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# The basic needs of the average cat are simple and largely

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The basic needs of the average cat are simple and largely inexpensive: food, water, affection, and shelter, and occasional visits to the veterinarian.

(A) and occasional visits to the veterinarian
(B) with occasional veterinarian visits
(C) with occasional visits to the veterinarian
(D) yet occasionally visiting the veterinarian
(E) but some occasional visits to the veterinarian are needed

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18 May 2010, 13:30
elevinty wrote:
The basic needs of the average cat are simple and largely inexpensive: food, water, affection, and shelter, and occasional visits to the veterinarian.

(A) and occasional visits to the veterinarian
(B) with occasional veterinarian visits
(C) with occasional visits to the veterinarian
(D) yet occasionally visiting the veterinarian
(E) but some occasional visits to the veterinarian are needed

[Reveal] Spoiler:
OA:C

Somehow i think A should be the answer.
Food, water, affection... are in list format and IMO should be independent of the main clause.
Let some expert comment..!!
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18 May 2010, 13:47
I narrowed it to A and C.

Picked (C). would like to get experts opinion on what is grammatically wrong between A and C.
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18 May 2010, 20:34
elevinty wrote:
The basic needs of the average cat are simple and largely inexpensive: food, water, affection, and shelter, and occasional visits to the veterinarian.

(A) and occasional visits to the veterinarian
(B) with occasional veterinarian visits
(C) with occasional visits to the veterinarian
(D) yet occasionally visiting the veterinarian
(E) but some occasional visits to the veterinarian are needed

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OA:C

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18 May 2010, 21:30
Without peeking, I choose C.

Now peeking, C. Yay!

So, why C?
A. I don't like because of the double and.
B. Is actually my second choice, it just does not sound as right as C. Perhaps this is because the modifiers occasional and veterinarian do not match well.
D. There is nothing to suggest that visits to the vet are not part of the needs of a cat. So the use of yet here is incorrect.
E. Again as in D, the but does not make sense as it contrasts the list of needs with the need for the vet.

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19 May 2010, 02:20
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What is the source of this question?

Am not sure what is the source of the question, because I have a book that contains a collection of questions. if I had to guess, I would say from manhattan
but it's not from the 1000sc that's for sure
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19 May 2010, 02:27
The answer C looks good. A is also good, though "and shelter, and" doesn't sound correct for me.
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19 May 2010, 02:35
This is how I approach the question:
I eliminated D and E right away because there is no contrast
In B I dont have a specific reason but at the same time who in earth would say veterinarian visits ???
between A and C: honestly I chose A at the beginning because "with" is almost always wrong in the GMAT, but then when I looked at A, it seemed like if "and" is introduced it's either trying to parallel with another element and make them equal on the same logical level(which is not here) or it's trying to connect two Independent clauses together(which in this case there is no verb, "to" here I would say is acting as subordinator I know it's weird but sometimes "to" actually function like that, even if it didn't there is still no verb) so A is out.
In C: "with" is acting as a preposition and it's adding new information to the first bit, and ofcourse it can come anywhere in the sentence and still modify the main clause because the whole phrase is an adverb.

With all that being said, I really want to hear an expert opinion.
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