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# Unlike cellular phones and personal computers, there is a difficulty

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Unlike cellular phones and personal computers, there is a difficulty on the part of many people to adapt to other modern technologies.

A. Unlike cellular phones and personal computers, there is a difficulty on the part of many people to adapt to other modern technologies.
B. Unlike cellular phones and personal computers, which many people are comfortable using, they have difficulty adapting to other modern technologies.
C. Unlike cellular phones and personal computers, other modern technologies bring out a difficulty for many people to adapt to them.
D. Many people, though comfortable using cellular phones and personal computers, have difficulty adapting to other modern technologies.
E. Many people have a difficulty in adapting to other modern technologies, while they are comfortable using cellular phones and personal computers.

Why is C wrong? How can we use perfect tense here, 'have' as no two events are occurring.
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07 Jan 2012, 21:35
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Unlike cellular phones and personal computers, there is a difficulty on the part of people to adopt to other modern technologies.

A)Unlike cellular phones and personal computers, there is a difficulty on the part of people to adopt to other modern technologies.
C) Unlike cellular phones and personal computers, other modern technologies bring out a difficulty for many people to adopt to them.
D) Many people, though comfortable using cellular phones and personal computers, have difficulty adopting to other modern technologies.
E) Many people have a difficulty adopting to other modern technologies, while they are comfortable using cellular phones and personal computers.

Why is C wrong? How can we use perfect tense here, 'have' as no two events are occurring.

First of all it should be Adapting and not adopting .There seems to be error in the original post
moreover to show contrast although/though/but are preferred over 'while' since while can also mean (something is going on While something else happened)
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11 Jan 2013, 23:21
arps wrote:
Unlike cellular phones and personal computers, there is a difficulty on the part of people to adopt to other modern technologies.

A)Unlike cellular phones and personal computers, there is a difficulty on the part of people to adopt to other modern technologies.
C) Unlike cellular phones and personal computers, other modern technologies bring out a difficulty for many people to adopt to them.
D) Many people, though comfortable using cellular phones and personal computers, have difficulty adopting to other modern technologies.
E) Many people have a difficulty adopting to other modern technologies, while they are comfortable using cellular phones and personal computers.

Why is C wrong? How can we use perfect tense here, 'have' as no two events are occurring.

+1 for D.

For choice C, pronoun ambiguity "them" can refer back to "people" or "modern technologies"
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04 Nov 2014, 09:04
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Unlike cellular phones and personal computers, there is a difficulty on the part of people to adopt to other modern technologies.

A)Unlike cellular phones and personal computers, there is a difficulty on the part of people to adopt to other modern technologies.
C) Unlike cellular phones and personal computers, other modern technologies bring out a difficulty for many people to adopt to them.
D) Many people, though comfortable using cellular phones and personal computers, have difficulty adopting to other modern technologies.
E) Many people have a difficulty adopting to other modern technologies, while they are comfortable using cellular phones and personal computers.

Why is C wrong? How can we use perfect tense here, 'have' as no two events are occurring.

Choice C illogically compares people to cellular phones and personal computer...

Explanation: the choice C....Unlike Cellular phone and personal computer, blah blah.... difficulty for many people to adopt to them.
How can cellular phone and personal computers adopt ANYTHING that people could adapt to...?? Doesn't make sense!
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04 Nov 2014, 22:14
Even though i went with D, E was kind of tempting...
Any good explanation why E is wrong?
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04 Nov 2014, 23:53
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Unlike cellular phones and personal computers, there is a difficulty on the part of people to adopt to other modern technologies.

A)Unlike cellular phones and personal computers, there is a difficulty on the part of people to adopt to other modern technologies.
C) Unlike cellular phones and personal computers, other modern technologies bring out a difficulty for many people to adopt to them.
D) Many people, though comfortable using cellular phones and personal computers, have difficulty adopting to other modern technologies.
E) Many people have a difficulty adopting to other modern technologies, while they are comfortable using cellular phones and personal computers.

Why is C wrong? How can we use perfect tense here, 'have' as no two events are occurring.

Hi

Where is option B?

C has already been explained above so here is my bit on rest of your query.

The rule you're trying to refer here describes past perfect tense and not present perfect tense.

'Many people have difficulty ... ' is not perfect tense at the first place.

Present perfect tense uses past participle form with has/ have.
For example: Many people have applied for the new openings.
or I have done my work.

Past perfect uses 'had' with past participle ( Past perfect tense is used to emphasize the timing of the first out of two sequenced actions in past)

The train had arrived before we reached the station.

Hope it helps!
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09 Nov 2014, 15:07
What is wrong with E?
Can someone help to explain it? Thanks!

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10 Nov 2014, 20:45
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What is wrong with E?
Can someone help to explain it? Thanks!

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You cannot have a difficulty... rather you can only find "something" difficult!
Hope that explains why E is incorrect!
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13 Feb 2015, 01:08
I have a doubt. In option D I am presuming that the below statement is unessential modifier.

though comfortable using cellular phones and personal computers,

If my understanding is correct then the sentence can be read as

Many people have difficulty adopting to other modern technologies.

In this particular sentence will use of other not be wrong as we are comparing it to something but that something is a non Essential modifier?

