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In December of 1987 an automobile manufacturer pleaded no contest to criminal charges of
odometer tampering and agreed to pay more than $16 million in civil damages for cars that were test-driven with their odometers disconnected.
(A) cars that were test-driven with their odometers disconnected
(B) cars that it had test-driven with their disconnected odometers
(C) its cars having been test-driven with disconnected odometers
(D) having test-driven cars with their odometers disconnected
(E) having cars that were test-driven with disconnected odometers

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In December of 1987 an automobile manufacturer pleaded no contest to criminal charges of
odometer tampering and agreed to pay more than $16 million in civil damages for cars that were test-driven with their odometers disconnected.
(A) cars that were test-driven with their odometers disconnected
(B) cars that it had test-driven with their disconnected odometers
(C) its cars having been test-driven with disconnected odometers
(D) having test-driven cars with their odometers disconnected
(E) having cars that were test-driven with disconnected odometers


A bit tough, but went with E

I feel that E has the most precise meaning. A and B suggests that the automobile manufacturer will pay for all cars and this isn't the intended meaning here. D sounds like the manufacturer tested drive the car. For C, I didn't pick it because "its" has no clear reference & passive.

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Prefer D over E for conciseness.

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Ravshonbek wrote:
In December of 1987 an automobile manufacturer pleaded no contest to criminal charges of
odometer tampering and agreed to pay more than $16 million in civil damages for cars that were test-driven with their odometers disconnected.
(A) cars that were test-driven with their odometers disconnected
(B) cars that it had test-driven with their disconnected odometers
(C) its cars having been test-driven with disconnected odometers
(D) having test-driven cars with their odometers disconnected
(E) having cars that were test-driven with disconnected odometers



E for clarity.

A and B convey the wrong meaning
C "its cars having been..." is wrong
D sounds like the manufacturers did the crime themselves

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Very slight difference between A and E which I did not catch at first.
Choice E is correct because it states that the manufacturer will pay for THEIR cars, not all the other cars which were test driven with broken adometers.

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I would go for A.

B is out for pronoun error: the manufacturer should be referred to as 'his' or 'her' if the manufacturer is actually a person. if the manufacturer is a company, then 'it' is fine, but then 'it' cannot actually do the test-driving, as the sentence suggests

C is out for using "have been" - which makes it passive, wordy and inconcise.

D: presuming that the manufacturer is a company rather than a person, the manufacturer cannot actually do the test-driving. Therefore out.

E: Starting of with "having" accentuates that the main reason for the fine is for "having" the car, but its not, since the main reason for the fine is for test-driving it without a connected odometer.

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Ravshonbek wrote:
In December of 1987 an automobile manufacturer pleaded no contest to criminal charges of odometer tampering and agreed to pay more than $16 million in civil damages for cars that were test-driven with their odometers disconnected.

(A) cars that were test-driven with their odometers disconnected
(B) cars that it had test-driven with their disconnected odometers
(C) its cars having been test-driven with disconnected odometers
(D) having test-driven cars with their odometers disconnected
(E) having cars that were test-driven with disconnected odometers


D is better over A. D says "test driven cars had their odometers disconnected" where as A says "cars with disconnected odometers were test driven".

So A changes the meaning but D keeps the meaning as it is.

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Ravshonbek wrote:
In December of 1987 an automobile manufacturer pleaded no contest to criminal charges of
odometer tampering and agreed to pay more than $16 million in civil damages for cars that were test-driven with their odometers disconnected.
(A) cars that were test-driven with their odometers disconnected
(B) cars that it had test-driven with their disconnected odometers
(C) its cars having been test-driven with disconnected odometers
(D) having test-driven cars with their odometers disconnected
(E) having cars that were test-driven with disconnected odometers



A B D has "their" with no clear precedent . C looks passive.

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between d and e i will go with D. Both are good contenders.

What is the Oa?

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Ravshonbek wrote:
In December of 1987 an automobile manufacturer pleaded no contest to criminal charges of
odometer tampering and agreed to pay more than $16 million in civil damages for cars that were test-driven with their odometers disconnected.
(A) cars that were test-driven with their odometers disconnected
(B) cars that it had test-driven with their disconnected odometers
(C) its cars having been test-driven with disconnected odometers
(D) having test-driven cars with their odometers disconnected
(E) having cars that were test-driven with disconnected odometers



Vote for E.

agreed to pay damages for... cars? no. we need to modify this correctly.

So A and B are out.

C: awkward and passive.
D: their has no clear referent.

E: most concise and clear.

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I would go with E, doesn't D change the meaning of the sentence also?

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E as well

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E

same explanation as GMATBLACKBELT

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Folks,

I picked E and was surprised to see the OA as D.
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New post 22 Apr 2008, 22:54
Repeat post ? I remember answering D for this one not too long ago.
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In December of 1987 an automobile manufacturer pleaded no contest to criminal charges of odometer tampering and agreed to pay more than $16 million in civil damages for cars that were test-driven with their odometers disconnected.
(A) cars that were test-driven with their odometers disconnected
(B) cars that it had test-driven with their disconnected odometers
(C) its cars having been test-driven with disconnected odometers
(D) having test-driven cars with their odometers disconnected
(E) having cars that were test-driven with disconnected odometers

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I cannot decide between A and D.
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