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29 Oct 2013, 09:12
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Shoppers in sporting goods stores, unlike in department stores, do very little impulse shopping, not buying a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball, but they leave with a basketball only.

A. in department stores, do very little impulse shopping, not buying a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball, but they leave with a basketball only
B. in department stores, shop impulsively very little; someone who comes in for a basketball will leave with a basketball only and not also buy a pair of skis and a boomerang as well
C. those in department stores, do very little impulse shopping, do not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball, but leave with only a basketball
D. those in department stores, do very little impulse shopping; someone who comes in for a basketball will leave with a basketball only and not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang as well
E. department stores, shop impulsively very little; someone will not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball but will leave with only a basketball

You need to compare apples with apples. Here, you are comparing shoppers with department stores !

Therefore, you NEED those: choices C & D are left.

Now look at C, it is totally wordy and awkard and not parallel and only at the end is not well placed...

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Shoppers in sporting goods stores, unlike in department stores, do very little impulse shopping, not buying a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball, but they leave with a basketball only.

The comparison is between "shoppers in sporting goods stores" and "shoppers in department stores" -

A. in department stores, do very little impulse shopping, not buying a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball, but they leave with a basketball only - Wrong comparison as explained above

B. in department stores, shop impulsively very little; someone who comes in for a basketball will leave with a basketball only and not also buy a pair of skis and a boomerang as well - Wrong comparison as explained above

C. those in department stores, do very little impulse shopping, do not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball, but leave with only a basketball
As the comparison part is done, lets remove the modifier.
Shoppers in sporting goods stores do very little impulse shopping - Complete clause.

The second clause : do not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball, but leave with only a basketball. Where is the subject of this clause. - Incorrect.

D. those in department stores, do very little impulse shopping; someone who comes in for a basketball will leave with a basketball only and not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang as well
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1) those replace shoppers. Correct comparison.
2) If we remove the ",those in department stores," the first clause becomes "Shoppers in sporting goods stores do very little impulse shopping".
Semi colon indicates another intimately connected independent clause -
someone who comes in for a basketball will leave with a basketball only and not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang as well
who replaces someone comes - Subject verb proper.
Someone will leave and will not buy - Perfect Subject verb.

E. department stores, shop impulsively very little; someone will not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball but will leave with only a basketball
Wrong comparison as explained above
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12 May 2014, 09:29
Dear Mod,

Please correct original sentence and post better version by Daagh

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I pick (D) for clarity. The comparison between "Shoppers in sporting goods stores" and "those in department stores" is parallel and clear.

Shoppers in sporting goods stores, unlike those in department stores, do very little impulse shopping; someone who comes in for a basketball will leave with a basketball only and not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang as well

Why not C..Same comparison is there...

First, I thought about C too, but in C this part of a sentence "Shoppers in sporting goods stores, unlike those in department stores, do very little impulse shopping, do not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball, but leave with only a basketball" doesn't clearly refer to the subject -shoppers in sporting goods stores.

but in D, there is "as well" at the end. i eliminated D because 'X and Y as well' is wrong. Should be X and Y. Can you please throw some light here?

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The major issue here is grammar.

A. in department stores, do very little impulse shopping, not buying a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball, but they leave with a basketball only --- not buying … but they buy ---- Un//

B. in department stores, shop impulsively very little; someone who comes in for a basketball will leave with a basketball only and not also buy a pair of skis and a boomerang as well – The problem is with ‘unlike in departmental stores’. ‘Unlike’ a preposition should be immediately followed by a noun and not a prepositional phrase.

Secondly the comparison seems to be blurred somewhat here. While we know that it is the shoppers in sports goods store, we cannot be so sure in Dept. stores. It could be shoppers or dabblers, or casual visitors. That is the reason the pronoun 'those' assumes importance in C and D.

C. those in department stores, do very little impulse shopping, do not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball, but leave with only a basketball ---- This is a run–on

D. those in department stores, do very little impulse shopping; someone who comes in for a basketball will leave with a basketball only and not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang as well ----- Comparison is ok, and the contrast is there. This is the best.

E. department stores, shop impulsively very little; someone will not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball but will leave with only a basketball --- Someone will not and they will not buy – wrong pronoun number agreement.

I feel the phrase'as well' is a ploy and a diversion, since all other choices do have solid errors.
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27 Nov 2015, 01:32
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The major issue here is grammar.

A. in department stores, do very little impulse shopping, not buying a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball, but they leave with a basketball only --- not buying … but they buy ---- Un//

B. in department stores, shop impulsively very little; someone who comes in for a basketball will leave with a basketball only and not also buy a pair of skis and a boomerang as well – The problem is with ‘unlike in departmental stores’. ‘Unlike’ a preposition should be immediately followed by a noun and not a prepositional phrase.

