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SC: Custom Inspectors Source: GMAT Paper Test # 55

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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. travelers often treat customs inspectors as wanton poachers instead of government employees

C. travelers often treat custom 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 exployees

E. customs inspectors are often treated not like government employees but wanton poachers by travelers
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02 Apr 2005, 18:06
D. customs inspectors are often treated by travelers as if they were wanton poachers rather than government exployees
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02 Apr 2005, 18:16
In D, I am not sure whether "they" refers to customs inspectors or travelers. Thus, I chose E. What is wrong with E?
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02 Apr 2005, 19:55
dvs112 wrote:
In D, I am not sure whether "they" refers to customs inspectors or travelers. Thus, I chose E. What is wrong with E?

i think your concern is valid but among the choices D is best. E is not parallel. IMO, if E were as under, it would be correct:
customs inspectors are often treated not like government employees but like wanton poachers by travelers

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02 Apr 2005, 20:07
E violates parallelism not like....should be followed by but like..
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02 Apr 2005, 20:10
The choices boil down to D & E

D has an ambiguous pronoun reference ("they")

E violates parallelism

How do you make the decision which statement is better?

The OA is D
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03 Apr 2005, 10:00
In E there's another problem (I believe)

customs inspectors are often treated by travelers not like government employees but like wanton poachers.

Position of "by travelers" is too distant from what it refers to
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03 Apr 2005, 11:29
So the easiest choice came for me between D and E...out of the two I chose D.

It came down to lack of parallelism in E explained very well by the other members who answered.
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03 Apr 2005, 18:50
While going through the forums, I found an interesting discussion about pronoun proximity

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=7296

It states that if "they" refers to the last plural noun, then it is not ambiguous. However, if "they" is used to refer to a prior plural noun, then it is definitely ambiguous.

In our case, "they" refers to customs inspectors (prior plural noun) as opposed to travelers (last plural noun). Hence, it is ambiguous.

I agree that E lacks parallelism. However, D is wrong too with the ambiguous reference.

How do I decide which is best?
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04 Apr 2005, 23:41
customs inspectors should come first so that 'they' cna properly refer to the inspectors, rather than the travelers.

A, B, C -> out

Between D and E, I'll go with E. D does not have a clear referent for 'they' in the underlined portion of the sentence.

E does the comparsion correctly and although not parallel, is a lesser sin compared to a grammar error in D.

E it is.
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05 Apr 2005, 06:03
dvs112 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. travelers often treat customs inspectors as wanton poachers instead of government employees

C. travelers often treat custom 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 exployees

E. customs inspectors are often treated not like government employees
but wanton poachers by travelers

Initially go with B, but I found I was cheated.
I go with E thereafter.

I thought 'they' in choice D is still ambiguous.
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06 Apr 2005, 06:08
D for me

E violates parallilism ."not---- but----"
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30 May 2005, 15:18
What do you guys say about the passive voice used in D. I know D is is the OA, but i also thought the passive is a bad choice on the GMAT?
Any thoughts?
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30 May 2005, 15:58
Folaa3 wrote:
What do you guys say about the passive voice used in D. I know D is is the OA, but i also thought the passive is a bad choice on the GMAT? Any thoughts?

passive is better than incorrect and unparalleled sentence structure. so D is correct.
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30 May 2005, 19:43
Folaa3 wrote:
What do you guys say about the passive voice used in D. I know D is is the OA, but i also thought the passive is a bad choice on the GMAT?
Any thoughts?

Passive voice is not a bad choice but rahter, an unpreferred choice if they are better alternatives available.
30 May 2005, 19:43
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