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Because there is not a linguistic census in France, as there is for Britain, there is difficulty in estimating the number of speakers of Brento, a Celtic language.

(A) Because there is not a linguistic census in France, as there is for Britain, there is difficulty in estimating

(B) Because there is no linguistic census in France, unlike Britain, it is difficulty to estimate

(C) Unlike Britain, there is no linguistic census in France, and that fact makes for difficulty in estimating

(D) There is not a linguistic census in France, as there is for Britain, a fact making for difficulty in the estimation of

(E) There is no linguistic census in France, as there is in Britain, a fact that makes it difficult to estimate

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Initially, I couldn't decide between B and E, but eventually picked B, which was wrong.
I was thinking about why B wasn't the answer, and came up with a couple of reasons.

Reason 1) census is a countable noun.
Reason 2) "Unlike Britain" is awkward.

Are those right?

Originally posted by eybrj2 on 02 Mar 2012, 11:03.
Last edited by Bunuel on 22 Sep 2019, 09:29, edited 5 times in total.
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I think B is wrong because "it is difficulty to estimate" is incorrect
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As is used to compare two clauses.
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New post 04 Mar 2012, 11:00
Hey,

IMO,

Improper comparison employed in 'B', in 'B' Britain as a whole is being compared to a fact in France. If the sentence were to be worded as 'Unlike in Britain', i guess 'B' would have been correct.

we are left with 'E'.
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Are you sure you have copied the question correctly? The english seems so bad on some of the answers, it sounds like third grade english and totally NOT GMAT like. (e.g. it is difficulty to estimate) :lol:

Yes agree with E as the answer.
There is not a linguistic census in France is AWKWARD. Rule out A and D.
Comparison error in C and B. We don't know what Britain is being compared to?
So, that leaves us with E.
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In B 'Because' and 'Unlike' appear together - which is incorrect
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Because there is not a linguistic census in france, as there is for Britain, there is difficulty in estimating the number of speakers of Brento, a Celtic language.

A)

B) Because there is no linguistic census in france, unlike Britain, it is difficulty to estimate

c) Unlike Britain, there is no linguistic census in France, and that fact makes for difficulty in estimating.

d) There is not a linguistic census in france, as there is for britain, a fact making for difficulty in the estimation of

e) There is no a linguistic census in france, as there is in Britain, a fact that makes it difficult to estimate.



Initially, I couldn't decide between B and E, but eventually picked B, which was wrong.
I was thinking about why B wasn't the answer, and came up with a couple of reasons.

Reason 1) census is a countable noun. countable/un countable noun is not tested here, rather you can find a flaw with the sentence opener "because"and its association with the rest of the sentence.
Reason 2) "Unlike Britain" is awkward.actual construction of unlike is - unlikeX,Y OR X unlike Y which is not present in (B)

Are those right?

hope it helps !
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I think the error in choice B is that "in France" does not parallel with "(not have in) Britain". This is the only simple thing we can discover the error in choice B.
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If the original poster has posted the ans choices correctly, THEN.....

B is utterly wrong because : It is DIFFICULTY to estimate ( the word in caps pushes it into the abyss )

If we consider it to be a typo, THEN........ Bxn B n E

The intent : there is no census in France but the same is not true for Britain.

B : there is no census in France, unlike Britain..........

No census is compared to the whole country : GROSS ---- Eliminated

E : No census in France, as there is in Britain...... ( correctly conveys the intent of the sent : In France - No Census , In Britain - Census Yes )

Thus E outweighs B.
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New post 29 Aug 2012, 23:46
E is the only answer that is remotely correct. I got to say the question seems very awkward.

"There is no a linguistic census"?? Is this even correct??
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New post 18 Dec 2012, 20:58
I would go with E by POE but still not convinced about the first part of the sentence sounds fishy.

There is no a linguistic census in France - could someone elaborate on this usage

the split was between B and E, B has incorrect usage of "unlike"
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[quote="thevenus"]Because there is not a linguistic census in france, as there is for Britain, there is difficulty in estimating the number of speakers of Brento, a Celtic language.

A)

B) Because there is no linguistic census in france, unlike Britain, it is difficulty to estimate

c) Unlike Britain, there is no linguistic census in France, and that fact makes for difficulty in estimating.

d) There is not a linguistic census in france, as there is for britain, a fact making for difficulty in the estimation of

e) There is no a linguistic census in france, as there is in Britain, a fact that makes it difficult to estimate.



"unlike" in B and C has not referent.
"making for difficulty" in D is not idiomatic.

why A is wrong?
the only error I see in A is that "estimating" is not correct. to refer to a general action, we use a noun not a doing if that noun exist. if there is no noun, we have to use doing. the meaning of "estimation" is not the meaning of participle, the form "doing" used to refer to a noun in the sentence.

so, we should use "estimation" not "estimating" in A.

regarding E.
"a fact, that..." can modify one of 2 preceding clauses, "there is no a linguistic..." and " as there is in britain". So, "a fact, that..." is correct though "a fact, that..." make us thing, at first, that it modifies the touching clause, " there is in britain"

I wish you share your thought of choice A and E. this is a hard problem, and though it dose not appear in og books, it dose on gmatprep paper test
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A: "in France" and "for Britain" are not parallel.
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prasi55 wrote:
A: "in France" and "for Britain" are not parallel.


we do not the parallelism here. the main problem is that "for britain" is wrong in a. because "for britain " means "as there is a center for britain". the phrase "center for britain" makes no sense. the center for britain can be in Viet nam.

we can accept the non parallel pattern as long as the meaing is clear. the point of parallelism can only be considered after meaning and grammar points are considered. only when 2 choices are grammartical and meaningfull, the parallelism is considered.


so, a has 2 problem, "estimating" and "for britain"
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eybrj2 wrote:
Because there is not a linguistic census in france, as there is for Britain, there is difficulty in estimating the number of speakers of Brento, a Celtic language.

