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# Except for one class in history and one in biology, all the

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08 Sep 2011, 21:45
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Except for one class in history and one in biology, all the student's graduation requirements have been fulfilled.
(A) Except for one class in history and one in biology, all the student's graduation requirements have been fulfilled.
(B) Except for needing to take one class in history and one in biology, the student has fulfilled all of his requirements for graduation.
(C) The student has fulfilled all his graduation requirements except for one class in history and one in biology.
(D) Except for one history class and one biology class, the student has fulfilled all of his graduation requirements.
(E) Aside from the history class and biology class that he needs to take, the student's graduation requirements have all been fulfilled.

Plz explain.......
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08 Sep 2011, 22:19
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B Vs D -- "needing to take" in B is unnecessary. D is less wordy and conveys the same message-- so D wins
E - "that he needs to take" unnecessary - E eliminates
A vs D - 2nd part in A is passive voice and D is active voice, so D wins
D Vs C -- 1) "class" is missing before Biology in C OR 2) calling "history class" or "Biology class" seems usual than calling "class in history/biology" OR 3) "of" is missing in "all his graduation requirements".. so D wins...

Not sure how accurate my analysis is, but I chose D based on the above pointers...
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08 Sep 2011, 22:50
The sentence states "requirements" which by itself means that he has to take those classes. So we can eliminate B and E which has needing/needs to take [redundancy]

Now looking into the difference between the other 3 choices,

A and C say - all the student's graduation requirements/all his graduation requirements
whereas D says - all of his graduation requirements

Here, "fulfilling all of his requirements" makes more sense than "fulfilling all his requirements"

Hence D is the best answer

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08 Sep 2011, 23:05
D is the best answer because 'Except for one history class and one biology class' is the modifying 'the student' correctly!
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08 Sep 2011, 23:20
B Vs D -- "needing to take" in B is unnecessary. D is less wordy and conveys the same message-- so D wins
E - "that he needs to take" unnecessary - E eliminates
A vs D - 2nd part in A is passive voice and D is active voice, so D wins
D Vs C -- 1) "class" is missing before Biology in C OR 2) calling "history class" or "Biology class" seems usual than calling "class in history/biology" OR 3) "of" is missing in "all his graduation requirements".. so D wins...

Not sure how accurate my analysis is, but I chose D based on the above pointers...

@sarangadhar - good analysis (+1 to you)
between D vs C but i'm not very convinced that below 3 are the only reason to reject C. I think those 3 can be ignored. BEST thing about D is "Correct Modifier"... thats it.

Anyone have some solid reason to reject C?

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09 Sep 2011, 11:14
quick question - 2 options speaks in a way that multiple students are supposed to complete the classes..3 options points that one one student is yet to complete 2 classes..how can these two be compared??
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09 Sep 2011, 16:04
Anyone on why C is not correct???
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09 Sep 2011, 18:09
yeah. why not C? Isn't student the subject and we prefer to have it in the beginning of the sentence.
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09 Sep 2011, 20:01
+1 for D in 2.5 min.

Choices C and D are very close, and I would love to see a strong reason why C can be eliminated.

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28 Sep 2011, 19:42
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Except for one class in history and one in biology, all the student's graduation requirements have been fulfilled.
(A) Except for one class in history and one in biology, all the student's graduation requirements have been fulfilled.
(B) Except for needing to take one class in history and one in biology, the student has fulfilled all of his requirements for graduation.
(C) The student has fulfilled all his graduation requirements except for one class in history and one in biology.
(D) Except for one history class and one biology class, the student has fulfilled all of his graduation requirements.
(E) Aside from the history class and biology class that he needs to take, the student's graduation requirements have all been fulfilled.

Plz explain.......

I was also confused between B and D
I was not sure whether "needing to take" is important information or not. If it is not an important information, D is obviously the best choice.
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28 Sep 2011, 19:53
C is very close to D. Tough choice.
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28 Sep 2011, 20:02
Surely C is close to D. However, D has the correct modifier and parallelism.

Chose D in 2 min
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28 Sep 2011, 23:38
+1 D...class missing before biology in C
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07 Nov 2011, 11:50
I went with C but D looks better afterwards.
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07 Nov 2011, 13:34
still confused on why it isn't c

How does "Except for one history class and one biology class" modify the student? wouldn't it modify the requirements?
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07 Nov 2011, 22:31
+1 for D, as it is the most concise of them all.
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08 Nov 2011, 00:00
I will go with C

Can anyone clearly explain why he chosed D?

D looks good but i feel between C and D,C looks clear,simple and concise
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