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# Although films about the American West depict coyotes as

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Although films about the American West depict coyotes as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills, in reality these gregarious creatures live in stable groups that occupy the same territory for long periods.

(A) films about the American West depict coyotes as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills

(B) in films about the American West coyotes are depicted to be solitary animals that howl mournfully on the tops of distant hills

(C) coyotes are depicted as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills in films about the American West

(D) films about the American West depict coyotes as if they were solitary, mournfully howling animals on the tops of distant hills.

(E) films about the American West depict coyotes to be solitary and mournfully howling animals on the tops of distant hills
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10 Nov 2004, 23:24
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Although films about the American West depict coyotes as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills, in reality these gregarious creatures live in stable groups that occupy the same territory for long periods.

(A) films about the American West depict coyotes as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills

(B) in films about the American West coyotes are depicted to be solitary animals that howl mournfully on the tops of distant hills

(C) coyotes are depicted as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills in films about the American West

(D) films about the American West depict coyotes as if they were solitary, mournfully howling animals on the tops of distant hills.

(E) films about the American West depict coyotes to be solitary and mournfully howling animals on the tops of distant hills

C should be the answer , COMPARISION problem
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10 Nov 2004, 23:33
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11 Nov 2004, 05:04
Yeah, it should be "C".

1. The problem is of the proper subject.
"C" makes the subject of the sentence as "coyotes", which is the subject of the independent clause "these gregarious creatures".

2. moreover, "howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills in films about the American West" is present participle which modify "solitary animals".
"about the American west" is properly placed beside "films"

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11 Nov 2004, 07:55
The OA is "A".. don't have the explaination
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11 Nov 2004, 12:45
shantanu4678 wrote:
The OA is "A".. don't have the explaination

the only difference between "C" and "A" is that "A" is active voice whereas "C" is Passive

it was a real rashness to choose passive over active
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11 Nov 2004, 23:11
I still prefer C...

in C , the sentence starts off with "coyotes", thus making tha comparison much more clearer. But in A, the sentence starts off with "films", thus making the comparison unclear.

I dont agree with the OA somehow...
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hey ruhi

could you explain the comparison issue that you mention?

"depict as " is the correct idiom. Choice is between A and D.

- D seems like a run on sentence. switching of adjective howling and adverb mournfully is second degree murder. its like saying... She slowly walks instead of saying ... She walks slowly.

- C has problems with the idiom. C also goes round and about. A says the same thing much better

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12 Nov 2004, 07:46
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hey ruhi

could you explain the comparison issue that you mention?

"depict as " is the correct idiom. Choice is between A and D.

- D seems like a run on sentence. switching of adjective howling and adverb mournfully is second degree murder. its like saying... She slowly walks instead of saying ... She walks slowly.

- C has problems with the idiom. C also goes round and about. A says the same thing much better

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Hi Praet,

What i mean to say is--
A. it gives a feeling that there is a comparison between films and coyotes.

C. the idiom depicted"as" is also used in this choice. I dont understand why is it not C.

Instead in A, the sentence starts off by talking about films and then says " in reality" coyotes"....etc etc. It draws a comparison between films anc coyote (atleast that is what the impression is like).

In choice C, the sentence starts off by talking about the way coyotes are depicted. If first mentions coyotes and then about the films and the second part of the sentence after the "comma" also says " in reality coyotes..." etc etc. Hence the comparison is clearer.

Please correct me if Im wrong. This is just how I depict this SC.
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13 Nov 2004, 01:33
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Praetorian wrote:
hey ruhi

could you explain the comparison issue that you mention?

"depict as " is the correct idiom. Choice is between A and D.

- D seems like a run on sentence. switching of adjective howling and adverb mournfully is second degree murder. its like saying... She slowly walks instead of saying ... She walks slowly.

- C has problems with the idiom. C also goes round and about. A says the same thing much better

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Hi Praet,

What i mean to say is--
A. it gives a feeling that there is a comparison between films and coyotes.

C. the idiom depicted"as" is also used in this choice. I dont understand why is it not C.

Instead in A, the sentence starts off by talking about films and then says " in reality" coyotes"....etc etc. It draws a comparison between films anc coyote (atleast that is what the impression is like).

In choice C, the sentence starts off by talking about the way coyotes are depicted. If first mentions coyotes and then about the films and the second part of the sentence after the "comma" also says " in reality coyotes..." etc etc. Hence the comparison is clearer.

Please correct me if Im wrong. This is just how I depict this SC.

you could be correct here

I am not sure if we can use "depicted as" as the idiom, but i think the error in A is too grave for it to be chosen as the answer.

So, lets tear down A ..

come to think of it, i am not sure if films can depict anything on their own. to say that films depict ... its like saying films have a life and they actually do the depicting C corrects this error by saying coyotes are depicted as.....

Plus, i think the dependent clause starting with "although ... " should logically lead to the subject of the independent clause. C again corrects the error in A.

Although coyotes....... , in reality these gregarious creatures....

to me , this sounds better than

Although films in the American west.... , in reality these gregarious creatures..

Thanks for the debate ruhi I agree with you. C should be the correct answer.

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13 Nov 2004, 10:08
Thanks Praet,

Ruhi.
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13 Nov 2004, 14:34
(A) is my chioce

n (C) is incorrect for the major error in word placement which distorts the meaning
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(C) coyotes are depicted as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills in films about the American West

it means that coyotes howl on hills which are in the films about the american west,
n not that the films depict the coyotes
n thus leaves the sentence without the noun that does the dipicting

therefore by placing "films about american west" at the beginning of the sentence, the meaning of the sentence becomes crystal clear.
n i think clear meaning has more weight than better comparion.
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