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# Authoritative parents are more likely than permissive

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Authoritative parents are more likely than permissive parents to have children who as adolescents are self-confident, high in self-esteem, and responsibly independent.
A. Authoritative parents are more likely than permissive parents to have children who as adolescents are self-confident, high in self-esteem, and responsibly independent.
B. Authoritative parents who are more likely than permissive parents to have adolescent children that are self-confident, high in self-esteem, and responsibly independent.
C. Children of authoritative parents, rather than permissive parents, are the more likely to be self-confident, have a high self-esteem, and to be responsibly independent as adolescents.
D. Children whose parents are authoritative rather than being permissive, are more likely to have self-confidence, a high self-esteem, and be responsibly independent when they are an adolescent.
E. Rather than permissive parents, the children of authoritative parents are the more likely to have self-confidence, a high self-esteem, and to be responsibly independent as an adolescent.

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02 Aug 2005, 08:36
I am going to go with 'D' on this one...b/c the comparison between authoritative and permissive parents is clearer, and the sentence overall is less awkward.

A&B are too wordy, the comparisons are not clear, and the modifiers are confusing. C & E are awkward also.

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02 Aug 2005, 08:49
Why are you going with A? I find that many times I try to compensate for the GMAT's preference of wordy choices...but in this situation A seems too convoluted.

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02 Aug 2005, 10:06
A is best among all. Parallel noun phrases to describe the quality of childen.
B - sentence fragment. Main verb missing.
C - wrong comparison. Need of after rather than and moreover total mess.
D - being, when they are - again messy
E - wrong comparison

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02 Aug 2005, 19:23
A, only flawless choice. being in D makes the sentence awakward. it also has faulty llism.

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02 Aug 2005, 20:52
A

B. Authoritative parents who are more likely than permissive parents to have adolescent children that are self-confident, high in self-esteem, and responsibly independent.
==> there is no main clause here

C. Children of authoritative parents, rather than permissive parents, are the more likely to be self-confident, have a high self-esteem, and to be responsibly independent as adolescents.
==> confusing. Sounds like Children is comparing with parents.

D. Children whose parents are authoritative rather than being permissive, are more likely to have self-confidence, a high self-esteem, and be responsibly independent when they are an adolescent.
==> not a good structure if you strip it down to: Children ... , and be
responsibly independent when they are an adolescent.

E. Rather than permissive parents, the children of authoritative parents are the more likely to have self-confidence, a high self-esteem, and to be responsibly independent as an adolescent.

==> Rather than is misused here.

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07 Aug 2005, 07:22
The OA is A.

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07 Aug 2005, 10:21
equarkster wrote:
I am going to go with 'D' on this one...b/c the comparison between authoritative and permissive parents is clearer, and the sentence overall is less awkward.

A&B are too wordy, the comparisons are not clear, and the modifiers are confusing. C & E are awkward also.

D is a total mess my friend.

Try breaking it down

Children whose parents are authoritative rather than being permissive, are more likely to have
self-confidence,
a high self-esteem, and
be responsibly independent when they are an adolescent

1st problem.. either use being before authoritative to parallel or remove it before permissive
2nd problem.. verbs dont make sense.
children are more likely to have self-confidence
children are more likely to have a high self-esteem
children are more likely to have be responsibly independent

3rd problem

adolescent is a state of being, you can not use "when" to indicate the time of adolescent .

Hope it helps.

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