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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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02 Dec 2004, 14:14
C is my guess.......

faulty comparison in A,B and D
in E...........parallelism does not work...

(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

farmers can usually depend on rain or snow all year long
is NOT parallel to

in most parts of Sri
Lanka the rains................
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02 Dec 2004, 16:01
I don't find a reason to pick C

-In C, what does 'those' mean ?
-what does "most part" of Sri-lanka's rain mean.
- Like/Unlike is used to compare Nouns.
I don't think any of the 'Unlike' sentences above (a,b,c) compare the coutries -US with Sri Lanka.
So, we can rule them out.

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02 Dec 2004, 16:09
I wonder the same thing too. But can it be like this:
those = rains
most parts of Sri Lanka's rains = rains of most parts of Sri Lanka

Then answer is (C) right? I post OA later.
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03 Dec 2004, 05:25
OA is (E)
Can you guys explain?
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03 Dec 2004, 05:32
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ITs E.

E nicely compares US to Sri Lanka... while the other choices compare US to rain/farmers.. etc. Basically the comparisons are wrong.
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03 Dec 2004, 05:38
But someone can argue that the comparison between "rains" in US and Sri Lanka??? Right?
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03 Dec 2004, 05:39
it is 'E".

choice A compares: United States withe 'rains in Sri Lanka'

B. compares: farmers in US with rains in Sri Lanka

C. although correctly compares. land (which receive rain or snow) in US, with that in SriLanka. But the use of apostrohe in 'most parts of Sri Lanka's rains' is weird.

D. Comparision of US with farmers

E. correctly contrats the situation of farmers in US to those in Sri Lanka.
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03 Dec 2004, 08:14
I go with E too but here 'rains most parts of Sri Lanka' does not seem to go well.
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03 Dec 2004, 15:16
Not "rains most parts of Sri Lanka", but I mean "rains of most parts of Sri Lanka". So it could be OK, right? This one confused me as hell.
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04 Dec 2004, 18:25
the correct choice is "E" which established the correct parallel between "in the US"and "in most parts of Sir Lanka". the phrase "the rains" following Sir Lankas is just a distraction.
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09 Dec 2008, 18:31
Initially I too chose "C", but I was totally stumped when I saw "E" as the answer. Here goes the Official Explanation :-

E, the best choice, avoids the problem by using two independent clauses linked by but to present a clear, direct contrast between conditions in the United States and those in most parts of Sri Lanka.
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09 Dec 2008, 20:46
In C, most part of rains is wrong. E rightly maintains the parrallelism and is definitely the best choice
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04 May 2011, 19:36
E is the best choice, Parallelism
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05 May 2011, 00:34
In C most parts of Sri Lanka's rains is compared with parts in USA. Hence wrong.

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23 May 2011, 00:06
This was one of the time-consuming question I have come across in the OG

The main reason for this is, I was relating "Unlike" to "In the United States" and considered both of them as the sentences with the same meaning.

Because of my understanding, I have eliminated option (E) because I thought we are comparing Apples with Apples as in the case of "Like" or "Unlike".

But in fact, "In" is different from "Like"

One of errors related to cognizance
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23 May 2011, 09:28
I also chose C. I thought it compares the lands in US to lands in Sri lanka.
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09 Aug 2011, 06:53
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In C most parts of Sri Lanka's rains is compared with parts in USA. Hence wrong.

E

Amit, +1 for this. I was scrolling down to see a befetting reply but could not have got agree more than this explaination Thanks
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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

(C) or (E)? Why?

What are we comparing? The United States to (most parts of) Sri Lanka. Every option but E makes an incorrect comparison.
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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
This sentence compares the U.S with the rains. Illogical
(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
Same here. Moreover "who" is un-necessary we already have a noun "farmers" we should be expecting a verb delineating an action, we don't need a pronoun.
(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
Compares "those of the US" supposedly rains with most parts of Sri Lanka. That's 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
Same as A
(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
Looking good. Conveys the correct meaning.
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