Not sure if I am thinking too much or this is a possible flaw.
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28 Mar 2015, 20:41
Many people have a difficulty adopting to other modern technologies, while they are comfortable using cellular phones and personal computers

Have two mistakes:

A difficulty => Just need DIFFICULTY

While => Difficulty in using other..., but not difficulty in using phones and computers. In this situation, using "Although" can clarify the meaning of the sentence more than "WHILE"
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09 Oct 2015, 00:29
Hi, i dont understand why ''many people, though comfortable..." is correct? does it lack linking verb before comfortable? Can anyone enlighten me? Tks in advance
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10 Oct 2015, 04:46
YES , why c is wrong?

two things.

"them" in c is not clear. though this unclearness can be acceptable but is not prefered if we have better choice

second thing

a computer bring about, not prefered, a thing can not done something unless we are in a fiction movie.

our job is problem solving and realize better choice. we are not grammarian. D is much better .
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Unlike cellular phones and personal computers, there is a difficulty on the part of many people to adapt to other modern technologies.

A. Unlike cellular phones and personal computers, there is a difficulty on the part of many people to adapt to other modern technologies.
B. Unlike cellular phones and personal computers, which many people are comfortable using, they have difficulty adapting to other modern technologies.
C. Unlike cellular phones and personal computers, other modern technologies bring out a difficulty for many people to adapt to them.
D. Many people, though comfortable using cellular phones and personal computers, have difficulty adapting to other modern technologies.
E. Many people have a difficulty in adapting to other modern technologies, while they are comfortable using cellular phones and personal computers.
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I want to know, why D is right ? It doesnt have any verb ?
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Unlike cellular phones and personal computers, there is a difficulty on the part of many people to adapt to other modern technologies.

A. Unlike cellular phones and personal computers, there is a difficulty on the part of many people to adapt to other modern technologies.
B. Unlike cellular phones and personal computers, which many people are comfortable using, they have difficulty adapting to other modern technologies.
C. Unlike cellular phones and personal computers, other modern technologies bring out a difficulty for many people to adapt to them.
D. Many people, though comfortable using cellular phones and personal computers, have difficulty adapting to other modern technologies.
E. Many people have a difficulty in adapting to other modern technologies, while they are comfortable using cellular phones and personal computers.

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Hi atptennis15 , I am giving it a try. Hope it will be of help.

Meaning of the sentence- Many people easily adapt to phones and personal computers, but these people find difficulty adapting to other modern technologies.

A. Unlike cellular phones and personal computers, there is a difficulty on the part of many people to adapt to other modern technologies. 'Phones and computers' are compared with 'difficulty'
B. Unlike cellular phones and personal computers, which many people are comfortable using, they have difficulty adapting to other modern technologies. 'Phones and computers' are compared with 'they (people)'
C. Unlike cellular phones and personal computers, other modern technologies bring out a difficulty for many people to adapt to them. The meaning of this sentence implies that 'modern technologies intentionally bring out difficulties for people, and its not the human being who finds the technology to be difficult'. This is not the intended meaning.
D. Many people, though comfortable using cellular phones and personal computers, have difficulty adapting to other modern technologies. The sentence is right for below reasons:-
1) 'though comfortable using cellular phones and personal computers' correctly modifies 'many people'
2) Many people, though comfortable using cellular phones and personal computers, have difficulty adapting to other modern technologies. After knocking off the modifier, the sentence makes complete sense.
3) Intended contrast that many people find modern technologies to be difficult while there people are comfortable with phones and computers
E. Many people have a difficulty in adapting to other modern technologies, while they are comfortable using cellular phones and personal computers. 'find it difficult to adapt' is preferred over 'difficulty in adapting'

Hi! chetan2u, do you think 'they' doesn't have clear reference? It could refer to 'people' or 'many people'.

If it refers to people, then it might be referring to all the people, and it is not the intended meaning

If it refers to 'many people', then the sentence is giving the intended meaning .

Or I am thinking too much??!!!
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I want to know, why D is right ? It doesnt have any verb ?

The main verb in option D is "have".

The modifier "though comfortable using cellular phones and personal computers" is an adjectival phrase modifier (adjective : comfortable) for the noun "people", and hence does not require a verb.
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I want to know, why D is right ? It doesnt have any verb ?

The main verb in option D is "have".

The modifier "though comfortable using cellular phones and personal computers" is an adjectival phrase modifier (adjective : comfortable) for the noun "people", and hence does not require a verb.

Thanks for the explanation, but doesnt have come with past participle ?
I am confused as there is no past participle.
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I want to know, why D is right ? It doesnt have any verb ?

The main verb in option D is "have".

The modifier "though comfortable using cellular phones and personal computers" is an adjectival phrase modifier (adjective : comfortable) for the noun "people", and hence does not require a verb.

Can I assume past participle is elided in it ?
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atptennis15 wrote:
I want to know, why D is right ? It doesnt have any verb ?

The main verb in option D is "have".

The modifier "though comfortable using cellular phones and personal computers" is an adjectival phrase modifier (adjective : comfortable) for the noun "people", and hence does not require a verb.

Thanks for the explanation, but doesnt have come with past participle ?
I am confused as there is no past participle.

The verb "have" can be used all by itself as a main verb in simple present: I have a pen.
The verb "have" can also be used as helping verb in present perfect (not past participle): I have gone there.

In option D the verb "have" is used as simple present: Many people have difficulty.
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