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# example of passive voice !!

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16. No matter how patiently they explain their reasons for confiscating certain items, travelers often treat customs inspectors like wanton poachers rather than government employees.

(A) travelers often treat customs inspectors like wanton poachers rather than government employees
(B) travelers often treat customs inspectors as wanton poachers instead of government employees
(C) travelers often treat customs inspectors as if they were not government employees but wanton poachers
(D) customs inspectors are often treated by travelers as if they were wanton poachers rather than government employees
(E) customs inspectors are often treated not like government employees but wanton poachers by travelers

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31 Jul 2009, 00:01
Between D & E , I'll go for E
In D they is ambiguous
But E also has parallelism problem not like ... but like
Still in D there is a tense problem as if they were
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31 Jul 2009, 01:23
bigoyal wrote:
16. No matter how patiently they explain their reasons for confiscating certain items, travelers often treat customs inspectors like wanton poachers rather than government employees.

(A) travelers often treat customs inspectors like wanton poachers rather than government employees
(B) travelers often treat customs inspectors as wanton poachers instead of government employees
(C) travelers often treat customs inspectors as if they were not government employees but wanton poachers
(D) customs inspectors are often treated by travelers as if they were wanton poachers rather than government employees
(E) customs inspectors are often treated not like government employees but wanton poachers by travelers

The underlined part of the sentence should remain with "custom inspectors" to come in accordance with the modifier in the beginning of the sentence, which uses "they" to refer custom officers not travelers. Between D and E, D sounds much better.
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31 Jul 2009, 01:38
Ans is 'E'.

D has antecedent problem.
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31 Jul 2009, 03:03
Thanks a lot guys. OA is D

In my view, E is not maintaining parallelism. In option E, there should be one more "like" - "not like government employees but like wanton poachers...". Apart from this, the use of " by travelers" at the end sounds awkward.

Whereas, option D is correctly using a subordinate clause after "as" - "they were wanton poachers rather than government employees". The use of "were" is correct, since it’s a hypothetical sentence.
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31 Jul 2009, 03:12
bigoyal wrote:
Thanks a lot guys. OA is D

In my view, E is not maintaining parallelism. In option E, there should be one more "like" - "not like government employees but like wanton poachers...". Apart from this, the use of " by travelers" at the end sounds awkward.

Whereas, option D is correctly using a subordinate clause after "as" - "they were wanton poachers rather than government employees". The use of "were" is correct, since it’s a hypothetical sentence.

How do the word "they" refers to travllers and not custom inspectors???

What is this??? One rule is clearly violated here!!!
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31 Jul 2009, 03:22
(E) customs inspectors are often treated not like government employees but[like]wanton poachers by travelers

also "by travellers should be placed next to "treated"

In D "they" refers to custom inspectors
[ S+V+O(custom inspectors -S + are - V) parallel to as if ( They -S + were - V + O)]

So there is no ambiguity in the use of "they"

IMO D
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31 Jul 2009, 03:31
Hussain15 wrote:
bigoyal wrote:
Thanks a lot guys. OA is D

In my view, E is not maintaining parallelism. In option E, there should be one more "like" - "not like government employees but like wanton poachers...". Apart from this, the use of " by travelers" at the end sounds awkward.

Whereas, option D is correctly using a subordinate clause after "as" - "they were wanton poachers rather than government employees". The use of "were" is correct, since it’s a hypothetical sentence.

How do the word "they" refers to travllers and not custom inspectors???

What is this??? One rule is clearly violated here!!!

May be my explanation is not satisfactory, but the OA is correct and the source is retired GMAT Test Papers.
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31 Jul 2009, 05:22
bigoyal wrote:
Thanks a lot guys. OA is D

In my view, E is not maintaining parallelism. In option E, there should be one more "like" - "not like government employees but like wanton poachers...". Apart from this, the use of " by travelers" at the end sounds awkward.

Whereas, option D is correctly using a subordinate clause after "as" - "they were wanton poachers rather than government employees". The use of "were" is correct, since it’s a hypothetical sentence.

Agree with D. "by travelers" should be close to 'treated'
Also, 'they' is already referring to custom officers in previous segment of the sentence.

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