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# Unlike many United States cities, where a river is no longer

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Unlike many United States cities, where a river is no longer the focal point of urban life, the river in San Antonio winds through the middle of the business district, and the River Walk, or Pasco del Rio, is the city's most popular attraction.
A) Unlike many United States cities, where a river is no longer the focal point of urban life, the river in San Antonio
B) Unlike the river in many cities in the United Stated, which is no longer the local point of urban life, in San Antonio the river
C)Today the river in many cities in the United States is no longer the focal point of urban life, unlike San Antonio, where it
D) In few United States cities today, a river is the focal point of urban life, but the river in San Antonio
E) No longer do many cities in United States have a river as the focal point of urban life, but in San Antonio the river
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22 Mar 2011, 23:33
Comparing c,d and e with A. They are so different. But comparison in A is wrong. That leaves B as answer.

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23 Mar 2011, 09:52
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A) Unlike many United States cities, where a river is no longer the focal point of urban life, the river in San Antonio ........wrong comparison of cities with river
B) Unlike the river in many cities in the United Stated, which is no longer the local point of urban life, in San Antonio the river...... The comparison is weak, the river should have been forthrightly compared with the river, rather than in San Antonio.
C)Today the river in many cities in the United States is no longer the focal point of urban life, unlike San Antonio, where it ...... wrong comparison of the river with a city.
D) In few United States cities today, a river is the focal point of urban life, but the river in San Antonio
Using a parenthesis to describe an inevitable part of the sentence is incorrect. Without the clause ‘a river is the focal point of urban life’ the sentence is absurd. In addition, while the text talks about many cities where the river is longer the focal point, D talks about a few cites, where is it is still the focal point. This shift is wrong
E) No longer do many cities in United States have a river as the focal point of urban life, but in San Antonio the river .....correct choice
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23 Mar 2011, 09:59
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Wrong comparisons in options A, B, and C
D is awkward

Therefore, E has to be the answer, because it contains correct comparison.

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23 Mar 2011, 10:05
Hey daagh Kudos ! I have one question. You mean the subject of comparison is following "unlike" and it should be the first word in the parallel clause - "the river in San Antonio". Is this correct?

B) Unlike the river in many cities in the United Stated, which is no longer the local point of urban life, in San Antonio the river...... The comparison is weak, the river should have been forthrightly compared with the river, rather than in San Antonio.
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23 Mar 2011, 14:55
+1 to daagh, good explanation.
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24 Nov 2011, 03:23
Marked D .. but now I get why the aswer is E

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24 Nov 2011, 14:58
went for D, but i get why E is better. thanks
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went for D, but i get why E is better. thanks
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the correct answer here is still pretty ugly, so let's criticize the four incorrect choices.

choice a:
faulty comparison:
'unlike many u.s. cities, ... the river in san antonio...' --> can't compare cities to a river

choice b:
comparison isn't so good:
the second part should start directly with 'the river' (instead of 'in san antonio the river...'), so that the comparison is more clear.
much more importantly, poor use of the relative pronoun 'which':
'...cities in the united states, which is no longer the focal point...'
relative pronouns like which, by default, refer to the noun that's closest to the left, which in this case is the united states. therefore, this relative pronoun is used in a way that's either ambiguous (if you allow it to potentially refer to other nouns) or just plain wrong (if you follow the rule strictly).

choice c:
faulty comparison again
'the river...' is being compared to san antonio.

choice d:
drastic change in meaning
this sentence has completely gotten rid of any reference to the concept of 'no longer'. while all the other sentences say that things have changed, this sentence presents the situation as if it's always been that way.
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