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06 Oct 2007, 14:32
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 If you have any questions you can ask an expert New! VP Joined: 10 Jun 2007 Posts: 1443 Followers: 7 Kudos [?]: 285 [0], given: 0 Re: cars [#permalink] ### Show Tags 06 Oct 2007, 14:40 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 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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06 Oct 2007, 14:43
Prefer D over E for conciseness.
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06 Oct 2007, 14:48
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 Last edited by beckee529 on 06 Oct 2007, 14:49, edited 1 time in total. Manager Joined: 07 Mar 2007 Posts: 199 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 47 [0], given: 0 ### Show Tags 06 Oct 2007, 14:49 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. Intern Joined: 27 Jul 2007 Posts: 37 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 7 [0], given: 0 ### Show Tags 06 Oct 2007, 18:08 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. Director Joined: 03 May 2007 Posts: 875 Schools: University of Chicago, Wharton School Followers: 6 Kudos [?]: 209 [0], given: 7 Re: cars [#permalink] ### Show Tags 06 Oct 2007, 20:08 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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06 Oct 2007, 20:48
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. Manager Joined: 10 Sep 2007 Posts: 157 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 6 [0], given: 0 ### Show Tags 06 Oct 2007, 22:34 between d and e i will go with D. Both are good contenders. What is the Oa? CEO Joined: 29 Mar 2007 Posts: 2562 Followers: 21 Kudos [?]: 453 [0], given: 0 Re: cars [#permalink] ### Show Tags 06 Oct 2007, 23:13 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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07 Oct 2007, 04:44
I would go with E, doesn't D change the meaning of the sentence also?
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04 Mar 2008, 16:17
E as well
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05 Mar 2008, 09:52
E

same explanation as GMATBLACKBELT
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22 Apr 2008, 07:36
Folks,

I picked E and was surprised to see the OA as D.
What do you guys think?
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22 Apr 2008, 22:54
Repeat post ? I remember answering D for this one not too long ago.
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
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17 Oct 2010, 04:35
I cannot decide between A and D.
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