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# Within the first few weeks of school, the new teacher

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22 Aug 2016, 12:44
I think the OA is wrong the correct answer is option A.
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23 Aug 2016, 10:52
nk9285 wrote:
I think the OA is wrong the correct answer is option A.

No, it is alright: A is wrong because a plural verb is required - there were two things:
1. limited parental involvement
AND
2. an abundance of administrative hassle.
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23 Sep 2016, 07:21
DmitryFarber wrote:
Vyshak, C is wrong because the teacher didn't discover the involvement itself. He or she discovered that there wasn't very much involvement!

Having said that, B is a very clunky sentence, and I don't think it would fly on the GMAT! Like many of the non-official Q's making the rounds here, this one is not worth much of our time.

Sir, can you please give a more elaborate explanation why C is incorrect..
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23 Sep 2016, 07:23
sayantanc2k wrote:
manhasnoname wrote:
Since this is a 700 level question I guess I over thought the question. But I need an explanation to prove myself correct.

"within first few weeks" is one action and "discovered" is another action. Shouldn't past perfect be used here? In other words, why E isn't right?

"Within first few weeks" is not a point of time - past perfect would be appropriate, if the sentence were something as follows:
By the end of the month, the new teacher had discovered.....

Moreover the verb "was" is wrong - it should be plural: there WERE limited parental involvement AND an abundance of administrative hassle.

Therefore E is wrong.

Sir why cant the answer be C.
I agree that B is correct but not convinced why C is wrong
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23 Sep 2016, 09:36
suramya26 wrote:
sayantanc2k wrote:
manhasnoname wrote:
Since this is a 700 level question I guess I over thought the question. But I need an explanation to prove myself correct.

"within first few weeks" is one action and "discovered" is another action. Shouldn't past perfect be used here? In other words, why E isn't right?

"Within first few weeks" is not a point of time - past perfect would be appropriate, if the sentence were something as follows:
By the end of the month, the new teacher had discovered.....

Moreover the verb "was" is wrong - it should be plural: there WERE limited parental involvement AND an abundance of administrative hassle.

Therefore E is wrong.

Sir why cant the answer be C.
I agree that B is correct but not convinced why C is wrong

Difficult to eliminate C - the best I can reason is (though not very convincing):

In C it is not clear where the teacher discovered those two things. In B however the idea is better conveyed since option B states "there", which refers to "school".

As I already mentioned, this is not a very solid reasoning, and in my opinion this question does not seem to be very GMAT-like.
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21 Mar 2019, 07:29
I've literally just started studying for the GMAT and I've been getting so many wrong but I got this one right. I think it's as simple as compound plural subjects as a result of the AND.

This is more of a technical GMAT question and B is the only option that follows that rule. I think if there were two or more options with 'were' it would have been more difficult.
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