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# Which one is correct on GMAT.. On the one hand .......on

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Which one is correct on GMAT.. On the one hand .......on [#permalink]

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Which one is correct on GMAT..

On the one hand .......on the other hand
or
On one hand .......on the other hand

I see both the usage and wanted to find out which one GMAT prefers!!

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Re: Expression : On the one hand vs On one hand [#permalink]

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15 Nov 2010, 16:54
Interesting, GMATExam2009 - and, honestly, I can't conceive of a GMAT problem that would require you to know this, specifically. I'll offer, though ,that:

-"The Other" means that there is only one specific "other" - otherwise there's no definite "the" remaining and you'd have to use the word "another". So, for example, if you're in a movie theater that has two screens and someone asks if you're there for, say, Batman (and you're not), you'd say "it must be in the other theater". But if it's a multi-screen cinema, "the other" doesn't make sense. You'd have to say "it's in another one".

So, in this case, since we're only dealing with two hands, "the other" makes sense in either case.

-The GMAT has an expressed preference for brevity, so in this case the second option (the shorter one) is probably preferred since "the" in the first case isn't really necessary. Again, for pretty much all of us there are, at most, two hands!

-But here's where I question this - neither makes real logical sense in the way that they're actually used in common language. We're almost never talking about something that's literally "on a hand", so I don't think that a question that passes all the GMAT's screening would rely on your ability to master this particular figure of speech. You're much more likely to be able to eliminate a sentence based on a verb tense or pronoun agreement error before you even reach this point. If you do reach this point, you're safer to go with the shorter answer if both make logical sense.
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Re: Expression : On the one hand vs On one hand [#permalink]

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15 Nov 2010, 17:15
VeritasPrepBrian wrote:
Interesting, GMATExam2009 - and, honestly, I can't conceive of a GMAT problem that would require you to know this, specifically. I'll offer, though ,that:

-"The Other" means that there is only one specific "other" - otherwise there's no definite "the" remaining and you'd have to use the word "another". So, for example, if you're in a movie theater that has two screens and someone asks if you're there for, say, Batman (and you're not), you'd say "it must be in the other theater". But if it's a multi-screen cinema, "the other" doesn't make sense. You'd have to say "it's in another one".
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Looks like my questions was misunderstood and was taken literally for grammar usage whereas I meant this as an expression to explain 2 sides of a topic... I wanted to check this especially for AWA section where we are supposed to use ying-yang phrases to get a better structure and also be on the safer on SC (if encountered)....(see point 2.6 on this post how-to-get-6-0-awa-my-guide-64327.html)

I followed this link http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=164439 which confused me more and I raised my request for help.

From expression point of view...I have so far always seen usage like "On one hand ...on the other hand" and was new to "On the one hand....on the other hand" which was written as grammatically correct...but it didn't sound correct to me.

My specific question is...whether first "the" can be omitted (the way I have used it in past) or it is needed in correct phrase?

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Re: Expression : On the one hand vs On one hand [#permalink]

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15 Nov 2010, 17:22
Ah, I see - sorry, I was in "Sentence Correction" mode browsing the SC forum, so I didn't even think of it the other way.

You're absolutely fine using "on one hand...on the other hand". Like I said, if I had to pick between two on the test I'd go with your way, so you're definitely not incorrect in typing that as part of your essays!
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