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# For many people, household labor remains demanding even if

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For many people, household labor remains demanding even if able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a miracle.

(A) even if able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a miracle
(B) despite being able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a miracle
(C) even if they can afford household appliances their grandparents would have found miraculous
(D) although they could afford household appliances their grandparents would find miraculous
(E) even if they are able to afford household appliances which would have been a miracle to their grandparents
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01 Jul 2003, 16:06
Ans : B ?

B sounds best except for "find a miracle or Miraculous" which is ambiguous as to what the miracle is.
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02 Jul 2003, 00:10
stolyar wrote:
For many people, household labor remains demanding even if able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a miracle.

(A) even if able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a miracle
(B) despite being able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a miracle
(C) even if they can afford household appliances their grandparents would have found miraculous
(D) although they could afford household appliances their grandparents would find miraculous
(E) even if they are able to afford household appliances which would have been a miracle to their grandparents

Please take a deep breath! Not much bad grammar here, just some conjectures that change the meaning of the sentence too much.

(A) dismantles the sentence, as it does not refer back to the subject
(B) Where is any evidence that many people are definitely able to afford household appliances? "Despite" has no place here.
(C) seems to work...makes the assumption that the grandparents are dead, which is much less of a logical leap than what's in (B).
(D) Same as (B)
(E) "...which would have been a miracle to" = wordy, jumbled
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09 Jul 2009, 23:48
I chose E, but now see why the answer is C.

For many people, household labor remains demanding even if able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a miracle.

(A) even if able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a miracle
adjective required as modifying the appliances.
(B) despite being able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a miracle
same as A, also use of 'being able to' rather than 'can'. Also changes the meaning that all can afford
(C) even if they can afford household appliances their grandparents would have found miraculous
I couldn't catch at first that 'their grandparents would have found miraculous' is modifying the appliances.
(D) although they could afford household appliances their grandparents would find miraculous
changes the meaning - not all can afford.
(E) even if they are able to afford household appliances which would have been a miracle to their grandparents
'can' is preferred to 'are able to'
'which ...' is wordy as compared to C.
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