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While most of the earliest known ball courts in Mesoamerica date to 90

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New post 25 May 2018, 13:05
scwong59 wrote:
Could any expert revise if I am wrong?

Option E is out because of the SV agreement.

If I revise option E in the following way, is it right gramatically?

(E) the finding of waterlogged latex balls at El Manati and the finding of representations of ballplayers painted on ceramics at San Lorenzo attest

There are 2 findings together to attest. The subject is plural.

Thanks in advance!

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Hello scwong59 / Laurie,


I will be glad to help you out with this one. :-)


Following is the structure of the sentence with Choice E:


While most of the earliest known ball courts in Mesoamerica date to 900–400 b.c.,

the finding

    of waterlogged latex balls at El Manati and

    of representations of ballplayers painted on ceramics at San Lorenzo


attest to the fact

that the Mesoamerican ballgame was well established by the mid-thirteenth century b.c.




The sentence intends to say that there was one finding. Two items were found, but there was one finding that took place. Hence, we need singular verb attests for the finding.


From grammar stand-point, the finding applies to both of waterlogged... and of representations.... Hence, this singular subject needs singular verb attests.


Hope this helps. :-)
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While most of the earliest known ball courts in Mesoamerica date to 900–400 b.c., waterlogged latex balls found at El Manati and representations of ballplayers painted on ceramics found at San Lorenzo attest to the fact that the Mesoamerican ballgame was well established by the mid-thirteenth century b.c.

(A) waterlogged latex balls found at El Manati and representations of ballplayers painted on ceramics found at San Lorenzo attest
(B) waterlogged latex balls found at El Manati and the painting of representations of ballplayers on ceramics found at San Lorenzo attests
(C) waterlogged latex balls found at El Manati and ceramics painted with representations of ballplayers found at San Lorenzo attests
(D) the finding of waterlogged latex balls at El Manati and the painting of representations of ballplayers on ceramics found at San Lorenzo attests
(E) the finding of waterlogged latex balls at El Manati and of representations of ballplayers painted on ceramics at San Lorenzo attest


Is this line of thought / approach be correct?

What attests to the fact referred to in the question are the waterlogged latex balls, and the representation of ballplayers, neither the finding itself, nor the painting of the representation. I don't know if it makes sense, anyway, but I looked at it through that prism, and arrived to the same conclusion.

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Hello GMATNinja and @e-gmat

If the verb in both these options was 'attest', then which option would be correct?

(B) waterlogged latex balls found at El Manati and the painting of representations of ballplayers on ceramics found at San Lorenzo attests
(C) waterlogged latex balls found at El Manati and ceramics painted with representations of ballplayers found at San Lorenzo attests


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you are doing a classic mistake of questioning and manipulating the OG answer options, which is going to cost you badly by you being messed up with your concepts... Ron (Manhattan) purely instructs this as a wrong way of doing GMAT.

Focus on the framed options, rather than you framing the options. GMAT options are beautifully designed to test your concepts, and in no way it will tend you adjust these based on your requirements.

Option A is the only correct choice in this question. Rest all 4 options are logically and grammatically meaningless.
Let me know if you have any doubts understanding the Process of Elimination for this question.

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While most of the earliest known ball courts in Mesoamerica date to 900–400 b.c., waterlogged latex balls found at El Manati and representations of ballplayers painted on ceramics found at San Lorenzo attest to the fact that the Mesoamerican ballgame was well established by the mid-thirteenth century b.c.

(A) waterlogged latex balls found at El Manati and representations of ballplayers painted on ceramics found at San Lorenzo attest
(B) waterlogged latex balls found at El Manati and the painting of representations of ballplayers on ceramics found at San Lorenzo attests
(C) waterlogged latex balls found at El Manati and ceramics painted with representations of ballplayers found at San Lorenzo attests
(D) the finding of waterlogged latex balls at El Manati and the painting of representations of ballplayers on ceramics found at San Lorenzo attests
(E) the finding of waterlogged latex balls at El Manati and of representations of ballplayers painted on ceramics at San Lorenzo attest

First of all, we need to compare 'ball courts in Mesoamerica' with 'waterlogged latex balls and painting of representations of ballplayers'. Hence, option E is out.

List of two items - 'waterlogged latex balls and painting of representations of ballplayers' - needs plural verb - 'attest', hence 'B, C, and D' are out.

