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SC: Custom inspectors [#permalink] New post 29 Apr 2006, 13:26
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No matter how patiently they explain their reasons for confiscating certain items, travelers often treat customs inspectors like wanton poachers rather than government employees.

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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.

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 [#permalink] New post 29 Apr 2006, 14:37
trivikram wrote:
E....

In D "they" has antecedent problem IMO


and you got a point there! It's so easy to fix one problem and yet fall into another trap :(
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Re: SC: Custom inspectors [#permalink] New post 29 Apr 2006, 14:53
Ultimately, it comes down to D and E due to modifier problems in A/B/C.

D sounds correct even though it seems to have a ambiguous 'they'. But 'as' is needed to compare clauses and for an active voice.

E, however, has its own problems. It sounds passive and 'treated not like...but wanton poachers' sounds awkward. Its missig the word 'like' after 'but'

My answer is D
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Apr 2006, 18:52
The OA is D
I was confused between E and D.
I understand the E has its problems, but is the past tense "were" in D ok?
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Apr 2006, 19:31
cindyn wrote:
The OA is D
I was confused between E and D.
I understand the E has its problems, but is the past tense "were" in D ok?

"were" here is a subjunctive, describing a condition contrary to fact.
Here is more info on such usage of if clauses.

Subjunctive if clauses:
According to traditional rules, you use the subjunctive to describe an occurrence that you have presupposed to be contrary to fact: if I were ten years younger, if America were still a British Colony. The verb in the main clause of these sentences must then contain the verb would or (less frequently) should: If I were ten years younger, I would consider entering the marathon. If America were still a British colony, we would all be drinking tea in the afternoon
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Re: SC: Custom inspectors [#permalink] New post 29 Apr 2006, 21:23
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.

Please explain your choice


Late but D
A/B/C are incorrect as here "they" referrs to Custom officers.
E - not parallel
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Apr 2006, 00:15
In E, treated and travelers are separated by far too many words, thereby distorting the meaning.

(D) stands.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Apr 2006, 04:42
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cindyn wrote:
The OA is D
I was confused between E and D.
I understand the E has its problems, but is the past tense "were" in D ok?

"were" here is a subjunctive, describing a condition contrary to fact.
Here is more info on such usage of if clauses.

Subjunctive if clauses:
According to traditional rules, you use the subjunctive to describe an occurrence that you have presupposed to be contrary to fact: if I were ten years younger, if America were still a British Colony. The verb in the main clause of these sentences must then contain the verb would or (less frequently) should: If I were ten years younger, I would consider entering the marathon. If America were still a British colony, we would all be drinking tea in the afternoon


But "they" in D , how do we know it stands for Customs Officials?
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 [#permalink] New post 01 May 2006, 13:38
D they needs to be close to custom officers not travellers
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 [#permalink] New post 01 May 2006, 18:31
Agree that in E, the meaning is distorted.
Late but D it is.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 May 2006, 20:12
D it is. Misplaced modifiers rule out A/B and C. Between D and E, E is constructed oddly. D is the best choice.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 May 2006, 20:31
Yes between D and E. E is unclear since the needs to be a like before wanton poachers and by travelers seems to be misplaced
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Re: SC: Custom inspectors [#permalink] New post 06 May 2006, 00:24
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.

Please explain your choice



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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Re: SC: Custom inspectors [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2007, 12:30
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.

Please explain your choice



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

This question is a really horrible one.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2007, 06:38
I agree with bmwhype. I'm having a tough time with this SC.
Can someone please explain, why 'they' does not have pronoun problem in D ?
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Aug 2007, 08:27
(C) travelers 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

can't decide between the above two.

I don't see any modifier problem with C....they is close to customs inspectors here as it should be since they refers to the inspectors

in fact, it is in D that it is not clear who 'they' refers to

I understand that 'rather than' in D sounds better but there is nothing wrong with how the comparison is made between inspectors being treated as poachers in C either.

This is 1000 SC #973 and I cannot agree with the OA (D).
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Re: SC: Custom inspectors [#permalink] New post 10 Aug 2007, 09:06
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.

Please explain your choice



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

This question is a really horrible one.


agreed but remember we are looking for the "best" answer :P
in this case it is D
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Aug 2007, 09:08
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No matter how patiently they explain their reasons for confiscating certain items, travelers often treat customs inspectors like wanton poachers rather than government employees.

(C) travelers 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

can't decide between the above two.

I don't see any modifier problem with C....they is close to customs inspectors here as it should be since they refers to the inspectors


You missed the they and theirs in the part that is not underlined. C is wrong because the modifier (non-underlined part) is clearly modifying travelers.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Aug 2007, 09:43
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r019h 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.

(C) travelers 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

can't decide between the above two.

I don't see any modifier problem with C....they is close to customs inspectors here as it should be since they refers to the inspectors


You missed the they and theirs in the part that is not underlined. C is wrong because the modifier (non-underlined part) is clearly modifying travelers.


you are correct!
this is what happens when one does 30 SCs on an empty stomach! :lol:
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Re: SC: Custom inspectors [#permalink] New post 10 Aug 2007, 09:49
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.

Please explain your choice



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,
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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.
Re: SC: Custom inspectors   [#permalink] 10 Aug 2007, 09:49
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