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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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Originally posted by priyankur_saha@ml.com on 11 Feb 2009, 07:17.
Last edited by Bunuel on 07 Dec 2018, 03:12, edited 1 time in total.
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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
ANSWER:

(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.

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On the second thought, D has an error- has been in last century. It would have been correct if iyt used "had been" in the last century.
Hence C is the best choice.
(On exam day, I wnt have the time for second thought :( )
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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
Kindly explain.

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

C is the best answer... but in D, the word "how" explains the status... but when you are talking about status, don't you want the word "What" (Like "What is the status of women?) I found that to be a little awkward.. Hence thought C was clearer, concise
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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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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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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


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This SC is how to eliminate redundancy - "how it was" is redundant + ambiguous "it"

C it is.
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C, mainly because it is concise and to the point.

D, because the status has already changed. It uses the present tense, has been. That says the status "has been something" in the past and "IS STILL THE SAME". Thus, "has been" cancels out "changed".

If "has been" is replaced by "had been", then D is correct.
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priyankur_saha@ml.com wrote:
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

Kindly explain.


There is a subtle difference between "changed little" and "little changed". Both are correct but for this sentence, the former would be preferred.

Changed little: Means almost didn't change; seen as a negative aspect
Little changed: Really changed a little; seen as a positive aspect.

And we know the sentence want to say "changed little" because of the use of contrasting word "despite".

"Despite something positive, it is negative."

A, B, E- out.

D- status has been: is incorrect usage for the comparison of two things that are supposedly far apart in timeline. Also, "has changed" signifies that the change is still in effect and kind of ongoing.So the comparison should be avoided.

C: concise and conveys the intended meaning.

Ans: "C"
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C for me..

just wanted to you all to clarify something regarding the usage of despite and inspite of...

I read somewhere (cant find the source) which said that there is a subtle difference between the usage of the two words..

Despite should follow something negative and then the contrasting positive..For ex. Despite the odds, India still managed to win the cup.

Inspite of should follow something positive and then the contrasting negative..For ex. Inspite of having the best line up, S.A. did not win the cup.

It did sound a bit vague and new to me..Please clarify..

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