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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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05 Jul 2010, 13:47
And OA is?
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01 Aug 2010, 08:30
According to my source, OA is B.
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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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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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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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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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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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Thank you tommy for the crystal clear explanations
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C for me.

OA is out Tommys explanation is also out
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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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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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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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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.

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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
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26 Oct 2014, 22:11
2 independent clauses can be connected by ,FANBOYS. Only C and D have that structure. D is not idiomatic / awkward

C it is
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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

We need to show a change - we need except & but
So C, 40 seconds
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