A)

B) Because there is no linguistic census in france, unlike Britain, it is difficulty to estimate

c) Unlike Britain, there is no linguistic census in France, and that fact makes for difficulty in estimating.

d) There is not a linguistic census in france, as there is for britain, a fact making for difficulty in the estimation of

e) There is no a linguistic census in france, as there is in Britain, a fact that makes it difficult to estimate.



Initially, I couldn't decide between B and E, but eventually picked B, which was wrong.
I was thinking about why B wasn't the answer, and came up with a couple of reasons.

Reason 1) census is a countable noun.
Reason 2) "Unlike Britain" is awkward.

Are those right?



@eybrj2 - Please read the forum rules before posting any question. Please make sure to underline sentence correction questions to avoid any confusion.
Explanation -
Re-read the entire sentence and try to make out the meaning. The sentence says that there is a linguistic senses in Britain but not in France. Hence this is creating a difficulty to estimate the number of speakers of Brento in France.
A - incorrectly signifies that there is a linguistic senses for britain rather than in britain. So out.
B - The last statement is incorrectly written "it is difficulty". Initially I selected the option B because I didn't looked at the last part of the sentence.
C and D out for the same reason that last part of sentence is not properly written.
E- correct all the errors and is the right answer.
Hope that helps.
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eybrj2 wrote:
Because there is not a linguistic census in france, as there is for Britain, there is difficulty in estimating the number of speakers of Brento, a Celtic language.

A)

B) Because there is no linguistic census in france, unlike Britain, it is difficulty to estimate

c) Unlike Britain, there is no linguistic census in France, and that fact makes for difficulty in estimating.

d) There is not a linguistic census in france, as there is for britain, a fact making for difficulty in the estimation of

e) There is no a linguistic census in france, as there is in Britain, a fact that makes it difficult to estimate.



Answer choices in this question are poorly typed.
Answer choice "E" cannot possibly be correct because of the "a" in "There is no [a] linguistic census in france..." but we can assume that the "a" was a typographical error. Not something I would do on the real GMAT though.
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Because there is not a linguistic census in France, as there is for Britain, there is difficulty in estimating the number of speakers of Brento, a Celtic language.

(A) Because there is not a linguistic census in France, as there is for Britain, there is difficulty in estimating (census in France should be compared with census in Britain not for Britain. Eliminate).

(B) Because there is no linguistic census in France, unlike Britain, it is difficulty to estimate (linguistic census in France is compared with Britain, illogical. Eliminate).

(C) Unlike Britain, there is no linguistic census in France, and that fact makes for difficulty in estimating (Again Britain is compared with linguistic census in France, illogical. Eliminate).

(D) There is not a linguistic census in France, as there is for Britain, a fact making for difficulty in the estimation of (Awkward construction, in France compared with for Britain, incorrect. Eliminate)

(E) There is no linguistic census in France, as there is in Britain, a fact that makes it difficult to estimate (Correct comparison, correct tense. Best choice.)
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eybrj2 wrote:
Because there is not a linguistic census in France, as there is for Britain, there is difficulty in estimating the number of speakers of Brento, a Celtic language.

(A) Because there is not a linguistic census in France, as there is for Britain, there is difficulty in estimating

(B) Because there is no linguistic census in France, unlike Britain, it is difficulty to estimate

(C) Unlike Britain, there is no linguistic census in France, and that fact makes for difficulty in estimating

(D) There is not a linguistic census in France, as there is for Britain, a fact making for difficulty in the estimation of

(E) There is no linguistic census in France, as there is in Britain, a fact that makes it difficult to estimate

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Initially, I couldn't decide between B and E, but eventually picked B, which was wrong.
I was thinking about why B wasn't the answer, and came up with a couple of reasons.

Reason 1) census is a countable noun.
Reason 2) "Unlike Britain" is awkward.

Are those right?


Official Explanation

Logical predication; Rhetorical construction; Parallelism

The sentence suggests that because France, unlike Britain, has no linguistic census, it is difficult to estimate how many people in France speak Breton.

A. This choice is incorrect because in France is not parallel with for Britain. Furthermore, this choice uses the wordy construction not a linguistic census as opposed to the clearer no linguistic census as in choice E.

B. This choice is incorrect because in France is not parallel with unlike Britain.

C. This choice is incorrect because in France is not parallel with unlike Britain.

D. This choice is incorrect because in France is not parallel with for Britain. Furthermore, this choice uses the wordy construction not a linguistic census as opposed to the clearer no linguistic census as in choice E. Furthermore, the construction making for difficulty in the estimation of unnecessarily turns the adjective difficult and the verb estimate into nouns.

E. Correct. This choice uses the parallel in France and in Britain and correctly uses the comparison structure there is no X as there is Y.

The correct answer is E.
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