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The principal feature of the redesigned checks is a series of printed instructions that the company hopes will help merchants confirm a check’s authenticity, which includes reminders to watch the endorsement, compare signatures, and view the watermark while holding the check to the light.
A. which includes reminders to watch the endorsement, compare signatures, and view
B. which include reminders for watching the endorsement, to compare signatures and view
C. by including reminders for watching the endorsement, comparing signatures, and viewing
D. including reminders to watch the endorsement, comparing signatures and viewing
E. including reminders to watch the endorsement, compare signatures, and view
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14 Jun 2008, 04:42
The principal feature of the redesigned checks is a series of printed instructions that the
company hopes will help merchants confirm a check’s authenticity, which includes
reminders to watch the endorsement, compare signatures, and view
the watermark while
holding the check to the light.
A. which includes reminders to watch the endorsement, compare signatures, and
view
-"which" incorrectly refers to "printed instructions"
B. which include reminders for watching the endorsement, to compare signatures
and view
-"which" incorrectly refers to "printed instructions"
C. by including reminders for watching the endorsement, comparing signatures, and
viewing
-"by including" is not required here.
D. including reminders to watch the endorsement, comparing signatures and viewing
- to watch the endorsement,[to] comparing signatures and [to] viewing - incorrect right ?
E. including reminders to watch the endorsement, compare signatures, and view
-correct
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14 Jun 2008, 23:17
What is the source of this question please?
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15 Jun 2008, 01:12
dwivedys wrote:
What is the source of this question please?

dwivedys

I found it on another simmilar site
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15 Jun 2008, 02:01
Vote for E: parallelism and proper subordinate clause.
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15 Jun 2008, 03:27
I can come down to E, only if the "comma" was not present :
... the endorsement, compare signatures, and view .....

The structure of the sentence should have been ....
X,Y and Z.
For me X,Y,and Z is akward.
Typically an IC should start after the ",and" ..... I am confused.

Any one please could you clear up the mess here.
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16 Jun 2008, 05:27
aviator83 wrote:
The principal feature of the redesigned checks is a series of printed instructions that the
company hopes will help merchants confirm a check’s authenticity, which includes
reminders to watch the endorsement, compare signatures, and view
the watermark while
holding the check to the light.
A. which includes reminders to watch the endorsement, compare signatures, and
view
-"which" incorrectly refers to "printed instructions"
B. which include reminders for watching the endorsement, to compare signatures
and view
-"which" incorrectly refers to "printed instructions"
C. by including reminders for watching the endorsement, comparing signatures, and
viewing
-"by including" is not required here.
D. including reminders to watch the endorsement, comparing signatures and viewing
- to watch the endorsement,[to] comparing signatures and [to] viewing - incorrect right ?
E. including reminders to watch the endorsement, compare signatures, and view
-correct

Are you sure that the "which" in A and B refer to "printed instructions"?
I think it refers to authencity. Isn't this true?
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16 Jun 2008, 07:02
sanjay_gmat wrote:
aviator83 wrote:
The principal feature of the redesigned checks is a series of printed instructions that the
company hopes will help merchants confirm a check’s authenticity, which includes
reminders to watch the endorsement, compare signatures, and view
the watermark while
holding the check to the light.
A. which includes reminders to watch the endorsement, compare signatures, and
view
-"which" incorrectly refers to "printed instructions"
B. which include reminders for watching the endorsement, to compare signatures
and view
-"which" incorrectly refers to "printed instructions"
C. by including reminders for watching the endorsement, comparing signatures, and
viewing
-"by including" is not required here.
D. including reminders to watch the endorsement, comparing signatures and viewing
- to watch the endorsement,[to] comparing signatures and [to] viewing - incorrect right ?
E. including reminders to watch the endorsement, compare signatures, and view
-correct

Are you sure that the "which" in A and B refer to "printed instructions"?
I think it refers to authencity. Isn't this true?

You are correct.
"which" incorrectly refers to "authenticity". what i meant was that it should refer to "printed instructions" instead.
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16 Jun 2008, 07:28
E. Easy indeed
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The principal feature of the redesigned checks is a series of printed instructions that the company hopes will help merchants confirm a check’s authenticity, which includes reminders to watch the endorsement, compare signatures, and view the watermark while holding the check to the light.

