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Unlike the United States, where farmers can usually depend [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2011, 10:14
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Unlike the United States, where farmers can usually depend on rain or snow all year long, the rains in most parts of Sri Lanka are concentrated in the monsoon months, June to September, and the skies are generally clear for the rest of the year.

(A) Unlike the United States, where farmers can usually depend on rain or snow all year long, the rains in most parts of Sri Lanka

(B) Unlike the United States farmers, who can usually depend on rain or snow all year long, the rains in most parts of Sri Lanka

(C) Unlike those of the United States, where farmers can usually depend on rain or snow all year long, most parts of Sri Lanka's rains

(D) In comparison with the United States, whose farmers can usually depend on rain or snow all year long, the rains in most parts of Sri Lanka

(E) In the United States, farmers can usually depend on rain or snow all year long, but in most parts of Sri Lanka the rains.
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Re: usa [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2011, 13:49
E is right.

(A) Unlike the United States, where farmers can usually depend on rain or snow all year long, the rains in most parts of Sri Lanka - US is compared to rain. wrong.

(B) Unlike the United States farmers, who can usually depend on rain or snow all year long, the rains in most parts of Sri Lanka - US farmers are compared to rains.

(C) Unlike those of the United States, where farmers can usually depend on rain or snow all year long, most parts of Sri Lanka's rains - Clause gives more info about those. who are those? hanging modifier. wrong.

(D) In comparison with the United States, whose farmers can usually depend on rain or snow all year long, the rains in most parts of Sri Lanka - again US is compared to rain

(E) In the United States, farmers can usually depend on rain or snow all year long, but in most parts of Sri Lanka the rains. - concise, clear, idiomatic.

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1. Read the sentence without the clause. Does it make sense? Logically? Grammatically?
2. Go for concise answer choice.
3. Rule out answer choices by pointing out obvious errors.
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Re: usa [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2011, 06:44
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The reason why E is the correct choice is rather through POE. You may see, choices A through D flaunt blatantly wrong comparisons. E, using a normal declarative compound sentence, ingeniously dodges the rigors of a complex comparison
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Re: usa [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2011, 11:31
Why do you need a comma after *United States* in choice E? Comma somehow looks very awkward. The next closest choice is C; however, I am not sure about the reference of *those*, although it looks like it may modify rains in the second sentence.
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Re: usa [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2011, 19:31
In the United States, farmers can usually ==> comma signifies a breather/pause.

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