, as they only maintain the parallelism. But would go for D, (Considering data as plural)
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22 Jun 2004, 19:10
ob wrote:

So you do admit to opposing views on the subject

My other point has not been addressed.

Man, I didn't mean to start a shouting match; I just wanted to underscore that the question is pretty controversial and a little inadequate for a standardized test.

You have a point. But, English -- as well as other languages -- changes
over time. What is grammatically correct hundred years ago is not necessarliy correct now.

Dictionaries quary the English pundits about usage on controversial
words and if majarity agrees on certain usage then they accept that
usage and change the word entry. That is what happened to the
word "data".

Some dictionaries say "data" is plural while others say it can mean
either singular or plural .

But for ETS, "data" is plural and "datum" is singular.

Hope this information helps!
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23 Jun 2004, 00:12
ob wrote:

So you do admit to opposing views on the subject

My other point has not been addressed.

Man, I didn't mean to start a shouting match; I just wanted to underscore that the question is pretty controversial and a little inadequate for a standardized test.

You have a point. But, English -- as well as other languages -- changes
over time. What is grammatically correct hundred years ago is not necessarliy correct now.

Dictionaries quary the English pundits about usage on controversial
words and if majarity agrees on certain usage then they accept that
usage and change the word entry. That is what happened to the
word "data".

Some dictionaries say "data" is plural while others say it can mean
either singular or plural .

But for ETS, "data" is plural and "datum" is singular.

Hope this information helps!

It does help in fact! As you see many people doubt that DATA is plural.
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23 Jun 2004, 00:37
stolyar wrote:
ob wrote:

So you do admit to opposing views on the subject

My other point has not been addressed.

Man, I didn't mean to start a shouting match; I just wanted to underscore that the question is pretty controversial and a little inadequate for a standardized test.

You have a point. But, English -- as well as other languages -- changes
over time. What is grammatically correct hundred years ago is not necessarliy correct now.

Dictionaries quary the English pundits about usage on controversial
words and if majarity agrees on certain usage then they accept that
usage and change the word entry. That is what happened to the
word "data".

Some dictionaries say "data" is plural while others say it can mean
either singular or plural .

But for ETS, "data" is plural and "datum" is singular.

Hope this information helps!

It does help in fact! As you see many people doubt that DATA is plural.

I do see what you mean and stuff. I also am well aware of what B. Shaw once said about grammar rules vs. usage. I just want to emphasize that a question such as this one is inappropriate for a standardized test since it allows multiple (3 in this case - the "interested in doing/to do" issue has yet to be countered/addressed), equally correct answers.
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23 Jun 2004, 05:31
a bit alte as usual

two important things to be noted when we talk aboyt correcting this particular sentence...

1) ''in capturing'' and hence ''in tracking''...
and 2 - yes data is plural no matter who says it IS NOT .. cos as far as gmat is concerned ...U better follow what it says ....of course only I f u want a big score !

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23 Jun 2004, 21:41
stolyar wrote:
Venture researchers are interested in tracking information regarding all
aspects of the venture creation process as well as capturing data that
demonstrates
the economic value of venture capital to the national and
global economies.

(A) interested to track information regarding all aspects of the venture
creation process as well as capturing data that demonstrates
(B) interested in tracking information regarding all aspects of the venture
creation process as well as capturing data that demonstrate
(C) interested in tracking information regarding all aspects of the venture
creation process as well as in capturing data that demonstrates
(D) interested in tracking information regarding all aspects of the venture
creation process as well as in capturing data that demonstrate
(E) interested to track information regarding all aspects of the venture
creation process as well as to capture data that demonstrates

got D.

why:
Data is plural, thus 'demonstrate'
'in tracking' and 'in capturing' make parallel construction.
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25 Jun 2004, 00:05
hi guys
I was between B and D. But still I think B is right as

interested in X as well as Y. here X and Y should be parallel. Which is chioce B.

In D it is -'interested X as well as Y'. Here X and Y happens to use 'in'.
So if a sentences uses ' interested in ..... and in ......' I think the usage of 'in' is redundant as we can always take it out as it is in chioce B.

So why can't B be right. Can some one plz explain.

Thanks
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25 Jun 2004, 00:14
just to add to my rpevious post...
do we use interested in (X as well as Y)

or interested (in x ) as well as (in y). Or it can be read as interested (X as well as Y). But this sentence misses the use of 'in'.

In Chioce D usage of 'in' is redundant

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25 Jun 2004, 00:14

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