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# Definition of pedestrian: Any person who, while on a sidewalk or simil

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Re: Definition of pedestrian: Any person who, while on a sidewalk or simil [#permalink]
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1)C, riding bicycles on roadways, since the definition says that we can include those things in the definition of pedestrian which are moved by human muscular power,so cycle comes into it,and that's something which doesn't fits in into the ideal definition/concept of pedestrian,and cycle is something which should be driven on the road and not on sidewalks since doing so on sidewalks may cause accidents

2)D, crossing roadways on foot should be included in the pedestrian definition cases,since a person , since if a person wants to go from one side to other,he/she will cross the road and move from one sidewalk to the opposite sidewalk,so this case of crossing roadways should be there in pedestrian definition

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Definition of pedestrian: Any person who, while on a sidewalk or similar paved walkway alongside a roadway, is walking, running, or otherwise moving in any manner on foot or who, while on a paved, public, travelable surface is riding on any type of conveyance (including a wheelchair or roller skates) moved by human muscular power.

A. walking on a private sidewalks
>>walking  included normal as per definition
B. carrying roller skates while walking on sidewalks
>>walking  included normal as per definition
>>moved on human muscular power  should be included—FIRST BLANK
D. crossing roadways on foot-SECOND BLANK
>>neither on a sidewalk nor on similar paved walkway alongside a roadway
E. swimming in pools near roadways
>>not mentioned; irrelevant
F. pushing carts on sidewalks
>>while on a sidewalk or similar paved walkway alongside a roadway-matches
>> riding on any type of conveyance (including a wheelchair or roller skates)
>>moved by human muscular power.
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Re: Definition of pedestrian: Any person who, while on a sidewalk or simil [#permalink]
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Walking on private sidewalks, carrying roller skates while walking on sidewalks, crossing roadways on foot, and pushing carts on sidewalks are all activities performed by people ordinarily considered pedestrians.

If you come from a country with exotic culture then you are done. What is ordinarily considered by pedestrians doesn't mean it's pedestrians by someone else
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Re: Definition of pedestrian: Any person who, while on a sidewalk or simil [#permalink]
The option mentions : 'riding bicycles on roadways'

The definition mentions pedestrian as : while on a sidewalk or similar paved walkway "alongside a roadway" (not on roadways).

By definition, 'riding bicycles on roadways' is not even included in the first way. The definition only talks about sidewalk or similar paved walkway (alongside a roadway), not directly on roadways.

Can someone help what I am missing here?
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Re: Definition of pedestrian: Any person who, while on a sidewalk or simil [#permalink]
This question is very anti-CR! The prompt clearly mentions "alongside a roadway", thus it can NOT include anything that goes on the roadway! I don't know how once can justify "alongside a roadway" being equal to "on the roadway" and still claim that it fits the CR bill. Mighty vague OA if you ask me.
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Re: Definition of pedestrian: Any person who, while on a sidewalk or simil [#permalink]
Auror_07 wrote:
This question is very anti-CR! The prompt clearly mentions "alongside a roadway", thus it can NOT include anything that goes on the roadway! I don't know how once can justify "alongside a roadway" being equal to "on the roadway" and still claim that it fits the CR bill. Mighty vague OA if you ask me.

Auror_07, The OA is valid. It's a very tricky and unusual question, with only 30% correct!

The key is the word OR in the passage.

There are TWO definitions given:

1) Any person who, while on a sidewalk or similar paved walkway alongside a roadway, is walking, running, or otherwise moving in any manner on foot OR

2) who, while on a paved, public, travelable surface is riding on any type of conveyance (including a wheelchair or roller skates) moved by human muscular power.

Answer choice C, for blank 1, is referring to definition #2, "on a paved, public, travelable surface".

Does that help? Please let me know if you have further questions, thanks!
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Re: Definition of pedestrian: Any person who, while on a sidewalk or simil [#permalink]
Edit: sorry, I accidentally posted my explanation twice here.

Originally posted by GMATCoachBen on 22 Dec 2023, 12:25.
Last edited by GMATCoachBen on 22 Dec 2023, 20:56, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Definition of pedestrian: Any person who, while on a sidewalk or simil [#permalink]

Okay, let’s say “paved, public, travelable surface” means roadways is included. In that case, how is “crossing roadways on foot” excluded?

