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Most present-day people would be shocked to learn that, in the early twentieth century, when colored baby clothing was first widely distributed to North American consumers, they marketed pink clothes primarily to boys and blue clothes mainly to girls.

In A and E the pronoun "they" has no reference, as the word "people" does not appear in the sentence.
Option D
learn when colored baby clothing was first widely distributed to North American consumers
seems to suggest (be very literal) : "learn WHEN this thing happened" (the modifier "when" seems to modify the action, giving a time frame).
In C the misplaced modifier "in the 20th century" refers to the verb "learn"
learn, in the early twentieth century when colored baby clothing was first widely distributed to North American consumers,
and "primarily pink" indicates that the clothing was primarily (or mostly) pink.

OA: B.
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For all their usefulness in facilitating comparisons between cities of different sizes, per-capita statistics, especially crime rates, often shine an unfairly harsh light on small towns, in which a single incident can cause such figures to skyrocket.

In option B "despite" must be followed by a noun or a noun phrase, in option C "different sized cities" is incorrect as an adj "different" CANNOT modify another adjective "sized" (and adverb should be used).
Option D is not a sentence, as "per-capita statistics" has no verb, just modifiers.
Option E is incorrect because "For their usefulness" does not have the same meaning as the idiom "for all their usefulness".

OA: A.
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A recent report from the Bureau of Justice states although only a fraction of a percent of the American population is in prison, approximately one out of every thirty two Americans are either in prison or on parole or probation.

The verb "states" here should be followed by "that": A and E are incorrect.
B and C are out on subject-verb agreement: "one out of (...)" "is" and not "are.

OA: D.


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Re: Verbal Challenge SC I [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2013, 23:25
1.B
2.A
3.D

What are the difficulty levels of the questions? 2nd one got me thinking for a while.
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Re: Verbal Challenge SC I [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2013, 23:27
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1.B
2.A
3.D

What are the difficulty levels of the questions? 2nd one got me thinking for a while.


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Re: Verbal Challenge SC I [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2013, 06:37
Here are my choices

1. B)
2. A)
3. D)
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Re: Verbal Challenge SC I [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2014, 08:33
A recent report from the Bureau of Justice states although only a fraction of a percent of the American population is in prison, approximately one out of every thirty two Americans are either in prison or on parole or probation.


A)although only a fraction of a percent of the American population is in prison, approximately one out of every thirty two Americans are either in prison or on parole or probation.
states is a bossy verb, it needs to be followed by that.
B)that while less than a percent of the American population is in prison, one out of every thirty two Americans are either in prison, on parole, or on probation.
the verb following one out of every should be singular
C)that although less than one out of every one hundred American people are in prison, more than three percent of Americans are either in prison, on parole, or on probation.
same as B
D)that while only a fraction of a percent of the American population is in prison, one out of every thirty two Americans is either in prison, on parole, or on probation.
Here we go.
E)while only a fraction of a percent of the American population is in prison, one out of every thirty two Americans is either in prison, on parole, or probation.
states while? ...nah
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Re: Verbal Challenge SC I [#permalink] New post 13 Jan 2014, 05:22
Got all the three correct...

1. B
2. B
3. D
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Re: Verbal Challenge SC I [#permalink] New post 29 Jul 2014, 05:09
I was stuck between A and B in this question. The prepositional modifier (in the early twentient century) modifies North americans. Isn't it expected to modify distributed?

Choice B seems to convey as though colored baby clothing was passed on to north americans through some sort of time travel.

I understand A is a better choice between the two but to me none of the options look correct. Please help! looks like my ship is sinking
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