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# First put on your skis, and then you should adjust the

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First put on your skis, and then you should adjust the binders.

A) First put on your skis, and then you should adjust the binders.

E) First you should put on your skis and then adjust the binders.
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24 Nov 2008, 04:11
IMO - B .
First put on your skis, and then you should adjust the binders.[/u]

A) First put on your skis, and then you should adjust the binders...should is unnecessary here

B) First put on your skis and then adjust the binders.- Correct choice .

D) First put on your skis, and then adjust the binders.- placement of comma .

E) First you should put on your skis and then adjust the binders. - akward .

Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 2:24 am
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24 Nov 2008, 13:00
This may sound stupid, but doesn't it require a subject on at least one of the clauses?

Like A or E?
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24 Nov 2008, 13:20
I will go with D, because IMO comma is at right place.

can some one explain when to use 'and' and comma, and only 'and' without comma?
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24 Nov 2008, 14:12
i feel E

because the other statements which don't have "you" in them sound as if it should have come under inverted commas "" (like somebody is saying directly to us ).

A is not parallel

whats the OA ?
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24 Nov 2008, 16:49
I am glad to see I am not the only one thought about missing 'you', the subject.

Anyone else?

"First put on your skis and then adjust the binders" sounds nature to native speaker, but in GMAT, it adheres the rules of Standard Written English(SWE). I believe it should follow the rule of Subj + Verb, which eliminate B, C, and D.

Only remaining choices are A and E.

E makes perfect sense, but I don't see problem with A as well since 'you' can be implied on the first clause. Then again, I maybe wrong. GMAT may allow some exceptions.

What is OA?
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24 Nov 2008, 21:39
Good one... what is the source??

I am going to play devil's advocate and choose C... here is why
- if instructions are being given to a person.... then we logically say - First put on your skis and then adjust your binders - as in A, B, D , E
But in C it states that your binders should be adjusted. May be because adjusting binders could mean more than one thing...which it why the person wants to make sure that your binders should be adjusted.

This is called overworking your brains for all the wrong reasons...

Incidentally binders is a slang for breaks... so much for the use of formal language in gmat!!!
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24 Nov 2008, 23:52
going with E here is why:

ritula wrote:
First put on your skis, and then you should adjust the binders.

A) First put on your skis, and then you should adjust the binders.
worst than E
lack of a subject
passive voice
lack of a subject
E) First you should put on your skis and then adjust the binders.

Last edited by snaps on 30 Nov 2008, 15:06, edited 1 time in total.
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24 Nov 2008, 23:56
stallone wrote:
i feel E

A is not parallel

i though the same, but E is as much not parallel if you think about it. I picked E simply because it was more logical to say "you should x" first and then the rest
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25 Nov 2008, 02:52
OA is B. My question is how to know where to put comma and where not to?
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25 Nov 2008, 03:08
Bingo
My ans choice was right ..feeling gr8 ....I am new to this forum and thus this sense of exuberance .
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25 Nov 2008, 08:17
ritula wrote:
First put on your skis, and then you should adjust the binders.

A) First put on your skis, and then you should adjust the binders.There is no subject in the first part

B) First put on your skis and then adjust the binders.then adjust the binder..does not specify which and what binder... also..the first problem is not yet solved

D) First put on your skis, and then adjust the binders.same as B

E) First you should put on your skis and then adjust the binders.Although it changes a meaning a little bit..but only this one is grammatically correct.. IMO its E

What is the Official Answer and official explanation?
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25 Nov 2008, 08:44
ritula wrote:
OA is B. My question is how to know where to put comma and where not to?

Can you please post the official explanation..if you have one.
I would request the moderators to please throw light on this problem.
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25 Nov 2008, 20:13
I dnt have OE since it ios a part of GMAT test series.OA is B as i said earlier
lgon wrote:
ritula wrote:
OA is B. My question is how to know where to put comma and where not to?

Can you please post the official explanation..if you have one.
I would request the moderators to please throw light on this problem.
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25 Nov 2008, 21:25
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B is correct, comma and and and are used when we join two independant clauses.

e.g. I am going to office, and I intend to work there.

The above sentence has a single instruction, and it does not have two independant clauses.
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30 Nov 2008, 15:22
One more take on this question with a new knowledge.

The ans is B here is why:

ritula wrote:
First put on your skis, and then you should adjust the binders.

A) First put on your skis, and then you should adjust the binders.
lack of parallelism

First X Second Y - parallel

passive and not parallel

comma is incorrectly used. Correct use of comma: Independent Clause, Coordinating conjunction (FANBOYS)* Independent Clause

E) First you should put on your skis and then adjust the binders.
not parallel: First you should put Second adjust

*FANBOYS=For And Nor But Or Yet So
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