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Okay, I guess I see it now! :-p

Wow, that’s some level of trickery though!!

Thanks

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Definition of pedestrian: Any person who, while on a sidewalk or simil [#permalink]
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Definition of pedestrian: Any person who, while on a sidewalk or similar paved walkway alongside a roadway, is walking, running, or otherwise moving in any manner on foot or who, while on a paved, public, travelable surface is riding on any type of conveyance (including a wheelchair or roller skates) moved by human muscular power.

This definition of pedestrian fails to capture the standard concept of a pedestrian in that it allows for the inclusion of some things that are not ordinarily thought of as pedestrians, for example, people who are_______1______, and excludes some things that are ordinarily thought of as pedestrians, for example, people who are _______2_______.

If you comprehend the text well to understand what EXACTLY you're looking for in the options, you'll have a far higher chance of getting this question right than otherwise.

In the first blank, we're looking for people who are NOT ordinarily thought of as pedestrians. If you understand this well, you will never select options 1, 2, 4, and 6 since these people are ordinarily considered pedestrians. Thus, you'll be down to options 3 and 5.

Between 3 and 5, I can see that the following part of the definition allows 3 (riding bicycles on roadways).

"who, while on a paved, public, travelable surface is riding on any type of conveyance (including a wheelchair or roller skates) moved by human muscular power."

However, no part of the definition allows a person swimming in a pool to be called a pedestrian.

Thus, I can rule out 5. 3 is correct for the first blank of this question.

For the second blank, we're looking for people who are ordinarily thought of as pedestrians. Thus, I'll not consider 3 and 5 for this blank. Among 1, 2, 4, and 6, I can see that 1, 2, and 6 are allowed by the first part of the definition.

The first part of the definition: Any person who, while on a sidewalk or similar paved walkway alongside a roadway, is walking, running, or otherwise moving in any manner on foot

I can see that 4 is not allowed by this definition since 4 is talking about a person crossing roadways; for the definition to apply, the person has to be on a sidewalk or similar paved walkway alongside a roadway. The person cannot be on the road!­
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Re: Definition of pedestrian: Any person who, while on a sidewalk or simil [#permalink]
I don't think this question is a well-written question. I was able to get to the right answers through elimination, but it's largely dependent on how an individual defines a pedestrian. For example, for blank one, I'd say that I consider someone riding a bicycle on a roadway a pedestrian, even if the passage seems to suggest otherwise. I was able to eliminate the other options and arrive that the bicycle is the only realistic option, but that seems like an illogical way of getting to an answer (even if it works).
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Re: Definition of pedestrian: Any person who, while on a sidewalk or simil [#permalink]
this question is from the OG?
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Re: Definition of pedestrian: Any person who, while on a sidewalk or simil [#permalink]
this question is from the OG?

­This is from GMAT Prep Focus exams 1-2

Thank you!
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Definition of pedestrian: Any person who, while on a sidewalk or simil [#permalink]
It's a super tricky question...assumption on common sense of "ordinarily thought of as pedestrians".
Let's break down into conditions

Definition of pedestrian:
(a) sidewalk or similar paved walkway alongside a roadway + (b) walking, running...on foot
OR (c) paved, public, travelable surface + (d) riding on any type of conveyance (including a wheelchair or roller skates) moved by human muscular power.

Matching conditions (a & b) or (c & d).

1. walking (b) on a private sidewalks (a) --> match definition, ordinarily thought of as pedestrians
2. carrying roller skates while walking (b) on sidewalks (a) --> match definitions, ordinarily thought of as pedestrians
3. riding bicycles (d) on roadways (c) --> match definition, NOT ordinarily thought of as pedestrians --> answer key (1)
4. crossing roadways (not a) (c) on foot (b) (not d) --> NOT match definition, ordinarily thought of as pedestrians ("roadway~travelable surface" pairs with "riding", not with "on foot" and "on foot" pairs with "along the roadways/ sidewalk", not with "on the roadways") --> answer key (2)
5. swimming in pools near roadways (c, not d) --> NOT match definitions, NOT ordinarily thought of as pedestrians
6. pushing carts on sidewalks (a, b) --> match definitions, ordinarily thought of as pedestrians­
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