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Heirloom tomatoes, grown from seeds saved from the previous year, only look less appetizing than their round and red supermarket cousins, often green and striped, or have plenty of bumps and bruises, but are more flavorful.

A. cousins, often green and striped, or have plenty of bumps and bruises, but are

B. cousins, often green and striped, or with plenty of bumps and bruises, although

C. cousins, often green and striped, or they have plenty of bumps and bruises, although they are

D. cousins; they are often green and striped, or with plenty of bumps and bruises, although

E. cousins; they are often green and striped, or have plenty of bumps and bruises, but they are
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07 Sep 2006, 19:46
Step 1. Immediately give our buddy ; preference.

Step 2. Check for correct pronoun structure.

Step 3: Which has a better contrast.

(E)
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07 Sep 2006, 19:46

A. cousins, often green and striped, or have plenty of bumps and bruises, but are

Heirloom tomatoes ... only look X or have Y, but are Z.

Others have pronoun reference problems : who does they refer to?
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07 Sep 2006, 19:51
I go with A.

Heirloom tomatoes only look less appetizing....or have..... but are more flavorful.
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07 Sep 2006, 19:52
GMATT73 wrote:
Step 1. Immediately give our buddy ; preference.

Step 2. Check for correct pronoun structure.

Step 3: Which has a better contrast.

(E)

Hi sir ,

Any possibility that (E) is flawed by ambiguous "they" ?

Both (A) and (E) look tempting for me...
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07 Sep 2006, 20:22
jerrywu wrote:
GMATT73 wrote:
Step 1. Immediately give our buddy ; preference.

Step 2. Check for correct pronoun structure.

Step 3: Which has a better contrast.

(E)

Hi sir ,

Any possibility that (E) is flawed by ambiguous "they" ?

Both (A) and (E) look tempting for me...

The reason why A is incorrect here is because the sentence ambiguously describes the shape and texture of which tomatoe, the heirloom or it's cousin??

Now back to your question Jerry.

"they" in last sentence doesn't need a clear antecedent because of the inherent rules of the semicolon. Two "stand alone" sentences can be made here. As such, "they" in the second sentence clearly refers to the heirloom tomatoe.

Hope this clarifies any confusion.
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07 Sep 2006, 20:39
ps_dahiya wrote:
I go with A.

Heirloom tomatoes only look less appetizing....or have..... but are more flavorful.

Yes "they" is E seems a little fishy.
However, what does "often green and striped" modifies in A???
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08 Sep 2006, 03:46
GMATT73 wrote:
jerrywu wrote:
GMATT73 wrote:
Step 1. Immediately give our buddy ; preference.

Step 2. Check for correct pronoun structure.

Step 3: Which has a better contrast.

(E)

Hi sir ,

Any possibility that (E) is flawed by ambiguous "they" ?

Both (A) and (E) look tempting for me...

The reason why A is incorrect here is because the sentence ambiguously describes the shape and texture of which tomatoe, the heirloom or it's cousin??

Now back to your question Jerry.

"they" in last sentence doesn't need a clear antecedent because of the inherent rules of the semicolon. Two "stand alone" sentences can be made here. As such, "they" in the second sentence clearly refers to the heirloom tomatoe.

Hope this clarifies any confusion.

Matt, can you please talk a little about the rules of semi-colon. So is it ok to use "they" after the semi-colon, as I know if it were a comma, the usage of "they" would have been ambiguous.

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08 Sep 2006, 15:02
Clearly (E)

A has a modifier problem. "often green and striped, or have plenty of bumps and bruises" describes cousins.
B same issue
C same issue
D although incorrectly introduces an adverbial clause
E Correct - two independent clauses are joined by a semicolon. Second clause is a perfect compund sentence with two conjunctions (remember "A.B. Fonsy" ?)
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08 Sep 2006, 16:04
GMATT73 wrote:
Step 1. Immediately give our buddy ; preference.

Step 2. Check for correct pronoun structure.

Step 3: Which has a better contrast.

(E)

I second option E.

In option A the modifier is playing a role which casts doubt.
Probably a preposition(?) like "with" would have done it.
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20 Sep 2006, 19:18
jerrywu,
could you confirm the OA for this? Is is A or E? Any OE?
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20 Sep 2006, 21:18
E for me too...

The modifier after the comma in A is unclear as to what it is exactly describing..
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20 Sep 2006, 21:26
gmacvik wrote:
jerrywu,
could you confirm the OA for this? Is is A or E? Any OE?

hello sir ,

OA is (E) ..unfortunately there is no OE available..
20 Sep 2006, 21:26
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