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# Clue: The idiom is "Except for" Mauritius was a

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Clue: The idiom is "Except for"

Mauritius was a British colony for almost 200 years, excepting for the
domains of administration and teaching, the English language was never
really spoken on the island.

A. excepting for
B. except in
C. but except in
D. but excepting for
E. with the exception of
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06 Jul 2010, 18:34
I will go with C.

"Excepting for is not correct usage "

Also. The structure of sentence requires BUT after the comma

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13 Jul 2010, 11:22
IMO C..

is the OA really B as in my opinion we need a "but" after the comma. Also in this case except for does not fit well..
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25 Jul 2010, 13:05
I also think, BUT is needed here and I'll also go with C..

In option B, "but" is needed to draw contradiction and avoid "comma splice" problem.. and "excepting for" is unidiomatic.

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01 Aug 2010, 09:31
According to my source, OA is B.
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02 Aug 2010, 21:07
I remember coming across this problem and even i thought it was C. You're right, the correct answer is B.
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22 Aug 2010, 18:39
Just got this question on my practice test.. picked the OA I remembered from here and was pissed it would skew my score. However.. looking at the GMATPrep OA right now .. the answer is actually C.

Just thought I'd clarify if anyone else saw this post.
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06 Sep 2010, 11:45
jcurry wrote:
Just got this question on my practice test.. picked the OA I remembered from here and was pissed it would skew my score. However.. looking at the GMATPrep OA right now .. the answer is actually C.

Just thought I'd clarify if anyone else saw this post.

could you attach a screenshoot?
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06 Sep 2010, 12:26
Hey All,

The OA is definitely C. I don't know who said differently. The idiom "except in" is just as legit as "except for." Notice that B is a run on sentence. If we start with "except," we're opening a new independent clause.

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Re: Mauritius   [#permalink] 06 Sep 2010, 12:26
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