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For many travelers, charter vacations often turn out to

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For many travelers, charter vacations often turn out
to cost considerably more than <they originally seemed>

a. they originally seemed
b. they originally seem to
c. they seemingly would cost originally
d. it seemed originally
e. it originally seemed they would.

I think the bracketed sentence should refer to Cost, thus should start with singular.. to me D and E fits the criterion. E should be it...

any input?

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27 Nov 2003, 11:49
Hi dj,
IтАЩll go with A. They would refer to vacations. Since it is plural, D and E are out. Among A, B and C, we can't end a sentence with a preposition so B is out and C is awkward
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27 Nov 2003, 13:16
I would say B.

"they" refers to charters vacations.
In A , they originally seemed is like something happened in past C is awkward

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27 Nov 2003, 13:48
i think, " ... turn out ... than they would.." makes more sense in this context.
consider, ...vacation cost came out more than it was expected..

I am stumped.

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27 Nov 2003, 14:52
dj wrote:
i think, " ... turn out ... than they would.." makes more sense in this context.

consider, ...vacation cost came out more than it was expected..

I am stumped.

We want the second half of the sentence in past perfect..since its
only "later" that the travellers realise the higher cost.

so , "seemed " is correct ...thats leaves a, d and e.

In D , " it " is wrong...we need " they" as a pronoun to represent charter

vacations.

Also, "would " signifies promise ...or potential...so it seemed that the

vacation "would" cost X dollars.

That leaves us with E.

E is best.

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27 Nov 2003, 17:49
I would choose A.

In E "it" has no referent, that makes the sentence vague... I think...

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27 Nov 2003, 18:20
MartinMag wrote:
I would choose A.
In E "it" has no referent, that makes the sentence vague... I think...
Martin.-

"It" is an example of an " empty it ".

i still think its the best answer

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28 Nov 2003, 02:49
IMO, the answer is (A). There is an ellipses here ".... seemed (to cost)" which makes the sentence compare logically and agree in tense. D and E are singular. B and C do not agree in tense.
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29 Nov 2003, 09:39
I'd say B.

The sentence seems to speak of general scenario, so no need for past tense of seem. The to at the end refers to cost, making it balanced sentence.

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29 Nov 2003, 22:58
wonder_gmat wrote:
I'd say B.

The sentence seems to speak of general scenario, so no need for past tense of seem. The to at the end refers to cost, making it balanced sentence.

Ah, but the sentence says "originally seem", hence whatever it seemed to cost is no longer the case.
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