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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
(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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21 Nov 2003, 00:33
D.

reason i could think:

the clause No matter ---- items, modifies custom inspectors rather than travellers in the context of the sentence. So the comma should be followed immediately by custom inspectors.

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21 Nov 2003, 02:21
100% agree that A B C are out because of the modifier problem

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21 Nov 2003, 02:33
D contains unclear THEY.

E offers TREAT LIKE. I think TREAT AS is more appropriate, but from the viewpoint of clear sense E is the best.
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21 Nov 2003, 02:42
stolyar,

the ETS's answer is indeed D, the only reason I could give is

in E

No matter how patiently they explain their reasons
for confiscating certain items, customs inspectors are often treated not like government employees but wanton poachers by
travelers

by travelers is misplace - it should stand right next to the "treated" to look like"

No matter how patiently they explain their reasons
for confiscating certain items, customs inspectors are often treated by
travelers not like government employees but wanton poachers

Not sure about other errors in this sentence

Any ideas?

(Actually, I chose E when I tried this one for the reason you stated (ambiguous "they") )

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21 Nov 2003, 03:03
I think that they refers to custom inspectors in D, because both the phrases 'by inspectors' and 'as if they were wanton poachers' are modifiers to the clause 'customs inspectors are often treated'.

am i missing something??
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22 Nov 2003, 22:34
I think E requires LIKE after BUT: not like... but like.
it seems that not like... but... is not correct
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23 Nov 2003, 09:25
E is incorrect because the last part " .. wanton poachers by travelers" makes the sentence sound as if customs inspectors are being treated like "the wanton poachers are treated by travelers" ... thus travelers are used in the example part with respect to wanton poachers and not with respect to customer inspectors .. as it is intended to be.

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06 Mar 2012, 15:48
I read somewhere that you can only use 'rather than' when talking about preferences. If you are not, then using not ... but .. or instead is more appropriate. Is that wrong ?
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07 May 2014, 02:30
stolyar wrote:
D contains unclear THEY.

E offers TREAT LIKE. I think TREAT AS is more appropriate, but from the viewpoint of clear sense E is the best.

Always remember, ambiguity is a preferance criterion and does form a basis to rule out an option. Grammar > Meaning > preferance.
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19 Mar 2017, 00:03
D has an ambiguity in referance, what does "they" refer to? travellers or inspectors?
what's wrong with A?
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19 Mar 2017, 00:51
YangYichen wrote:
D has an ambiguity in referance, what does "they" refer to? travellers or inspectors?
what's wrong with A?

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No matter how patiently they explain their reasons for confiscating certain items -> This clause modifies custom officers and not travelers. Thus A,B and C are eliminated
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19 Mar 2017, 18:02
ankujgupta wrote:
YangYichen wrote:
D has an ambiguity in referance, what does "they" refer to? travellers or inspectors?
what's wrong with A?

YangYichen
No matter how patiently they explain their reasons for confiscating certain items -> This clause modifies custom officers and not travelers. Thus A,B and C are eliminated

oh~i missed the most important part of the stimulus no wonder i got the wrong answer~now i understand~great explanation!
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