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# Although people in France consume fatty foods at a rate

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12 Aug 2009, 01:38
I go with B. Try to use active voice.

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I think the confusion happens when you try to parallel rate of fatty food consumption to rate of deaths. There is no need to make them parallel. If you try to do so, you will run into the problem that rate and rates are not parallel.
Only A and B are contenders, because C, D, and E are all passive.
A is really \$%#ed up. It's comparing people in France to the U.S., instead of people in france to people in the U.S.
B was my pick. Thanks!

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25 Aug 2009, 08:54
I think it's B

Although people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to the United States, their death rates from heart disease are far lower in France.

A. people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to the United States, their (wrong compaerison=>OUT)
B. people in France and the United States consume fatty foods at about the same rate, the (OK)
C. fatty foods are consumed by people in France at a comparable rate to the United States’s, their (awkward and passive construction=>OUT)
D. the rate of fatty foods consumed in France and the United States is about the same, the (how it can be the rate of fatty foods??? The rate of consumption is right, so=>OUT)
E. the rate of people consuming fatty foods is about the same in France and the United States, the (the same as D=>OUT)

Guess you have given the perfect ans.....thanks and +1 for you

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15 Nov 2009, 19:18
sudeep wrote:
http://gmatclub.com/forum/france-52828.html?highlight=fatty+foods

as per above
OA:
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B

Thanks. I agree with B.
the rate of fatty foods consumed in France - Passive. and doesnt make sense as the rate of foods is not consumed.

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16 Apr 2010, 09:33
Since this question has been discussed here, so I won't start new thread. I have a question here that why C is wrong in this question?

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Although people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to the United States, their death rates from heart disease are far lower in France.

A. people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to the United States, their
B. people in France and the United States consume fatty foods at about the same rate, the
C. fatty foods are consumed by people in France at a comparable rate to the United States’s, their
D. the rate of fatty foods consumed in France and the United States is about the same, the
E. the rate of people consuming fatty foods is about the same in France and the United States, the

Some thoughts:
1. Apple and Orange can not be compared:
=> This rule eliminates A.
2. Pronoun must have clear and unambiguous antecedent.
Their in C does not have clear reference. C is unnecessarily passive.
3. "The rate of fatty foods consumed":
=> It means that the rate is consumed. So, D is out.
4. "The rate of people consuming":
=> The rate of people is awkward in E.

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Although people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to the United States, their death rates from heart disease are far lower in France.

people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to the United States, their
people in France and the United States consume fatty foods at about the same rate, the
fatty foods are consumed by people in France at a comparable rate to the United States’s, their
the rate of fatty foods consumed in France and the United States is about the same, the
the rate of people consuming fatty foods is about the same in France and the United States, the

"Their" wrong pronoun. Eliminate A and C. Moreover "United States's" in C.
"consuming" sounds awkward. Eliminate E.
Passive voice. Eliminate D.
B: active voice, clear meaning, proper pronoun.

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27 Jul 2010, 09:51
For me in B we are comparing "People in France" and "the US". In order to B be correct, for me it should be: "Although people in France and in the US, bla bla bla"
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27 Jul 2010, 12:00
Narrowed it to B and D.....went for B

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27 Jul 2010, 21:31
B... Brings out the comparison pretty clearly..
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12 Aug 2010, 06:52
I think it's B

Although people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to the United States, their death rates from heart disease are far lower in France.

A. people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to the United States, their (wrong compaerison=>OUT)
B. people in France and the United States consume fatty foods at about the same rate, the (OK)
C. fatty foods are consumed by people in France at a comparable rate to the United States’s, their (awkward and passive construction=>OUT)
D. the rate of fatty foods consumed in France and the United States is about the same, the (how it can be the rate of fatty foods??? The rate of consumption is right, so=>OUT)
E. the rate of people consuming fatty foods is about the same in France and the United States, the (the same as D=>OUT)

Hi,

Even i thought it to be D, but now with this explaination, it seems quite clear why it should be B. Thanks for this...

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12 Aug 2010, 14:12
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It should be B, there is no mention of people in D

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12 Aug 2010, 23:58
It is B. The subject should be People and NOT rates. This leaves A and B choices open. But in A people are getting compared to United states. So the answer choice left is B.

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28 Aug 2010, 05:57
For me in B we are comparing "People in France" and "the US". In order to B be correct, for me it should be: "Although people in France and in the US, bla bla bla"

i dont see the correct || in B.
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16 Oct 2010, 10:09
I fell for D, but B is the answer. if we dont focus we'll lose the battle

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Although people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to the United States, their death rates from heart disease are far lower in France.

(A) people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to the United States, their
(B) people in France and the United States consume fatty foods at about the same rate, the
(C) fatty foods are consumed by people in France at a comparable rate to the United States’s, their
(D) the rate of fatty foods consumed in France and the United States is about the same, the
(E) the rate of people consuming fatty foods is about the same in France and the United States, the

We can safely eliminate answer choices A and C because of the use of "their" in place of "the".
A- Incorrect because of illogical comparision and the use of "their" which is plainly wrong. Rate is wrongly compared to United States.
C- Incorrect for two reasons: the use of passive voice and the use of "their".
D and E are talking about the rate. It should be "people consuming fatty foods at a rate". Who consumes the fatty food in those coutries? People or animals? see the whole meaning changes.
B coorectly uses the principles of comparison.

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16 Oct 2010, 10:34
noboru wrote:
For me in B we are comparing "People in France" and "the US". In order to B be correct, for me it should be: "Although people in France and in the US, bla bla bla"

i dont see the correct || in B.
thanks.

Ok. I will try my best to clarify your doubts.
This is what we call Ellipsis. In this sentence, we can safely omit the preposition "in" before "the
United States" because the same preposition "in" appears before France and the United States. In these types of situations, you should try to break the sentence into two parts:
"Although people in France and the United States consume.... "can be broken down into the following two part:
Although people in France consume and Although people in United Staes consume...

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Although people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to the United States, their death rates from heart disease are far lower in France.
A. people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to the United States, their
B. people in France and the United States consume fatty foods at about the same rate, the
C. fatty foods are consumed by people in France at a comparable rate to the United States’s, their
D. the rate of fatty foods consumed in France and the United States is about the same, the
E. the rate of people consuming fatty foods is about the same in France and the United States, the

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29 Oct 2010, 00:08
E.

I answered B , but let me try to explain why E is correct.

A) Rate is compared to the United States

B) People in France and United States sound as if people are in both places at the same time.

C) Unnecessary passive voice, which makes the sentence wordy.

D) Rate of fatty foods is wrong. It should say rate of consumption of fatty foods.

Is my reasoning for crossing B out right? If not please explain. I just don't see how E's right. Thanks in advance.
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