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Federal authorities involved in the investigation have found the local witnesses are difficult to locate, reticent, and are suspicious of strangers.

(A) the local witnesses are difficult to locate, reticent, and are
(B) local witnesses to be difficult to locate, reticent, and are
(C) that local witnesses are difficult to locate, reticent, and
(D) local witnesses are difficult to locate and reticent, and they are
(E) that local witnesses are difficult to locate and reticent, and they are
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07 Jan 2006, 06:44
C...has the best form of parallelism ...are difficult to locate, reticent and are suspicious of strangers.
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07 Jan 2006, 08:47
C for me too.

same reason as subbu - llism.

It should be "that the local witnesses are X, Y, and Z" or
"local witnesses to be X, Y and Z"

A/B - use a mixture of the above two forms
D/E - wordy - "and they are" ....
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07 Jan 2006, 09:07
very confused between c and e. WIll go with C on this one,
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07 Jan 2006, 13:48
Would go for C...Parallelism

The 2nd fragement and last fragment shud have the same strcuture

reticent.... and suspicious
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08 Jan 2006, 01:53
C

"that" is required to join the two clauses. So its down to C and E. Among them C performs better for ||ism.
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09 Jan 2006, 08:35
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very confused between c and e. WIll go with C on this one,

My pick for C.

E's use of "are" at the end of the sentence is redundant and breaks //ism.
The sentence should be "are X, Y, and Z". E is wrong because it says "are X, Y, and they are Z"
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10 Jan 2006, 09:11
OA is 'C'
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10 May 2006, 12:54
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Federal authorities involved in the investigation have found the local witnesses are difficult to locate, reticent, and are suspicious of strangers.

(A) the local witnesses are difficult to locate, reticent, and are
(B) local witnesses to be difficult to locate, reticent, and are
(C) that local witnesses are difficult to locate, reticent, and
(D) local witnesses are difficult to locate and reticent, and they are
(E) that local witnesses are difficult to locate and reticent, and they are

guys, this is not pretty convincing cuz how is it parallel? i used to do it but i am confused now....

Federal authorities involved in the investigation have found that local witnesses are difficult to locate, reticent, and suspicious of strangers.

i know that choices are C and E cuz we need "that".
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10 May 2006, 13:12
That is an interesting point.

What if there was a sixth option? Let me know how you rate this -
(F) the local witnesses difficult to locate, reticent and

I think that in this case, 'that' is understood/implied.
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10 May 2006, 19:17
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vivek123 wrote:
Federal authorities involved in the investigation have found the local witnesses are difficult to locate, reticent, and are suspicious of strangers.

(A) the local witnesses are difficult to locate, reticent, and are
(B) local witnesses to be difficult to locate, reticent, and are
(C) that local witnesses are difficult to locate, reticent, and
(D) local witnesses are difficult to locate and reticent, and they are
(E) that local witnesses are difficult to locate and reticent, and they are

guys, this is not pretty convincing cuz how is it parallel? i used to do it but i am confused now....

Federal authorities involved in the investigation have found that local witnesses are difficult to locate, reticent, and suspicious of strangers.

i know that choices are C and E cuz we need "that".

You are right prof, it has to be between "C" & "E".
I was pretty much confused on this when I posted.

(C) that local witnesses are difficult to locate, reticent, and suspicious of strangers --> If you distribute "are" with each parallel noun it sounds convincing. No grouping just parallel nouns.

(E) that local witnesses are difficult to locate and reticent, and they are --> This choice tries to group "locating & reticenting" in one place & talks about being "suspicious of strangers" separately. I don't think this grouping is needed.
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10 May 2006, 19:42
C.........

C) that local witnesses are difficult to locate, reticent, and

I feel they are parallel.'Are' is not necessary before reticent,it is understood.

Experts please correct me if i'm wrong!!
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10 May 2006, 20:43
vivek123 wrote:
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Federal authorities involved in the investigation have found that local witnesses are difficult to locate, reticent, and suspicious of strangers.

You are right prof, it has to be between "C" & "E".
I was pretty much confused on this when I posted.

(C) that local witnesses are difficult to locate, reticent, and suspicious of strangers --> If you distribute "are" with each parallel noun it sounds convincing. No grouping just parallel nouns.

(E) that local witnesses are difficult to locate and reticent, and they are --> This choice tries to group "locating & reticenting" in one place & talks about being "suspicious of strangers" separately. I don't think this grouping is needed.

thanks vivek. that makes sense... i solved it couple of times but today its like a strange question....
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10 May 2006, 21:09
C for me tooâ€¦â€¦.. hope questions like these come on GMAT. But hope is for the unprepared
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11 May 2006, 07:43
Professor wrote:
vivek123 wrote:
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Federal authorities involved in the investigation have found that local witnesses are difficult to locate, reticent, and suspicious of strangers.

You are right prof, it has to be between "C" & "E".
I was pretty much confused on this when I posted.

(C) that local witnesses are difficult to locate, reticent, and suspicious of strangers --> If you distribute "are" with each parallel noun it sounds convincing. No grouping just parallel nouns.

(E) that local witnesses are difficult to locate and reticent, and they are --> This choice tries to group "locating & reticenting" in one place & talks about being "suspicious of strangers" separately. I don't think this grouping is needed.

thanks vivek. that makes sense... i solved it couple of times but today its like a strange question....

I agree Prof, such questions tend to confuse a lot. What we need to do is just forget everything & just scan the difference between two finalized choices & just think of whatever "meaning" you can get out of each of two choices.
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11 May 2006, 07:44
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C for me tooâ€¦â€¦.. hope questions like these come on GMAT. But hope is for the unprepared

You do get such questions on GMAT Jaynayak I remember something like this question on real GMAT
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11 May 2006, 08:37
Federal authorities involved in the investigation have found the local witnesses are difficult to locate, reticent, and are suspicious of strangers.

(A) the local witnesses are difficult to locate, reticent, and are
(B) local witnesses to be difficult to locate, reticent, and are
(C) that local witnesses are difficult to locate, reticent, and
(D) local witnesses are difficult to locate and reticent, and they are
(E) that local witnesses are difficult to locate and reticent, and they are

Agree to C

In D/E, the pronoun " they" can be confused bt Federal authorities and the local witnesses

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11 May 2006, 10:02
Very informative discussion !

I have one question to GMATers

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That is an interesting point.

What if there was a sixth option? Let me know how you rate this -
(F) the local witnesses difficult to locate, reticent and

If (F) is one of the choices, which one will be correct answer (C) or (F) ?
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11 May 2006, 18:41
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Very informative discussion !

I have one question to GMATers

Quote:
That is an interesting point.

What if there was a sixth option? Let me know how you rate this -
(F) the local witnesses difficult to locate, reticent and

If (F) is one of the choices, which one will be correct answer (C) or (F) ?

imo, "that" is ommited in this case and it would be ok.
11 May 2006, 18:41
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