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# 1000 SC_3

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28 Mar 2010, 07:27
it's D as the first half sentence refers to Custom Inspector. E can be cancelled as not....but miss the parallel structure.

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07 Apr 2010, 05:55

They refers to "customs officers", so a,b and c are out. E could be constructed better. So, its D

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08 Apr 2010, 03:45
"AS IF" considered wrong by GMAT. I've not seen this until now.

I think it is D, but E is a good option if "they" in D looks suspicious. Still, I would go for D, because there are cases when two/three 'it'--as long as they refer to the same noun--are acceptable.

Anyhow...the question is old. Here is the link to a discussion on Manhattan's website:
http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/cus ... -t277.html

the gist:

Hi Saurabh,

Answers (A) - (C) are wrong because the initial "they", in the clause preceding the comma, refers to "travelers". It makes more sense for that "they" to refer to "customs inspectors", as it does in (D) and (E).

There are several problems with (E):

i) the words "by travelers" are too far away from the verb they are intended to modify ("treated"). An adverbial modifier such as "by travelers" need not be right next to the verb it is intended to modify, but it should be close enough to be unambiguous. In answer choice (E) "by travelers" could be functioning as an adjectival modifier, describing "poachers".

ii) in the expression "not X, but Y", parallelism requires that if X starts with a preposition such as "like", Y must also start with a preposition. So, as you pointed out, the omission of "like" after "but" is a problem with (E).

iii) it is idiomatically better to say "treat as" than to say "treat like".

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14 May 2010, 07:30
Sreyag wrote:
Definitely, D.

This is because the modifier in the beginning of the sentence talks about the customs inspectors, not travellers. Therefore, choices A, B, & C are eliminated.

Between D & E, E is ruled out because "often treated not like government employees but wanton poachers by travelers" is poor sentence construction.

Hope this makes sense.

This is a very good point. D is valid.

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18 May 2010, 22:49
I would like to differ from you all ..i think it would be C rather than D ...D is a passive voice construction ...C makes the sentence more clear ...

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06 Aug 2010, 10:17
Choices A,B,C, can be eliminated immediately because of the use of the antecedent "they," which appears before the comma. In this sentence, "they" is modifying "customs inspectors" not travelers.

Reread it like this: "No matter how patiently [TRAVELERS] explain their reasons for confiscating certain items, TRAVELERS often treat customs inspectors like wanton poachers rather than government employees." Does that make sense? NO. Travelers aren’t confiscating items from themselves.

Does this make sense: "No matter how patiently [CUSTOMS INSPECTORS] explain their reasons for confiscating certain items, [THEY] are often treated… wanton poachers rather than government employees."

This makes sense also, and ultimately this construction is correct: "No matter how patiently [THEY] explain their reasons for confiscating certain items, [CUSTOMS INSPECTORS] are often treated… wanton poachers rather than government employees."

There really isn’t a way for either of choices A, B, or C to be correct. (Antecedents can be deadly.)

Choices D and E are the only viable options. Honestly, both D and E are wrong to me. But D has the least sever problem, thus it is ultimately the answer. The biggest problem with D is the use of the word “were.” Doesn’t the use of this word here break the tense rule? “… Inspectors ARE often treated by travelers as if they WERE...” This construction is problematic! “Were” seems to change the tense of the sentence here, doesn’t it?

The glaring problem with E, though, makes it incorrect. Choice E leaves out the final “like” which is necessary to completely relate the idiom – not like X…. but [like] Y. That really is the only thing wrong with choice E.

I don’t agree with the argument that treated like is idiomatically incorrect. I’d like to add some complex deep reason for why I disagree with this argument, but I don’t have one. My reasoning is really quite simple. The phrase “treated like” is used regularly by writers for New York Times, as well the Associated Press. I know we don’t all always agree with the political ideals the Times seems to represent, but I think it goes without saying that the best writers in the world write for that paper; they don’t make mistakes. Ever. Hence, my rule of thumb regarding grammar: If it’s in the Times it’s right… that’s it.

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14 Aug 2010, 03:50
though , there is modifier issue,I will go with option A.
A correctly compares using LIKE. and RATHER THAN.
B wrongly use AS and INSTEAD OF.
C wrongly use AS IF and BUT.
D wrongly use AS IF and RATHER THAN.
E BY TRAVELLERS is misplaced

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22 Aug 2010, 12:35
its A for me.

correct usage if - 'like' followed by noun - wanton poachers.

usage of as - wrong.

