Let me give my views about this ticklish issue. The answer is certainly D. We are required to use ‘those
’ after unlike
; as a preposition unlike
has to be followed by a noun and nothing else.
On the question of whether C or D.: There are some comments that C is a run-on. Not so in my opinion. A run-on is one that does not use the right punctuation or one that does not use a conjunction at all to conjugate two independent clauses. I also saw a comment that” In C the second clause misses a subject and a conjunction. Hence it is a run on.”
First of all, if a clause is missing the verb, it is a fragment and not a run-on. You may even miss the subject. It does not matter as long as you can understand the original subject as one that can fit into the second context. For example:
1. I went to Delhi and I stayed for ten days -ok but wordy
2. I went to Delhi and stayed for ten days. Perfect, though the subject is missing, Becos, ‘I’ is understood to be the subject.
3. I went to Delhi and I for days- wrong – the second portion misses the verb – This is a typical fragment.
4. I went to Delhi and for days- wrong – the second portion misses the subject and verb. A fragment again.
Choice C is not missing any verb – ‘leave
’ is a solid verb in the third part.
Again what punctuation is it missing? If but
is not the right conjunction, what other conjunction can fit in? Remember the conjunction has to show a contrast in the context here.
Third point, why three clauses can not be joined by but? How many can be joined in that case?
Look at the following sentence: I booked a ticket for my brother, booked another for my sister but postponed my own ticket. What is grammatically or logically wrong with using the coordinating conjunction ‘but
’ in such circumstances?
But still C is wrong; the choice lists three factors 1. do very little impulse shopping, 2. do not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball, and 3 but leave with only a basketball.
But the second factor is an explanation and example of the first factor namely doing impulse shopping. They are not equal things.
This is the subtle beauty of Choice D. It defines impulse shopping into a separate and independent clause avoiding the pitfall of C.
Hats off to GPREP, for the wonderful lesson on logic.
Will you kindly excuse my anxiety to put things in the right perspective and thereby my elaboration. Again I mean not to pick holes on any one.
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