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With the advent of MP3 players, researchers believe that the Compact Disc may in the very near future face the same fate as the long playing record.

A. may in the very near future face the same fate as the long-playing record
B. might face in the very near future the same fate as the long-playing record
C. might in the very near future face the same fate as the long-playing record
D. may soon face the same fate as the long-playing record
E. in the near future may face the same fate as the long-playing record




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With the advent of MP3 players, researchers believe that the Compact Disc may in the very near future face the same fate as the long playing record.

A. may in the very near future face the same fate as the long-playing record
B. might face in the very near future the same fate as the long-playing record
C. might in the very near future face the same fate as the long-playing record
D. may soon face the same fate as the long-playing record
E. in the near future may face the same fate as the long-playing record

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This question tests concision and redundancy.

Split #1: Concision - a 4/1 split

Answers A, B, and C use "in the very near future" to describe when the CD may disappear.
Answer E uses "in the near future."

All four answers mean the same thing that answer D means: soon.

We do not need four or five words to say "soon."

Eliminate A, B, C, and E.

The answer is D

• May/might?

Talking about the present or the future?
On rare occasion, the GMAT tests degrees of probability.
Might vs. May
-- Might expresses a lower level of probably than may does.

-- Might is used for counterfactual or hypothetical situations, and sometimes for remotely probable situations.
Correct: He might win the lottery.

-- May is used for factual or probable situations.
Correct: We are trying to decide when to use the theater tickets; we may use them on Wednesday evening or Thursday afternoon.

Past Tense - use might
-- Might is the past tense of may; use might to express what could have happened in the past.
Correct: If the movie had received better publicity, it might have done well at the box office.

This scenario is too close to call. We have no way to know how likely it is that the CD will disappear.

ANSWER D
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