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# Concise or is it really different?

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17 Nov 2007, 03:45
Hungarian-born professor John Lukacs has written about working as a journalist in Budapest after World War II when employment was scarce, yet still and all, he felt optimistic.

a) employment was scarce, yet still and all, he felt optimistic
b) employment was scarce, yet he felt optimistic
c) there was a scarcity of employment, yet he felt optimistic
d) employment was scarce, yet he nonetheless felt optimistic
e) employment was scarce, yet he felt optimistically

I chose b, but the answer OA is c. I chose b because it looked more concise, yet it is still wrong. What makes c logically different from b? cause to me, both are telling me the same thing. i'd appreciate your help guys!
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17 Nov 2007, 06:38
I believe, thats because only in B the use of "there"clearly indicates that employment was scarce in Budapest. Rest of the options fail to inform that where the employment was scarce.

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18 Nov 2007, 02:54
ok, so without using the word "there", then the issue about "scarcity of employment" could be a general issue applicable to any nation pretty much.

So for example, I could eliminate using the word "there" when I talk about the issue of global warming because it's not an issue of one particular country, but it's a rather general issue applicable to every country. is that correct?
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18 Nov 2007, 04:34
yep, thats my opinion. Clarity is an important parameter.

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18 Nov 2007, 07:32
thanks!
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18 Nov 2007, 18:25
tarek99 wrote:
Hungarian-born professor John Lukacs has written about working as a journalist in Budapest after World War II when employment was scarce, yet still and all, he felt optimistic.

a) employment was scarce, yet still and all, he felt optimistic
b) employment was scarce, yet he felt optimistic
c) there was a scarcity of employment, yet he felt optimistic
d) employment was scarce, yet he nonetheless felt optimistic
e) employment was scarce, yet he felt optimistically

I chose b, but the answer OA is c. I chose b because it looked more concise, yet it is still wrong. What makes c logically different from b? cause to me, both are telling me the same thing. i'd appreciate your help guys!
take care

'C' is for parrellism. The tone used is indirect speech..
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19 Nov 2007, 04:15
Beyond700, what is indirect speech??
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19 Nov 2007, 04:30
tarek99 wrote:
Beyond700, what is indirect speech??

Indirect speech (also called Reported speech) is used to communicate what someone else said, but without using the exact words.

Eg: He said he was going to come. (The person's exact words were "I am going to come")
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19 Nov 2007, 08:47
I thought B , still not convinced with C.
19 Nov 2007, 08:47
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