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242. Despite the recent election of a woman to the office of prime minister, the status of women in Pakistan is little changed from how it was in the last century.
(A) is little changed from how it was
(B) is a little change from how it was
(C) has changed little
(D) has changed little from how it has been
(E) is little changed from the way it was
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04 Mar 2010, 05:15
I'll re-post the question because its not underlined and may be confusing:

Despite the recent election of a woman to the office of prime minister, the status of women in Pakistan is little changed from how it was in the last century.

(A) is little changed from how it was
(B) is a little change from how it was
(C) has changed little
(D) has changed little from how it has been
(E) is little changed from the way it was

Several sources indicate that (C) should be the correct answer. Yet I want to discuss the meaning of the sentence: Shouldn't we compare the status of women at present to their status in last century? And if it's true, how can (C) be correct?

(C) only says that status has changed in last century, yet logical structure of the sentence is different

Ponder this: In first part of the sentence we deal with some recent development in Pakistan. In second part of the sentence we should somehow establish a connection between recent events and women's status in last century. Something like this -

Although woman has been elected recently, in general, the status of women is quite the same as it was in last century.

The problem is, there are no 100% winners among answer choices here - every answer has its own flaw, but (C) IMHO shouldn't be considered correct.

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04 Mar 2010, 11:52
what is the source of this question?

Even though I picked up C among the choices , I had the same questions playing on my mind as shalva mentioned in his post. If some one could clarify???

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Hey All,

A bit of confusion here, so I thought I'd weigh in. I'm not sure I entirely agree with the notion that the correct incarnation of this sentence is logically flawed, though it is always worth remembering that sentence correction questions don't have to feature a "perfect" example. First, let's talk through the grammar here in detail, then take on the meaning:

Despite the recent election of a woman to the office of prime minister, the status of women in Pakistan is little changed from how it was in the last century.
(A) is little changed from how it was
PROBLEM: The verb "was" makes it sound that the status of women is little changed from how it was changed in the last century. This is not the meaning we want.

(B) is a little change from how it was little change is incorrect
PROBLEM: The status of women is not "a little change".

(C) has changed little

(D) has changed little from how it has been
PROBLEM: Same problem as A. This makes it sound as if the status has changed little from how it has been changed in the last century.

(E) is little changed from the way it was
PROBLEM: Same as A and D. This makes it sound as if the status is little changed from the way it was changed in the last century.

I think that because three answer choices go the incorrect route, that comes to seem like the status quo. Actually, C is the clearest and most logical answer choice. The context given by the first phrase establishes that a woman has made a major political stride, this is then limited by the clause "the status of women has changed little in the last century", which to my mind is entirely clear.

Hope that helps!
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04 Mar 2010, 13:21
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Thanks for excellent explanation!

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04 Mar 2010, 14:45
using the verb "is" incorrect. 2/3...IMO C

(A) is little changed from how it was
(B) is a little change from how it was
(C) has changed little - "has" is the right verb(D) has changed little from how it has been
(E) is little changed from the way it was

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Hey amma4u,

Yes and no. There are plenty of ways "is" could've been used correctly in this sentence (for example "The state of women is not at all different from the state of women 500 years ago"), and even if you replaced all the "is" with "has", the correct answer would still be the correct answer.

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15 Apr 2010, 23:17
IMO C.
In C, it shows that the status has changed little. Has is correct here as the status have some ratings in the past but it is still the same.

Clues:
1. changed little is better than is little changed. Placing of the modifier adjective - little, is important here.
2. We are dealing with the status change not the way of change. So, the main culprit is HOW. If A is to be the correct choice then it should be:
is little changed from WHAT it was

I hope this helps.
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02 Sep 2010, 07:18
242. Despite the recent election of a woman to the office of prime minister, the status of women in Pakistan is little changed from how it was in the last century.
(A) is little changed from how it was
(B) is a little change from how it was
(C) has changed little
(D) has changed little from how it has been
(E) is little changed from the way it was

according to me..
has makes the sentence more lucid ( atleast here )
so we can narrow down to 2 answers
and then obv c is the best choice

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02 Sep 2010, 09:22
great explanation Tommy. I wish I can get your brain for verbal questions.

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02 Sep 2010, 09:28
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242. Despite the recent election of a woman to the office of prime minister, the status of women in Pakistan is little changed from how it was in the last century.
(A) is little changed from how it was
(B) is a little change from how it was
(C) has changed little
(D) has changed little from how it has been
(E) is little changed from the way it was

A, wrong, because change is a intransitive verb, so passive voice is wrong

b, change in meaning when change in this case is a noun

c, okie, enough to convey the idea

d, how it has been is not right tense because the pharase in the past

e, intransitive verb error, as A

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06 Jan 2013, 01:11
I still don't see how the comparison with the last century is made by choosing C...

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I still feel that in C, one jarring note Looks ominous. C simply says that
Despite the recent election of a woman to the office of prime minister, the status of women in Pakistan has little changed in the last century.

I don't think that the choice exhibits even a grain of comparison with the recent times from the last century. Isn't this altered intent or digression from original focus? Logically how could one recent election of a woman to the P.M post have changed the status of the women in the last century?

I am with Roopika in this. May be I am totally wrong
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