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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
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06 Sep 2009, 21:54
A. Need to use like because Two noun are compared..Rather than seems better than instead of.
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modifier should be customs inspectors and not travelers...so only D,E remain..
D is better written than E
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15 Sep 2009, 07:45
IMO E

Modifier is modifies the custom officers not the travellers. so D and E reamin. using Like is appropriate when we represent the Noun..so as customs officers.
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15 Sep 2009, 08:21
hi E is wrong ....
reason idiom not..... but....., both not and but should have llism... so not like...... but like..... will be correct and not but like..... but....
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15 Sep 2009, 10:06
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
Best option
(B) travelers often treat customs inspectors as wanton poachers instead of government employees
as is ungramatical here
(C) travelers often treat customs inspectors as if they were not government employees but wanton poachers
"they were" incorrect past tense
(D) customs inspectors are often treated by travelers as if they were wanton poachers rather than government employees
"they were" incorrect past tense
(E) customs inspectors are often treated not like government employees but wanton poachers by travelers
incorrect idiom " not like ...but ..."

What is the OA ?
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28 Oct 2009, 02:28
Guys..HOW?????? D!! Is'nt "as if" usage considered wrong in GMAT??
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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.
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13 Nov 2009, 03:20
"by travelers" should be nearer to treated.

So choice D
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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
Correct - best option available....

(B) travelers often treat customs inspectors as wanton poachers instead of government employees
as is wrong... it is similar comparison and hence it should be Like.

(C) travelers often treat customs inspectors as if they were not government employees but wanton poachers
If is not correct..... never used for comparing in GMAT

(D) customs inspectors are often treated by travelers as if they were wanton poachers rather than government employees
If is not correct..... never used for comparing in GMAT

(E) customs inspectors are often treated not like government employees but wanton poachers by travelers
by travellers should be next treated... else it becomes 'not treated like government employees' but how 'wanton poachers are treated by travelers'
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26 Jan 2010, 08:41
jeeteshsingh 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
Correct - best option available....

(B) travelers often treat customs inspectors as wanton poachers instead of government employees
as is wrong... it is similar comparison and hence it should be Like.

(C) travelers often treat customs inspectors as if they were not government employees but wanton poachers
If is not correct..... never used for comparing in GMAT

(D) customs inspectors are often treated by travelers as if they were wanton poachers rather than government employees
If is not correct..... never used for comparing in GMAT

(E) customs inspectors are often treated not like government employees but wanton poachers by travelers
by travellers should be next treated... else it becomes 'not treated like government employees' but how 'wanton poachers are treated by travelers'

I am really confused on this one. D seemed to be the correct answer ,until I noticed -> as if they were .Felt option D would have been correct,had it used as if they are.

Also someone mentioned as if is an incorrect GMAT usage.Is it really the case?

Final question - I felt "No matter how patiently they explain their reasons for confiscating certain items" applied to the customs inpectors and not the travellers.I really dont understand how the answer can be A or B. At the same time,I am unable to pick a solution out here.

pls help!..OA and explanation pls.
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26 Jan 2010, 09:39
IMO - D

In the question - No matter how patiently they explain their reasons for confiscating certain items.

Who is they referring to ? they is referring to customs inspectors, hence customs inspectors should be followed imediately after the modifier. Hence i rulled out A, B, C, as all of them have travelers right after the initial modifier.

We are left with D vs E

In E - by travelers should be next to treated , hence this is WRONG.

Hence, i think - D is the CORRECT
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26 Jan 2010, 12:32
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I am really confused on this one. D seemed to be the correct answer ,until I noticed -> as if they were .Felt option D would have been correct,had it used as if they are.

Also someone mentioned as if is an incorrect GMAT usage.Is it really the case?

Final question - I felt "No matter how patiently they explain their reasons for confiscating certain items" applied to the customs inpectors and not the travellers.I really dont understand how the answer can be A or B. At the same time,I am unable to pick a solution out here.

pls help!..OA and explanation pls.

In GMAT if is used only for such statement.... If X then Y..... we dont use if for comparison... If X or Y.... For comparison you use whether X or Y.. in GMAT

Hence option C and D both use this ... and are Out....

Coming to option B.... we have the comparison being made 'as wanton poachers'.. this is not correct.... when comparing one to one... you should use Like and not as. For direct comparisons always use Like! Hence B is wrong...

Now we are left with A and E...

In E.... we have an issue with by travellers being placed at the wrong place which changes the entire meaning of the sentence... Hence out...

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26 Jan 2010, 21:39
jeeteshsingh,
In the first part of the sentence - "No matter how patiently they explain their reasons for confiscating certain items"

What is they referring to ?

Thanks

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26 Jan 2010, 23:51
Its not a quality one ; each one has some issues. Because of modifier issues, A,B and C are out.
Issue in D is that 'they' is ambiguous and E is not parallel <not like ... but like>
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05 Feb 2010, 12:37
A is correct need to use Like followed by noun
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05 Feb 2010, 13:34
Guys - D is the one which I think is correct. Because A and B are out because of modifiers. If the modifier was correct, I would have gone with A

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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

I feel like it's D since "they" refers to the customs inspectors, not the travelers.
How do we find out the correct answer?
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24 Mar 2010, 08:10
the sentence was not underlined correctly which got me confused with answer choices.

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all options look incorrect to me due to modifier ambiguity and wrong idiom usage ...
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