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Hi, So here's a question from the 1000 series of SC. Since there are no answer justifications in the 1000 series document, one would be greatly appreciated.

25. In assessing the problems faced by rural migrant workers, the question of whether they are better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant.
(A) In assessing the problems faced by rural migrant workers, the question of whether they are better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant.
(B) The question of whether the rural migrant worker is better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant in assessing the problems that they face.
(C) A question that is irrelevant in assessing the problems that rural migrant workers face is whether they are better off materially than the urban working poor.
(D) In an assessment of the problems faced by rural migrant workers, the question of whether they are better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant.
(E) The question of whether the rural migrant worker is better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant in an assessment of the problems that they face.
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10 Apr 2011, 06:26
Why is "in an assessment" a better choice than "in assessing"? I thought the use of a verb was preferred to the use of a noun for concision.
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10 Apr 2011, 07:34
"In assessing" is wrongly modifying "the question"
it seems like "the question" itself is doing the assessment.

however id like to know how C is wrong.
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10 Apr 2011, 11:07
jonblazon wrote:
Hi, So here's a question from the 1000 series of SC. Since there are no answer justifications in the 1000 series document, one would be greatly appreciated.

25. In assessing the problems faced by rural migrant workers, the question of whether they are better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant.
(A) In assessing the problems faced by rural migrant workers, the question of whether they are better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant.
(B) The question of whether the rural migrant worker is better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant in assessing the problems that they face.
(C) A question that is irrelevant in assessing the problems that rural migrant workers face is whether they are better off materially than the urban working poor. - Change of meaning.
(D) In an assessment of the problems faced by rural migrant workers, the question of whether they are better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant.
(E) The question of whether the rural migrant worker is better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant in an assessment of the problems that they face.

choice C removes this error but it changes the meaning.
Choice D is the only possible choice.
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10 Apr 2011, 22:15
All the options with "problems they face" are eliminated first because of ambiguous use of they - B and E Eliminated
(A) is wrong because when it says 'in assessing' it is lacking the subject - who is assessing, and it seems to imply that the question is assessing.
(C) is not preferred because of these reasons:
- it starts with a question that is irrelevant rather than instroduce the assessment- stylistically wrong emphasis
- problems faced by is usage of passive voice , problems rural migrants face is active. active voice is preferable to passive voice
- also, awckward and convoluted construction - talks of question being irrelevant , then the assessment, then the question again.. why jumble so much!
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