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An unconfirmed nominee doing nothing to advance the administration’s judicial goals, the president will not consider controversial candidates.

(A) An unconfirmed nominee doing nothing to advance the administration’s judicial goals, the president will not consider any controversial candidates
(B) That nominees do nothing to advance the administration’s judicial goals unless confirmed, which is why the president will not consider controversial candidates
(C) The reason that the president will not consider a controversial candidate is because he will do nothing to advance the administrations judicial goals unless he is confirmed
(D) Because nominees do nothing to advance the administration’s judicial goals unless confirmed, the president will not consider controversial candidates
(E) Nothing is done for the judicial goals of the administration by an unconfirmed candidate, which is why the president will not consider any controversial candidate


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Spoiler: From one of the practice tests of Kaplan, do not attempt if you haven't taken them all.

An unconfirmed nominee doing nothing to advance the administration’s judicial goals, the president will not consider controversial candidates.

(A) An unconfirmed nominee doing nothing to advance the administration’s judicial goals, the president will not consider any controversial candidates
(B) That nominees do nothing to advance the administration’s judicial goals unless confirmed, which is why the president will not consider controversial candidates
(C) The reason that the president will not consider a controversial candidate is because he will do nothing to advance the administrations judicial goals unless he is confirmed
(D) Because nominees do nothing to advance the administration’s judicial goals unless confirmed, the president will not consider controversial candidates
(E) Nothing is done for the judicial goals of the administration by an unconfirmed candidate, which is why the president will not consider any controversial candidate


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Can some experts explain the rationale for the OA to be correct?



A).Wordy
B).That at the beginning , Why is used but we need that ..
C).He is ambiguous.. Reason and because redundant
D).Correct
E).which again used.. any controversial candidates ..

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Spoiler: From one of the practice tests of Kaplan, do not attempt if you haven't taken them all.

An unconfirmed nominee doing nothing to advance the administration’s judicial goals, the president will not consider controversial candidates.

(A) An unconfirmed nominee doing nothing to advance the administration’s judicial goals, the president will not consider any controversial candidates
(B) That nominees do nothing to advance the administration’s judicial goals unless confirmed, which is why the president will not consider controversial candidates
(C) The reason that the president will not consider a controversial candidate is because he will do nothing to advance the administrations judicial goals unless he is confirmed
(D) Because nominees do nothing to advance the administration’s judicial goals unless confirmed, the president will not consider controversial candidates
(E) Nothing is done for the judicial goals of the administration by an unconfirmed candidate, which is why the president will not consider any controversial candidate


Source: Kaplan

Can some experts explain the rationale for the OA to be correct?



A).Wordy
B).That at the beginning , Why is used but we need that ..
C).He is ambiguous.. Reason and because redundant
D).Correct
E).which again used.. any controversial candidates ..

Thanks
Rahul


Want to understand how is (D) correct. In the first sentence "Because nominees do nothing to advance the administration’s judicial goals unless confirmed" the words unless confirmed are ambigous, it is not clear whether the nominee is not confirmed or the administration's judicial goals are not confirmed.

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ankurdubey wrote:
rahultripathi2005 wrote:
ankurdubey wrote:
Spoiler: From one of the practice tests of Kaplan, do not attempt if you haven't taken them all.

An unconfirmed nominee doing nothing to advance the administration’s judicial goals, the president will not consider controversial candidates.

(A) An unconfirmed nominee doing nothing to advance the administration’s judicial goals, the president will not consider any controversial candidates
(B) That nominees do nothing to advance the administration’s judicial goals unless confirmed, which is why the president will not consider controversial candidates
(C) The reason that the president will not consider a controversial candidate is because he will do nothing to advance the administrations judicial goals unless he is confirmed
(D) Because nominees do nothing to advance the administration’s judicial goals unless confirmed, the president will not consider controversial candidates
(E) Nothing is done for the judicial goals of the administration by an unconfirmed candidate, which is why the president will not consider any controversial candidate


Source: Kaplan

Can some experts explain the rationale for the OA to be correct?



A).Wordy
B).That at the beginning , Why is used but we need that ..
C).He is ambiguous.. Reason and because redundant
D).Correct
E).which again used.. any controversial candidates ..

Thanks
Rahul


Want to understand how is (D) correct. In the first sentence "Because nominees do nothing to advance the administration’s judicial goals unless confirmed" the words unless confirmed are ambigous, it is not clear whether the nominee is not confirmed or the administration's judicial goals are not confirmed.


Even I got it wrong owing to the ambiguity of "unless confirmed"

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There is no ambiguity. Consider the following:

The ice cream will melt unless eaten quickly. In this case, it's clear that the ice cream is what needs to be eaten quickly.

The ice cream will turn to liquid unless eaten quickly. Now we have two nouns--ice cream and liquid. Is it unclear which needs to be eaten quickly? No. Even aside from a meaning perspective, we can't apply "unless" to "liquid" because it is the object of the action and so doesn't fit the structure of "X will Y unless Z." Note that we could also put the "unless" phrase up front (ignoring "because" in the original):

Unless eaten quickly, the ice cream will turn to liquid.
Unless confirmed, nominees do nothing to advance the administration's goals.


Try to create a correct sentence in which that "unless" phrase applies to the object or a noun in a modifying phrase, and you should find that you can't do it!

I won't let anyone in unless 21. No--unless they are 21.
You can't see out the window unless cleaned. No--unless it is cleaned.

Or consider this:
The sauce will not pour smoothly from the bottle unless shaken vigorously.

This might seem especially ambiguous--are we shaking the sauce or the bottle? Maybe it doesn't matter, since we're clearly going to do both at the same time. True enough, but structurally speaking, "unless shaken" applies to the sauce. To see this, let's build up the sentence bit by bit:

The sauce will not do Y unless Z.
The sauce will not do Y unless shaken thoroughly.
The sauce will not pour smoothly unless shaken thoroughly.
The sauce will not pour smoothly (from the bottle) unless shaken thoroughly.

Similarly, we can build up the structure of our original clause:

Nominees do Y unless Z.
Nominees do Y unless confirmed.
Nominees do nothing unless confirmed.
Nominees do nothing (to advance the administration's goals) unless confirmed.
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Thanks for good explanations.

I have a question

In C, we can see a structure " The reason.... is because ....."

Is this structure redundant or not?

as a non-native speaker, It seems really redundant.

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New post 19 Nov 2017, 20:23
stuck with A and D.
D is much better b/c D is clearer than A (unconfirmed nominee)

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