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Unlike an oboe and clarinets, which are subject to built-in obsolescence caused by constant wiping of the wooden bore, bassoons last definitely.

A. Unlike an oboe and clarinets
B Unlike oboes and clarinets
C Different than oboes and clarinets do
D. Unlike oboes or clarinets
E. Differing from oboes and clarinets


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 [#permalink] New post 19 May 2004, 23:58
The answer is D.
(A) - This construction is awkward
(B) - Here which refers to Clarinets only
(C) - Different than is a wrong usage
(E) - Not idiomatic.
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 [#permalink] New post 20 May 2004, 00:27
Why do many people here confirm that "Different than" is a wrong usage? I find information from The American Heritage Dictionary and it suggests that we can use both " Different from" and "Different than" depending on what is behind from/than.

Different from + Noun
Different than + Clause.


Anyway, I am not a native English speaker so I just follow what suggests in dictionary. If my idea is wrong, please feel free to correct me.


For the answer, I think that there is more than one!! Anyway, I cannot pick up the best one :-( Help me please......


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 [#permalink] New post 20 May 2004, 00:34
Becoolja,
"Different than", though not grammatically correct is now an allowable error. I can refer you to Norman Lewis - Better English for that. But GMAT doesn't recognize this or it seems to as you go through OG. Since we want to get a good score in GMAT, let us stick to that.
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 [#permalink] New post 20 May 2004, 00:48
Thank you so much....Mayer.

So....whenever I see "Different than" in GMAT test, I can assume that it's not the correct answer...right?

I'm quite new at here, could you please tell me what's the menaing of OG? Hope you do not mind to tell me....
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 [#permalink] New post 20 May 2004, 01:09
OG = Official Guide to GMAT - published by GMAC & ETS. It is bible for anyone who wants to get a good score in GMAT. It contains 1400 questions, from the previous test papers. Buy it immediately. Do it simultaneously with your other material. Make it a point to complete it before you take the test.
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 [#permalink] New post 20 May 2004, 01:21
IC....Thanks for your answer krub. My friend coming from US will buy 4 books, including OG, for me..... Wish that I can get higher score.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 May 2004, 10:00
Hi

So, what's the correct answer becoolja!! (nice name but what does it mean?)

Anyways, i choose B but hesitate on D as well.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 May 2004, 14:38
D...


Chung..Mayur has already answered it...if you have 'and' between oboe and clarinet ...then there would be no referrent for oboe....did you get that.

BTW ...whats Oboe..never heard of it..

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 [#permalink] New post 25 May 2004, 18:13
The right answer is B.......

The adjective clause " which...... " is a modifier of " oboes and clarinets ". It's still controversial between B and D...right? My teacher just told me that I cannot use OR in this sense in comparison.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 May 2004, 19:23
Unlike an oboe and clarinets, which are subject to built-in obsolescence caused by constant wiping of the wooden bore, bassoons last definitely.

A. Unlike an oboe and clarinets - if "an", which is singular for the noun Oboe is used, then we have to use "a" or another "an" for the other additional noun .. example . Unlike an Oboe and/or a Clarinet, - If we use "an" or "a" then the verb "IS" is to be used. The orginal sentence has "an", as well as "are" - hence A is wrong.

B Unlike oboes and clarinets - Corrects the sentence, and this also goes with the plural "which ARE", B correct one.

C Different than oboes and clarinets do - As said before, Different than ... usage of "Unlike" is better construction and correct.

D. Unlike oboes or clarinets - wrong usage, perhaps a below example wud help .. Unlike Football or Rugby, which IS a rough sport, chess is a soft one. See the usage of IS rather than ARE. If i rewrite the sentence with ARE, you will see the difference. Unlike Football or Rugby, which ARE ...does it not sound wrong. Now, let me rewrite the sentence in the correct form, when u read this, u will feel the difference. Unlike Football and Rugby, which ARE rough sports ... I hope i was able to explain you.

E. Differing from oboes and clarinets - Unidiomatic - Wrong


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 [#permalink] New post 25 May 2004, 23:05
Thanks for your explanations carsen.That was indeed very good explanation.
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