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# Q 22. Unlike mainstream American businesses, more than half

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Q 22.
Unlike mainstream American businesses, more than half of which fail, the failure rate for businesses in the Amish community hovers around 5 percent.
A. Unlike mainstream American businesses, more than half of which fail
B. Unlike mainstream American businesses, in which the failure rate is more than half
C. Unlike mainstream American businesses, where more than half of them fail
D. While the rate of mainstream American businesses failing is more than half
E. While more than half of mainstream American businesses fail
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07 Oct 2005, 14:08
E I think. But not sure...

It is short and says " more than half of mainstream" and also offers contrast (similar to unlike) by beginning with while.

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07 Oct 2005, 15:26
I assume the Unlike at the beginning of the stem belongs to the first three answer choices.

The second part of the sentence talks about the failure rate, which is whatever. In order to be parallel, one must also talk about the failure rate of american businesses as well.

D is the only answer, which does that.

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07 Oct 2005, 19:57
Looks like I'm on my own lone track here. I seem to be differing with every answer today!
The meaning of the sentence: The failure rate in Amish businesses hovers around 5 percent. But, the failure rate in mainstream American business is more than 50% or half.
IMO, B. Unlike mainstream American businesses, in which the failure rate is more than half, gets across the point the clearest.
Nero, I think B also talks about the failure rate in both parts.
B for me!!!

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07 Oct 2005, 20:19
Not exactly anandsebastin, I agree with you on B.

We need unlike to emphasize the disparity between the failure rates
of the two. D and E drop out.

B correctly compares/parallels the failure rate of mainstream American businesses to the failure rate of Amish community businesses.

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07 Oct 2005, 21:12
B is my choice too. Logical comparison.

D and E are worth considering if Unlike is also underlined. 'Unlike + While' is not correct

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08 Oct 2005, 16:21
B was my initial choice too, but looking at various responses I am confused. OA please

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08 Oct 2005, 16:23
GMATT73 wrote:
Not exactly anandsebastin, I agree with you on B.

We need unlike to emphasize the disparity between the failure rates
of the two. D and E drop out.

B correctly compares/parallels the failure rate of mainstream American businesses to the failure rate of Amish community businesses.

Hah, it sure is a good feeling to have people on your side! Thanks, GMATT73, and gsr!

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09 Oct 2005, 09:26
cdaat wrote:
E it is

All except E compared apples to organges.

Yup OA is E.
I was thinking the comparison is between rate of failure. that is why I picked D.
I am stilil not sure why D is wrong. CDAAT can you please explain that.
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10 Oct 2005, 00:59
Nakib77> could you please post the OE for controversial SCs like this?

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10 Oct 2005, 01:47
It can only be D or E because in A,B,C we should have "the failure rate for mainstream businesses" to compare things correctly. It is not the case, so you can not use unlike.

Between D and E, I don't like D because it says : While the rate of mainstream American businesses failing is more than half

I don't see the reason of this gerund here...it sounds a little weird to me, no ? I don't know OE, it was just my opinion

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10 Oct 2005, 11:01
cdaat wrote:
E it is

All except E compared apples to organges.

Howdy,

E compares , the number of failures with failure rate. These are two different things. Hence not parallel.

I choose A which is better than B ; IMO - Less wordy.

Any other suggestions ?

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11 Oct 2005, 02:12
GMATT73 wrote:
Nakib77> could you please post the OE for controversial SCs like this?

I don't have the OE, I got this question wrong. This is again from the paper exam. I picked D.

If someone has OE please share it.
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