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# The diet of the ordinary Greek in classical times was

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The diet of the ordinary Greek in classical times was [#permalink]

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16 May 2008, 03:33
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The diet of the ordinary Greek in classical times was largely vegetarian--vegetables, fresh cheese, oatmeal,
and meal cakes, and meat rarely.
(A) and meat rarely
(B) and meat was rare
(C) with meat as rare
(D) meat a rarity
(E) with meat as a rarity

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16 May 2008, 17:28
zoltan wrote:
E

It's better you explain your answers zoltan, that will you a better practice. Otherwise, I am sure you remember all these questions and their answers from OG or several other books.

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16 May 2008, 17:33
E

A and B are wrong because of the construction "and x, and y"
C is wrong because "meat as rare" makes no sense
D is wrong because "meat as rarity" just doesn't fit in the sentence
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16 May 2008, 17:47
lexis wrote:
The diet of the ordinary Greek in classical times was largely vegetarian--vegetables, fresh cheese, oatmeal,
and meal cakes, and meat rarely.
(A) and meat rarely
(B) and meat was rare
(C) with meat as rare
(D) meat a rarity
(E) with meat as a rarity

Out of all the choices E is is best because it boils down to :
The diet of the ordinary Greek in classical times was largely vegetarian,with meat as a rarity.

A and D are disjoint phrases.
C - 'as' is not comparing meat with an adjective ( rare )
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16 May 2008, 20:43
I am curious to know what is wrong with B.

The diet of the ordinary Greek in classical times was largely vegetarian--vegetables, fresh cheese, oatmeal, and meal cakes, and meat rarely, and meat was rare

I thought it made perfect sense with the matching parallels " was largely vegetarian" and "meat was rare" although Choice E is quite tempting too. In GMAT scenario, I would have picked E as well. I think I am too sleepy now to overanalyze this any further.
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17 May 2008, 02:39
this sentence is constructed to say

"the diet was mostly vegetarian -- <list of vege foods> <modifier phrase>"

the examples of vegeterian food is just a list of examples. the underlined part should describe the diet, and join back up with the original sentence in the most logical way.

the only answer choice that does this is E,
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17 Jun 2008, 01:59
The diet of the ordinary Greek in classical times was largely vegetarian, with meat as a rarity.
Meat was a rarity in diet of ordinary Greek in classical time.
Now I understand why E is correct answer.

However, I think they should use --......xxxx.....--.
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28 Jan 2009, 22:09
lexis wrote:
The diet of the ordinary Greek in classical times was largely vegetarian--vegetables, fresh cheese, oatmeal,
and meal cakes, and meat rarely.
(A) and meat rarely
(B) and meat was rare
(C) with meat as rare
(D) meat a rarity
(E) with meat as a rarity

the diet was largely vegetarian --list of veggies..

A, B are out.. we cann't include meat in this list.

C is out. meat as rare.. illogical.. rare(Adj) and meat(noun)

rarity=noun= one that is rare

E looks better than D.

diet was.. largley vegetarian (,..,)with meat as rarity.

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Re: SC: RARELY   [#permalink] 28 Jan 2009, 22:09
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