OG VERBAL REVIEW 2018 - In preparation for the prediction of

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In preparation for the prediction of a major earthquake that will hit the state, a satellite-based computer network is being built by the California Office of Emergency Services for identifying earthquake damage and to pinpoint the most affected areas within two hours of the event.

(A) In preparation for the prediction of a major earthquake that will hit the state, a satellite-based computer network is being built by the California Office of Emergency Services for identifying

(B) In preparing for the prediction that a major earthquake will hit the state, the California Office of Emergency Services is building a satellite-based computer network that will identify

(C) In preparing for a major earthquake that is predicted to hit the state, the California Office of Emergency Services is building a satellite-based computer network to identify

(D) To prepare for the prediction of a major earthquake hitting the state, a satellite-based computer network is being built by the California Office of Emergency Services to identify

(E) To prepare for a major earthquake that is predicted to hit the state, the California Office of Emergency Services is building a satellite-based computer network that will identify

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by elias.latour.apex » Thu Aug 31, 2017 4:55 am
When confronted with a sentence such as this, it is generally best to read the initial sentence, looking for the errors that GMAT test writers like to test for. The first thing we should look for is the meaning. Does the sentence make sense? Is the meaning clear? Next, we look at the structure. Does the structure aid or hinder the intended meaning? Finally, we consider elements of grammar.

The initial sentence does not make sense. It starts: In preparation for the prediction... yet the California Office of Emergency Services is preparing for an earthquake not preparing for a prediction of an earthquake. Additionally, I note that the phrase for identifying is bad-we should use to+verb to introduce a purpose. Furthermore, the phrase and to pinpoint argues for the usage to identify, as that would be parallel.

Answer choices (A), (B), and (D) can be eliminated because they indicate that the goal is to prepare for a prediction. Answer choice (E) contains the phrase ...that will identify and to pinpoint..., which is not parallel. Answer choice (C) is the best answer.
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