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Ancient Romans found it therapeutic to bathe in cold milk, [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2007, 05:40
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Ancient Romans found it therapeutic to bathe in cold milk, in strawberries that had been crushed, or in bathtubs filled with black caviar.
(A) to bathe in cold milk, in strawberries that had been crushed, or in bathtubs filled with black caviar
(B) that they bathe in cold milk, in strawberries that had been crushed, or in caviar that was black
(C) to bathe in cold milk, crushed strawberries, or black caviar
(D) that they bathe in cold milk, crushed strawberries, or black caviar
(E) to bathe in milk , strawberries, or caviar


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Re: SC: Ancient Romans [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2007, 05:54
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Ancient Romans found it therapeutic to bathe in cold milk, in strawberries that had been crushed, or in bathtubs filled with black caviar.
(A) to bathe in cold milk, in strawberries that had been crushed, or in bathtubs filled with black caviar
(B) that they bathe in cold milk, in strawberries that had been crushed, or in caviar that was black
(C) to bathe in cold milk, crushed strawberries, or black caviar
(D) that they bathe in cold milk, crushed strawberries, or black caviar
(E) to bathe in milk , strawberries, or caviar


Please explain your answer choice.


It is C.

the sentence itself is wordy. and if you organize it C. stands out.
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Re: SC: Ancient Romans [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2007, 05:58
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Please explain your answer choice

It is C.

the sentence itself is wordy. and if you organize it C. stands out.


Yes C is less wordy but it omits information (bathtubs filled) from the original sentence.
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Re: SC: Ancient Romans [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2007, 06:04
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Please explain your answer choice

It is C.

the sentence itself is wordy. and if you organize it C. stands out.


Yes C is less wordy but it omits information (bathtubs filled) from the original sentence.


Agreed. but u only have A then with Bathtub. A is much wordy and long which can be rewritten in short form.

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Re: SC: Ancient Romans [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2007, 06:04
financeguy wrote:
Ancient Romans found it therapeutic to bathe in cold milk, in strawberries that had been crushed, or in bathtubs filled with black caviar.
(A) to bathe in cold milk, in strawberries that had been crushed, or in bathtubs filled with black caviar
(B) that they bathe in cold milk, in strawberries that had been crushed, or in caviar that was black
(C) to bathe in cold milk, crushed strawberries, or black caviar
(D) that they bathe in cold milk, crushed strawberries, or black caviar
(E) to bathe in milk , strawberries, or caviar


Please explain your answer choice.



hmmm this is strange.
should be C and E.

chose C for adjectives.
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Re: SC: Ancient Romans [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2007, 06:07
Ravshonbek wrote:
financeguy wrote:
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Please explain your answer choice

It is C.

the sentence itself is wordy. and if you organize it C. stands out.


Yes C is less wordy but it omits information (bathtubs filled) from the original sentence.


Agreed. but u only have A then with Bathtub. A is much wordy and long which can be rewritten in short form.

any ideas



The OA is C but I don't agree to it. You can't make a sentence shorter at the expense of lost information.

Any other ideas??
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2007, 06:17
I think, bathtub is excessive since to bathe already conveys the meaning of washing in bathtub.

Bath=bathtube

you can alternatively say that. to bathe in bathtub filled with cold milk which is the same as to bathe in cold milk.

soC is gramatically correct
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2007, 06:20
Ravshonbek wrote:
I think, bathtub is excessive since to bathe already conveys the meaning of washing in bathtub.


I will take it as a forced explanation. 'to bathe' doesn't mean taking a bath in a tub.

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 [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2007, 06:28
financeguy wrote:
Ravshonbek wrote:
I think, bathtub is excessive since to bathe already conveys the meaning of washing in bathtub.


I will take it as a forced explanation. 'to bathe' doesn't mean taking a bath in a tub.

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Sorry nothing is perfect in this world but have a look at this
I might have got the meaning wrong but to bathe conveys the same meaning to take a bath in a tub in this sentence.

http://www.oup.com/oald-bin/web_getald7 ... word=bathe
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2007, 06:36
these links might mean smth.

http://www.oup.com/oald-bin/web_getald7 ... word=bathe

the following does not go deep but smth to consider.
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define. ... &dict=CALD

literally u r right. but some exceptions esp. in US english might make difference in this question
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2007, 06:57
Ravshonbek wrote:
these links might mean smth.

http://www.oup.com/oald-bin/web_getald7 ... word=bathe

the following does not go deep but smth to consider.
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define. ... &dict=CALD

literally u r right. but some exceptions esp. in US english might make difference in this question


Let's keep our heads clear of ambiguities. Finance guy's point is pretty valid - but Ravshonbek too is spot on - we choose a choice that's grammatically correct at least. As for lost information, while it's true C does omit bathtub - it's a matter of perception largely whether including/omitting it is changing the meaning/context of the sentence irrepairably - to which I believe you all would concur it does not. So, dropping bath tub as in C should be ok.

