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# 333. Housflies

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28 Apr 2008, 01:41
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333.Houseflies that hatch in summer live only about three weeks, but those that emerge in the cooler days of fall often live longer than six months.
(A) weeks, but those that emerge in the cooler days of fall often live
(B) weeks, but those that emerge in the cooler days of fall often live as long or
(C) weeks, which is different from those that emerge in the cooler days of fall and often live
(D) weeks; then those that emerge in the cooler days of fall often live as long as or
(E) weeks; this is different from those that emerge in the cooler days of fall, who often live

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28 Apr 2008, 04:57
Contrast is required here.
Hence i feel the usage of 'but' is required here.

I go with A as the answer here.

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28 Apr 2008, 07:31
sondenso wrote:
333.Houseflies that hatch in summer live only about three weeks, but those that emerge in the cooler days of fall often live longer than six months.
(A) weeks, but those that emerge in the cooler days of fall often live
(B) weeks, but those that emerge in the cooler days of fall often live as long or
(C) weeks, which is different from those that emerge in the cooler days of fall and often live
(D) weeks; then those that emerge in the cooler days of fall often live as long as or
(E) weeks; this is different from those that emerge in the cooler days of fall, who often live

A.

B is missing "as"
C is incorrect modifier
D and E, the use of semicolon makes "those" and "this" unclear to what it is referring to.

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28 Apr 2008, 07:37
Houseflies that hatch in summer live only about three weeks, but those that emerge in the cooler days of fall often live longer than six months.

comparison is between houseflies longevity that hatch in summer and in cooler days.. thus A

C,D,E are out due to awkward construction and B is out due " as long or " usage..

(A) weeks, but those that emerge in the cooler days of fall often live
(B) weeks, but those that emerge in the cooler days of fall often live as long or
(C) weeks, which is different from those that emerge in the cooler days of fall and often live
(D) weeks; then those that emerge in the cooler days of fall often live as long as or
(E) weeks; this is different from those that emerge in the cooler days of fall, who often live
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28 Apr 2008, 13:43
yup, A for me as well
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28 Apr 2008, 18:01
Eliminate D, E. The part after ; needs to survive with subj/verb both have issues. In C which refers to weeks.
Between A & B, I picked A as its more concise.

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333.Houseflies that hatch in summer live only about three weeks, but those that emerge in the cooler days of fall often live longer than six months.
(A) weeks, but those that emerge in the cooler days of fall often live
(B) weeks, but those that emerge in the cooler days of fall often live as long or
(C) weeks, which is different from those that emerge in the cooler days of fall and often live
(D) weeks; then those that emerge in the cooler days of fall often live as long as or
(E) weeks; this is different from those that emerge in the cooler days of fall, who often live
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28 Apr 2008, 19:47
Thanks all of you!
OA is A
How stupid I choose D! [just keep a log for me]
1. My eyes paid attention to only "as long as or longer" so I eliminate any choice that does not fit this. Although "then" in D is awkward, I still choose.

2. remember somewhere explaination in OG, "those"+that is not correct. wrong memory!

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03 Oct 2017, 02:41
sondenso wrote:
333.Houseflies that hatch in summer live only about three weeks, but those that emerge in the cooler days of fall often live longer than six months.
(A) weeks, but those that emerge in the cooler days of fall often live
(B) weeks, but those that emerge in the cooler days of fall often live as long or
(C) weeks, which is different from those that emerge in the cooler days of fall and often live
(D) weeks; then those that emerge in the cooler days of fall often live as long as or
(E) weeks; this is different from those that emerge in the cooler days of fall, who often live

I agree that the answer is A, but i have a doubt.

Isn't the pronoun usage of those ambiguous here??

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