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Gone are the sharp ages and jutting planes of styles from former eras; instead designers from everything from cars to computer monitors have adopted a corner less style of smooth style of smooth surfaces and curves that is more ergonomic, conforming to the shape of the body rather than flaunting shape for its own sake.

(A) More ergonomic, conforming to the shape of the body rather than flaunting shape

(B) More ergonomic, conformed to the bodyâ€™s shape and not to flaunting shape

(C) Ergonomic, conforming more to the shape of the body than flaunting shape

(D) Ergonomic, more conformed to the shape of the body and not to shape flaunted

(E) Ergonomic, conforming more to the bodyâ€™s shape rather than shape flaunted
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09 Sep 2006, 14:10
I say C sounds best...

I think C is more concise than A...
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09 Sep 2006, 14:15
actually reading the sentence again...i begin to wonder what is flaunted..its the shape..for ...shapes sake...

C gets that wrong..

E is best..
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09 Sep 2006, 14:31
(A) More ergonomic, conforming to the shape of the body rather than flaunting shape
Misplaced More... emphasis is on the "conforming" than the ergonomics.

(B) More ergonomic, conformed to the bodyâ€™s shape and not to flaunting shape
Incorrect tense.

(C) Ergonomic, conforming more to the shape of the body than flaunting shape

(D) Ergonomic, more conformed to the shape of the body and not to shape flaunted
Tense Problem.

(E) Ergonomic, conforming more to the bodyâ€™s shape rather than shape flaunted for its
Possesive "its" pronoun is for the body or shape?
Unclear referent.
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09 Sep 2006, 14:35
Dont you think the possesive pronoun reference "its" is unclear?

It looks like "its" refers to the body, but note that there is no noun to refer back to. There is a "body's shape" but no body.

fresinha12 wrote:
actually reading the sentence again...i begin to wonder what is flaunted..its the shape..for ...shapes sake...

C gets that wrong..

E is best..
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09 Sep 2006, 14:41
exactly...its the shape that is flaunted..not body..C gets that wrong..

haas_mba07 wrote:
Dont you think the possesive pronoun reference "its" is unclear?

It looks like "its" refers to the body, but note that there is no noun to refer back to. There is a "body's shape" but no body.

fresinha12 wrote:
actually reading the sentence again...i begin to wonder what is flaunted..its the shape..for ...shapes sake...

C gets that wrong..

E is best..
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09 Sep 2006, 16:20
fresinha12 wrote:
exactly...its the shape that is flaunted..not body..C gets that wrong..

haas_mba07 wrote:
Dont you think the possesive pronoun reference "its" is unclear?

It looks like "its" refers to the body, but note that there is no noun to refer back to. There is a "body's shape" but no body.

fresinha12 wrote:
actually reading the sentence again...i begin to wonder what is flaunted..its the shape..for ...shapes sake...

C gets that wrong..

E is best..

In option E I dont think more....rather than construct is necessary

Option C has more....than ..should be enough[/b]
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10 Sep 2006, 12:38
A ruled out...I think we dont need to say more ergonomic. It's not compared against something which is ergonomic.

E is ruled out for 'more x rathar than y' and 'shape flauted' is awkward.

C makes sense.
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28 Sep 2006, 13:18
C is not right here. The answer is A.

This is a GMATPREP question. I don't have a very good explaination for this. I hope one of the SC experts here can comment on why A is correct.
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28 Sep 2006, 17:45
Going with A here.
In E, "shape flaunted" sounds little awkward.
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28 Sep 2006, 18:27
I also choose C.

Can posters entitle it as "GMATPrep question" if it is from GMATprep?
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28 Sep 2006, 19:17
Tennis ball, I just had this question in my GMATPrep, I can't post the attachment from my desktop so I went searching for it on the forum and luckily Swagatlakshmi had her thread, so i just brought it up. Take my word it is a GMATPrep Q

And i just double checked it, that A on the screen laughs at my face=(
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29 Sep 2006, 05:22
i eliminated C,D,and E right away because we are comparing things, the old styles and the new styles. Therefore we need 'more ergonomic', between A and B is the parallelism that decides it

conforming...flaunting
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01 Oct 2006, 15:25
Swagatalakshmi wrote:
Gone are the sharp ages and jutting planes of styles from former eras; instead designers from everything from cars to computer monitors have adopted a corner less style of smooth style of smooth surfaces and curves that is more ergonomic, conforming to the shape of the body rather than flaunting shape for its own sake.

(A) More ergonomic, conforming to the shape of the body rather than flaunting shape

(B) More ergonomic, conformed to the bodyâ€™s shape and not to flaunting shape

(C) Ergonomic, conforming more to the shape of the body than flaunting shape

(D) Ergonomic, more conformed to the shape of the body and not to shape flaunted

(E) Ergonomic, conforming more to the bodyâ€™s shape rather than shape flaunted

The orginal is correct and clear: gerund RATHER THAN gerund is used to illustrate what is meant by 'more ergonomic'. In (C), conforming more to (NOUN) than to (NOUN) should be used- (B) and (D) are out because of unidiomatic 'comformedÂ´. (E) is awkward and should not include RATHER
Re: SC: Ergonomy   [#permalink] 01 Oct 2006, 15:25
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