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Re: 1000 SC_3 [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2011, 04:05
This is one of those questions where people are just posting their votes for all the options...A,B,C,D,E.

I think there is no best answer among either of the options. What we can find is the one better answer than other four options.

So we need to understand which one is the more severe problem among
Error# 1 : "Wrong modifier", (A, B, C)
Error# 2 : "Passive Voice sentences", (D, E)
Error# 3 : "Use of 'As If' in the sentence" (D)
Error# 4 : "Possibility of 'they' referring either to travellers or inspectors" (D) or
Error# 5 : "Lack of Parallelism between 'Not like' and 'but'" (E)

Now I think, Error# 1 is the most severe, so should also be avoided.
Error# 5 is second most severe error, so should be avoided over others.

And that's why I also think 'D' as the better answer than others.
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Re: 1000 SC_3 [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2011, 10:03
I think the question has some problems:

A B and C are wrong because of modifier issues.

D is wrong because of tense

E is not parallel

IMO D is Okay answer from the given options
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Re: 1000 SC_3 [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2011, 00:52
Its A ,when two nouns are compared Like should be used
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Re: 1000 SC_3 [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2011, 11:32
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No matter how patiently they explain their reasons for confiscating certain items, travelers often treat customs inspectors like wanton poachers rather than government employees.

(A) travelers often treat customs inspectors like wanton poachers rather than government employees
(B) travelers often treat customs inspectors as wanton poachers instead of government employees
(C) travelers often treat customs inspectors as if they were not government employees but wanton poachers
(D) customs inspectors are often treated by travelers as if they were wanton poachers rather than government employees
(E) customs inspectors are often treated not like government employees but wanton poachers by travelers


It's a modifier problem.

In the question "they" is given and it should be modified by the logical noun.

* Who confiscate certain items - travelers or customs inspectors? customs inspectors.
* Who are required to explain their reasons for confiscating certain items - travelers or customs inspectors? customs inspectors.

If so, then it eliminates A, B and C. However they are not perfect and ideal, but remain D and E for possible answer. D has problem with "as if ....than", which is wrong idiom.

That said, remains E.
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Re: 1000 SC_3 [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2011, 14:42
The correct answer is D.

A - C are out as the sentences all incorrectly modify travelers instead of customs inspectors. With choice D, there is some confusion as to what "they" modifies. I'm going to copy Ron Purewal's response from Manhattan GMAT as to why "they" can be used and why ambiguous pronouns should be one of the last rules you use to invalidate a sentence.


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from a purely technical standpoint one could regard this pronoun as ambiguous, but remember that many technically ambiguous pronouns are actually acceptable on the gmat.

for the precise conditions under which ambiguous pronouns are most commonly acceptable, see the following two posts:

----- READ THESE POSTS FIRST -----

post30203.html#p30203
post35036.html#p35036


----- ONCE YOU'VE READ THOSE POSTS -----

note that these conditions also apply in the current sentence.

1) clear context: if you understand what the sentence is trying to say, it's clear that "they" is intended to stand for customs inspectors, not travelers.

2) parallelism/nonparallelism:
"they" is the SUBJECT of its clause
"customs inspectors" is the SUBJECT of its clause
"travelers" is not the subject of its clause (it's the object of a preposition)

since both sets of conditions are satisfied, this is an example of a technically ambiguous pronoun that is still perfectly acceptable.
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Re: 1000 SC_3 [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2011, 06:28
ms wrote:
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In the first part of the sentence - "No matter how patiently they explain their reasons for confiscating certain items"

What is they referring to ?

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they is referring to custom inspectors
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Re: 1000 SC_3 [#permalink] New post 04 Jan 2012, 22:09
'No matter how patiently they explain their reasons for confiscating certain items', this modifier should modify customs officer, so D and E left.

D is the best option.
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Re: 1000 SC_3 [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2012, 06:30
the best option seems to be D, but isn't it too wordy, which makes it sound incorrect?
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Re: 1000 SC_3 [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2013, 11:50
jade3 wrote:
"by travelers" should be nearer to treated.

So choice D



But if travelers is near treated that will mean travelers are treated and that will change meaning of sentence. Choice D also appears to be passive (To be+ past participle indicated by 'by' in the end)
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Re: 1000 SC_3 [#permalink] New post 31 May 2013, 12:34
D is the correct option. A cannot be correct because the usage of "they" should refer to the customs authorities and not the travellers. It is the customs authorities who confiscate items and hence have to explain the reasons to travellers.

Only in option D, we see "they" is referring to the authorities.
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Re: 1000 SC_3 [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2013, 15:24
brothers wrote:
No matter how patiently they explain their reasons for confiscating certain items, travelers often treat customs inspectors like wanton poachers rather than government employees.
(A) travelers often treat customs inspectors like wanton poachers rather than government employees
(B) travelers often treat customs inspectors as wanton poachers instead of government employees
(C) travelers often treat customs inspectors as if they were not government employees but wanton poachers
(D) customs inspectors are often treated by travelers as if they were wanton poachers rather than government employees
(E) customs inspectors are often treated not like government employees but wanton poachers by travelers


IMO, D is correct.

A, B and C have misplaced modifier problem.
The non-underlined part is "No matter how patiently they explain their reasons for confiscating certain items......." ==> Because of "they", we need "custom inspectors" after the comma to make the sentence sensible.

Between D and E, E has parallelism problem: "custom inspector are often treated NOT LIKE X BUT Y by travelers". The correct structure should be "NOT LIKE X BUT LIKE Y"

D is correct, "they" refers to custom inspectors. "Rather than" is correct idiom.

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Re: 1000 SC_3 [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2014, 22:37
ms wrote:
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In the first part of the sentence - "No matter how patiently they explain their reasons for confiscating certain items"

What is they referring to ?

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"They" is referring to "custom inspectors"
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Re: 1000 SC_3 [#permalink] New post 12 May 2014, 22:39
brothers wrote:
No matter how patiently they explain their reasons for confiscating certain items, travelers often treat customs inspectors like wanton poachers rather than government employees.
(A) travelers often treat customs inspectors like wanton poachers rather than government employees
(B) travelers often treat customs inspectors as wanton poachers instead of government employees
(C) travelers often treat customs inspectors as if they were not government employees but wanton poachers
(D) customs inspectors are often treated by travelers as if they were wanton poachers rather than government employees
(E) customs inspectors are often treated not like government employees but wanton poachers by travelers


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