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# Hikers need strong boots as well as a large

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18 Aug 2017, 08:33
NicoleJaneway wrote:
Are we at all concerned by the fact the OA says "Hikers need... a comfortable backpack"? Does it bother anyone but me that this seems to be implying many hikers to one backpack? And if not, why not?

This is one of the reasons why I think that C is better than OA

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19 Aug 2017, 10:34
NicoleJaneway wrote:
Are we at all concerned by the fact the OA says "Hikers need... a comfortable backpack"? Does it bother anyone but me that this seems to be implying many hikers to one backpack? And if not, why not?

exactly what made me cross all the hikers out and choose C
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20 Aug 2017, 01:13
mikemcgarry Abhishek009 msk0657
Could u guys please clarify all the doubts we have here?
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21 Aug 2017, 14:10
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13ira23 wrote:
Could u guys please clarify all the doubts we have here?

Dear 13ira23 & lpardess & sandysilva,

I'm happy to respond.

Your confusion is not due to something you do not understand. Your confusion is due to the abysmal poor quality of the question. This is one of the worst SC practice questions I have ever seen.

The topic is 100% not something the GMAT would treat. Choice (E) has a SVA error, but essentially all four other answer choices are grammatically correct and acceptable: the differences among the answer choices are minute and not at all typical of the differences between answer choices on real SC questions on the GMAT. Other than awareness of the bare question format, it appears the question writer was utterly unfamiliar with the GMAT and its standards.

As someone who writes practice questions professionally, I would give this question a grade of an F.

I will attempt to be crystal clear:
Do not waste time analyzing atrocious questions: this analysis will not to prepare you for the GMAT.
If this question appeared in a print source, the very best thing you could do for your GMAT preparation would be to soak that print material in kerosene and set it on fire.

Here's a high quality SC practice question about hiking:
Balancing the need

Does all this make sense?
Mike
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23 Aug 2017, 01:01
Explanation Why C is wrong :-

A Hiker needs strong boots

as well as

a large, comfortable backpack.

As well as :-
as said above is used to show that the first item is more necessary then the one
succeeding it and Gmat always tries to check the intelligence of the test taker I can comfortably assume
that they want us to make such assumption while answering this question.

Moreover we can find one more thing ,

A hiker --- is singular , so the coorect statement should be

A hiker needs strong pair of boots as well as a large , comfortable backpack

If you are not assuming that two items are equally important.
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14 Oct 2017, 04:17
daagh wrote:
1. 'and' means equal on either side. 50/50
2. 'as well as' means -- never 50/50; it may be 51 as well as 49 or 99 as well as 1 The first one is always more than the second in importance
3.In the case of 'not only'... 'bust also', the 'but also' factor is emphasized more than the 'not only' factor --e.g: Those who want to be employed in far eastern countries should be familiar not only with international etiquette but also with local customs. This means that if you don't regard local customs, you may be in for some trouble.

Now, in the given question, both strong boots and the backpack are equally essential for the hiker/ hikers. Yet again, the split on a large/ comfortable or comfortable/large backpack is just a diversionary ploy.

Thank you for your help
but for the order of adjective, our opinion or quality comes before size. comfortable, large backpack is right. am I wrong?
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