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114. Ancient Romans found it therapeutic to bathe in cold milk, in strawberries that had been crushed, or in bathtubs filled with black caviar.

(A) to bathe in cold milk, in strawberries that had been crushed, or in bathtubs filled with black caviar
(B) that they bathe in cold milk, in strawberries that had been crushed, or in caviar that was black
(C) to bathe in cold milk, crushed strawberries, or black caviar
(D) that they bathe in cold milk, crushed strawberries, or black caviar
(E) to bathe in milk , strawberries, or caviar
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Re: SC - Ancient Romans found it therapeutic [#permalink] New post 09 Jul 2012, 09:41
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• Ancient Romans found it therapeutic to bathe in cold milk, in strawberries that had been crushed, or in bathtubs filled with black caviar.

The sentence presents list of things that the ancient Romans considered therapeutic to bathe in:
a. Cold milk.
b. Strawberries that had been crushed, or
c. in bathtubs filled with black caviar

None of the entities are grammatically parallel in this list. The first one is just a noun entity, the second one a noun followed by relative pronoun clause, and the third a noun followed by a prepositional phrase. Notice that grammatically, it is possible to make all the three entities identically parallel. They all can be written in the form of the first entity.

Logically too, these entities are not parallel. The first two entities are the ingredients considered to be therapeutic. However, the third entity says “in bathtubs”. Now, “bathtubs” are not the ingredients of therapeutic bath. The ingredient is “black caviar”. Hence that should follow “in” to make the list logically parallel.

Now let’s run the POE:
A) to bathe in cold milk, in strawberries that had been crushed, or in bathtubs filled with black caviar: Incorrect for the reasons discussed above. Also, use of past perfect tense “has been crushed” does not make sense here.

B) that they bathe in cold milk, in strawberries that had been crushed, or in caviar that was black: Incorrect.
a. Use of “that” is incorrect here.
b. The last two entities in the list are not parallel to the first entity.
c. Use of “had been crushed” is not correct.
d. Simple present tense “bathe” is also incorrect because we are talking about a past event.

C. to bathe in cold milk, crushed strawberries, or black caviar: Correct. All the entities are grammatically as well as logically parallel.

D. that they bathe in cold milk, crushed strawberries, or black caviar: Incorrect.
a. Use of “that” is incorrect.
b. Simple present tense “bathe” is incorrect.

E. to bathe in milk , strawberries, or caviar: Incorrect. This choice removes all the adjectives before the nouns, leading to the change in the intended meaning even if grammatically this choice is correct.

Hope this helps.
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Re: SC - Ancient Romans found it therapeutic [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2010, 11:39
Does not C leaves out several info of the original sentence??
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Re: SC - Ancient Romans found it therapeutic [#permalink] New post 16 May 2010, 01:45
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Does not C leaves out several info of the original sentence??


What has it left out? I believe what left out is redundant, such as " in bathtubs".
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Re: SC - Ancient Romans found it therapeutic [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2010, 23:19
I do not like this question at all.

I don't think 'bathe in bathtubs filled with black caviar' and 'bathe in black caviar' share the same meaning.

Though A is wordy, C distorts the meaning.
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Re: SC - Ancient Romans found it therapeutic [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2010, 02:06
A very confusing question. Answer has to be between A and C. The official answer is C but I'd rather choose A.

If you can bathe in bathtubs only, then probably 'in bathtubs' would be redundant. But i don't think so. Also, it talks about ''bathtubs filled with...". Can you leave out this piece of information?
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Re: SC - Ancient Romans found it therapeutic [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2010, 04:58
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A very confusing question. Answer has to be between A and C. The official answer is C but I'd rather choose A.

If you can bathe in bathtubs only, then probably 'in bathtubs' would be redundant. But i don't think so. Also, it talks about ''bathtubs filled with...". Can you leave out this piece of information?



I agree with you.......although OA is C I don't see why A is wrong

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Re: SC - Ancient Romans found it therapeutic [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2010, 20:50
I think it is from 1000SC but i'm not sure. 1000SC has some pretty confusing questions and some answers are wrong.
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Re: SC - Ancient Romans found it therapeutic [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2012, 04:36
A is wordy, C is concise.

"to bathe Bath tubs filled with black caviar" eventually boils down to "bathe in black caviar".
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Re: SC - Ancient Romans found it therapeutic [#permalink] New post 09 Jul 2012, 04:04
i go with C
as it seems more concise and i do not feel it omit any information
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Re: SC - Ancient Romans found it therapeutic [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2012, 22:39
oops i chose A, didn't watch out for the word "had been" :(
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Re: SC - Ancient Romans found it therapeutic [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2012, 07:11
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D. that they bathe in cold milk, crushed strawberries, or black caviar: Incorrect.
a. Use of “that” is incorrect.
b. Simple present tense “bathe” is incorrect.


Hello!! I believe "simple present tense" is not an issue. For example, I think following is correct:

Ancient monks advised that people follow a strict discipline.

So, the above sentence is not incorrect because "follow" is present while monks advised in the past.

The issue with the sentence under consideration is that "found" is not subjunctive, while D uses it as subjunctive.

Kindly let me know your thoughts on this.
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Re: SC - Ancient Romans found it therapeutic [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2012, 09:11
(A) to bathe in cold milk, in strawberries that had been crushed, or in bathtubs filled with black caviar

none of the arms are grammatically parallel -incorrect

(B) that they bathe in cold milk, in strawberries that had been crushed, or in caviar that was black

they is useless 'usually "found to" should be followed by verb-incorrect

eg:FOUND (TO)
The missing shooter was found dead after the train robbery
The blue chip companies found the new silicon transistor to revolutionize the electronics world


(C) to bathe in cold milk, crushed strawberries, or black caviar

Though some info is missing but the info given in original sentence is not so worthy to dodge the grammar-correct

(D) that they bathe in cold milk, crushed strawberries, or black caviar

"they" is useless -incorrect

(E) to bathe in milk , strawberries, or caviar

this sentence is correct but when we join (E) with the original segment of sentence then it changes the intended meaning.-incorrect
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