Correct Answer Choice is 'A'
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New post 07 Aug 2018, 09:35
Experts have done a tremendous job explaining this question; anyway, I'm just tossing my two cents.

If you focus only on Subject-Verb Agreement issue, you'll see that only (A) uses the correct agreement - Compound Noun Subject (Plural) - Verb (Plural)


(A) waterlogged latex balls found at El Manati and representations of ballplayers painted on ceramics found at San Lorenzo attest - Subject-Verb Agreement.

(B) waterlogged latex balls found at El Manati and the painting of representations of ballplayers on ceramics found at San Lorenzo attests - Subject - Verb Disagreement

(C)waterlogged latex balls found at El Manati and ceramics painted with representations of ballplayers found at San Lorenzo attests - Subject - Verb Disagreement

(D) the finding of waterlogged latex balls at El Manati and the painting of representations of ballplayers on ceramics found at San Lorenzo attests - Subject - Verb Disagreement

(E) the finding of waterlogged latex balls at El Manati and of representations of ballplayers painted on ceramics at San Lorenzo attest - Subject - Verb Disagreement
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Hello Everyone!

Let's take a look at this question to find any ways to quickly rule out options to get us to the correct answer! First, here is the original question with the main differences between each option highlighted in orange:

While most of the earliest known ball courts in Mesoamerica date to 900–400 b.c., waterlogged latex balls found at El Manati and representations of ballplayers painted on ceramics found at San Lorenzo attest to the fact that the Mesoamerican ballgame was well established by the mid-thirteenth century b.c.

(A) waterlogged latex balls found at El Manati and representations of ballplayers painted on ceramics found at San Lorenzo attest
(B) waterlogged latex balls found at El Manati and the painting of representations of ballplayers on ceramics found at San Lorenzo attests
(C) waterlogged latex balls found at El Manati and ceramics painted with representations of ballplayers found at San Lorenzo attests
(D) the finding of waterlogged latex balls at El Manati and the painting of representations of ballplayers on ceramics found at San Lorenzo attests
(E) the finding of waterlogged latex balls at El Manati and of representations of ballplayers painted on ceramics at San Lorenzo attest

Right away, we see 3 places where there are differences between each option:

1. How they begin (waterlogged latex balls found / the finding of waterlogged latex balls)
2. How they end (attest / attests)
3. How they deal with the ceramic paintings of ballplayers


To answer this question as quickly as possible, start with an item on our list that will eliminate 2-3 answers right away. For us, the easiest way to do this is by dealing with #2 on our list: attest / attests.

The verb "attest/attests" is referring back to BOTH the waterlogged latex balls and the ceramic paintings; therefore, we MUST use the plural verb "attest" to agree with its plural subject! Let's see how each option stacks up:

(A) waterlogged latex balls found at El Manati and representations of ballplayers painted on ceramics found at San Lorenzo attest
(B) waterlogged latex balls found at El Manati and the painting of representations of ballplayers on ceramics found at San Lorenzo attests
(C) waterlogged latex balls found at El Manati and ceramics painted with representations of ballplayers found at San Lorenzo attests
(D) the finding of waterlogged latex balls at El Manati and the painting of representations of ballplayers on ceramics found at San Lorenzo attests
(E) the finding of waterlogged latex balls at El Manati and of representations of ballplayers painted on ceramics at San Lorenzo attest

We can eliminate options B, C, and D quickly because they use a singular verb with a plural subject!

Now that we only have options A & E to choose from, let's look at both answers to see which one is the better choice:

(A) waterlogged latex balls found at El Manati and representations of ballplayers painted on ceramics found at San Lorenzo attest

This is the CORRECT answer because it uses the correct plural verb "attest" to agree with its plural subject. It also uses clear and concise wording to convey the intended meaning: the two types of artifacts found are proof the game existed at that time!

(E) the finding of waterlogged latex balls at El Manati and of representations of ballplayers painted on ceramics at San Lorenzo attest

This is INCORRECT because it changes the original meaning. The phrases "the finding of waterlogged latex balls" and the finding "of representations of ballplayers painted on ceramics" change the focus. By saying "the finding of" these two artifacts is the proof of how long this game existed, we're ignoring the important fact that the existence of these two artifacts is the proof - NOT the action of someone finding them!

There you go - option A is the correct choice!


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