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Job applicants for computer programming jobs are at times  [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2004, 10:03
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Job applicants for computer programming jobs are at times
asked to demonstrate their programming skills on the spot.

(A) Job applicants for computer programming jobs are at
times
(B) Job applicants are sometimes for computer programming
jobs
(C) For some computer programming jobs, job applicants at
times are
(D) In some cases some applicants for computer program-
ming jobs are
(E) Applicants for computer programming jobs are sometimes

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 [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2004, 10:32
I go with E on this one.
A with the use of "at times" is perfectly fine. "at times" means "occasionally" an fits the context of the sentence. However, the error lies in "Job applicants for computer programming jobs" --> "jobs" is redundant
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I will go with (C), because in rest of the statements "their" is pointing to "programming jobs" rather than "applicants"
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2004, 11:38
The correct response to this question is (E).
The original version (A) is redundant in its use of "job" twice; the first occurrence is unnecessary. Also, "at times" is idiomatically improper here. (Two proper idioms here would be sometimes and occasionally.)
(E) corrects both problems by omitting "job" from the beginning of the sentence and by replacing "at times" with "sometimes."
Both (B) and (C) fail to correct the redundancy, and they are awkwardly constructed.
In (D), the phrase "In some cases some" is awkward. Moreover, this phrase alters the meaning of the original version by going too far in limiting the situations in which a demonstration is requested.

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