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Another hairball SC that today's CAT coughed up The

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15 Nov 2006, 07:10
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Another hairball SC that today's CAT coughed up

The spending on durable goods such as household appliances and automobiles is a cyclical pattern that depends on if the overall economy is healthy, whereas non-durable goods like food and shelter remain constant regardless of the economy.

(A) The spending on durable goods such as household appliances and automobiles is a cyclical pattern that depends on if the overall economy is healthy, whereas non-durable goods such as food and shelter remain constant regardless of the economy.

(B) Regardless of the economy, spending on non-durable goods such as food and shelter remains constant even though spending on durable goods such as household appliances and automobiles is a cyclical pattern that depends on whether the overall economy is healthy.

(C) Spending on durable goods such as household appliance and automobiles follows a cyclical pattern that depends on the health of the overall economy, whereas spending on non-durable goods such as food and shelter remains constant regardless of the economy's health.

(D) Whether the overall economy is healthy determines the cyclical pattern of spending on durable goods such as household appliances and automobiles, whereas non-durable spending such as food and shelter remains constant regardless of the economy.

(E) The cyclical pattern of spending on durable goods such as household appliances and automobiles depends on whether the overall economy is healthy but non-durable goods such as food and shelter remain constant regardless of the economy.
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15 Nov 2006, 08:43
Same thouts........C wud be my take on it.....................
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15 Nov 2006, 09:21
C

Depends on, depends on whether all idiomatic
Also Depends and "if" on the first makes the Original sentence "redundant"
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15 Nov 2006, 15:14
Isn't D the best choice?

(C) Spending on durable goods such as household appliance and automobiles follows a cyclical pattern that depends on the health of the overall economy, whereas spending on non-durable goods such as food and shelter remains constant regardless of the economy's health

Shouldn't remains be singular?
Is C the OA?
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15 Nov 2006, 16:37
never mind. I looked again and see your point:

spending ..... remains
not goods ...... remains
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15 Nov 2006, 16:40
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There are two parallel but contrasting ideas:

Spending on durable goods such as household appliance and automobiles follows a cyclical pattern that depends on the health of the overall economy,
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whereas
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spending on non-durable goods such as food and shelter remains constant regardless of the economy's health.

(C)

How did you know this is a 700 level question ?
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15 Nov 2006, 18:29
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There are two parallel but contrasting ideas:

Spending on durable goods such as household appliance and automobiles follows a cyclical pattern that depends on the health of the overall economy,
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whereas
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spending on non-durable goods such as food and shelter remains constant regardless of the economy's health.

(C)

How did you know this is a 700 level question ?

The CAT I took "claims" it is 700 level. Anyway, you guys killed it! OA is (C)
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15 Nov 2006, 18:49
(A) 'if the overall economy is healthy' --> whether is preferred

(B) Lacks parallelism

(C) Spending on durable goods such as household appliance and automobiles follows a cyclical pattern that depends on the health of the overall economy, whereas spending on non-durable goods such as food and shelter remains constant regardless of the economy's health.

(D) lacks parallelism, and the starting of the sentence is strange (whether Whether the overall economy is healthy determines the cyclical pattern of spending...)

(E) Lacks parallelism

C is the best. parallel comparison.
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24 May 2013, 07:36
Isn't econmy's health in C incorrect ?
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01 Mar 2017, 09:16
I do not really get why answer choice C is correct

A- has a meaning problem since not the "non-durable goods" remind stable but rather the spending

B- I really do not see anything wrong with that choice

C- "Health" seems a little awkward to me since I connect this word with humans, but I that is not a valid reason to reject C either

D- Awkward passive construction, furthermore uses "non-durable spending" which is nonsense

E-again uses "non-durable goods" instead of spending

Hence, I am able to easily reject all Answer choices but B and C. What is the further approach here guys? Some of you mentioned paralleslim but I do not see any violation in either of theses choices

One thing that might weigh against answer choice B is: We should not that "spending" IS "a cylcical pattern", since that is complete nonsense..
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asdfghjklasdfghj wrote:
I do not really get why answer choice C is correct

A- has a meaning problem since not the "non-durable goods" remind stable but rather the spending

B- I really do not see anything wrong with that choice

C- "Health" seems a little awkward to me since I connect this word with humans, but I that is not a valid reason to reject C either

D- Awkward passive construction, furthermore uses "non-durable spending" which is nonsense

E-again uses "non-durable goods" instead of spending

Hence, I am able to easily reject all Answer choices but B and C. What is the further approach here guys? Some of you mentioned paralleslim but I do not see any violation in either of theses choices

One thing that might weigh against answer choice B is: We should not that "spending" IS "a cylcical pattern", since that is complete nonsense..

Spending IS not a pattern, it FOLLOWS a pattern. Hence B is wrong and C is correct.

B. ...spending on durable goods such as household appliances and automobiles IS a cyclical pattern...

C. Spending on durable goods such as household appliance and automobiles FOLLOWS a cyclical pattern...
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