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Cultural anthropologists are often unwilling to discuss the number of subcultures that exist in the United States, largely because of a debate over the appropriate definition of the term "subculture" and the difficulty of identifying groups of people that often wish to remain somewhat anonymous, and there are several pop culture critics that claim to have discovered at least fifty.

A. and the difficulty of identifying groups of people that often wish to remain somewhat anonymous, and there are several pop culture critics that claim
to have discovered

B. and the difficulty of identifying groups of people that often wish to remain somewhat anonymous, but there are several pop culture critics who claim to have discovered

C. and the difficulty of identifying groups of people that often wish to remain somewhat anonymous, although, there are several pop culture critics who claim to have discovered

D. or the difficulty of identifying groups of people that often wish to remain somewhat anonymous, but there are several pop culture critics who claim they have discovered

E. and the difficulty of identifying groups of people that often wish to remain somewhat anonymously, but there are several pop culture critics that claim that they have discovered

Originally posted by rajatr on 16 Apr 2013, 10:48.
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Cultural anthropologists are often unwilling to discuss the number of subcultures that exist in the United States, largely because of a debate over the appropriate definition of the term "subculture" and the difficulty of identifying groups of people that often wish to remain somewhat anonymous, and there are several pop culture critics that claim to have discovered at least fifty.

We can eliminate D because uses "or", here we need "and": largely because of a debate AND the difficulty .
After this difference all answers are the same, till we arrive at the comma. After the comma a contrapposition is made, we need to express this "gap" not with an "and" but with a "but".
Out A.
C uses although, which is also wrong because "although" expresses a situation "in which the condition given is positive but the outcome/result is negative"( check: http://gmat-grammar.blogspot.it/2006/06 ... hough.html)
We are down to B and E.

B. and the difficulty of identifying groups of people that often wish to remain somewhat anonymous, but there are several pop culture critics who claim
to have discovered
E. and the difficulty of identifying groups of people that often wish to remain somewhat anonymously, but there are several pop culture critics that
claim that they have discovered


The verbs in B are more clear: "that claim that they have" clearly losses to "claim to have"
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Cultural anthropologists are often unwilling to discuss the number of subcultures that exist in the United States, largely because of a debate over the appropriate definition of the term "subculture" and the difficulty of identifying groups of people that often wish to remain somewhat anonymous, and there are several pop culture critics that claim to have discovered at least fifty.

A. and the difficulty of identifying groups of people that often wish to remain somewhat anonymous, and there are several pop culture critics that claim
to have discovered

B. and the difficulty of identifying groups of people that often wish to remain somewhat anonymous, but there are several pop culture critics who claim
to have discovered

C. and the difficulty of identifying groups of people that often wish to remain somewhat anonymous, although, there are several pop culture critics who
claim to have discovered

D. or the difficulty of identifying groups of people that often wish to remain somewhat anonymous, but there are several pop culture critics who claim
they have discovered

E. and the difficulty of identifying groups of people that often wish to remain somewhat anonymously, but there are several pop culture critics that
claim that they have discovered



the core words you should pay attention to are:

"because of a debate over X and the difficulty of identifying Y"

--because of X and Y --we want to eliminate the OR in D.

Then pay attention to meaning. First we talk about the difficulty of identifying people - then we say some group of people actually discovered at least 50. So we need a contrasting term such as BUT or ALTHOUGH---that helps us eliminate A since A uses AND.

So now we got rid of D and A - left with B, C, and E.

"pop culture critics" are people --so we use "who" instead of "that"--that gets rid of E.

Now between B and C-- C has an awkward comma after ALTHOUGH - so the cleaner option is B.

Read the sentence again from the beginning and you'll see that B looks and sounds good.
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i picked B
i needed critics who claim so eliminate A and E
i needed "and" so eliminate D
C is wrong coz of although + comma
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can someone please explain how the comma with "although" is wrong??
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can someone please explain how the comma with "although" is wrong??

