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# SC: Custom inspectors

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10 Aug 2007, 10:12
bmwhype2 wrote:
bmwhype2 wrote:
b14kumar wrote:
cindyn wrote:
No matter how patiently they explain their reasons for confiscating certain items, travelers often treat customs inspectors like wanton poachers rather than government employees.

A
B travellers often treat customs inspectors as wanton poachers instead of government employees.
C travellers often treat customs inspectors as if they were not government employees but wanton poachers.
D customs inspectors are often treated by travelers as if they were wanton poachers rather than government employees.
E customs inspectors are often treated not like government employees but wanton poachers by travelers.

It's D.

D customs inspectors are often treated by travelers as if they were wanton poachers rather than government employees

'rather than' is preferred in GMAT.
moreover, 'they' should modify 'customs inspectors'.

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Brajesh

How can they modify inspectors if travelers is closer to they than inspectors?

This question is a really horrible one.

lol. learned a lot in 2 months.

Both pronouns in the dependent clause refer back to a single noun. it cannot be travelers. That leaves D and E. E is missing LIKE.

completely off topic but your avatar is hilarious! kristin kreuk's expression is ridiculous (in a good way)!
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11 Aug 2007, 06:32
bmwhype2 wrote:
b14kumar wrote:
cindyn wrote:
No matter how patiently they explain their reasons for confiscating certain items, travelers often treat customs inspectors like wanton poachers rather than government employees.

A
B travellers often treat customs inspectors as wanton poachers instead of government employees.
C travellers often treat customs inspectors as if they were not government employees but wanton poachers.
D customs inspectors are often treated by travelers as if they were wanton poachers rather than government employees.
E customs inspectors are often treated not like government employees but wanton poachers by travelers.

It's D.

D customs inspectors are often treated by travelers as if they were wanton poachers rather than government employees

'rather than' is preferred in GMAT.
moreover, 'they' should modify 'customs inspectors'.

Regards,
Brajesh

How can they modify inspectors if travelers is closer to they than inspectors?

This question is a really horrible one.

Sorry, I am not very frequent on checking all messages. I missed this one.

Well, we need to think logically also....
If 'they' is used for "travelers" then the essence of sentence is gone.
Logically, "they" can only refer to "custom inspectors".

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11 Aug 2007, 21:55
Its D ...but the real reason why its D is because

A,B,C have incorrect modifiers

E - is tempted but it is not parallel 'not like ...but ..'.. and secondly the phrase 'wanton poachers by travelers' distorts the meaning
E has the bproblem of like; see example below

AS: When comparing use AS with noun verb combination
Example: He did not vote for congress as I did
LIKE: When comparing use LIKE with noun noun combination
Example: His condition is like mine

D. No matter how patiently they explain their reasons for confiscating certain items, customs inspectors are often treated by travelers as if they were wanton poachers rather than government employees.

To make sure they in the non-underlined part in the question refers to the custom officers (logically needed also), we need to make sure that it falls antecedent to custom officers. D introduces the needed subject in the following clause, joined by no matter.

customs inspectors are often treated by travelers as if they were wanton poachers rather than government employees, No matter how patiently they explain their reasons for confiscating certain items.

IMO D is correct.

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