Secondly the comparison seems to be blurred somewhat here. While we know that it is the shoppers in sports goods store, we cannot be so sure in Dept. stores. It could be shoppers or dabblers, or casual visitors. That is the reason the pronoun 'those' assumes importance in C and D.

C. those in department stores, do very little impulse shopping, do not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball, but leave with only a basketball ---- This is a run–on

D. those in department stores, do very little impulse shopping; someone who comes in for a basketball will leave with a basketball only and not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang as well ----- Comparison is ok, and the contrast is there. This is the best.

E. department stores, shop impulsively very little; someone will not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball but will leave with only a basketball --- Someone will not and they will not buy – wrong pronoun number agreement.

I feel the phrase'as well' is a ploy and a diversion, since all other choices do have solid errors.

I would like to hear your take on the "as well" at the end of the sentence in choice D. I admit that the choice D is the most properly constructed sentence among the given choices, but, to me, "as well" is redundant and confused me while I was solving the question. Since we have "and", why do we need "as well"? Is it for emphasis?
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I feel that the phrase ‘as well’,which really means ‘in addition’, is added to fall in line with the rationale of what impulse shopping is. Let’s delve.

1. When you go in to buy X and you just buy X and come away, that is targeted buying or required buying.
2. But when you go in to buy X, you buy not only X, but also Y and Z, then it is called impulse buying, because you are buying them in addition to X. This ‘in addition’ element is the key for impulse shopping.
3. In the third scenario, you go in to buy X, but you don’t buy X for some reason but by Y and Z instead then it is not logically impulse buying.

This fine psychological or logical (whatever you call it) nuance is what has been brought out by adding the phrase ‘as well” IMO.
However, I think that may not be a crucial factor; you can decide this question on grammar alone, as I said.
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D.

In C, the second and the third part of the sentences are jumbled and don't flow properly. As noted above, answer choice D has more clarity than the other answer choices.

I think in D 'as well' is redundent' thats why i did not opt for D

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We are comparing “shoppers in sporting stores” with “shoppers in department stores”. Hence, "those" is required. So, we are left with "C" and "D". Now, it becomes slightly meaning-based. The part “do not buy…..basketball” is describing “impulse shopping”. So, C is out. And, D is the correct answer..
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Hi,
I have a question here..

Why cant we assume the the word "those" plays ellipsis role in the option A?

Option A --> Shoppers in sporting goods stores, unlike in department stores, do very little impulse
shopping.

If it is ellipsis then the above sentence seems perfectly fine..
I think the answer choice A is wrong in the meaning.. --> not playing_____ is wrong....

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Shoppers in sporting goods stores, unlike in department stores, do very little impulse shopping, not buying a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball, but they leave with a basketball only
A. in department stores, do very little impulse shopping, not buying a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball, but they leave with a basketball only
B. in department stores, shop impulsively very little; someone who comes in for a basketball will leave with a basketball only and not also buy a pair of skis and a boomerang as well
C. those in department stores, do very little impulse shopping, do not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball, but leave with only a basketball
D. those in department stores, do very little impulse shopping; someone who comes in for a basketball will leave with a basketball only and not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang as well
E. department stores, shop impulsively very little; someone will not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball but will leave with only a basketball

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Shoppers in sporting goods stores, unlike in department stores, do very little impulse shopping, not buying a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball, but they leave with a basketball only
A. in department stores, do very little impulse shopping, not buying a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball, but they leave with a basketball only
B. in department stores, shop impulsively very little; someone who comes in for a basketball will leave with a basketball only and not also buy a pair of skis and a boomerang as well
C. those in department stores, do very little impulse shopping, do not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball, but leave with only a basketball
D. those in department stores, do very little impulse shopping; someone who comes in for a basketball will leave with a basketball only and not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang as well
E. department stores, shop impulsively very little; someone will not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball but will leave with only a basketball

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Option C has subject verb error.

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Option C has subject verb error.

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Shoppers in sporting goods stores, unlike in department stores, do very little impulse shopping, not buying a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball, but they leave with a basketball only

A. in department stores, do very little impulse shopping, not buying a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball, but they leave with a basketball only
B. in department stores, shop impulsively very little; someone who comes in for a basketball will leave with a basketball only and not also buy a pair of skis and a boomerang as well
C. those in department stores, do very little impulse shopping, do not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball, but leave with only a basketball
D. those in department stores, do very little impulse shopping; someone who comes in for a basketball will leave with a basketball only and not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang as well
E. department stores, shop impulsively very little; someone will not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball but will leave with only a basketball

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