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# Though garlic is often associated with Italian cuisine, it

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Though garlic is often associated with Italian cuisine, it is actually the use of oregano which most distinguishes the Italians from the French

A) which most distinguishes the Italians from the French
B) which primarily distinguishes Italians from Frenchmen
C) which generally serves to distinguish an Italian sauce from a French one
D) which is the major distinction between the two great cuisines
E) which most distinguishes Italian cookery from French.

My objective from this exercise: To figure out why the OA is correct. I have some problems with the OA
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17 Jul 2004, 13:20
HI....

the thing to note here is the compariosion between things...the thing that is being compared here is the ''cusine''... one : the Italian and two : the french...

the use of oregano = which , here and only D perfects the meaning,

D is the ans

hope that helpz!

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17 Jul 2004, 13:25
Agree with enigmatic

my initial hunch was on C, but in C, the main clause refers to "italian cusine" where as the dependant clause refers to "Sauce"

D does the comparision in a concise manner and should be the answer
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17 Jul 2004, 13:54
I chose answer choice "D" just as you guys did. However the answer key says that "D" is not the right answer.

The OA = E.

Reason "D" is the wrong answer "according to the book": "D fails to mention the French Cuisines and therefore the dependant clause "which is the major distinction between the two great cuisines" is not right.

Here is where i have a problem: While answer choice "D" is wrong (the author's aforementioned reasoning makes sense) i have a problem with answer choice "E".

How can we compare "Italian Cookery" with "French". That was my logic when i booted out answer choice "E". If the author used French Cookery or French's i would have been okay with anwer choice "E".

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18 Jul 2004, 14:28
for D to be an answer, there has to be a reference to French cuisines
(cookery) before the last sentence. Since there is no such reference,
D can't be an answer. E may not be the most correct answer, it is the
best among those provided as choices.
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18 Jul 2004, 18:24
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I got E by POE.

D doesn't even mention french cuisine. ABC are wrong for reasons already stated.

I'm not a verbal expert, but my guess is that here we have to consider the ellipsis factor . That is why I didn't feel that E is wrong.

E. which most distinguishes Italian cookery from French [cookery].

I don't have much explanation on when and why ellipsis can be used. I'll do a search and post later

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18 Jul 2004, 18:31
I think we are using ellipsis to omit cookery from French cookery at the end of choice E.

An ellipsis is the omission from a sentence of words that are clearly understood.

In this case, When we say
distinguishes Italian cookery from French
it means distinguishes Italian cookery from French cookery.

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I've seen more movies than you have (seen movies this year). Here the phrase in the parenthesis is omitted.
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19 Jul 2004, 00:14
I chose A (how silly of me) and immediately realised my mistake (of course, after reading the explanations)

What surprised me was so many of us defending D, an option that looked obviously wrong to me.
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03 Jun 2015, 13:48
Though garlic is often associated with Italian cuisine, it is actually the use of oregano which most distinguishes the Italians from the French

A) which most distinguishes the Italians from the French
B) which primarily distinguishes Italians from Frenchmen
C) which generally serves to distinguish an Italian sauce from a French one
D) which is the major distinction between the two great cuisines
E) which most distinguishes Italian cookery from French.

I chose D first as well, but we don't know about the other cuisine its referring to(French or American etc)
I think E is the correct answer
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