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Today, despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is more difficult than it was at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit.
1. Today, despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is more difficult than it was at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit.
2. Despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers today, counterfeiting is more difficult than it was at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit.
3. Despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is more difficult than at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit.
4. Today, despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is more difficult than when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit at the time of the Civil War.
5. Today, because of widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is more difficult than it was at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit.

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Today, despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is more difficult than it was at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit.

A. Today, despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is more difficult than it was at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit.

B. Despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers today, counterfeiting is more difficult than it was at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit.

C. Despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is more difficult than at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit.

D. Today, despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is more difficult than when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit at the time of the Civil War.

E. Today, because of widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is more difficult than it was at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit.
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25 Feb 2015, 11:36
Between A and B I chose A, because of placement of 'today'.
C lacks 'today'
D changes the meaning.
E - we can't use 'because' here. Meaning changes a lot. It now means 'because' of scanners counterfeiting became more difficult. It is a wrong meaning.
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yes 'today' in A is much better than in B.
rest of the options are not even close enough
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Today must be near technology to refer to it, but in B it refers to scanners and printers.
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+1 for A.Best placement of today and no ambiguity.

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Today, despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is more difficult than it was at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit.

A. Today, despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is more difficult than it was at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit.

B. Despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers today, counterfeiting is more difficult than it was at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit.

C. Despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is more difficult than at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit. TODAY?

D. Today, despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is more difficult than when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit at the time of the Civil War.

E. Today, because of widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is more difficult than it was at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit.

ans A..
despite is required to show contrast so E is out..placement of today changes the meaning.. only A is left

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The intent of the sentence is to compare counterfeiting today to counterfeiting in the
past, using difficulty as the measure. In the original sentence, the comparison is
correctly drawn between “today…counterfeiting is” and “it [counterfeiting] was at the
time of the Civil War.” Additionally, the use of “despite” accurately conveys the main
point that although some new technologies are available, counterfeiting is
nevertheless more difficult than it once was.
(A) CORRECT. The original sentence is correct as written.
(B) The intent of the sentence is to compare counterfeiting today to counterfeiting in
the past. In this sentence, the placement of “today” after “high resolution
“today”: the equipment, or perhaps the wide availability of the equipment,
rather than the counterfeiting itself.
(C) This sentence is missing “today,” which clearly indicated in the original sentence
when the counterfeiting with scanners and printers occurs. The first instance of the
pronoun "it" has also been dropped, creating an illogical comparison between an act,
“counterfeiting,” and a time, “at the time of the Civil War.” A correct comparison could
have been between “today” and “the time of the Civil War”: “…counterfeiting is more
difficult today than at the time of the Civil War…”
(D) An illogical comparison is made between an act, “counterfeiting,” and a time,
“when it was estimated.”
(E) The point of the original sentence is that counterfeiting is more difficult today
“despite,” not “because of,” the technology that is available.
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Today, despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is more difficult than it was at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit.

A. Today, despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is more difficult than it was at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit.
Correct.
B. Despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers today, counterfeiting is more difficult than it was at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit.
Incorrect. The comparison becomes awkward. "counterfeiting is more difficult than it was in the past" begs for a "when?". Today should be referring to counterfeiting to make the comparison clear.
C. Despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is more difficult than at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit.
Incorrect. Same problem as B.
D. Today, despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is more difficult than when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit at the time of the Civil War.
Incorrect. No need of two conjunctions (than/when).
E. Today, because of widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is more difficult than it was at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit.
Incorrect. It changes the meaning (e.g. even though versus because).

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72 seconds for A. Agree with the reasons shared. Any help to improve the timings ?

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72 seconds for A. Agree with the reasons shared. Any help to improve the timings ?

I don't think 72 seconds is bad It is even nice.
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I don't think 72 seconds is bad It is even nice.

Totally agree. In fact, in a long sentence like this, and when the entire sentence is underlined, 72 seconds is actually very decent.

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I don't think 72 seconds is bad It is even nice.

Totally agree. In fact, in a long sentence like this, and when the entire sentence is underlined, 72 seconds is actually very decent.

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+1 for A for obvious clarity in meaning and proper placement of "today". However i have a different question . Can anyone suggest how to get to the correct answer quicker? It took me 2.16 mins to do this one.

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Can some expert throw light on - 1) Why 'it' is not refering to "civil war"? and 2) Why is A better than B? Thanks!

1. Today, despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is more difficult than it was at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit.
2. Despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers today, counterfeiting is more difficult than it was at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit.

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LucyDang Best way to solve these long underlined sentences is to segregate similar options and find the differences within them. for ex, in this question options 1,4&5 looks similar and 2&3 looks similar. Now find the differences among them.

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1. Today, despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is more difficult than it was at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit.Correct

2. Despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers today, counterfeiting is more difficult than it was at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit. placement of "today" is wrong, counterfeiting is compared to the time of the event. It should compare counterfeiting today to counterfeiting at the time of civil war.

3. Despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is more difficult than at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit. "today" is missing and is necessary to show the timeline. counterfeiting is compared to the time of the event.

4. Today, despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is more difficult than when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit at the time of the Civil War.wrong comparison of counterfeiting again, x is more difficult than y is the correct form.

5. Today, because of widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is more difficult than it was at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit.the words "because of" changes the meaning of the sentence.

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Sentence A: Today counterfeiting is more difficult than it was at the time of the Civil War
Sentence B: Today counterfeiting is more difficult than at the time of the Civil War

Whether Sentence B is correct when compared with Sentence A? Both conveys the same meaning? I m confused here.

In my understanding both looks same. Kindly help if i m missing anything. Thanks.

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In long sentences such as these, one can try to remove the fluff like the modifiers and see, whether the original intent is carried in the choices. In this case, let is remove the modifiers and compare.

Today, despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is more difficult than it was at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit.

A. Today, despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is more difficult than it was at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit.

B.Despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers today, counterfeiting is more difficult than it was at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit.

C. Despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is more difficult than at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit.

D. Today, despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is more difficult than when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit at the time of the Civil War.

E. Today, because of widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is more difficult than it was at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit.

Let’s first get rid of E for being antithetical.

When we remove the modifiers, we can see the relevance of the word ‘today’. B and C miss the important comparative arm today and hence do not carry the original intent. We should eliminate them. Between A and D, D has a modification problem in that ‘at the time of the civil war’, is relegated to the end of the sentence, altering the original intent.

Therefore, A is correct

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Sentence A: Today counterfeiting is more difficult than it was at the time of the Civil War
Sentence B: Today counterfeiting is more difficult than at the time of the Civil War

Whether Sentence B is correct when compared with Sentence A? Both conveys the same meaning? I m confused here.

In my understanding both looks same. Kindly help if i m missing anything. Thanks.

Hi,
A is correct ..
But B illogically compares counterfeiting with a time frame, at the time of civil war"
so B may not be correct..

I'll try to give you a situation where the latter part may be correct..
Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year than last year..

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