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# In order to evenly and effectively paint a rough surface, it

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In order to evenly and effectively paint a rough surface, it is necessary to sand it and apply primer before applying the paint.
(A) it and apply primer before applying the paint
(B) it and prime it and paint it
(C) it, then prime it, then paint it
(D) the surface and apply primer before you
apply paint to the surface
(E) the surface, apply primer to the surface and then paint it

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Originally posted by x2suresh on 05 Feb 2009, 12:02.
Last edited by bigfernhead on 05 Feb 2009, 12:25, edited 1 time in total.
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05 Feb 2009, 12:16
i think the underlining is wrong
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05 Feb 2009, 12:26
IMO A.
(A) it and apply primer before applying the paint
(B) it and prime it and paint it -- use of "and" is redundant here.
(C) it, then prime it, then paint it -- use of "then" is redundant here.
(D) the surface and apply primer before you
apply paint to the surface -- New Actor is not required.
(E) the surface, apply primer to the surface and then paint it -- "apply to" is idiomatic but better to use "apply primar"
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05 Feb 2009, 12:41
A,

A has "it" but you are supposed to assume that you dont sand paint.
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05 Feb 2009, 12:48
I would go with D

A,B, C are out since IT is ambiguouls.
E is out becuase of parallelism. (it is necessary to sand the surface, apply primer to the surface and then paint it

Option left for me is D.
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05 Feb 2009, 15:41
I chose D

The underlined has pronoun reference error with "it". Hence A,B,C is out. Between D and E, E is very wordy and usage of "surface" twice is not needed. Its one single action.
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05 Feb 2009, 19:20
In order to evenly and effectively paint a rough surface, it is necessary to sand it and apply primer before applying the paint.
(A) it and apply primer before applying the paint
(B) it and prime it and paint it
(C) it, then prime it, then paint it
(D) the surface and apply primer before you apply paint to the surface
(E) the surface, apply primer to the surface and then paint it

A.

B => multiple ands makes the order irelevant
C => then is awkward
D=> you refers to ?
E => then is present again and surface twice makes it out.
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05 Feb 2009, 23:31
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I guess E is the best. Though it is wordy but clearly conveys the sequence as well as is clear
OA pls
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06 Feb 2009, 01:25
It should be E for the following reason.

A and D convey as if sanding and applying primer can happen in any order but these should be done before painting.
B and C are ungrammatical.
E clearly conveys the sequence in which sanding, applying primer and painting should occur.
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06 Feb 2009, 04:09
scthakur, How can u say this abt A. It clearly mentions the sequence of sanding, applying primer and then painting
scthakur wrote:
It should be E for the following reason.

A and D convey as if sanding and applying primer can happen in any order but these should be done before painting.
B and C are ungrammatical.
E clearly conveys the sequence in which sanding, applying primer and painting should occur.
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06 Feb 2009, 07:09
I go for E because

A fails to maintain the parallelism sand,apply,applying
B It is ambiguous
C awkward by introducing 'you'
D sentence is wordy and and redudandant usage of surface
E maintains the parallalism and fairly placed the sequence of event

OA is E
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06 Feb 2009, 14:30
Hi mates,

IMO E

is the unique that follows the //ism rule

OA and Source?

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06 Feb 2009, 20:43
OA is A
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06 Feb 2009, 23:20
Pls do not claim ur ans as OA (official answer) unless u know it is. This may let others to believe a wrong answer as the correct one
sreehari1250 wrote:
I go for E because

A fails to maintain the parallelism sand,apply,applying
B It is ambiguous
C awkward by introducing 'you'
D sentence is wordy and and redudandant usage of surface
E maintains the parallalism and fairly placed the sequence of event

OA is E
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07 Feb 2009, 02:29
x2suresh wrote:
OA is A

ups!

can we have OE and why E is wrong?

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07 Feb 2009, 03:08
I guess, the use of surface twice in E is redundant.Earlier, I also chose E but now see dat A conveys the right sequence as well as it is concise
JohnLewis1980 wrote:
x2suresh wrote:
OA is A

ups!

can we have OE and why E is wrong?

Thanks
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07 Feb 2009, 03:12
mmm, I see now that E seems to be redundant

However, I don't see the //ism in A: for me "before applying the paint" doesn't follow the structure in the sentence...

I really hate this kind of questions...
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07 Feb 2009, 09:50
I think the two 'it' s make A a bit awkward.

What is wrong with D? I think it is grammatically correct
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07 Feb 2009, 11:26
Now I see that E also changes the original meaning.

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