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Shoppers in sporting goods stores, unlike in department stores, do very little impulse shopping, not buying a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball, but they leave with a basketball only.

A) in department stores, do very little impulse shopping, not buying a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball, but they leave with a basketball only
B) in department stores, shop impulsively very little; someone who comes in for a basketball will leave with a basketball only and not also buy a pair of skis and a boomerang as well
C) those in department stores, do very little impulse shopping, do not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball, but leave with only a basketball
D) those in department stores, do very little impulse shopping; someone who comes in for a basketball will leave with a basketball only and not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang as well
E) department stores, shop impulsively very little; someone will not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball but will leave with only a basketball
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27 Jan 2006, 12:22
We need "those" in order to maintain parallelism.

ABE are out

In D there are some things I don't consider to be right:

1. "Someone" originally there wasn'T any attempt to refer to shoppers as a whole in the first part and then to some shopper in the second.

2. "with a basketball only" the only is placed wrong

I go for C
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27 Jan 2006, 13:13
this is a tough one. I know D sounds a little awkward like you stated about "with a basketball only"

but C, in my opinion, is a run-on sentence and doesnt separate the 2 thoughts that are trying to be made.

i go with D.
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27 Jan 2006, 13:15
as i look at it again, i'm not sure at all between C or D. can i pick none of the above? =)
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27 Jan 2006, 13:34
ABE are certainly out . Between C and D I will go with D
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27 Jan 2006, 15:17
A) in department stores, do very little impulse shopping, not buying a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball, but they leave with a basketball only ==> Incorrectly compares shoppers with department stores

B) in department stores, shop impulsively very little; someone who comes in for a basketball will leave with a basketball only and not also buy a pair of skis and a boomerang as well ==> Same as A

C) those in department stores, do very little impulse shopping, do not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball, but leave with only a basketball ==> Sounds plain awkward, doesn't flow at all

D) those in department stores, do very little impulse shopping; someone who comes in for a basketball will leave with a basketball only and not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang as well ==> Correct - 1) Correctly compares shoppers in sporting good stores with shoppers in department stores 2) Sentence after a semicolon must stand as clauses on its own, although I don't like the "as well" at the end of the sentence

E) department stores, shop impulsively very little; someone will not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball but will leave with only a basketball ==> Same as A
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27 Jan 2006, 20:08
The OA is "D".

TeHCM, "as well" usage at the end of "D" is correct. It is needed.

those in department stores, do very little impulse shopping; someone who comes in for a basketball will leave with a basketball only and not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang as well

without "as well" it indicates either basketball or other things.
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28 Jan 2006, 19:20
I had picked "D" though I had the same reservation about "as well" in "D" as TeHCM

But vivek123 does have a point in his explanation about the need for "as well"
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28 Jan 2006, 20:55
Good question. Go with majority and choose D as well.
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01 Feb 2006, 11:35
I picked C but i understood why it is D , thnks the 700s club members
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