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Even though the original AEC Routemaster has been retired, still this red double-decker bus is familiar, and it has been an icon of culture in Britain.

(A) still this red double-decker bus is familiar, and it has been an icon of culture in Britain

(B) the familiarity of this red double-decker bus still remains, as does its role as a British cultural icon

(C) this familiar red double-decker bus remaining a cultural icon in Britain

(D) this familiar red double-decker bus remains a British cultural icon

(E) the British are familiar with this red double-decker bus and still consider it to be one of their cultural icons


This question explore, among other things, the use of subordinate conjunctions. For a discussion of this topic, as well as the OE for this particular question, see:
GMAT Grammar: “On a White Bus” with Subordinate Conjunctions

BTW, you can see pictures of the AEC Routemaster at that Wikipedia page.

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I chose B

To me, B & E are contenders. In "E", "consider it to be" seems wrong

Finally pick B

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D is the answer
A)too wordy
B) still and remains are redundant
C)verb is not present
D) correct
E)consider to be is wrong

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D! A/B/C modifier issue and E is wordy

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I'd go for D as well. It's concise and to the point.

C doesn't have a verb.

As the subject in the subordinate clause is "the original AEC Routemaster", the subject in the main clause should be the same, i.e, "this familiar red double-decker bus". Eliminate B and E.

A is wordy.

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I choose B.
C D and E changes meaning .
Between A and B .
In A has been - I there is no guarantee that it will not end in future. - So I preferred B over A.

Hence, I choose B.
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Even though the original AEC Routemaster has been retired, still this red double-decker bus is familiar, and it has been an icon of culture in Britain.

(A) still this red double-decker bus is familiar, and it has been an icon of culture in Britain

(B) the familiarity of this red double-decker bus still remains, as does its role as a British cultural icon

(C) this familiar red double-decker bus remaining a cultural icon in Britain

(D) this familiar red double-decker bus remains a British cultural icon

(E) the British are familiar with this red double-decker bus and still consider it to be one of their cultural icons


I would go with D !

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IMO D

Even though the original AEC Routemaster has been retired, still this red double-decker bus is familiar, and it has been an icon of culture in Britain.
(A) still this red double-decker bus is familiar, and it has been an icon of culture in Britain

(B) the familiarity of this red double-decker bus still remains, as does its role as a British cultural icon

(C) this familiar red double-decker bus remaining a cultural icon in Britain

(D) this familiar red double-decker bus remains a British cultural icon

(E) the British are familiar with this red double-decker bus and still consider it to be one of their cultural icons
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Even though the original AEC Routemaster has been retired, still this red double-decker bus is familiar, and it has been an icon of culture in Britain.

(A) still this red double-decker bus is familiar, and it has been an icon of culture in Britain...... use of still

(B) the familiarity of this red double-decker bus still remains, as does its role as a British cultural icon.....[color=#005e20]Meaning issues


(C) this familiar red double-decker bus remaining a cultural icon in Britain...Use of remaining disrupts the meaning balance of the construction

(D) this familiar red double-decker bus remains a British cultural icon.........Concise and accurate

(E) the British are familiar with this red double-decker bus and still consider it to be one of their cultural icons[/color]....too wordy...meaning ambiguity

D it is
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Even though the original AEC Routemaster has been retired, still this red double-decker bus is familiar, and it has been an icon of culture in Britain.

(A) still this red double-decker bus is familiar, and it has been an icon of culture in Britain - awkward and redundant

(B) the familiarity of this red double-decker bus still remains, as does its role as a British cultural icon - still remains is redundant ; wordy

(C) this familiar red double-decker bus remaining a cultural icon in Britain - remaining is not a verb

(D) this familiar red double-decker bus remains a British cultural icon - Answer D is much better and concise

(E) the British are familiar with this red double-decker bus and still consider it to be one of their cultural icons - unidiomatic consider to be ; changes meaning
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In my opinion, answer should be D.

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Even though the original AEC Routemaster has been retired, still this red double-decker bus is familiar, and it has been an icon of culture in Britain.

(A) still this red double-decker bus is familiar, and it has been an icon of culture in Britain

(B) the familiarity of this red double-decker bus still remains, as does its role as a British cultural icon

(C) this familiar red double-decker bus remaining a cultural icon in Britain

(D) this familiar red double-decker bus remains a British cultural icon

(E) the British are familiar with this red double-decker bus and still consider it to be one of their cultural icons


This question explore, among other things, the use of subordinate conjunctions. For a discussion of this topic, as well as the OE for this particular question, see:
GMAT Grammar: “On a White Bus” with Subordinate Conjunctions

BTW, you can see pictures of the AEC Routemaster at that Wikipedia page.

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I think the question is using AC Routemaster as a comparison reference to red double-decker bus.

Ans: Option D

Explanation:

1. Correct comparison between AC Routemaster and double-decker bus. Noun v/s Noun
2. Statement is short and sweet.
3. Convey complete message.

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Explanation:

Even though the original AEC Routemaster has been retired, still this red double-decker bus is familiar, and it has been an icon of culture in Britain.

Underlined portion was really bumpy - it was not clear till I read it a couple of times


(A) still this red double-decker bus is familiar, and it has been an icon of culture in Britain - awkward: 'still'..'and' --don't understand why we need to break this sentence

(B) the familiarity of this red double-decker bus still remains, as does its role as a British cultural icon More clear, but the meaning is distorted: if the familiarity remains, does the bus? If there is no bus, how is it an icon?

(C) this familiar red double-decker bus remaining a cultural icon in Britain continuous tense not correct - it somehow conveys that the bus was a remaining cultural icon (which is not true)

(D) this familiar red double-decker bus remains a British cultural icon Correct - clear and precise

(E) the British are familiar with this red double-decker bus and still consider it to be one of their cultural icons It somehow indicates that they weren't earlier / or it was difficult to be familiar with and somehow it still is('the British are familiar and still consider') -- I'm sure this is not the intent of the sentence

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Explanation:

Even though the original AEC Routemaster has been retired, still this red double-decker bus is familiar, and it has been an icon of culture in Britain.

Underlined portion was really bumpy - it was not clear till I read it a couple of times


(A) still this red double-decker bus is familiar, and it has been an icon of culture in Britain - awkward: 'still'..'and' --don't understand why we need to break this sentence

(B) the familiarity of this red double-decker bus still remains, as does its role as a British cultural icon More clear, but the meaning is distorted: if the familiarity remains, does the bus? If there is no bus, how is it an icon?

(C) this familiar red double-decker bus remaining a cultural icon in Britain continuous tense not correct - it somehow conveys that the bus was a remaining cultural icon (which is not true)

(D) this familiar red double-decker bus remains a British cultural icon Correct - clear and precise

(E) the British are familiar with this red double-decker bus and still consider it to be one of their cultural icons It somehow indicates that they weren't earlier / or it was difficult to be familiar with and somehow it still is('the British are familiar and still consider') -- I'm sure this is not the intent of the sentence


Hello Madhavi1990 There are some flaws in your explanation, please let me highlight those so that it provides more clarity on the elimination.

Option C - The main reason why C is incorrect is missing "verb"

Option D - There is an IDIOM issue “consider X to be” also it is awkward and wordy.

Hope this helps to clarify further.
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