In my experience - while the test makers do touch upon nit picking concepts - they never actually play on ambiguities.
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2007, 07:02
Ravshonbek wrote:
dwivedys wrote:
Ravshonbek wrote:
these links might mean smth.

http://www.oup.com/oald-bin/web_getald7 ... word=bathe

the following does not go deep but smth to consider.
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define. ... &dict=CALD

literally u r right. but some exceptions esp. in US english might make difference in this question


Let's keep our heads clear of ambiguities. Finance guy's point is pretty valid - but Ravshonbek too is spot on - we choose a choice that's grammatically correct at least. As for lost information, while it's true C does omit bathtub - it's a matter of perception largely whether including/omitting it is changing the meaning/context of the sentence irrepairably - to which I believe you all would concur it does not. So, dropping bath tub as in C should be ok.

In my experience - while the test makers do touch upon nit picking concepts - they never actually play on ambiguities.


thanks mate


Hi ravs.. are you from Australia? Just curious..
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2007, 07:36
dwivedys wrote:
Ravshonbek wrote:
dwivedys wrote:
Ravshonbek wrote:
these links might mean smth.

http://www.oup.com/oald-bin/web_getald7 ... word=bathe

the following does not go deep but smth to consider.
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define. ... &dict=CALD

literally u r right. but some exceptions esp. in US english might make difference in this question


Let's keep our heads clear of ambiguities. Finance guy's point is pretty valid - but Ravshonbek too is spot on - we choose a choice that's grammatically correct at least. As for lost information, while it's true C does omit bathtub - it's a matter of perception largely whether including/omitting it is changing the meaning/context of the sentence irrepairably - to which I believe you all would concur it does not. So, dropping bath tub as in C should be ok.

In my experience - while the test makers do touch upon nit picking concepts - they never actually play on ambiguities.


thanks mate


Hi ravs.. are you from Australia? Just curious..


A big Nope. Hehehe,
guess where I am from

A. Asia
B. North America
C. Europe
D. South America
E. what else left: Arctic
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2007, 07:39
Ravshonbek wrote:
dwivedys wrote:
Ravshonbek wrote:
dwivedys wrote:
Ravshonbek wrote:
these links might mean smth.

http://www.oup.com/oald-bin/web_getald7 ... word=bathe

the following does not go deep but smth to consider.
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define. ... &dict=CALD

literally u r right. but some exceptions esp. in US english might make difference in this question


Let's keep our heads clear of ambiguities. Finance guy's point is pretty valid - but Ravshonbek too is spot on - we choose a choice that's grammatically correct at least. As for lost information, while it's true C does omit bathtub - it's a matter of perception largely whether including/omitting it is changing the meaning/context of the sentence irrepairably - to which I believe you all would concur it does not. So, dropping bath tub as in C should be ok.

In my experience - while the test makers do touch upon nit picking concepts - they never actually play on ambiguities.


thanks mate


Hi ravs.. are you from Australia? Just curious..


A big Nope. Hehehe,
guess where I am from

A. Asia
B. North America
C. Europe
D. South America
E. what else left: Arctic


I'll just take one shot at it then if you are prodding me - Asia.
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2007, 07:42
good job.

from Central Asia, but in london now. :banana
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Re: SC: Ancient Romans [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2007, 07:51
The answer is clearly C. ( I didn't read others' answers yet)




financeguy wrote:
Ancient Romans found it therapeutic to bathe in cold milk, in strawberries that had been crushed, or in bathtubs filled with black caviar.
(A) to bathe in cold milk, in strawberries that had been crushed, or in bathtubs filled with black caviar -
Red text is wordy - "crushed strawberries" is much better; The correct idiom is "to bath in something", and certainly Romans are not bathing in bathtubes!

(B) that they bathe in cold milk, in strawberries that had been crushed, or in caviar that was black not parallel; wordy
(C) to bathe in cold milk, crushed strawberries, or black caviar CORRECT!
(D) that they bathe in cold milk, crushed strawberries, or black caviar - wrong idiom
(E) to bathe in milk , strawberries, or caviar distorting the meaning


Please explain your answer choice.
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