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# Although films about the American West depict coyotes as

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80. 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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11 Jun 2009, 00:45
I'll vote for A

(A) films about the American West depict coyotes as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills - Correct idiom "depict as"
(B) in films about the American West coyotes are depicted to be solitary animals that howl mournfully on the tops of distant hills - use of passive voice, which is unnecessary.
(C) coyotes are depicted as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills in films about the American West - same as B
(D) films about the American West depict coyotes as if they were solitary, mournfully howling animals on the tops of distant hills - as if they were, incorrect tense, wordy
(E) films about the American West depict coyotes to be solitary and mournfully howling animals on the tops of distant hills - depict as sounds better than depict to be
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11 Jun 2009, 02:58
bigoyal wrote:
I'll vote for A

(A) films about the American West depict coyotes as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills - Correct idiom "depict as"
(B) in films about the American West coyotes are depicted to be solitary animals that howl mournfully on the tops of distant hills - use of passive voice, which is unnecessary.
(C) coyotes are depicted as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills in films about the American West - same as B
(D) films about the American West depict coyotes as if they were solitary, mournfully howling animals on the tops of distant hills - as if they were, incorrect tense, wordy
(E) films about the American West depict coyotes to be solitary and mournfully howling animals on the tops of distant hills - depict as sounds better than depict to be

Hi,

I have a doubt,

if 'depict as' is the correct idiom, is 'depicted as' not a correct usage?

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11 Jun 2009, 03:16
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bigoyal wrote:
I'll vote for A

(A) films about the American West depict coyotes as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills - Correct idiom "depict as"
(B) in films about the American West coyotes are depicted to be solitary animals that howl mournfully on the tops of distant hills - use of passive voice, which is unnecessary.
(C) coyotes are depicted as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills in films about the American West - same as B
(D) films about the American West depict coyotes as if they were solitary, mournfully howling animals on the tops of distant hills - as if they were, incorrect tense, wordy
(E) films about the American West depict coyotes to be solitary and mournfully howling animals on the tops of distant hills - depict as sounds better than depict to be

Hi,

I have a doubt,

if 'depict as' is the correct idiom, is 'depicted as' not a correct usage?

I guess you are talking about option C. My reason for rejecting C was use of passive voice. In GMAT active voice is preferred, unless there is some specific reason to use passive voice.
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11 Jun 2009, 03:36
bigoyal wrote:
hasham222 wrote:
bigoyal wrote:
I'll vote for A

(A) films about the American West depict coyotes as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills - Correct idiom "depict as"
(B) in films about the American West coyotes are depicted to be solitary animals that howl mournfully on the tops of distant hills - use of passive voice, which is unnecessary.
(C) coyotes are depicted as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills in films about the American West - same as B
(D) films about the American West depict coyotes as if they were solitary, mournfully howling animals on the tops of distant hills - as if they were, incorrect tense, wordy
(E) films about the American West depict coyotes to be solitary and mournfully howling animals on the tops of distant hills - depict as sounds better than depict to be

Hi,

I have a doubt,

if 'depict as' is the correct idiom, is 'depicted as' not a correct usage?

I guess you are talking about option C. My reason for rejecting C was use of passive voice. In GMAT active voice is preferred, unless there is some specific reason to use passive voice.

I am not being specific to option C. I am a little confused with the usage of Idioms 'depict as' is the correct idiom, can we also consider 'depicted as', the participle form of the same idiom, correct?
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11 Jun 2009, 03:51
C for me.

Only C has the subject "cayotes" matching with "these".
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11 Jun 2009, 05:01
prinits wrote:
C for me.

Only C has the subject "cayotes" matching with "these".

hmm, on a second thought this option also looks good.
btw, whats the OA ?
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11 Jun 2009, 07:20
D ans shud b C.

'these' is a subject pronoun nd shud b used in refer to subject antecedents.
in first sentence, films isnt d subject where as coyotes are, so apply ''Flip it rule to first sentence to get d correct antecedent.

den u ll b able to judge d correct ans urself.

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13 Jun 2009, 20:38
OA is A and the explanation isnt given.

But I feel C is the correct answer since "these" refer to coyotes and hence the subject of the main clause should be coyotes.
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13 Jun 2009, 23:43
A is the wrong OA..This has been discussed before....Correct OA is C....
Although (films about the American West depict coyotes as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills), in reality [color=#00FF00]these[/color] gregarious creatures live in stable groups that occupy the same territory for long periods.

These should refer to coyotes as is done in C...
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13 Jun 2009, 23:44
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OA is A and the explanation isnt given.

But I feel C is the correct answer since "these" refer to coyotes and hence the subject of the main clause should be coyotes.

In this using 'although' the contrast has been made between the films and the reality, so subject in the first clause should be the films and not the coyotes.

So for parallelism, C is incorrect. I think B is not the answer because of the passive voice.
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14 Jun 2009, 07:18
This is 1000 SC question (Q80) and the answer given in it is A.

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