Options D and E - passive voice. should be avoided

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25 Aug 2010, 19:03
should be D
rather than is an appropriate use
traveler- pronouns

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23 Dec 2010, 10:52
brothers wrote:
No matter how patiently they explain their reasons for confiscating certain items, travelers often treat customs inspectors like wanton poachers rather than government employees.
(A) travelers often treat customs inspectors like wanton poachers rather than government employees
(B) travelers often treat customs inspectors as wanton poachers instead of government employees
(C) travelers often treat customs inspectors as if they were not government employees but wanton poachers
(D) customs inspectors are often treated by travelers as if they were wanton poachers rather than government employees
(E) customs inspectors are often treated not like government employees but wanton poachers by travelers

In my opinion,the best option among the five would be D.

My analysis is that the first line is supposed to modify customs inspectors,hence A,B and C are cleared.
In between D and E, D is better as E has some confusion in the parallel nature of the clause "not like government employees but like wanton poachers" -Missing the like in the comparison. D has some confusion with what the "they" is referring to, but it is the best option in the answer choices.

Hope it helps !

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03 Mar 2011, 00:33
Here is the reason. A modifier must be as close to what it's modifying! In this case the customs inspectors should come right after the coma. That makes A, B & C Wrong. Between D & E, D uses "if they were" to compare things. Use Like to compare similar things and "such as" for giving examples. Secondly, "If" is used for hypothetical scenarios.

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05 Mar 2011, 04:01
question's not udnerlined properly

http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/custom-officers-t277.html
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05 Mar 2011, 07:03
As if they were: It must be noted that it is not the use of just ‘if’ but ‘as if’ that is in focus. The effect of comparison comes because of the conjunction “as”. “As if” is a legitimate comparative phrase, used in the past subjunctive mood. We are required to use the verb of the past subjunctive “were” since the treatment as wanton poachers is a hypothetical one and not real. ‘As if they are’ can be used only in actual cases.

Pronoun ‘they’: Theoretically ‘they’ might refer to travelers or inspectors. But logically? Can ‘they’ refer to travelers? If you replace ‘they’ with ‘travelers’, the sentence will read: customs inspectors are often treated by travelers as if travelers (they) were wanton poachers rather than government employees. The absurdity of the hypothetical ambiguity is obvious. Hence ‘they’ refers to inspectors only.

D is the right one
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21 Mar 2011, 21:33
whats the OA and the OE for this . people state IMO ABCDE without any explanation, guys this is not a voting procedure , and the GMAT doesn't go with the popular vote. i vote for abcde, whats the sense in posting votes ?

this is a confusing SC ,' as if they were' can be used only in actual cases ? is that a rule ?

pronoun reference 'they' is used for inspectors only , going with the logic of the sentence ...so D is valid, but whats wrong with A ?
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21 Mar 2011, 21:42
OK, A to C have the same mistake i realize, 'they' should refer to the custom officers and not the travelers, that makes sense. thanks for the Manhattan link.
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02 May 2011, 23:06
(A)No matter how patiently they explain their reasons for confiscating certain items, travelers often treat customs inspectors like wanton poachers rather than government employees.

Might be correct just a doubt about "rather", "insteadé would sound better for me. However the idiom "to treat like" is correct. I leave it for now

(B) travelers often treat customs inspectors as wanton poachers instead of government employees

"To treat as" incorrect, hence out.

(C) travelers often treat customs inspectors as if they were not government employees but wanton poachers

Idem

(D) customs inspectors are often treated by travelers as if they were wanton poachers rather than government employees

Too wordy, too long, on my experience GMAT does not like passive (in 90 pc od the case passive are wrong answer choice). "As if" sounds incorrect hence out.

(E) customs inspectors are often treated not like government employees but wanton poachers by travelers

are treated "not like" sounds awknward... I go with A!!! I am not a native speaker. Any Official Answer pleeaasse?

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02 May 2011, 23:51
pronoun agreement with custom officials rather than travellers in the main clause.
Hence between D and E, E is eliminated because of parallelism issues after but.
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09 May 2011, 03:46
Add me for option D ! They refers to inspectors and not travellers !

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06 Jul 2011, 01:43
IMO D
the noun modifier in the beginning MUST be placed next to the noun it modifies. Here, the noun modifier modifies customs inspectors, not travelers.

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15 Jul 2011, 23:37
IMO A is correct... 'D' is wordy.. and A seems in continuation of the first part of the sentence..

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