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Unlike most warbler species, the male and female blue-winged [#permalink]
02 Oct 2003, 10:01
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Unlike most warbler species, the male and female blue-winged warbler are very difficult to tell apart. (A) Unlike most warbler species, the male and
female blue-winged warbler are very difficult
to tell apart.
(B) Unlike most warbler species, the gender of the
blue-winged warbler is very difficult to
(C) Unlike those in most warbler species, the male
and female blue-winged warblers are very
difficult to distinguish.
(D) It is very difficult, unlike in most warbler species,
to tell the male and female blue-winged warbler
(E) Blue-winged warblers are unlike most species of
warbler in that it is very difficult to tell the
male and female apart
A: out b/c it compares warbler species to male and female blue-winged warblers
B: out b/c it twists the sentence, the sentence does not say anything about the distinguishing the gender...only that male and female are difficult to tell apart
E:out b/c it is not the most direct way (passive)...C is more direct therefore better.
D:same reasoning as E...although D&E do not have any major problems....i think the key to this sentence is to notice that we want to make it clear that we are comparing the male and female of other warbler species with the male and female of blue-winged warblers....so, eliminate anything that does not make this CRYSTAL CLEAR.....
wow, good job MartinMag and stolyar....now that i look closer, i don't really know why i choose C over D&E....as i mentioned i had a tough time eliminating D and especially E.....i think i was just too convinced that C had to be the answer and forced myself to eliminate E even though it sounded perfectly fine....i however still learned something though, DO NOT be swayed by an answer choice you think is correct....make sure you give the other choices an equal chance....thanks for the lessen guys....
You may find some reference on this in Kaplan's verbal workbook or such. The point is that in most cases we should avoid passive voice, meaning that there might be some constructions in which we would have nothing to do but use passive voice. I assume those cases are rare. But in general active voice is preferred. The same applies to being. Some sources claim that constructions employing being are as a rule incorrect, but there are exceptions.
Well, I'm sure Praetorian will tell you more on this...