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In December of 1987 an automobile manufacturer pleaded no contest to criminal charges of odometer tampering and agreed to pay more than $16 million in civil damages for cars that were test-driven with their odometers disconnected.

(A) cars that were test-driven with their odometers disconnected
(B) cars that it had test-driven with their disconnected odometers
(C) its cars having been test-driven with disconnected odometers
(D) having test-driven cars with their odometers disconnected
(E) having cars that were test-driven with disconnected odometers
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2005, 19:54
It is definetly not A & B. I understand C) is poorly worded but it seems to be the right choice only because it gets the main point across. The automobile manufacturer pleaded no contest because it had test driven cars with disconnected odometers.
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2005, 20:23
I think it's D because the civil damages where for the "test-driving"
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2005, 21:32
My pick is D.

The company has to pay for test-driving a car -- not for the car itself.
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OA is D
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2005, 10:37
I liked D) initially but I felt it was wrong because it appeared to have two meanings. 1) the auto manufacturer simply has in its posession test driven cars with disconnected odometers 2) the company test drove cars with disconnected odometers. Does it matter if an SC question has a dual meaning? I would suspect this scenario would be wrong in most cases. Can someone point out what is wrong with this reasoning?
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2005, 13:11
aikido_fudoshin wrote:
I liked D) initially but I felt it was wrong because it appeared to have two meanings. 1) the auto manufacturer simply has in its posession test driven cars with disconnected odometers 2) the company test drove cars with disconnected odometers. Does it matter if an SC question has a dual meaning? I would suspect this scenario would be wrong in most cases. Can someone point out what is wrong with this reasoning?


The meaning 1) you suggested is more applicable to (D) than (E). If we relook at E:

having cars that were test-driven with disconnected odometers

the italics portion is restrictive clause. The meaning for complete statement in passage may be:

they paid > 16m in civil damages for having some cars (a subset of only cars that were test driven) with disconnected odometer.

Also, we need to find best option available. E is good.
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