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Mauritius was a British colony for almost 200 years, excepting for the domains of administration and teaching, the English language was never really spoken on the island. (GMAT practice test from mba.com)

A - excepting for
B - except in
C - but except in
D - but excepting for
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Mauritius was a British colony for almost 200 years, excepting for the domains of administration and teaching, the English language was never really spoken on the island. (GMAT practice test from mba.com)

A - excepting for
B - except in
C - but except in
D - but excepting for
E - with the exception of


The sentence includes two independent clauses, so a conjuntion should be used to connect two clauses. A, B, E out

"excepting" in D modifies "the English language" --> awkward

C is the winner
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And OA is?
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According to my source, OA is B.
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We need BUT here to clearly give the contrast here.

i.e. .....BUT except for the domains of administration and teaching, the English language was never really spoken on the island.
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The OA is C on this one (I don't know who said differently). B is a run-on sentence. If you start the clause with "except," it's independent, so you should've had a period or semicolon.

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The OA is C on this one (I don't know who said differently). B is a run-on sentence. If you start the clause with "except," it's independent, so you should've had a period or semicolon.

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Hi tommy, Why not E?\
with the exception of is also an appropriate idiom
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Thanks tommy for clarifying. C it is.
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Hey Munda,

If you start the sentence with "with," it's a run-on sentence again. See how you've started another independent clause?

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Hey Munda,

If you start the sentence with "with," it's a run-on sentence again. See how you've started another independent clause?

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C for me.

OA is out Tommys explanation is also out
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Any advice regarding quickly eliminating incorrect answer choices on this problem?

116. Mauritius was a British colony for almost 200 years,
excepting for the domains of administration and
teaching, the English language was never really
spoken on the island.

(A) excepting for
(B) except in
(C) but except in
(D) but excepting for
(E) with the exception of

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really really tough answer :(

First of all I saw the list of all idioms on this board in excel format and I didn't find it.

Secondly i have searched on different site and nothing

Yet, i have found this

Use Except Correctly:

Use except as a preposition to mean excluding or but. "Everyone went to the party except Jonathan."

Use as a conjunction to mean only, or with the exception, often followed by the word "that." "The twins are identical except that one has longer hair than the other."

Use as an idiom to mean "if it weren't for" something. "Sandra would go back to college except for lack of time and money."

Use as a verb to mean to exclude or leave out, or to object. "Let's except that item from the list."

I picked B for POE (not so far away, indeed)...........
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very good question!

the problem with B is incorrect comparison.
'Mauritius is a colony except in these domains' does not make much sense ... Mauritius can be either a colony or not a colony

C is not a very good option but it is still the best.
C correctly uses 'but' to connect two sentences

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Any advice regarding quickly eliminating incorrect answer choices on this problem?

116. Mauritius was a British colony for almost 200 years,
excepting for the domains of administration and
teaching, the English language was never really
spoken on the island.

(A) excepting for
(B) except in
(C) but except in
(D) but excepting for
(E) with the exception of

A, B and E: "but" is missing. Without it, it would sound like Mauritius was not a british company in the domains of administration and teaching...
D: the preposition "in" is necessary here and I'm not sure that "excepting" is followed by a preposition ("excepting sth")

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Any advice regarding quickly eliminating incorrect answer choices on this problem?

116. Mauritius was a British colony for almost 200 years,
excepting for the domains of administration and
teaching, the English language was never really
spoken on the island.

(A) excepting for
(B) except in
(C) but except in
(D) but excepting for
(E) with the exception of

A, B and E: "but" is missing. Without it, it would sound like Mauritius was not a british company in the domains of administration and teaching...
D: the preposition "in" is necessary here and I'm not sure that "excepting" is followed by a preposition ("excepting sth")

=> C

Exactly. You need the "but" to convey the message of the sentence. You can tell from the complete sentence that there is a contradiction since "Mauritius was a colony" and "English was never really spoken". This is why you would need a "but" in your answer, which helps you to eliminate (A), (B) and (E) very quickly. Leaving it to (C) and (D), (D) does not make much sense as an answer because the gerund is not applicable here.
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Mauritius was a British colony for almost 200 years, excepting for the domains of administration and teaching, the English language was never really spoken on the island. (GMAT practice test from mba.com)

A - excepting for
B - except in
C - but except in
D - but excepting for
E - with the exception of


Understanding intent of meaning helps solve this question. They are trying to say that English was only spoken in two domains and nowhere else. So they want to CONTRAST this, therefore we need a "but".

That's why C is correct and E is wrong.
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Mauritius was a British colony for almost 200 years, excepting for the domains of administration and teaching, the English language was never really spoken on the island. (GMAT practice test from mba.com)

A - excepting for
B - except in
C - but except in
D - but excepting for
E - with the exception of


"on the island" except "in the domain". The 2 phrases are paralel through "except". this pattern is logic and correct

is that right?
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Mauritius was a British colony for almost 200 years, excepting for the domains of administration and teaching, the English language was never really spoken on the island. (GMAT practice test from mba.com)

A - excepting for
B - except in
C - but except in
D - but excepting for
E - with the exception of



"except in" is parallel with " on the land". is that right?

we need two thing parallel when we use "excpet". for example,

except English, foreign languages are taught here

am I correct?
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