Although is within commas. It is like an added description for something. Not the required thing.
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Cultural anthropologists are often unwilling to discuss the number of subcultures that exist in the United States, largely because of a debate over the appropriate definition of the term "subculture" and the difficulty of identifying groups of people that often wish to remain somewhat anonymous, and there are several pop culture critics that claim to have discovered at least fifty.

A. and the difficulty of identifying groups of people that often wish to remain somewhat anonymous, and there are several pop culture critics that claim
to have discovered
Wrong. "and" is wrong because we need contrast meaning here: Cultural anthropologists are often unwilling to discuss the number ......., but there are several pop culture critics that claim...........

B. and the difficulty of identifying groups of people that often wish to remain somewhat anonymous, but there are several pop culture critics who claim
to have discovered
Correct. The use of "but" is correct.

C. and the difficulty of identifying groups of people that often wish to remain somewhat anonymous, although, there are several pop culture critics who
claim to have discovered

D. or the difficulty of identifying groups of people that often wish to remain somewhat anonymous, but there are several pop culture critics who claim
they have discovered

E. and the difficulty of identifying groups of people that often wish to remain somewhat anonymously, but there are several pop culture critics that
claim that they
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In C, if there was no comma after "Although", would it make the cut?
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hi,
In option E adverb 'anonymously' is used.
is the usage of adverb right here.???


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A is incorrect for using ‘and there are’. There is supposed to be contrast implied here. D is similarly incorrect for using or in the beginning, where the difficulty is in addition to the debate. C is incorrect for using ‘although’ because it is used for situations when the condition is positive but the impact is negative. We are now left with B and E. Out of these two, B is the better answer as its verbs are clearer.
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Is the use of although wrong here?...Since the sentence conveys the meaning that inspite of the fact that it is difficult to find those sub groups.....some critics claim to have found them..
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A. and the difficulty of identifying groups of people that often wish to remain somewhat anonymous, and there are several pop culture critics that claim
to have discovered

B. and the difficulty of identifying groups of people that often wish to remain somewhat anonymous, but there are several pop culture critics who claim to have discovered

C. and the difficulty of identifying groups of people that often wish to remain somewhat anonymous, although, there are several pop culture critics who claim to have discovered

D. or the difficulty of identifying groups of people that often wish to remain somewhat anonymous, but there are several pop culture critics who claim they have discovered

E. and the difficulty of identifying groups of people that often wish to remain somewhat anonymously, but there are several pop culture critics that claim that they have discovered

A - Sentence needs a contrast so A is wrong.
E - "that" is modifying "critics". It should be who.
C - Although disotorts the meaning
D - usage of "or" distorts the meaning. It should be "and"

Hence, B is the answer.
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My 2 cents.

Cultural anthropologists are often unwilling to discuss the number of subcultures that exist in the United States, largely because of a debate over the appropriate definition of the term "subculture" and the difficulty of identifying groups of people that often wish to remain somewhat anonymous, and there are several pop culture critics that claim to have discovered at least fifty.

A. and the difficulty of identifying groups of people that often wish to remain somewhat anonymous, and there are several pop culture critics that claim
to have discovered -- "and there are...." is a clause, which is not parallel to the preceding noun. Incorrect

B. and the difficulty of identifying groups of people that often wish to remain somewhat anonymous, but there are several pop culture critics who claim to have discovered -- "but there are....." correctly start new clause because there is comma before the clause , and it shows contrast. Correct

C. and the difficulty of identifying groups of people that often wish to remain somewhat anonymous, although, there are several pop culture critics who claim to have discovered -- although + comma >> Fragment - Incorrect

D. or the difficulty of identifying groups of people that often wish to remain somewhat anonymous, but there are several pop culture critics who claim they have discovered -- claim needs "that". Present perfect change the meaning - Incorrect

E. and the difficulty of identifying groups of people that often wish to remain somewhat anonymously, but there are several pop culture critics that claim that they have discovered. Remain need adjective. Anonymously is adverb -- Incorrect
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