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Unlike most severance packages, which require workers to stay until the last day scheduled to collect, workers at the automobile company are eligible for its severance package even if they find a new job before they are terminated.

(A) the last day scheduled to collect, workers at the automobile company are eligible for its severance package

(B) the last day they are scheduled to collect, workers are eligible for the automobile company's severance package

(C) their last scheduled day to collect, the automobile company offers its severance package to workers

(D) their last scheduled day in order to collect, the automobile company's severance package is available to workers

(E) the last day that they are scheduled to collect, the automobile company's severance package is available to workers

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This one is a classic. There's some very low-hanging fruit with the comparison... and then some really gnarly meaning stuff that most people struggle with. So if you missed this one, you're definitely not alone!

As a starting point, that phrase "unlike most severance packages" should absolutely jump off the page at you. It's followed by a phrase that modifies "packages", but then that phrase must be followed by something that can logically be compared with "most severance packages"...

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(A) the last day scheduled to collect, workers at the automobile company are eligible for its severance package

... and (A) doesn't have anything that can logically be compared with "most severance packages." Literally, this is comparing "most severance packages" with "workers at the automobile company." So (A) is out.

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(B) the last day they are scheduled to collect, workers are eligible for the automobile company's severance package

This has exactly the same comparison problem as in (A). So (B) is out, too.

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(C) their last scheduled day to collect, the automobile company offers its severance package to workers

Well, the comparison is different in this one, but it's still wrong: "unlike most severance packages... the automobile company..." Nope, that doesn't make any sense, either. We can eliminate (C).

And the fun stops there. :?

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(D) their last scheduled day in order to collect, the automobile company's severance package is available to workers

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(E) the last day that they are scheduled to collect, the automobile company's severance package is available to workers

The comparison is just fine in both of these: "unlike most severance packages... the automobile company's severance package..." No problem.

So the only difference between (D) and (E) is that first part of the underlined portion, and we have to be literal as all hell about figuring out what, exactly, each of them means. In (D), we have: "most severance packages... require workers to stay until their last scheduled day in order to collect." That seems OK, I guess. "Their last schedule day" presumably refers to the workers' last scheduled day of work -- and that makes perfect sense.

But in (E), we have "most severance packages... require workers to stay until the last day that they are scheduled to collect." Literally, this seems to be saying that workers have to stay until the last day that they are scheduled to collect their paychecks -- not necessarily the last day that they're scheduled to work.

It's miserably subtle, but (E) doesn't make as much sense as (D). Nasty!
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I would go with option D.

(A) the last day scheduled to collect, workers at the automobile company are eligible for its severance package
incorrectly compares severence package to the workers.
(B) the last day they are scheduled to collect, workers are eligible for the automobile company's severance package
same as A
(C) their last scheduled day to collect, the automobile company offers its severance package to workers
incorrectly compares severence package to the automobile company
(D) their last scheduled day in order to collect, the automobile company's severance package is available to workers
correct[i][/i]
(E) the last day that they are scheduled to collect, the automobile company's severance package is available to workers
that incorrectly refers to the last day.[i][/i]
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Option D

1. Incorrect comparison error in option A, B and c and so we can eliminate them. This narrows down to option D and E
2. Option E is incorrect based on "the last day that they are scheduled to collect" changes the meaning of the sentence

That leaves us with option D

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Unlike most severance packages, which require workers to stay until the last day scheduled to collect, workers at the automobile company are eligible for its severance package even if they find a new job before they are terminated.

(A) the last day scheduled to collect, workers at the automobile company are eligible for its severance package (Wrong comparison of severance package with worker)
(B) the last day they are scheduled to collect, workers are eligible for the automobile company's severance package (Same as A)
(C) their last scheduled day to collect, the automobile company offers its severance package to workers (Wrong comparison of severance package with the company)
(D) their last scheduled day in order to collect, the automobile company's severance package is available to workers (correct)
(E) the last day that they are scheduled to collect, the automobile company's severance package is available to workers (changes the meaning of sentence)

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Split 1
Faulty comparison in the original sentence
Unlike most severence package should be compared with saverence package of automobile company.
A,B and C are out .
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Meaning error in E
The last day that they are scheduled to collect .How can anyone collect a day ?
That here is modifying day
D is the correct answer.

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I'll also throw in my choice for option D. You have a comparison problem with A/B/C. You're left with D & E.

E changes the meaning. E is saying that the workers stay until the last day that they are scheduled to collect. The original meaning seems to say that workers stay until their last scheduled day

Small distinction, but once you spot the difference in meaning you'll eliminate E and choose D.

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Option D

1. Incorrect comparison error in option A, B and c and so we can eliminate them. This narrows down to option D and E
2. Option E is incorrect based on "thenlast day that they are scheduled to collect". Infers that last day is scheduled to collect.

That leaves is with option D



Hello Rag1217,

You have hit the nail on the head by identifying the exact error in each answer choice. Well done and keep up the great job. :thumbup:

However, I would just like to let you know that your analysis for Choice E is not entirely correct.

Indeed, the structure the last day that they are scheduled to collect is problematic in Choice E.

However, this choice does not suggest that the last day is scheduled to collect.

Please note that the noun modifier that is followed by they = workers. So this choice implies that the workers workers are scheduled to collect the last day. This most definitely does not make any sense.


Hope this helps. :-)
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Unlike most severance packages, which require workers to stay until the last day scheduled to collect, workers at the automobile company are eligible for its severance package even if they find a new job before they are terminated.

(A) the last day scheduled to collect, workers at the automobile company are eligible for its severance package : unlike package so package must be compared
(B) the last day they are scheduled to collect, workers are eligible for the automobile company's severance package : unlike package so package must be compared
(C) their last scheduled day to collect, the automobile company offers its severance package to workers : unlike package so package must be compared
(D) their last scheduled day in order to collect, the automobile company's severance package is available to workers
(E) the last day that they are scheduled to collect, the automobile company's severance package is available to workers :"that " implies to package so must be followed after the work package

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D

By using comparison, it can be eliminated to D & E.

Option E changes the meaning. Hence, D.
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Comparison - Package with package . eliminate A B C

Out of D & E , D is more appropriate

(A) the last day scheduled to collect, workers at the automobile company are eligible for its severance package
(B) the last day they are scheduled to collect, workers are eligible for the automobile company's severance package
(C) their last scheduled day to collect, the automobile company offers its severance package to workers
(D) their last scheduled day in order to collect, the automobile company's severance package is available to workers
(E) the last day that they are scheduled to collect, the automobile company's severance package is available to workers
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