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No matter how patiently they explain their reasons for confiscating certain items, travelers often treat customs inspectors like wanton poachers rather than government employees .

(A) travelers often treat customs inspectors like wanton poachers rather than government employees

(B) travelers often treat customs inspectors as wanton poachers instead of government employees

(C) travelers often treat customs inspectors as if they were not government employees but wanton poachers

(D) customs inspectors are often treated by travelers as if they were wanton poachers rather than government employees

(E) customs inspectors are often treated not like government employees but wanton poachers by travelers
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05 Jan 2009, 12:53
D and E are passive and as per GMAT passive is not allowed most of the times...therefore IMO B
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05 Jan 2009, 13:05
D and E are passive and as per GMAT passive is not allowed most of the times...therefore IMO B

Passive is less preferred in GMAT for a reason, not by default.
Here, IMO, the emphasis is on "inspectors" and the way they are treated.
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05 Jan 2009, 13:33
I agree with botirvoy, the answer is D.

In B the travelers are the ones explaining their reasons for confiscating certain items, however, the travelers are not the ones confiscating the items its the custom inspectors, therefore D.
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05 Jan 2009, 13:55
vivektripathi wrote:
No matter how patiently they explain their reasons for confiscating certain items, travelers often treat customs inspectors like wanton poachers rather than government employees .

(A) travelers often treat customs inspectors like wanton poachers rather than government employees

(B) travelers often treat customs inspectors as wanton poachers instead of government employees

(C) travelers often treat customs inspectors as if they were not government employees but wanton poachers

(D) customs inspectors are often treated by travelers as if they were wanton poachers rather than government employees

(E) customs inspectors are often treated not like government employees but wanton poachers by travelers

A,B,C -- out (Modifier issue)

between D and E

In E treated not like Govt employees but like
wanton poachers

Parallelism issue without "like" before wanton poachers..

D looks good.
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05 Jan 2009, 15:18
A, B & C are out because of modifier issue.

Between D & E, D remains.

E has an issue with not like x but y

not like x but like y is probably better.

What is the OA & OE?
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07 Jan 2009, 12:45
Bet ween D and E , I choose 'D'. Modifier modifies customs officer so the sentence should start with customs officer after the comma.
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07 Jan 2009, 22:45
Isn't D missing at least 2 commas?
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07 Jan 2009, 23:45
Its Definitely D... Inspectors should be modified. Not travellers
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10 Jan 2009, 20:38
GmatEnemy wrote:
Its Definitely D... Inspectors should be modified. Not travellers

went with D; though I did not like so much the wordiness of it "".............as if they were wanton poachers.........."
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03 Jun 2010, 06:41
I was confused b/w D and E. In D, what THEY refer to.
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03 Jun 2010, 16:37
No matter how patiently they explain their reasons for confiscating certain items, travelers often treat customs inspectors like wanton poachers rather than government employees .

(A) travelers often treat customs inspectors like wanton poachers rather than government employees
Opening modifier shoud modify inspectors

(B) travelers often treat customs inspectors as wanton poachers instead of government employees
Improper comparison
Opening modifier shoud modify inspectors

(C) travelers often treat customs inspectors as if they were not government employees but wanton poachers
Opening modifier shoud modify inspectors

(D) customs inspectors are often treated by travelers as if they were wanton poachers rather than government employees
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(E) customs inspectors are often treated not like government employees but wanton poachers by travelers
improper constructions: not like X but Y

What is OA?
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03 Jun 2010, 18:03
I would pick D because the inspectors explain to the travelers, not the other around. choice E doesn't sound right.
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03 Jun 2010, 19:24
Why we need WERE in D, while rest of sentences are in present tense format, in addition the original sentence says so?

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Why we need WERE in D, while rest of sentences are in present tense format, in addition the original sentence says so?

Were because it is Hypothetical Subjunctive. Correct me if i am wrong.

(If, As if) .... were it should be
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03 Jun 2010, 19:29

I missed this concept. Thanks +1.

mrik wrote:
ykaiim wrote:
Why we need WERE in D, while rest of sentences are in present tense format, in addition the original sentence says so?

Were because it is Hypothetical Subjunctive. Correct me if i am wrong.

(If, As if) .... were it should be

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04 Jun 2010, 14:12
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Customs officers should be the one modified.
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04 Jun 2010, 20:42
A, B, C -- OUT (Initial modifier modifies Customs officers, not travelers)

D -- Issue with verb tense
E – Correct
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