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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


Thanks guys OA=D

I picked D for this one, but I was hesitant about "as well" in the end. I guess we are looking for the best choice and D stands.

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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



HI GMATNinja, mikemcgarry, egmat, DmitryFarber, MagooshExpert (Carolyn), ccooley, GMATGuruNY, EducationAisle.

In C & D these doesn't it refer to Shoppers in sporting goods stores but not only Shoppers

It might be helpful to do a little QOTD-style analysis to help clarify your confusion here.
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(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

The word "unlike" indicates that we have a comparison, and it's clear from the context that we WANT to compare shoppers in sporting good stores to shoppers in department stores.

(A) illogically compares "shoppers in sporting good stores" to the prepositional phrase "in department stores." It doesn't make sense to compare "shoppers" to "in department stores, so (A) is gone.

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(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

Same illogical comparison we saw in (A), so (B) is out.

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(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

The conjunction "but" suggests a contrast or surprise. Here, not buying skis and a boomerang and leaving with only a basketball are perfectly compatible actions, so it's illogical to connect these actions with "but."

Also, the actions "do very little impulse shopping" and "do not buy a pair of skis..." would make much more sense if they were connected by the word "and."

Either way, (C) is gone.

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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

NandishSS, this is where we finally address your question directly!

Notice that if the pronoun "those" referred to the entire noun phrase "shoppers in sporting good stores", then (D) would also be illogical, because we'd be comparing shoppers in sporting goods stores to shoppers in sporting goods stores in department stores, and you'd have no correct answer! Any interpretation that leads to the elimination of all five options is clearly wrong.

We generally use the pronoun "those" to distinguish between two different groups. For instance, "the cupcakes with chocolate icing are more delicious than those [cupcakes] with asparagus icing." Here there are two groups of cupcakes: ones with chocolate icing and ones with asparagus icing. The prepositional phrases indicating the type of icing are what allow us to differentiate between the two groups.

It's the same basic construction we have in (D). The prepositional phrases beginning with "in" serve to identify our two groups of shoppers. There are the shoppers in sporting goods stores and those [shoppers] in department stores. Perfectly logical.

So (D) looks okay.

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(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

This sentence illogically compares "shoppers in sporting good stores" to "department stores" so (E) is wrong too, and (D) is our winner.

I hope that helps!
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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
= out because missing a noun “those” before “in department”.

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
= out, same reason as which of A

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
= out, illogically compares shoppers to department stores.


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
= out, because “leave with a basketball only and not buy a pair ..” is wrong, I think the right conjunction is “but”

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

Anc is C
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Between C and D, I chose 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

Bold part sounds awkward IMO.
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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

Please explain the error in C.


between C and D.

X, unlike Y, 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


do very little impulse shopping --> attribute of X .
do not buy a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball, but leave with only a basketball
---> example of characterstic/attribue of X ( very littel impuse shopping) and not a another characterstic.
It is better described in D.

X do very littel shopping; then giving an example to support the previous statement.

D is perfect in this scenario.


and also in C
Can we say
X do very little impulse shopping, "do not buy pair of skies"..
"do not buy pair of skies".. is modifies what .. X?
if it is X then we need conjuction "and"
X do very little impulse shopping and "do not buy pair of skies"..
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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
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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.
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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.
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The best/first split is the comparison signalled by "unlike." The intent of the sentence is to say that shoppers one place behave differently than shoppers in another. There are several grammatically correct ways to do so if you are free to write your own sentence. Just a few examples:

Shoppers here, unlike shoppers there, buy different stuff... (Compare the shoppers)
Shoppers buy different stuff when here rather than there. (Compare the location)
Shoppers buy weird stuff from here, quite unlike the bland stuff they buy there. (Compare the purchases)

In any GMAT comparison question, you should look closely at what you can't change about the comparison. Here, that's "Shoppers in sporting goods stores, unlike ______..."

A&B incorrectly parallel "shoppers in X" with just "in Y." While these choices might appear parallel (i.e. seeming match between prepositional phrases "in ___ stores"), we need the subject "shoppers" to be present in both parts of the comparison, for it is "shoppers" who "do very little impulse buying..."

E incorrectly parallels "sporting goods stores" with "department stores." Again, that doesn't work with the main verb that follows. Stores do not shop, people do.

C&D both correctly compare "shoppers in sporting goods stores" with "those (i.e. shoppers) in department stores."

C is incorrect because of punctuation--it is a run-on sentence. "Shoppers do X, do not buy Y, but leave with Z."

In contrast, D has correct use of the semicolon between two independent clauses.
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C conveys the meaning that doing little impulse shopping, not buying a pair of skis and boomerang and leaving with a basketball only are all parallel. Whereas the sentence actually wants to convey what it means by "doing little impulse shopping". Also "they" is ambiguous.
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Hi,

Your transcription, especially underlining is wrong. Here is the correct version

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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thanks daagh... i was wondering whether the answer choices missed something? or whether i read the question wrong!
Anyways, the second part of the sentence - "not buying a pair of skis and a boomerang when they come in for a basketball, but they leave with a basketball only", is meant as an example.
In option C, the sentence structure changes the intended purpose.
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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

whats wrong with C?


It makes no sense use "but" in C, meaning problem
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C conveys the meaning that doing little impulse shopping, not buying a pair of skis and boomerang and leaving with a basketball only are all parallel. Whereas the sentence actually wants to convey what it means by "doing little impulse shopping". Also "they" is ambiguous.


I agree that "they" can be ambigous. But I do not agree about the parallelism issue.
The problem with thw answer C is the usage of "but" in the sentence, changing the intended meaning
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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...

Answer D for me...
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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
- Perfect
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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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 --The wrong fanboys but.

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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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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New post 27 Nov 2015, 08:15
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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New post 03 Dec 2015, 20:15
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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