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# Although low in per capita income, India is among the ten

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Although low in per capita income, India is among the ten [#permalink]

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Although low in per capita income, India is among the ten most industrialized nations, among the only seven countries that have launched their own earth satellites, and among the three countries that have the largest pools of technically trained persons.

(A) among the only seven countries that have launched their own earth satellites, and among
(B) the only seven countries to have launched their own earth satellites, and
(C) among the only seven countries to have launched their own earth satellites, and
(D) the seven countries that are the only ones that launched their own earth satellites, and
(E) the seven countries that have been the only ones to launch their own earth satellites, and

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15 Aug 2004, 13:11
b/w A and C, I choose A.

A maintains the parallelism. 'among the only...that have.., and among the only...that have...'. This is the simplest way to choose A.

The problem with C is that it uses 'to have' instead of 'that have'. 'to have' subtly changes the meaning. 'that have' is necessary to refer to the 'seven countries in the world'.

'to have' construction can seem to state that India is only one to have launched the satellites among the seven countries. This is not right. All the seven countries (including India) has sent satellites into space.
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17 Aug 2004, 09:41
oops,

the OA is (E),

why
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17 Aug 2004, 11:05
Knowing that E is the answer, I am able to see the reasoning..

It still mantains parallelism and should be read as

India is AMONG the ten most industrialized nations, the seven countries that have been the only ones to launch their own earth satellites, and the three countries that have the largest pools of technically trained persons.
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