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Post Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:36 pm
In a review of 2,000 studies of human behavior that date back to the 1940s,two Swiss psychologists, declaring that since most of the studies had failed to control for such variables as social class and family size, none could be taken seriously.

A.psychologists, declaring that since most of the studies had failed to control for such variables as social class and family size,
B.psychologists, declaring that most of the studies failed in not controlling for such variables like social class and family size,and
C.psychologists declared that since most of the studies, having failed to control for such variables as social class and family size,
D.psychologists declared that since most of the studies fail in controlling for such variables like social class and family size,
E. psychologists declared that since most of the studies had failed to control for variables such as social class and family size,

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Post Fri Jun 28, 2013 12:48 am
davidfrank wrote:
I want to know what is wrong with the phrase "failed in not controlling for such
variables". Per OG explanation, it says the phrase failed in not controlling
for is awkward and does not mean the same thing failed to control for. Can someone please clarify.
@ davidfrank,
The word "Failed" already emphasizes the activity has not been done, is there a need to specify the not again?
Even better, try rephrasing "Failed to control" as "did not control", the NOT is inherent in the word "Failed"....
I hope this helps in understanding the logic behind the "Wordy" or "awkward" stuff.

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Post Fri Jun 28, 2013 12:46 am
@ davidfrank,
The word "Failed" already emphasizes the activity has not been done, is there a need to specify the not again?
Even better, try rephrasing "Failed to control" as "did not control", the NOT is inherent in the word "Failed"....
I hope this helps in understanding the logic behind the "Wordy" or "awkward" stuff. Idea

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Post Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:47 pm
imo: c

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Post Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:47 pm
GmatKiss wrote:
In a review of 2,000 studies of human behavior that date back to the 1940s,two Swiss psychologists, declaring that since most of the studies had failed to control for such variables as social class and family size, none could be taken seriously.

A.psychologists, declaring that since most of the studies had failed to control for such variables as social class and family size, Lacks a main working verb for the subject two swiss scientists.
B.psychologists, declaring that most of the studies failed in not controlling for such variables like social class and family size,and . Like is used where such as should have been used.
C.psychologists declared that since most of the studies, having failed to control for such variables as social class and family size, Have failed should have been correct rather than having failed.
D.psychologists declared that since most of the studies fail in controlling for such variables like social class and family size, Like versus such as
E. psychologists declared that since most of the studies had failed to control for variables such as social class and family size,Correct choice.
Whats the OA ?

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Post Sun Apr 29, 2012 1:05 pm
(E) for me.

choice A and B -- Declaring is wrong. We are talking about studies that took place in the past. We need "declared" instead of "declaring"

(C) having failed should be had failed..the studies 'had' already failed at that particular time.

(D) fail in controlling is incorrect and of course you have the like vs such as split here. Like is used to compare nouns. wrong use of like here.

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Post Sun Apr 28, 2013 5:20 am
it should be E

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Post Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:35 pm
A.psychologists, declaring that since most of the studies had failed to control for such variables as social class and family size,
B.psychologists, declaring that most of the studies failed in not controlling for such variables like social class and family size,and
C.psychologists declared that since most of the studies, having failed to control for such variables as social class and family size,
D.psychologists declared that since most of the studies fail in controlling for such variables like social class and family size,
E. psychologists declared that since most of the studies had failed to control for variables such as social class and family size

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Post Wed May 08, 2013 12:42 am
I want to know what is wrong with the phrase "failed in not controlling for such
variables". Per OG explanation, it says the phrase failed in not controlling
for is awkward and does not mean the same thing failed to control for. Can someone please clarify.

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Post Wed May 08, 2013 12:59 am
IMO - E

I believe a better usage for "failed in not controlling for such variables" would be -
"failed to control such variables..." or "failed in controlling..."

The 'not' seems a bit awkward.

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Post Fri Jun 28, 2013 1:26 am
Got it.........thanks for highlighting it.

heartbeats1987@gmail.com wrote:
davidfrank wrote:
I want to know what is wrong with the phrase "failed in not controlling for such
variables". Per OG explanation, it says the phrase failed in not controlling
for is awkward and does not mean the same thing failed to control for. Can someone please clarify.
@ davidfrank,
The word "Failed" already emphasizes the activity has not been done, is there a need to specify the not again?
Even better, try rephrasing "Failed to control" as "did not control", the NOT is inherent in the word "Failed"....
I hope this helps in understanding the logic behind the "Wordy" or "awkward" stuff.

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ice_rush wrote:
(E) for me.

choice A and B -- Declaring is wrong. We are talking about studies that took place in the past. We need "declared" instead of "declaring"

(C) having failed should be had failed..the studies 'had' already failed at that particular time.

(D) fail in controlling is incorrect and of course you have the like vs such as split here. Like is used to compare nouns. wrong use of like here.
I am new to GMAT and verbal - i did not understood one thing. But ho you decided the 'That ' in phrase " studies of.... THAT ... " refers to studies and not review?

Could someone pls explain?

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Post Sun Jan 22, 2017 4:03 am
A and B has No verb.

C.'having failed ..." indicates intention. Here it becomes non sensical.

D. "Such variables like"

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