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The pattern of economic crisis in the developing countries

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The pattern of economic crisis in the developing countries is ominously familiar to what happended in the industrial countries in the Great Depression.

(A) familiar to what happened
(B) similar with the occurrences
(C) reminiscent of what happened
(D) familiar to the occurrences
(E) reminiscent to what happened
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Concur with C. "Reminiscent of.." is idiomatic.
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New post 16 Jan 2008, 09:00
marcodonzelli wrote:
solaris1 wrote:
Concur with C. "Reminiscent of.." is idiomatic.



what's wrong with A?


C

I guess "reminiscent of" suggests something in past. "familiar to = known to someone"
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New post 16 Jan 2008, 19:41
GHIBI wrote:
The pattern of economic crisis in the developing countries is ominously familiar to what happended in the industrial countries in the Great Depression.

(A) familiar to what happened
(B) similar with the occurrences
(C) reminiscent of what happened
(D) familiar to the occurrences
(E) reminiscent to what happened


C.

familiar is the wrong word to use here, suggests a wierd scenario

reminiscent of appears to be correct.
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New post 16 Jan 2008, 20:05
i was stuck between C and E. Reminiscent of.....is the correct idiom?
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New post 16 Jan 2008, 20:08
Following items to look out for:
Parallel construction: The pattern of... is ominously reminiscent of…
Verb Issue: Referring time in the Great Depression – requires simple past
Idiom: reminiscent of not reminiscent to

(A) familiar to what happened (Not parallel – Eliminate it)
(B) similar with the occurrences (Verb “occurrences” is simple present tense and cannot refer the time line in the Great Depression – Eliminate it)
(C) reminiscent of what happened (hold it)
(D) familiar to the occurrences (Verb “occurrences” is simple present tense and cannot refer the time line in the Great Depression – Eliminate it)
(E) reminiscent to what happened (Idiom issue – Eliminate it)

The correct sentence:

The pattern of economic crisis in the developing countries is ominously reminiscent of what happened in the industrial countries in the Great Depression.

Answer: C
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New post 16 Jan 2008, 20:57
OA is C. :-D
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