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# QOTD: Many conservative voters who had previously supported

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Verbal Question of The Day: Day 95: Sentence Correction

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Many conservative voters who had previously supported the senator changed their minds when they learned that, in addition to his strong stance against sexual offenders, he is a lifelong collector of pornographic books and art.

(B) in spite of
(C) rather than
(D) in opposition to
(E) concurrently with

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03 Sep 2017, 16:20
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Many conservative voters who had previously supported the senator changed their minds when they learned that, in addition to his strong stance against sexual offenders, he is a lifelong collector of pornographic books and art.

(B) in spite of
(C) rather than
(D) in opposition to
(E) concurrently with

I choose in opposition to. (D).

It must show contrast - we can eliminate (A).
Between 4 other choices, I think D is more proper.

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03 Sep 2017, 19:51
Answer is option B because strong stance... Is the quality which voters like and life long collector... Is the quality which voters don't like.
Option D looks like voters are opposing strong stance

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03 Sep 2017, 22:25
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Personally, I get a little bit nervous whenever I see these super-short GMAT questions. They can be really, really annoying, and I’m happier when there are multiple potential errors in the sentences. But this one isn’t so bad: just think really strictly and literally about the meaning of the sentence, and you’re all set.

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This doesn’t quite make sense. His strong stance against sexual offenders would seem to contradict the senator’s penchant for porn, so “in addition to” can’t be right. Eliminate (A).

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(B) in spite of

This looks good. Yeah, the senator collects porn in spite of his political stance against sexual offenders. Keep (B).

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(C) rather than

It’s hard to explain exactly why this is wrong. “Rather than” would indicate that the senator doesn’t actually hold a strong stance against sexual predators, and he collects porn instead. That clearly isn’t the intended meaning, and it doesn’t really make sense: why would we even be talking about the senator’s porn collection if he wasn’t being a hypocrite? (C) is out.

(Also: the content of this question is a little bit weird. Just saying.)

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(D) in opposition to

(D) doesn’t quite make sense, either. It wouldn’t make sense to say that his porn collection somehow “opposes” his strong stance on sexual offenders. (D) is gone.

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(E) concurrently with

Huh? This one makes no sense. “Concurrently” just means “at the same time”, and while it may be true that the senator simultaneously collected porn and had a strong stance against sexual offenders, it really isn’t the point of the sentence.

Only choice (B) correctly emphasizes that the senator held his political position despite his appetite for porn.
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04 Sep 2017, 01:52
PT - The sentence before the underlined part describes that part after the comma will provide something offending/contrasting about the senator which made voters to re-think there decision to support him.

Thus, we need to look for a contrast marker/element between the two points mentioned about the Senator.

A - Provides additional information thus wrong.
B - Incorrect comparison as being sexual offender doesn't always mean collecting pornographic books and art.
C - X and Y for comparison does not exist.
D - Inverse of B
E - Correct

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04 Sep 2017, 06:55
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Many conservative voters who had previously supported the senator changed their minds when they learned that, in addition to his strong stance against sexual offenders, he is a .

(B) in spite of
(C) rather than
(D) in opposition to
(E) concurrently with

The question is just about meaning of the sentence.
"strong stance against sexual offenders" and "lifelong collector of pornographic books and art" - we can say that these 2 thing contradictory in the view of voters.
They obviously like the first one and obviously do not like the second one.

The only option that shows contrast is B - this is the right answer.
(Option D "in opposition to" - it does not show the contrast).
(Option C "rather than" - there is no 1 thing instead another, there are 2 "contradictory in view of conservative voters" things)
(Options A, E - not even close to contrast)
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Many conservative voters who had previously supported the senator changed their minds when they learned that, in addition to his strong stance against sexual offenders, he is a lifelong collector of pornographic books and art.

(A) in addition to -We need to show contrast, hence wrong.
(B) in spite of -Correct. Depicts the contrast correctly.
(C) rather than -We are not comparing anything. "than" is unwanted here.
(D) in opposition to -This option creates redundancy in the sentence. We already have "stance against" in the sentence.
(E) concurrently with -We need to show contrast, hence wrong.
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04 Sep 2017, 23:37
Many conservative voters who had previously supported the senator changed their minds when they learned that, in addition to his strong stance against sexual offenders, he is a lifelong collector of pornographic books and art.

Meaning Analysis: The strong stance of the senator is in contrast to his collection.

Error Analysis: 'in addition to' does not bring in the contrast the situation demands.

Wrong.

(B) in spite of

(C) rather than
'rather than' has to be used between two parallel entities. ...rather than his strong stance...,he. The option is drawing a parallel between two dissimilar entities.

(D) in opposition to
'in opposition to' gives us the information that he is against his strong stance against sexual offenders. This is wrong and also fails to draw the contrast.

