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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 Paseo 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 States, which is no longer the focal 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 the United States have a river as the focal point of urban life, but in San Antonio the river
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E sounds best. Others have incorrect modifiers / comparisons. Another good question +1.
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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 Paseo 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 States, which is no longer the focal 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 the United States have a river as the focal point of urban life, but in San Antonio the river
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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 Paseo 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
Compares Cities to river
B) Unlike the river in many cities in the United States, which is no longer the focal point of urban life, in San Antonio the river
Implies one river in many cities
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
Same as B
D) In few United States cities today, a river is the focal point of urban life, but the river in San Antonio
Same as B
E) No longer do many cities in the United States have a river as the focal point of urban life, but in San Antonio the river
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01 May 2008, 08:20
The Sentence has comparison issue:
Unlike many United State Cities …, San Antonio …

A) Unlike many United States cities, where a river is no longer the focal point of urban life, the river in San Antonio [Comarison between many United States cities, the river is not parallel – eliminate it]

B) Unlike the river in many cities in the United States, which is no longer the focal point of urban life, in San Antonio the river [Parallel is correct but “which” modifies the United States not the cities – eliminate it]

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 [It has no clear referent – eliminate it]

D) In few United States cities today, a river is the focal point of urban life, but the river in San Antonio [Changes the meaning of the sentence – eliminate it]

E) No longer do many cities in the United States have a river as the focal point of urban life, but in San Antonio the river [Clear in meaning – Hold it]

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01 May 2008, 18:00
It is hard for me to consider E the OA, why E is OA?
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03 Jan 2011, 03:08

A: many US cities VS the river in San Antonio
B: the river in many US cities VS San Antonio
C: same as B.
D: few US cities VS river in San Antonio
E: many cities in the US VS San Antonio --> Voilá!
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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 Paseo 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

Incorrect Comparison

(B) Unlike the river in many cities in the United States, which is no longer the focal point of urban life, in San Antonio the river

Incorrect Comparison -

1) River in San Antonio is preferred

2) The river in many cities. Only one river in many cities

3) which should refer to river, but even if we apply "relative pronoun can refer to slightly far away nouns, river is too far away from which"

(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

-Incorrect Comparison

(D) In few United States cities today, a river is the focal point of urban life, but the river in San Antonio

- Changes the meaning and contrast is different

(E) No longer do many cities in the United States have a river as the focal point of urban life, but in San Antonio the river
- Perfect
better construction will be:
Many cities in the United States have no longer a river as the focal point of urban life, but in San Antonio the river
Kind of inverted construction.

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10 Aug 2014, 01:36
Sentence meaning:
The original sentence contrasts rivers in many US cities as not a focal point of urban life with the river in San Antonio as the most popular attraction (implying that the river is focal point of urban life). Answer choice that cannot describe this contradiction is incorrect  eliminate D
A) Compare “many United States cities” with “the river”  Incorrect
B) “the river in many cities in the United Stated” denotes a specify river that flows to all those cities in the US  change the intended meaning  Incorrect
C) Compare “the river” with “San Antonio”  Incorrect
D) Incorrect as explained above
E) Correctly state the contradict  Correct
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10 Aug 2014, 11:16
I think it's interesting that many folks have objected to choice B) because of the "many cities" vs. "one river" problem, but choice E) has exactly the same problem! It would be better to say:

"No longer do many cities in the United States have rivers as the focal point of urban life...."

I think this is a sorry question.
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