A. which includes reminders to watch the endorsement, compare signatures, and
view
B. which include reminders for watching the endorsement, to compare signatures
and view
C. by including reminders for watching the endorsement, comparing signatures, and
viewing
D. including reminders to watch the endorsement, comparing signatures and viewing
E. including reminders to watch the endorsement, compare signatures, and view

[Reveal] Spoiler:
What is the problem with C ?
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22 Mar 2010, 10:19
Problem with C is it has 'by' after the comma. If the sentence had been without the comma before 'by' , then i think C would be correct.
IMO E.
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22 Mar 2010, 11:29
Is it a rule in English Grammar that there should not be any comma prior to by?
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22 Mar 2010, 11:56
I could eliminate A,B and D for the obvious reasons. Between C and E, i think C is better because including immediately after the comma means that authenticity is includes watching the endorsement, comparing signatures, and viewing. Hence C is better than E.
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angel2009 wrote:
The principal feature of the redesigned checks is a series of printed instructions that the
company hopes will help merchants confirm a check’s authenticity, which includes
reminders to watch the endorsement, compare signatures, and view
the watermark while
holding the check to the light.
A. which includes reminders to watch the endorsement, compare signatures, and
view
B. which include reminders for watching the endorsement, to compare signatures
and view
C. by including reminders for watching the endorsement, comparing signatures, and
viewing
D. including reminders to watch the endorsement, comparing signatures and viewing
E. including reminders to watch the endorsement, compare signatures, and view

[Reveal] Spoiler:
What is the problem with C ?

IMO 'E'

'C' is wrong.. read the above sentence as below(removing the sentence in bracket):

The principal feature of the redesigned checks is a series of printed instructions (that the
company hopes will help merchants confirm a check’s authenticity), which includes
reminders to watch the endorsement, compare signatures, and view the watermark while
holding the check to the light.

HTH.
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Hey All,

Lots of you are on this, but I'd just add a bit of explanation. One uses a comma to set off a modifying phrase, generally with either a participle, or a relative pronoun like "which". "By" is a preposition. It is very uncommon to introduce a prepositional phrase with a comma, because they aren't necessary. For example:

The house by the sea.

I'll do it by flying in at nightfall.

Hope that helps!

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24 Mar 2010, 08:22
Hi Tommy,
Don't you think C is more parallel than E ?
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Hey Angel,

Not so far as I can see: watch, compare, and view are just as parallel as watching, comparing, and viewing. What makes you feel like one is more parallel than the other?

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24 Mar 2010, 20:08
angel2009 wrote:
The principal feature of the redesigned checks is a series of printed instructions that the
company hopes will help merchants confirm a check’s authenticity, which includes
reminders to watch the endorsement, compare signatures, and view
the watermark while
holding the check to the light.
A. which includes reminders to watch the endorsement, compare signatures, and
view
B. which include reminders for watching the endorsement, to compare signatures
and view
C. by including reminders for watching the endorsement, comparing signatures, and
viewing
D. including reminders to watch the endorsement, comparing signatures and viewing
E. including reminders to watch the endorsement, compare signatures, and view

[Reveal] Spoiler:
What is the problem with C ?

The feature/authenticity 'which includes' or authenticity 'including ..... '
Confused between A and E ........ wats the OA ????
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19 Aug 2010, 20:54
Hi, Tom, (well maybe you won't see this post anymore.I just try)

could you clarify the usage of Ving here?

I read some rules about the usage of this on Manhattan forum, which is following:

the "comma + ing" modifier should only be used when:

(A)
it MODIFIES THE ENTIRE ACTION of the preceding clause, and it APPLIES TO THE SUBJECT of that clause;
AND
(B)
one of the following is true:
(1) the "ing" action is SIMULTANEOUS with the main action;
- i ran down the sidewalk, flapping my arms wildly
(2) the "ing" action is a DIRECT CONSEQUENCE of the main action;
- i got a 100 on the most recent exam, bringing my average up to 91

But the Ving here in Choice E doesn't fit in the above rules, right?

Also, presuming the choise A is using "include", will it be the best answer? Thank you very much!
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19 Aug 2010, 21:13
I didn't like the which clause, or the including clause, because it's not clear what they're modifying or describing. The instructions? The authenticity? I like the "by doing x, y , and z" because then naturally it sounds like these 3 things will help the merchant confirm authenticity. It just sounds better in my head, where if I try to plug the other examples in, I'm automatically going back to reread the sentence because I get lost what the 3 things belong to.
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