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We now have wireless computer networks, direct-broadcast satellite television, digital wireless cable television networks, global telephone service, and global positioning systems that can pinpoint an individual’s location to a few inches.
A. that can pinpoint an individual’s location to a few inches
B. that can pinpoint an individual’s location in a few inches
C. which can pinpoint an individual’s location to a few inches
D. which can pinpoint an individual’s location of a few inches
E. which should pinpoint an individual’s location to a few inches
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Re: idiomatic,parallelism,tense [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2011, 23:06
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Fairly simple. All choices starting with 'which' are unstylistic, because, they lack the necessary comma before the relative pronoun ‘which’. Dump C, D, and E. Between, A and B, in B, the expression ‘pinpoint in a few inches’ is unidiomatic. ‘Pinpoint to a few inches’ is the right one. Ans: A
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Re: idiomatic,parallelism,tense [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 08:01
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We now have wireless computer networks, direct-broadcast satellite television, digital wireless cable television networks, global telephone service, and global positioning systems that can pinpoint an individual’s location to a few inches.
A. that can pinpoint an individual’s location to a few inches
B. that can pinpoint an individual’s location in a few inches
C. which can pinpoint an individual’s location to a few inches
D. which can pinpoint an individual’s location of a few inches
E. which should pinpoint an individual’s location to a few inches



We know; "that without comma" or "comma+which" create relative sentences that refer to noun or noun-phrase immediately preceding it.

thus, C.D.E. are all out for there is no 'comma' before which. We are left with A & B, wherein 'that' clause modifies "global positioning systems'. . next, "pinpoint ...to" is idiomatic.

Answer: A
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Re: idiomatic,parallelism,tense [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 11:27
+1 A

B changes the meaning of the sentence. It seems that the individual is located in an area of few inches.
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Re: idiomatic,parallelism,tense [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 16:09
i think it is fairly simple. c, d, and E can easily be removed because of which.
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Re: idiomatic,parallelism,tense [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2011, 12:34
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We now have wireless computer networks, direct-broadcast satellite television, digital wireless cable television networks, global telephone service, and global positioning systems that can pinpoint an individual’s location to a few inches.
A. that can pinpoint an individual’s location to a few inches
B. that can pinpoint an individual’s location in a few inches
C. which can pinpoint an individual’s location to a few inches
D. which can pinpoint an individual’s location of a few inches
E. which should pinpoint an individual’s location to a few inches


Answer: A
Rule: A comma must always come before the word 'which'. Since ',' is not present, the answer should begin with 'that' --> only A and B suffice.
A global positioning system would be quite a useless piece of equipment if it can only pinpoint an individual's location in a few inches (i.e. the individual is only few inches away). When we want to pinpoint an individual's location, it must be a location that is beyond the distance of what our eyes can see. Hence, B cannot be right.
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Re: idiomatic,parallelism,tense [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2011, 15:29
i picked A...There is no comma so we can not use which and the correct idiom is pinpoint to.
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Re: We now have wireless computer networks, direct-broadcast [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2011, 22:29
A pinpoint X to ... is correct idiom.
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Re: We now have wireless computer networks, direct-broadcast [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2011, 05:26
+1 A
comma is not there thus an essential mod...
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Re: idiomatic,parallelism,tense [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2011, 07:53
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+1 A

B changes the meaning of the sentence. It seems that the individual is located in an area of few inches.


Agree with the explanation in choice B :D.
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