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For the purposes of the model, the different areas would comprise a dividing line of a different colour between two blocks of the same colour.
A) a dividing line of a different colour between two blocks of the same colour
B) two same coloured blocks with a different coloured dividing line between them
C) two blocks of the same colour with a dividing line of a different colour between them
D) a different colour dividing line between two same colour blocks
E) a dividing line where the colour was different between two blocks where the colour was the same
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13 Apr 2010, 08:57
My answer is B.

two same coloured blocks with a different coloured dividing line between them -> Precise and clear. Retains the original meaning.
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20 May 2010, 23:10
OA is C. Style and || are followed.

C) two blocks of the same colour with a dividing line of a different colour between them

The introductory part says ...model, different areas would comprise....

So, to match with DIFFERENT AREAS and COMPRISE, we need two blocks. This rules out A, D and E. B is awkward.
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21 May 2010, 07:25
can someone provide a more detailed explanation of why C and not B?
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26 May 2010, 06:47
Yes I too can't understand why B is wrong. Please someone explain.
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17 Jun 2010, 22:07
I go for C. But, i don't have any rules for eliminating B. I think C is preferable to B. Can anyone explain what is wrong with B?
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For the purposes of the model, the different areas would comprise a dividing line of a different colour between two blocks of the same colour.
A) a dividing line of a different colour between two blocks of the same colour
B) two same coloured blocks with a different coloured dividing line between them
C) two blocks of the same colour with a dividing line of a different colour between them
D) a different colour dividing line between two same colour blocks
E) a dividing line where the colour was different between two blocks where the colour was the same

The idiom is " COMPRISE OF...". SO B, D and E are out.
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18 Jun 2010, 07:32
This question concentrates on Idiom and usage.

"same colored blocks" in B is awkward. Two Blocks of the same color" is better in usage.

A is wrong because it uses "different coloured dividing line" coloured and dividing are two entities describing the line.
D uses "A different colour dividing line" ans "same colour blocks" - very awkward usage
E goes past tense and idiomatically wrong

C is the Answer!
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19 Jun 2010, 02:44
Hundreds of my students are plagued by the word 'awkward'! That an expression is 'awkward' is one of the most frustrating explanations because it leaves the student with no logic to follow.

It is true that 'same colored blocks' is simply not an idiomatic structure. But the problem goes beyond awkwardness.

If I have the 'same colored markers' as you do, then do I have the same markers (what kind or markers? colored markers!) as you do? Or are my markers the same color as yours?

The structure 'same colored' is ambiguous because it is unclear whether 'same' describes 'colored' or the noun (blocks/markers) after the word 'colored'.

The other important issue in this problem is intended meaning. It is important to think about the sentence in terms of logical subject-verb-object.

The areas (subject) would comprise (verb) a line or blocks (object)? The areas would comprise the blocks, not the dividing line.

Sarai's SC Tip! While you cannot rely on your how a sentence sounds, you can rely on your comprehension as an intuitive crutch! The version of the sentence that is easiest for you to understand is probably the sentence that uses correct grammar!
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10 Jul 2010, 04:11
"dividing" and "between" are redundant.
isn't it?
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30 Jul 2010, 23:47
Sarai Thanks for explanation .........
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31 Jul 2010, 08:45
C it is.. I was clear bout C until I read B 2 times and it confused me totally..
But C would have been my final choice on the paper
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17 Jun 2011, 09:41
+1 C

A, D and E change the meaning.
B is ambiguous.
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