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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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17 May 2008, 08:37
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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.

I believe the reason why counterfeiting is difficult today is the availability of "high-resolution scanners and printers" and not DESPITE it.

So E for me.

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17 May 2008, 09:10
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.
Remove "despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers" and you are left with 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.
Comparing today's situation with previous situation "it was".

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.
Not comparing present time with past so incorrect.

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.
Not comparing present time with past so incorrect.

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.
Remove "despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers" and you are left with Today 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.
Compares Today's situation with previous time "when". In correct comparison.

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.
Indicates "because of widely available technology" counterfeiting is difficult.

I will go with A.

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17 May 2008, 09:30
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I believe the reason why counterfeiting is difficult today is the availability of "high-resolution scanners and printers" and not DESPITE it.

So E for me.

Logically thinking "high-resolution scanners and printers" should make counterfeiting more easy and not difficult. We need to show some sort of contrast here although we have high-resolution scanners and printers, which makes counterfeiting easy, it is still more difficult in present time to do so.

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17 May 2008, 09:38
i read the sentence..and found absolutely nothing wrong with it ..thus A it is..

i didnt even care to read ans choices..

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17 May 2008, 10:11
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i read the sentence..and found absolutely nothing wrong with it ..thus A it is..

i didnt even care to read ans choices..

That may have worked this time but it is not sure shot way to do it. Sometimes you have another answer choice which may also be grammatically correct but may be more concise than the original one. If you do not read it, you will loose the question.
It is always advisable to read all the answer choices before deciding on any one of them.

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17 May 2008, 10:23
abhijit_sen wrote:
fresinha12 wrote:
i read the sentence..and found absolutely nothing wrong with it ..thus A it is..

i didnt even care to read ans choices..

That may have worked this time but it is not sure shot way to do it. Sometimes you have another answer choice which may also be grammatically correct but may be more concise than the original one. If you do not read it, you will loose the question.
It is always advisable to read all the answer choices before deciding on any one of them.

Agree with abhijit.
I do fall into the trap sometimes of thinking that I have spotted the answer and just dont read past to the other choices. I am now unlearning that "skill".

Its a tossup between A and B.
I choose A.

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17 May 2008, 10:41
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dwivedys wrote:
I believe the reason why counterfeiting is difficult today is the availability of "high-resolution scanners and printers" and not DESPITE it.

So E for me.

Logically thinking "high-resolution scanners and printers" should make counterfeiting more easy and not difficult. We need to show some sort of contrast here although we have high-resolution scanners and printers, which makes counterfeiting easy, it is still more difficult in present time to do so.

Well, the need to show contrast is brought out in choice A quite clearly. However, if you consider E on its own merit - putting the argument whether these devices make it easier or more difficult aside for a moment - the sentence still makes complete sense - the reason why counterfeiting is difficult today is because of these devices.

Anyway - to be honest - i wasn't very sure whether these devices would make it easy or difficult. I thought their presence would make counterfeiting difficult because it would be easy for these devices to catch counterfeit currency.

I think you are right in choosing A...

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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 scanners and printers” could lead to a misunderstanding about what occurs “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.

(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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where the entire "long" sentence is underlined, what kind of strategy could be used?

I read ALL 5 choices and it takes me > 1:30 mins for questions where the entire sentence is underlined. Is there a strategy I can employ that could help me improve this timing?

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15 Jul 2011, 21:49
i also struggle in these types of questions. But sometimes i just try to find out the problems by reading the main sentence and look for the choice that fixes the problem

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Here is a simple strategy i use with SC problems with the complete sentence underlined:

1) Read the choices first starting from the last one (E) - not deeply, but just superficially. I have found that there will be at least one or even two choices which are absolutely incoherent/incorrect. They are just junk and easy to eliminate.

Example: in your problem, choice D (and to some extent E) can be eliminated by a simple glance.

2) Now read the original sentence, eliminating any middleman(appositives/relative clauses etc) to understand the broader meaning. Then start the usual SC Strategy.

Try and see if it helps.

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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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24 Oct 2011, 07:15
option B and C are not comparing the possibility of producing the counterfeit currency today to the time of world war.
Option E is completely modifying the meaning of the statement by using the keyword "because"
option D is wordy and awkward.
That leaves us with A which is best of all.

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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.
Clear and precise

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.
Printers today ??? Makes no sense

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.
More difficult than at the time ??? Makes no sense

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.
Than When ?? incorrect comparison

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.
Because of ?? Changes the meaning of original sentence

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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.

I choose A because C&D both have wrong in comparison, and E is wrong in logic(the sentence has no cause-effect relationship that led we use "because of"), but for A&B, the only difference is the placement of "today", and I just prefer A.... Is there any reason why B place "today" in wrong place?

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Y i think E shud be correct!

I think ..we use despite to show some negative ..for example.. "Despite abc..govt could not resolve xyz" or despite having lots of resources, manager fail ...

But I can't understand y r we using despite here..??

its because of high resoltion scanner and printers ..its dificult to counterfiet..

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Y i think E shud be correct!

I think ..we use despite to show some negative ..for example.. "Despite abc..govt could not resolve xyz" or despite having lots of resources, manager fail ...

But I can't understand y r we using despite here..??

its because of high resoltion scanner and printers ..its dificult to counterfiet..

Oh Oh.. Sorry after i posted this question.. I read the question again..and I got it now lol..
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