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Shoppers in sporting goods stores, unlike in department stores, do very little impulse shopping, not buying a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball, but they leave with a basketball only.

A. in department stores, do very little impulse shopping, not buying a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball, but they leave with a basketball only
B. in department stores, shop impulsively very little; someone who comes in for a basketball will leave with a basketball only and not also buy a pair of skis and a boomerang as well
C. those in department stores, do very little impulse shopping, do not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball, but leave with only a basketball
D. those in department stores, do very little impulse shopping; someone who comes in for a basketball will leave with a basketball only and not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang as well
E. department stores, shop impulsively very little; someone will not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball but will leave with only a basketball
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12 Nov 2005, 16:20
Comparing shoppers. Eliminate A, B and E. C is a fragmented sentace.

I pick D. The semi-colon is necessary to separate the two clauses.
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12 Nov 2005, 20:05
D i agree ... i believe a semi colin is needed so "but will leave with only a basketball" feels excessive at the end of E and there is an unneeded rewording in B
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12 Nov 2005, 21:44
D

Get rid of A, B, E because of the comparison issue.
Comparing C and D, we need something to break the sentence into two separate thoughts, ie semicolon.
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12 Nov 2005, 22:42
D for me as well..."those" needs to be parallel with the first portion of the sentence.
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12 Nov 2005, 23:47
yup D is the OA.

However, I can't choose D, because anticident in D Shoppers is plural.
but one after semicolon is refering the shoppers with a singular pronoun.

This is not correct.

On the other hand, in C I don't find any error.
what do you guys think.
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13 Nov 2005, 03:15
I also got C and D
but C was my pick too
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13 Nov 2005, 09:47
For me this answer is a clearly C. We are comparing shoppers in sport stores with shoppers in department stores. Only D and C can remain. I can not find anything wrong in C and many things in D.

C is parallel and concise: shoppers do ......, do not buy ......, but leave ....

D, however alters the natural flow of the sentence: will not buy a pair of skis as well??. In D, "only" is misplaced; In addiciton "as well" at the end of the sentence is a clear indication to leave this choice out. It would have to be "too".
What is the source of this question??. I can not believe OA is D.

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13 Nov 2005, 10:03
automan wrote:
For me this answer is a clearly C. We are comparing shoppers in sport stores with shoppers in department stores. Only D and C can remain. I can not find anything wrong in C and many things in D.

C is parallel and concise: shoppers do ......, do not buy ......, but leave ....

D, however alters the natural flow of the sentence: will not buy a pair of skis as well??. In D, "only" is misplaced; In addiciton "as well" at the end of the sentence is a clear indication to leave this choice out. I would have to be "too". And it can not be used because the we are denying something.

What is the source of this question??. I can not believe OA is D.

hmmmmmmmmm......

your logic has point. but i see "they" in C is ambigious and has no clear referent. "they" doesnot unambigiously refer to shoppers. it could refer to skies too.
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13 Nov 2005, 10:11
I got this question from paper based test.

personally I think C is right.
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13 Nov 2005, 10:14
guys....||ism isnt always the thing being tested...you have to follow the logic of the sentence as well...beware of hidden ||ism...

in C the construction is very awkward...and they is not refering to shoppers in sporting good stores? it is referring to shoppers in department stores...

automan wrote:
For me this answer is a clearly C. We are comparing shoppers in sport stores with shoppers in department stores. Only D and C can remain. I can not find anything wrong in C and many things in D.

C is parallel and concise: shoppers do ......, do not buy ......, but leave ....

D, however alters the natural flow of the sentence: will not buy a pair of skis as well??. In D, "only" is misplaced; In addiciton "as well" at the end of the sentence is a clear indication to leave this choice out. I would have to be "too". And it can not be used because the we are denying something.

What is the source of this question??. I can not believe OA is D.
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13 Nov 2005, 11:09
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automan wrote:
For me this answer is a clearly C. We are comparing shoppers in sport stores with shoppers in department stores. Only D and C can remain. I can not find anything wrong in C and many things in D.

C is parallel and concise: shoppers do ......, do not buy ......, but leave ....

D, however alters the natural flow of the sentence: will not buy a pair of skis as well??. In D, "only" is misplaced; In addiciton "as well" at the end of the sentence is a clear indication to leave this choice out. I would have to be "too". And it can not be used because the we are denying something.

What is the source of this question??. I can not believe OA is D.

hmmmmmmmmm......

your logic has point. but i see "they" in C is ambigious and has no clear referent. "they" doesnot unambigiously refer to shoppers. it could refer to skies too.

For me "they" clearly refers to shoppers in sport departments.
13 Nov 2005, 11:09
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