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# As is “ordinary” chocolate, which can be soft and sweet or

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Updated on: 21 Jan 2017, 05:18
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As is “ordinary” chocolate, which can be soft and sweet or dark and bitter, white chocolate contains most of the same ingredients, with the exception of cocoa solids, the darker, more flavorful parts of the cocoa mass.

(A) As is “ordinary” chocolate, which can be soft and sweet or dark and bitter, white chocolate contains most of the same ingredients, with the exception of

(B) Like the way in which “ordinary” chocolate, which can be soft and sweet or dark and bitter, is made, the way in which white chocolate is made is similar to it, except in that there is no use of

(C) Just as they are in “ordinary chocolate,” which can be soft and sweet or dark and bitter, the ingredients used in making white chocolate are mostly the same, the difference being the

(D) Used in the making of “ordinary” chocolate, which can be soft and sweet or dark and bitter, but not included among the ingredients of white chocolate are

(E) The making of “ordinary” chocolate, which can be soft and sweet or dark and bitter, is like white chocolate, and contains most of the same ingredients, containing also

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Originally posted by MartyTargetTestPrep on 19 Jan 2017, 23:40.
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20 Jan 2017, 05:57
Edited A and B to address possible issues.
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20 Jan 2017, 23:44
To get this one right, you have to be careful to not get sucked in by the seeming correctness of some of the answer choices.

For instance, choice A seems to correctly compare '"ordinary" chocolate' with "white chocolate". However, "As is" does not match "contains".

Choice B seems to compare the ways in which the two types of chocolate are made, but actually is nonsensical.

'Like the way in which "ordinary" chocolate ... is made, the way in which white chocolate is similar to it ..."

Similar to what? Are the methods similar to each other? to something else?

So, there is plenty to catch in this question.
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21 Jan 2017, 23:50
Thanks for the question

What's the subject in the correct choice?
IMHO,Used... but not included... are modifier
the main verb is "are"
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22 Jan 2017, 00:14
sleepynut wrote:
Thanks for the question

What's the subject in the correct choice?
IMHO,Used... but not included... are modifier
the main verb is "are"

I believe that by looking in the non underlined portion of the sentence you will find the subject of the correct version of the sentence.
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22 Jan 2017, 01:05
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MartyMurray wrote:
sleepynut wrote:
Thanks for the question

What's the subject in the correct choice?
IMHO,Used... but not included... are modifier
the main verb is "are"

I believe that by looking in the non underlined portion of the sentence you will find the subject of the correct version of the sentence.

Ohhh.. sorry I'm not used to the inverted construction.
It should be cocoa solids

Thanks
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22 Jan 2017, 04:31
sleepynut wrote:
MartyMurray wrote:
sleepynut wrote:
Thanks for the question

What's the subject in the correct choice?
IMHO,Used... but not included... are modifier
the main verb is "are"

I believe that by looking in the non underlined portion of the sentence you will find the subject of the correct version of the sentence.

Ohhh.. sorry I'm not used to the inverted construction.
It should be cocoa solids

Thanks

That inverted construction is an example of how the GMAT can throw you a curve ball. GMAT SC can be like a pitcher, throwing you various types of pitches, keeping you off balance. Just when you think that you have the sentence figured out, the construction of the OA turns out to be different from what you expected to see.

So you have to be very diligent in finding errors in order to eliminated the flawed choices while remaining open minded about how the right answer will look. If you don't get what's going on in a question, keep looking for something logical.

Of course, had I actually left the subject out of the OA, you would have just driven yourself crazy, as I sometimes do to myself when presented with a flawed question, going into beast mode, looking and looking for logic where there is none.
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01 Dec 2018, 20:03
MartyMurray great question.. I nailed it .But could you please post the OE ? I want to check my reasoning
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02 Dec 2018, 11:18
MartyMurray great question.. I nailed it .But could you please post the OE ? I want to check my reasoning

As is “ordinary” chocolate, which can be soft and sweet or dark and bitter, white chocolate contains most of the same ingredients, with the exception of cocoa solids, the darker, more flavorful parts of the cocoa mass.

(A) As is “ordinary” chocolate, which can be soft and sweet or dark and bitter, white chocolate contains most of the same ingredients, with the exception of

This choices illogical compares how "ordinary chocolate is with that white chocolate contains.

(B) Like the way in which “ordinary” chocolate, which can be soft and sweet or dark and bitter, is made, the way in which white chocolate is made is similar to it, except in that there is no use of

This choice illogically states that both the way in which "ordinary" chocolate is made and the way in which white chocolate is made are similar to some unknown "it". The pronoun 'it" could refer to '"ordinary" chocolate,' but then the sentence would illogically compare the way in which white chocolate is made with "ordinary" chocolate. Also, this version says that there is no use of cocoa solids without quite making clear in what there is no use of cocoa solids.

(C) Just as they are in “ordinary chocolate,” which can be soft and sweet or dark and bitter, the ingredients used in making white chocolate are mostly the same, the difference being the

This choice seems to be meant to say that the ingredients in one kind of chocolate are the same for the most part as the ingredients in the other, but actually, it conveys the illogical meaning that the ingredients in both "ordinary" chocolate and white chocolate are "mostly the same" as something, without indicating what they are the same as. Given that meaning, the part that says "the difference being the cocoa solids" just adds more nonsense to an already nonsensical sentence.

(D) Used in the making of “ordinary” chocolate, which can be soft and sweet or dark and bitter, but not included among the ingredients of white chocolate are

This choice sounds funny at first, but when we combine it with the non-underlined portion, we get a sentence that clearly conveys the logical meaning that the cocoa solids are used in the making of "ordinary" chocolate but are not included among the ingredients of white chocolate.

Notice, this choice is correct but written to look incorrect, as is typical of many correct answers in SC questions.

(E) The making of “ordinary” chocolate, which can be soft and sweet or dark and bitter, is like white chocolate, and contains most of the same ingredients, containing also

This choice illogically compares the making of "ordinary chocolate with white chocolate itself. Also, this version conveys the illogical meaning that the making of ordinary chocolate contains cocoa solids.
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10 Mar 2019, 05:05
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A compares ‘ordinary chocolate’ with the fact that white chocolate contains most of the same ingredients.
In B ‘it’ is very ambiguous.
C is very hard to catch. C seems like its trying to say that the ingredients in both the types of chocolates are mostly the same but what it actually ends up saying is that both are mostly same to some implied, unknown, third set. Not the right meaning and not the right option.
E compares the process of making the chocolate to the chocolate itself.

D sounds very weird but is ultimately the most fitting choice.

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