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Mauritius was a British colony for almost 200 years, excepting for the domains of administration and teaching, the English language was never really spoken on the island. (GMAT practice test from mba.com)

A - excepting for
B - except in
C - but except in
D - but excepting for
E - with the exception of
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Mauritius was a British colony for almost 200 years, excepting for the domains of administration and teaching, the English language was never really spoken on the island. (GMAT practice test from mba.com)

A - excepting for
B - except in
C - but except in
D - but excepting for
E - with the exception of


The sentence includes two independent clauses, so a conjuntion should be used to connect two clauses. A, B, E out

"excepting" in D modifies "the English language" --> awkward

C is the winner
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Re: Weird [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2010, 13:47
And OA is?
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Re: Weird [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2010, 08:30
According to my source, OA is B.
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Re: Weird [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2010, 09:33
We need BUT here to clearly give the contrast here.

i.e. .....BUT except for the domains of administration and teaching, the English language was never really spoken on the island.
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Re: Weird [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2010, 11:26
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The OA is C on this one (I don't know who said differently). B is a run-on sentence. If you start the clause with "except," it's independent, so you should've had a period or semicolon.

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Re: Weird [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2010, 09:50
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The OA is C on this one (I don't know who said differently). B is a run-on sentence. If you start the clause with "except," it's independent, so you should've had a period or semicolon.

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Hi tommy, Why not E?\
with the exception of is also an appropriate idiom
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Re: Weird [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2010, 09:27
Thanks tommy for clarifying. C it is.
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Hey Munda,

If you start the sentence with "with," it's a run-on sentence again. See how you've started another independent clause?

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Re: Weird [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2010, 22:45
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If you start the sentence with "with," it's a run-on sentence again. See how you've started another independent clause?

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Re: Weird [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2010, 03:42
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C for me.

OA is out Tommys explanation is also out
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Re: Mauritius was a British colony for almost 200 years, [#permalink] New post 23 Nov 2013, 20:35
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Re: Mauritius was a British colony for almost 200 years, [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2014, 11:13
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Mauritius was a British colony for almost 200 years, excepting for the domains of administration and teaching, the English language was never really spoken on the island. (GMAT practice test from mba.com)

A - excepting for
B - except in
C - but except in
D - but excepting for
E - with the exception of


Understanding intent of meaning helps solve this question. They are trying to say that English was only spoken in two domains and nowhere else. So they want to CONTRAST this, therefore we need a "but".

That's why C is correct and E is wrong.
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Re: Mauritius was a British colony for almost 200 years, [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2014, 02:43
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Mauritius was a British colony for almost 200 years, excepting for the domains of administration and teaching, the English language was never really spoken on the island. (GMAT practice test from mba.com)

A - excepting for
B - except in
C - but except in
D - but excepting for
E - with the exception of


"on the island" except "in the domain". The 2 phrases are paralel through "except". this pattern is logic and correct

is that right?
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Re: Mauritius was a British colony for almost 200 years, [#permalink] New post 10 May 2014, 03:35
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Mauritius was a British colony for almost 200 years, excepting for the domains of administration and teaching, the English language was never really spoken on the island. (GMAT practice test from mba.com)

A - excepting for
B - except in
C - but except in
D - but excepting for
E - with the exception of



"except in" is parallel with " on the land". is that right?

we need two thing parallel when we use "excpet". for example,

except English, foreign languages are taught here

am I correct?
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Re: Mauritius was a British colony for almost 200 years, [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2014, 09:28
just to clarify excepting for the domains of administration and teaching, the sentence in bold is a dependent clause right?
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Mauritius was a British colony for almost 200 years, excepting for the domains of administration and teaching, the English language was never really spoken on the island. (GMAT practice test from mba.com)

A - excepting for
B - except in
C - but except in
D - but excepting for
E - with the exception of



two independent sentence has to be connect by comma +fanboys.. Hence A , B , E out.

out of C & D - except in the domain looks good compared to excepting for the domain.

Answer :C
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Re: Mauritius was a British colony for almost 200 years, [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2014, 09:53
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Mauritius was a British colony for almost 200 years, excepting for the domains of administration and teaching, the English language was never really spoken on the island. (GMAT practice test from mba.com)

A - excepting for
B - except in
C - but except in
D - but excepting for
E - with the exception of


C is the correct answer because it corrects both the mistakes in the original sentence:
1. Provides a necessary contrast for the situation inspite of Mauritius being a British colony, using "but"
2. "in" is used correctly for referring to the domains of administration, teaching
Re: Mauritius was a British colony for almost 200 years,   [#permalink] 15 Sep 2014, 09:53
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