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# Today, despite widely available technology such as high-resolution sca

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01 Feb 2017, 05:39
T700ISB wrote:

The correct comparison should be drawn between the following elements:

1. Counterfitting is difficult today.
2. It was difficult at the time of the Civil War.

Thus the correct structure is:
Counterfitting is MORE difficult today THAN it was (difficult) at the time of the Civil War.

In option C, the critical parts, "today" and "it was", are missing.
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01 Feb 2017, 22:46
sayantanc2k wrote:
T700ISB wrote:

The correct comparison should be drawn between the following elements:

1. Counterfitting is difficult today.
2. It was difficult at the time of the Civil War.

Thus the correct structure is:
Counterfitting is MORE difficult today THAN it was (difficult) at the time of the Civil War.

In option C, the critical parts, "today" and "it was", are missing.

Please help to understand why B is wrong? I eliminated C, D and E without much efforts, however was stuck between B and A.
Eliminated A because today followed by two clauses and then which construction sounds awkward.
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02 Feb 2017, 02:36
Sachinrpat wrote:
sayantanc2k wrote:
T700ISB wrote:

The correct comparison should be drawn between the following elements:

1. Counterfitting is difficult today.
2. It was difficult at the time of the Civil War.

Thus the correct structure is:
Counterfitting is MORE difficult today THAN it was (difficult) at the time of the Civil War.

In option C, the critical parts, "today" and "it was", are missing.

Please help to understand why B is wrong? I eliminated C, D and E without much efforts, however was stuck between B and A.
Eliminated A because today followed by two clauses and then which construction sounds awkward.

In order to maintain parallelism, "today" should be a modifier for "is" (not for "available") : "Counterfeting is difficult today" is parallel with "it was at the time of the Civil War". However in option B "today" refers to "available", and hence the parallelism is broken.
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04 Feb 2017, 07:41
sayantanc2k wrote:
T700ISB wrote:

The correct comparison should be drawn between the following elements:

1. Counterfitting is difficult today.
2. It was difficult at the time of the Civil War.

Thus the correct structure is:
Counterfitting is MORE difficult today THAN it was (difficult) at the time of the Civil War.

In option C, the critical parts, "today" and "it was", are missing.

I am not able to get the meaning of the original sentence that uses DESPITE . Please advise.
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04 Feb 2017, 10:15
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Whether the OA is tenable is doubtful IMO. As per logical reckoning, the introductory word, 'today' kept at the head of the clause is gravely misplaced and leads to an illogical comparison. What are being compared here are 1. counterfeiting today (due to blah, blah) and 2. counterfeiting at the time of civil war. It is logical to expect that modifiers and modified nouns should go hand in hand rather than be far apart. Per se, moving 'today' close to counterfeiting will be the correct choice. Why the topic is missing such a choice is an overwhelming doubt. It is also tempting to reckon that "today" modifies the availability of hi-tech gadgets, but in that case, there
should have been no comma after "today". Maybe, a reply from MGMAT would be of immense help.
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05 Feb 2017, 04:19
pallavi01 wrote:
sayantanc2k wrote:
T700ISB wrote:

The correct comparison should be drawn between the following elements:

1. Counterfitting is difficult today.
2. It was difficult at the time of the Civil War.

Thus the correct structure is:
Counterfitting is MORE difficult today THAN it was (difficult) at the time of the Civil War.

In option C, the critical parts, "today" and "it was", are missing.

I am not able to get the meaning of the original sentence that uses DESPITE . Please advise.

The meaning is as follows:
Technology (that helps in counterfeiting) is widely available today - yet counterfeiting is more difficult today than it was at the time of civil war (when such technology that helps counterfeiting was not available).
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05 Feb 2017, 06:47
sayantanc2k wrote:
T700ISB wrote:

The correct comparison should be drawn between the following elements:

1. Counterfitting is difficult today.
2. It was difficult at the time of the Civil War.

Thus the correct structure is:
Counterfitting is MORE difficult today THAN it was (difficult) at the time of the Civil War.

In option C, the critical parts, "today" and "it was", are missing.

What if i wanted to compare today with at time of civil war?
As in D. But I think D has changed the meaning....

Today, 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 .

Is this sentence Correct?
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06 Feb 2017, 05:41
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nahid78 wrote:
sayantanc2k wrote:
T700ISB wrote:

The correct comparison should be drawn between the following elements:

1. Counterfitting is difficult today.
2. It was difficult at the time of the Civil War.

Thus the correct structure is:
Counterfitting is MORE difficult today THAN it was (difficult) at the time of the Civil War.

In option C, the critical parts, "today" and "it was", are missing.

What if i wanted to compare today with at time of civil war?
As in D. But I think D has changed the meaning....

Today, 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 .

Is this sentence Correct?

In the sentence you mentioned, the parallel structure is as follows:
Today, despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is MORE difficult THAN (it was difficult) at the time of the Civil War ,when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit.

In the second element (blue font) of the parallel structure, "it was" is a mandatory requirement. (It is alright to omit parts from the second element, if these parts are already there in the first element.) However the part "it was" is not there in the first element (pink ft) of the structure, and hence the sentence would be wrong even if the word "today" is included.
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06 Feb 2017, 15:00
Hi all,
I was able to narrow down the options to A and E. The only difference between them are the words "despite" and "because". Could someone explain why E is wrong?
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07 Feb 2017, 01:35
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louisbharnabas wrote:
Hi all,
I was able to narrow down the options to A and E. The only difference between them are the words "despite" and "because". Could someone explain why E is wrong?

"Widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and Printers" helps in counterfeiting. Hence it does not make sense to say because such technology is available, counterefting has become difficult. Hence Option E is wrong.
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07 Feb 2017, 02:17
sayantanc2k wrote:
louisbharnabas wrote:
Hi all,
I was able to narrow down the options to A and E. The only difference between them are the words "despite" and "because". Could someone explain why E is wrong?

"Widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and Printers" helps in counterfeiting. Hence it does not make sense to say because such technology is available, counterefting has become difficult. Hence Option E is wrong.

Thank you for the explanation sayantanc2k. It has helped clear my doubt.
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28 Sep 2017, 08:46
Close call between A and B....But decided to go for A since it shows a clearer comparison.
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28 Sep 2017, 10:39
A and E were the last answer choices. Decided to go for A
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04 Apr 2018, 06:25
missed the split "Because" in option E and hence end up choosing E.

Option A is absolutely right .
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