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6. In feudal Europe, urban areas developed from clusters of houses where peasants lived and commuted to farmlands in the countryside, unlike homesteading policies in the American West that required residency on the land itself in order to obtain eventual ownership.
(A) In feudal Europe, urban areas developed from clusters of houses where peasants lived and commuted to farmlands in the countryside, unlike homesteading policies in the American West that
(B) In feudal Europe, urban areas developed from clusters of houses where peasants lived and from which they commuted to farmlands in the countryside, but in the American West homesteading policies
(C) Unlike feudal Europe where urban areas developed from clusters of houses where peasants lived and commuted to farmlands in the countryside, the American WestтАЩs homesteading policies
(D) Unlike feudal Europe where urban areas developed from clusters of houses where peasants lived and commuted to farmlands in the countryside, the homesteading policies of the American West
(E) Urban areas developed from clusters of houses where peasants lived from which they commuted to farmlands in the countryside in feudal Europe, unlike the American West where homesteading policies
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This one is hard... [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2005, 13:28
I stared at it for a while, and I must say that this problem is difficult for me...
I'd choose (B) because that's the only one that keeps the logical

In Europe, ~, but in the American West ~
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2005, 13:48
what are we comparing europe to american.....west...

so B is the only one which does this correctly...
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2005, 15:02
In my opinion, OA is c
1. A and B / A or B / A but B----point A must be equaled to point B
2. unlike +subordinate clause , main clause----"subordinate clause" introduces the main clause which is the main idea of author
3. I think that the author would like to emphasize " in America" so he introduce what happen in Europe in the subordinate clause in order to draw reader's interest to his main idea.

however, i see nothing wrong with all choices
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2005, 18:42
same reasonning

i choose B because in A,C,D,E there are faulty comparaisons using "Unlike".
However I still think that B is not very well written and may include some mistakes too...but the best choice among the other choices
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2005, 18:51
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b) Incorrect: Run-on sentance
c) Incorrect: Comparing feudal Europe to policies
d) Incorrect: Comparing feudal Europe to policies
e) Incorrect: sentance run-on. and "lived from which" is unidiomatic

I believe the answer is A, even though it is horrible grammar.
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2005, 08:33
I vote for B.

In feudal Europe, urban area..... , but in American west ....

but is the catch... we are trying to show a contrast.
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2005, 08:41
True, but E also shows a contrast in meaning. This has to be a 700 level SC. Nakib really dug deep to find this knarly, convoluted beast.

Most of us can boil it down to B or E, but distinguishing between the two takes a keen eye.

B maintains parallelism, although I am still not convinced :?: :

In feudal Europe, urban areas developed from clusters of houses where peasants lived and from which they commuted to farmlands in the countryside, but in the American West homesteading policies required residency on the land itself in order to obtain eventual ownership.
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Re: SC # feudal Europe [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2005, 08:48
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6. In feudal Europe, urban areas developed from clusters of houses where peasants lived and commuted to farmlands in the countryside, unlike homesteading policies in the American West that required residency on the land itself in order to obtain eventual ownership.
(A) In feudal Europe, urban areas developed from clusters of houses where peasants lived and commuted to farmlands in the countryside, unlike homesteading policies in the American West that
(B) In feudal Europe, urban areas developed from clusters of houses where peasants lived and from which they commuted to farmlands in the countryside, but in the American West homesteading policies
(C) Unlike feudal Europe where urban areas developed from clusters of houses where peasants lived and commuted to farmlands in the countryside, the American WestтАЩs homesteading policies
(D) Unlike feudal Europe where urban areas developed from clusters of houses where peasants lived and commuted to farmlands in the countryside, the homesteading policies of the American West
(E) Urban areas developed from clusters of houses where peasants lived from which they commuted to farmlands in the countryside in feudal Europe, unlike the American West where homesteading policies


I think we shouldn't twist ourselves with the meaning at first but to consider the key here that is which noun clause is correctly used.
This SC reminds me of a SC posted by duttsit few days ago that contains simulteneously two noun clauses modifying the same noun. The correct way to deal with two simulteneous noun clauses is to remember to seperate them by "and", which is in B.
In other choices, the use of a common "where" is wrong. As people commute, they move out/ from the initial place. The use of a common "where" mixes urban and countryside, which is unreasonable.

For the above reasoning, i would go for B.
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2005, 09:10
Not so fast Desiguy! Try explaining why you think it`s B. :)
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2005, 15:35
OA is B.

it is a long SC, but if you take out the fat out of this sentence it is comparing something in feudal Europe with that in the American west.

only B does it.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2005, 13:47
"laxieqv" ---your explanation is clear and easily catch

"nakib77"----Thank you for finding this exceptional question.
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2005, 03:10
I think whoever wrote this question deserves to be shot :evil:

What a tough question!

Although "B" is probably the "best" of the bunch, it is far from being a clear answer.
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2005, 08:13
B has done a fair comparison. But it uses "from which..." clause, which does not make sense. "from where..." would have been correct.

But B is closest answer. Everything else looks flawed.
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