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

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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.

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17 Jul 2009, 05:20
D looks the most simple and straightforward
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17 Jul 2009, 05:39
IMO D, which is a concise and precise option.
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17 Jul 2009, 06:41
I pick B ... will explain my reasoning if this option is correct
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17 Jul 2009, 06:58
Why not C?

"all of his requirements" or "all his requirements"?
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17 Jul 2009, 07:24
Guys, it's between C and D

Request you to pen down the reasoning.
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17 Jul 2009, 08:46
even i was confused...
but i think there is one flaw with D.
"Except for one history class and one biology class, the student has fulfilled all of his graduation requirements."

in this option the phrase "Except for one history class and one biology class"
seems to modify the student. however, this modifier should modify requirements.
what say guys ?????
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17 Jul 2009, 09:54
I am also confused between C and D. But personally i feel its C. Any takers.
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17 Jul 2009, 10:03
The reason we should not go with C is that the sentence "except for one class in history and one in biology" one class in history should be followed by one CLASS in biology.
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17 Jul 2009, 10:16
Both C and D are close, but I would go with D.

"One history class and one biology class" is better than "one class in history and one in biology"
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17 Jul 2009, 10:27
hasham222 wrote:
Guys, it's between C and D

Request you to pen down the reasoning.

I think both the options are grammatically correct. My reasons for choosing D over C are:
1. "one history class and one biology class" is less wordy as compared to "one class in history and one in biology"
2. Personally I feel the structure "Except X, all other..." rather then structure "All other..., except X"
In option D "Except for one.." modifier is closer to "the student"
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17 Jul 2009, 12:53
gmanjesh wrote:
The reason we should not go with C is that the sentence "except for one class in history and one in biology" one class in history should be followed by one CLASS in biology.

agree now

I think it should be D
Also the meaning of "one class in history" seems different from "one class history"

Now D seems better option to me.

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17 Jul 2009, 22:51
it shud b C.

in D, the phrase,'Except for...biology' shud modify student's requirements and not the student himself as it does in the option.

A is in passive, so i choose C as ma ans.

OA..?
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18 Jul 2009, 03:40
bigoyal wrote:
hasham222 wrote:
Guys, it's between C and D

Request you to pen down the reasoning.

I think both the options are grammatically correct. My reasons for choosing D over C are:
1. "one history class and one biology class" is less wordy as compared to "one class in history and one in biology"
2. Personally I feel the structure "Except X, all other..." rather then structure "All other..., except X"
In option D "Except for one.." modifier is closer to "the student"

The OA is D.

and the OE has an explanation very similiar to that offered in point 1 by bigoyal.

Thanks everybody!

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