(E) concurrently with
Unable to provide the contrast.

Thus, option B.
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05 Sep 2017, 03:01
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Verbal Question of The Day: Day 95: Sentence Correction

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Many conservative voters who had previously supported the senator changed their minds when they learned that, in addition to his strong stance against sexual offenders, he is a lifelong collector of pornographic books and art.

(B) in spite of
(C) rather than
(D) in opposition to
(E) concurrently with

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here we need option that provide a contrast according to the meaning so a,e is out
d and c is out as it alters the meaning
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05 Sep 2017, 09:26
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Verbal Question of The Day: Day 95: Sentence Correction

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Many conservative voters who had previously supported the senator changed their minds when they learned that, in addition to his strong stance against sexual offenders, he is a lifelong collector of pornographic books and art.

(B) in spite of
(C) rather than
(D) in opposition to
(E) concurrently with

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Split 1 in addition is used to give extra information about something that is discussed in the sentence
It can not be used to set up contrast .
Split 2 his strong stance is a noun so we should in spite of
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05 Sep 2017, 09:54

Split 1 here is 'his strong stance against sexual offenders' and split1 is 'he is a lifelong collector of pornographic books and art.'
The underlined portion should reveal the relationship between the two parts.

B reveals the hypocritical relationship between the senator's stance and behavior.
Although.. I can't quite explain why D is wrong. B sounds better to me tbh.
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09 Sep 2017, 04:47
This statement has everything to do with meaning.
Let me explain how

Many conservative voters who had previously supported the senator changed their minds when they learned that, in addition to his strong stance against sexual offenders, he is a lifelong collector of pornographic books and art.

"in addition to his strong stance against sexual offenders"-- This means he is against the sexual offender.
Now, compare the meaning

(A) in addition to - (Wrong) - This clearly means his stance against the sexual offender.
(B) in spite of - Correct - Intended Meaning/Proper Contrast.(He is against sexual offenders, but he keeps pornographic books.)
(C) rather than - Rather than What? (Wrong)
(D) in opposition to (Awkward)
(E) concurrently with (Wrong)

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11 Sep 2017, 09:50
Many conservative voters who had previously supported the senator changed their minds when they learned that, in addition to his strong stance against sexual offenders, he is a lifelong collector of pornographic books and art.

(B) in spite of
(C) rather than
(D) in opposition to
(E) concurrently with

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18 Oct 2017, 21:24
GMATNinja wrote:
Personally, I get a little bit nervous whenever I see these super-short GMAT questions. They can be really, really annoying, and I’m happier when there are multiple potential errors in the sentences. But this one isn’t so bad: just think really strictly and literally about the meaning of the sentence, and you’re all set.

Quote:

This doesn’t quite make sense. His strong stance against sexual offenders would seem to contradict the senator’s penchant for porn, so “in addition to” can’t be right. Eliminate (A).

Quote:
(B) in spite of

This looks good. Yeah, the senator collects porn in spite of his political stance against sexual offenders. Keep (B).

Quote:
(C) rather than

It’s hard to explain exactly why this is wrong. “Rather than” would indicate that the senator doesn’t actually hold a strong stance against sexual predators, and he collects porn instead. That clearly isn’t the intended meaning, and it doesn’t really make sense: why would we even be talking about the senator’s porn collection if he wasn’t being a hypocrite? (C) is out.

(Also: the content of this question is a little bit weird. Just saying.)

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(D) in opposition to

(D) doesn’t quite make sense, either. It wouldn’t make sense to say that his porn collection somehow “opposes” his strong stance on sexual offenders. (D) is gone.

Quote:
(E) concurrently with

Huh? This one makes no sense. “Concurrently” just means “at the same time”, and while it may be true that the senator simultaneously collected porn and had a strong stance against sexual offenders, it really isn’t the point of the sentence.

Only choice (B) correctly emphasizes that the senator held his political position despite his appetite for porn.

I was searching for a proper explanation for this question. Thnx , this is of great help

Apart from this GMATNinja , can you please tell if I am line with you --
For Option- C , 'Rather Than' means 'More exactly/ Instead' here. For example, 'She is not introvert,rather the opposite'. Intended meaning of the original sentence changes when we use 'rather than' So it is wrong.
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28 Nov 2017, 23:31
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Verbal Question of The Day: Day 95: Sentence Correction

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Many conservative voters who had previously supported the senator changed their minds when they learned that, in addition to his strong stance against sexual offenders, he is a lifelong collector of pornographic books and art.

(B) in spite of
(C) rather than
(D) in opposition to
(E) concurrently with

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I re-answered this question and got the right answer, thanks to GMATNinja explanation about the quite similar topic.

Here, I eliminated A and D at first place because "his strong stance" illogical to compare with "he"

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