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# Entire sentence underlines - Strategy?

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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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In questions like this:
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, 20:49
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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12 Aug 2011, 12:45
I fell for B, but looks like A is correct.
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12 Aug 2011, 18:10
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.
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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In questions like this:
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?

Bump to seek for experts' advice! I have the same problem with entire underlined sentence. Which strategy is best to solve the entire underlined sentence?
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08 Jul 2015, 06:11
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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