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In an attempt to report a burglary in progress, the neighbor phoned the local police station multiple times, but inexplicably they did not answer the call and therefore did not make it to the house before the burglars left.

A. times, but inexplicably they did not answer the call
B. times, but inexplicably the call was not answered by them
C. times; inexplicably they did not answer the call
D. times, but inexplicably the officers did not answer the call
E. times, inexplicably not answered by the officers

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In an attempt to report a burglary in progress, the neighbor phoned the local police station multiple times, but inexplicably they did not answer the call and therefore did not make it to the house before the burglars left.

A. times, but inexplicably they did not answer the call
B. times, but inexplicably the call was not answered by them
C. times; inexplicably they did not answer the call
D. times, but inexplicably the officers did not answer the call
E. times, inexplicably not answered by the officers


D should be the answer , but correctly starts an independent clause.
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In an attempt to report a burglary in progress, the neighbor phoned the local police station multiple times, but inexplicably they did not answer the call and therefore did not make it to the house before the burglars left.

A. times, but inexplicably they did not answer the call
B. times, but inexplicably the call was not answered by them
C. times; inexplicably they did not answer the call
D. times, but inexplicably the officers did not answer the call
E. times, inexplicably not answered by the officers

This question checks your knowledge on pronoun errors and usage of two independent clauses in a sentence.

A. Pronoun error. "They" refers to the police officers, obviously neighbor wouldn't call another neighbor. :-D
B. There is no noun for "Them".
C. Same error as A.
D. Correct choice. This sentence connects the two independent clauses properly and there is no pronoun ambiguity.
E. Awkward and not parallel as "inexplicably not answered by the officers" is in passive voice and "and therefore did not make it to the house before the burglars left" is in active voice.

As an aside,
All sentences must have a main subject and verb. Any clause beginning with a relative pronoun (dependent clause) cannot contain the main subject or the verb.
2. Independent Clauses are those that can be sentences on their own. For connecting these clauses use one of the following:
a. Semi Colon
b. Comma + Coordinating Conjunction (For, And, Not, But, Or, Yet and So)

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In an attempt to report a burglary in progress, the neighbor phoned the local police station multiple times, but inexplicably they did not answer the call and therefore did not make it to the house before the burglars left.

A. times, but inexplicably they did not answer the call - 'they' refers to neighbor or police station? Incorrect
B. times, but inexplicably the call was not answered by them - 'them' refers to? No noun present for them
C. times; inexplicably they did not answer the call - use of semicolon makes it independent clause. again error in 'they' same as A
D. times, but inexplicably the officers did not answer the call - 'the officers' is correct.
E. times, inexplicably not answered by the officers - Awkward construction
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In an attempt to report a burglary in progress, the neighbor phoned the local police station multiple times, but inexplicably they did not answer the call and therefore did not make it to the house before the burglars left.

A. times, but inexplicably they did not answer the call - Use of plural pronoun for singular antecedent is incorrect. Hence Incorrect.
B. times, but inexplicably the call was not answered by them - Use of plural pronoun for singular antecedent is incorrect. Moreover, use of Passive voice is frowned upon in GMAT. Hence Incorrect.
C. times; inexplicably they did not answer the call - Use of plural pronoun for singular antecedent is incorrect. It is better to use BUT rather than creating two sentences in this option Hence Incorrect.
D. times, but inexplicably the officers did not answer the call - CORRECT
E. times, inexplicably not answered by the officers - Lack of use of BUT after comma leads to a Run-on sentence. Moreover, use of Passive voice is frowned upon in GMAT. Hence Incorrect.
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In an attempt to report a burglary in progress, the neighbor phoned the local police station multiple times, but inexplicably they did not answer the call and therefore did not make it to the house before the burglars left.

A. times, but inexplicably they did not answer the call
B. times, but inexplicably the call was not answered by them
C. times; inexplicably they did not answer the call
D. times, but inexplicably the officers did not answer the call
E. times, inexplicably not answered by the officers


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As soon as you see pronouns in the underlined or non-underlined portion, you should focus on those as a primary decision point. In this example, three of the answer choices contain a pronoun (“they” or “them” in (A), (B), and (C)) and the others do not (“officers” is used instead). Whenever you are given this omission of pronouns in certain answer choices, you should consider the possibility of a reference error, as the pronouns might be problematic. In (A), (B), and (C) there is nothing in the sentence for the pronoun to refer to! A “police station” cannot answer a call and the agreement would be off as well. As a result the answer must be (D) or (E). (E) incorrectly uses a participial modifier “not answered” which has nothing to modify and then the portion at the end of the sentence “did not make it” lacks a subject. Correct answer is (D), which eliminates the pronoun error and uses a logical structure to complete the rest of the sentence.
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