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# SC: Custom inspectors

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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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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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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'

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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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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.

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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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.

Late but D
A/B/C are incorrect as here "they" referrs to Custom officers.
E - not parallel
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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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30 Apr 2006, 04:42
giddi77 wrote:
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.

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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01 May 2006, 13:38
D they needs to be close to custom officers not travellers
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01 May 2006, 18:31
Agree that in E, the meaning is distorted.
Late but D it is.
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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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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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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.

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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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.

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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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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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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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.

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.

agreed but remember we are looking for the "best" answer
in this case it is D
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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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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!
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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.

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.

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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