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The campers were usually allowed to pack only essential items such as maps, water, and food, and knives rarely.
(A) allowed to pack only essential items such as maps, water, and food, and food, and knives rarely.
(B) aloud to pack only essential items such as maps, water, and food, and rarely knives.
(C) allowed to pack only essential items such as maps, water, and food, with knives as a rarity.
(D) aloud to pack only essential items such as maps, water, and food, with knives as a rarity.
(E) allowed to packed only essential items such as maps, water, and food, and rarely they were allowed to pack knives.
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16 Dec 2010, 07:17
B and D are out--'aloud'

A is confusing
E is too wordy
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The campers were usually allowed to pack only essential items such as maps, water, and food, and knives rarely.
(A) allowed to pack only essential items such as maps, water, and food, and food, and knives rarely.
(B) aloud to pack only essential items such as maps, water, and food, and rarely knives.
(C) allowed to pack only essential items such as maps, water, and food, with knives as a rarity.
(D) aloud to pack only essential items such as maps, water, and food, with knives as a rarity.
(E) allowed to packed only essential items such as maps, water, and food, and rarely they were allowed to pack knives.

B and D are out b/c aloud doesn't have the same meaning as the intended allowed.
In A it says that the campers were allowed to pack all those items, rarely. E is wordy as well as awkward.
C constructs the sentence very nicely, "allowed to pack only essential items such as maps, water, and food, with knives as a rarity." The colored part of the sentence clearly indicates that knives were rarely allowed.

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16 Dec 2010, 08:14
Can there be such blatant mistakes as “aloud to pack” and allowed to packed? They must be typos or else something is wrong. Of course, as such, the answer must be C.

Aside that, there is an OG question somewhat akin to this that might be of interest to test takers. The concept tested here is the problem of using coordinating conjunctions and the alternatives to solve it.

The diet of the ordinary Greek in classical times was largely vegetarian—vegetables, fresh cheese, oatmeal, and meal cakes, and meat rarely.
(A) and meat rarely
(B) and meat was rare
(C) with meat as rare
(D) meat a rarity
(E) with meat as a rarity
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Hey daagh,

I agree with you (I think there's a pattern there..) - "aloud" vs. "allowed" doesn't look like a GMAT decision point to me, so I'm pretty certain that you'd never see this question on an official test. Unlike the GRE, the GMAT is not a vocabulary test!!
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03 Jun 2012, 02:46
feruz77 wrote:
The campers were usually allowed to pack only essential items such as maps, water, and food, and knives rarely.
(A) allowed to pack only essential items such as maps, water, and food, and food, and knives rarely.
(B) aloud to pack only essential items such as maps, water, and food, and rarely knives.
(C) allowed to pack only essential items such as maps, water, and food, with knives as a rarity.
(D) aloud to pack only essential items such as maps, water, and food, with knives as a rarity.
(E) allowed to packed only essential items such as maps, water, and food, and rarely they were allowed to pack knives.

its a bot weird question to me. eventhough i 've seen the construction "as a rarity", "allowed" and "aloud" make me confuse. i thought aloud is a typo
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The campers were usually allowed to pack only essential items such as maps, water, and food, and knives rarely.
(A) allowed to pack only essential items such as maps, water, and food, and food, and knives rarely.
(B) aloud to pack only essential items such as maps, water, and food, and rarely knives.
(C) allowed to pack only essential items such as maps, water, and food, with knives as a rarity.
(D) aloud to pack only essential items such as maps, water, and food, with knives as a rarity.
(E) allowed to packed only essential items such as maps, water, and food, and rarely they were allowed to pack knives.

its a bot weird question to me. eventhough i 've seen the construction "as a rarity", "allowed" and "aloud" make me confuse. i thought aloud is a typo
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23 Jul 2012, 20:53
@daag

Could u be more specific on GMAT Like differences in the usage n it example??

I checked E

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The campers were usually allowed to pack only essential items such as maps, water, and food, and knives rarely.
(A) allowed to pack only essential items such as maps, water, and food, and food, and knives rarely.
(B) aloud to pack only essential items such as maps, water, and food, and rarely knives.
(C) allowed to pack only essential items such as maps, water, and food, with knives as a rarity.
(D) aloud to pack only essential items such as maps, water, and food, with knives as a rarity.
(E) allowed to packed only essential items such as maps, water, and food, and rarely they were allowed to pack knives.

Aloud? Are you kidding me? Is this a real GMAT question

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08 Jul 2014, 21:16
feruz77 wrote:
The campers were usually allowed to pack only essential items such as maps, water, and food, and knives rarely.
(A) allowed to pack only essential items such as maps, water, and food, and food, and knives rarely.
(B) aloud to pack only essential items such as maps, water, and food, and rarely knives.
(C) allowed to pack only essential items such as maps, water, and food, with knives as a rarity.
(D) aloud to pack only essential items such as maps, water, and food, with knives as a rarity.
(E) allowed to packed only essential items such as maps, water, and food, and rarely they were allowed to pack knives.

Option B and D are clearly out. These options uses the word "aloud" which refers to nothing
In option E, "allowed to packed" is incorrect usage

In option A, "allowed to pack only essential items such as maps, water, and food, and food, and knives rarely" says that all these items are packed rarely. This changes the meaning of the sentence.

Option C clearly shows that only knives are packed as a rarity rest all items are essential.

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Isn't C a bit ambiguous with rarity not clearly indicating what is rare. E though verbose , removes that ambiguity
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09 Jul 2014, 01:39
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Isn't C a bit ambiguous with rarity not clearly indicating what is rare. E though verbose , removes that ambiguity

Option E: allowed to packed

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09 Jul 2014, 23:08
Says allowed to pack..

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