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# Gone are the sharp edges and jutting planes of styles from

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31. Gone are the sharp edges and jutting planes of styles from former eras
instead, designers of everything from cars to computer monitors have adopted a cornerless 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 body's shape and not to flaunting shape
(C) ergonomic, more conformed to the shape of the body and not to shape flaunted
(D) ergonomic, conforming more to the body's shape rather than shape flaunted
(E) ergonomic, conforming more to the shape of the body than flaunting shape
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06 Jun 2008, 00:46
I think its E - it uses the participle "flaunting" and the "more ... than" properly.
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06 Jun 2008, 01:36
A for me.

Tricky one. There is an idiom being tested here I believe. You have "rather than" or you have "more X than Y".

A. "conforming to the shape of the body rather than flauting shape..." sounds clear/clean. And correct usage of "rather than" in my opinion.
B. Altered intent. "conformed" is odd and "not to flaunting shape" is also weird
C. "and not to shape flaunted" is awkward
D. "More TO... than shape flaunted" sounds awkward.
E. "more TO the shape of the body than flaunting shape..." sounds awkward.

To me, both D and E would sound better if it was "more TO....than TO..." this seems consistent and concise.

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31. Gone are the sharp edges and jutting planes of styles from former eras
instead, designers of everything from cars to computer monitors have adopted a cornerless 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 body's shape and not to flaunting shape
(C) ergonomic, more conformed to the shape of the body and not to shape flaunted
(D) ergonomic, conforming more to the body's shape rather than shape flaunted
(E) ergonomic, conforming more to the shape of the body than flaunting shape
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06 Jun 2008, 01:51
Yeah on second thought A does look better. D changes the meaning ever so subtly by removing the "more" at the beginning.
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06 Jun 2008, 01:57
For me,More Ergonomic is required thus between A&B and conformed in B is the spoiler and A sounds the best
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06 Jun 2008, 02:05
i will go with 'E'.Morever i have a doubts Is it right to say 'more ergonomic' or 'less ergonomic' ? i think we don't say more scientific or less scientific likewise we can't say more ergonomic.
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06 Jun 2008, 06:21
I think E will change the meaning. Besides, I think it does have comparison issues: shape of the body vs flaunting shape
I was left with A on this.
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06 Jun 2008, 18:35
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A for me.

Tricky one. There is an idiom being tested here I believe. You have "rather than" or you have "more X than Y".

A. "conforming to the shape of the body rather than flauting shape..." sounds clear/clean. And correct usage of "rather than" in my opinion.
B. Altered intent. "conformed" is odd and "not to flaunting shape" is also weird
C. "and not to shape flaunted" is awkward
D. "More TO... than shape flaunted" sounds awkward.
E. "more TO the shape of the body than flaunting shape..." sounds awkward.

To me, both D and E would sound better if it was "more TO....than TO..." this seems consistent and concise.

sondenso wrote:
31. Gone are the sharp edges and jutting planes of styles from former eras
instead, designers of everything from cars to computer monitors have adopted a cornerless 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 body's shape and not to flaunting shape
(C) ergonomic, more conformed to the shape of the body and not to shape flaunted
(D) ergonomic, conforming more to the body's shape rather than shape flaunted
(E) ergonomic, conforming more to the shape of the body than flaunting shape

Good catch, Racon. OA is A. I have just seen the NOT-Parallelism in E! thanks you and all
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25 Oct 2015, 04:31
I understand that A is the best answer, however since I've started studying modifiers they really went under my skin. So the question I have here is: doesn't "confirming" act as a participle here and therefore modify the whole sentence prior to comma? If true, then the antecedent isn't so clear and could also be "designers", which of course wouldn't make any sense.

Asking just for the sake of understanding the underlying issue.

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25 Oct 2015, 07:09
because sc test meaning , if the meaning is hard or time consuming to understand, we have to spend more time for it. this sentence is an example. the meaning is hard to understand and the sentence is a little long and so, we have to spend more time.

it takes me 2 minutes and half to get correct. I am not happy with this because normally I get it right for under 2 minutes.
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02 Aug 2016, 22:04
Gone are the sharp edges and jutting planes of styles from former eras
instead, designers of everything from cars to computer monitors have adopted a cornerless 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 body's shape and not to flaunting shape
(C) ergonomic, more conformed to the shape of the body and not to shape flaunted
(D) ergonomic, conforming more to the body's shape rather than shape flaunted
(E) ergonomic, conforming more to the shape of the body than flaunting shape => more x, than y. X and Y should be parallel.

meaning :- designers of everything from cars to computer monitors have adopted a cornerless style of smooth surfaces and curves that is more ergonomic so we want more ergonomic in correct sentence and not "ergonomic" so E,D<E out. Ing modifier in A, modifies closest action, in this case "is more ergonomic."

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23 Nov 2016, 20:49
When we try to make something better for human comfort (a chair, a car seat, a remote control, a cellular phone etc.), we can make it only „more ergonomic‟ as it must have been ergonomic to some degree even before. So, first, examine the split between 'more ergonomic' and just 'ergonomic'. The new design is more ergonomic than the old design. If we change this to just 'ergonomic', we're attaching an implication that the old design simply wasn't ergonomic (and that the new design, by contrast, is) - an unacceptable implication.
So C, D, and E are out because of this meaning clarity issue.

B: to the body's shape and not to flaunting shape <-- logically nonparallel and also awkward
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