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Although films about the American West depict coyotes as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills, in reality these gregarious creatures live in stable groups that occupy the same territory for long periods.

(A) films about the American West depict coyotes as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills
(B) in films about the American West coyotes are depicted to be solitary animals that howl mournfully on the tops of distant hills
(C) coyotes are depicted as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills in films about the American West
(D) films about the American West depict coyotes as if they were solitary, mournfully howling animals on the tops of distant hills
(E) films about the American West depict coyotes to be solitary and mournfully howling animals on the tops of distant hills
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10 Sep 2005, 10:29
I am stuck between A and C..... leaning towards C little bit.
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10 Sep 2005, 10:33
"C" for me.

It is the correct modifier for "these gregarious creatures"

In "B" , "depicted to be" is unidiomatic.
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15 Sep 2005, 14:20
I say it has to be C.

Gregarious creatures refer to coyotes, not to the film.
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15 Sep 2005, 15:35
C for me!
although ( what do you call it, adjective?) should be followed by the subject(s) it refers to, which in this case, are the coyotes.

Can some one explain why it is not B?
"In films" seems to jive with "in reality".
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15 Sep 2005, 19:26
I pick C.
Looks like the two day policy is not being observed here:)
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15 Sep 2005, 21:30
A for me

for C
"in films about the American West" is modifying "coyotes are depicted",
seems to be too far away from each other.
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15 Sep 2005, 22:44
C is fine. We need to compare similar things. A doesn't compare similar things.

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16 Sep 2005, 06:40
A sounds fine coz it has appropriate modifier for solitary animals.
In C,it is not neccessary to change the active into the passive voice.

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Although films about the American West depict coyotes as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills, in reality these gregarious creatures live in stable groups that occupy the same territory for long periods.

(A) films about the American West depict coyotes as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills
(B) in films about the American West coyotes are depicted to be solitary animals that howl mournfully on the tops of distant hills
(C) coyotes are depicted as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills in films about the American West
(D) films about the American West depict coyotes as if they were solitary, mournfully howling animals on the tops of distant hills
(E) films about the American West depict coyotes to be solitary and mournfully howling animals on the tops of distant hills
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16 Sep 2005, 09:30
The only choices that have correct idiom Depict AS and no if are A and C

C is wrong. Here is why.

The prepositional phrase "in films about the American West" is throwing the sentence off.
The sentence seem to indicate that the animal howls only in films about the american west.

A clears it all. And moreover A maintains parallelism by starting 2 clause with - in filem and in reality...

A is my choice.
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16 Sep 2005, 09:40
one more vote for A. C seems to be lengthy.

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16 Sep 2005, 09:44
C.

To me: A
coyotes as solitary animals

seems wrong. as it is comparing noun, it should be LIKE (in GMATland).

anyone got more sensible idea?
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16 Sep 2005, 09:58
I chose A as well. I was tempted by C, but went against it because I didn't like the passive voice of "coyotes are depicted," and "in American films" seems to be put in an awkward place in the dependant clause. I think we avoid the reference problem in A with the statement "these gregarious creatures," which leaves no doubt that we are talking about coyotes and not films.

I wouldn't be suprised if I the OA is C though.
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16 Sep 2005, 10:06
I went with A over C, because C uses the passive voice and seems less clear. Couldn't discern any other critical differences.
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16 Sep 2005, 18:10
As the discussion is still on...My vote for A!

C is passive and i agree with the argument that C seems to suggest that coyotes howl onlyin american films!
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16 Sep 2005, 18:26
Great question! My vote is A.

The idiom here is depict X as Y, which cancels out B, E, depict X to be Y isn't cool at all. As noted before C is passive as you can get, and D, as if they were solitary don't vibe with moi.

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