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# <The typical holiday shopper, although seduced by row

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1. <The typical holiday shopper, although seduced by row upon row of novelty gifts, tend to purchase more practical> items these days because he or she realizes that frivolous gadgets are often cheaply made.

A) The typical holiday shopper, although seduced by row upon row of novelty gifts, tend to purchase more practical

B) As a typical holiday shopper, the tendency to purchase row upon row of novelty gifts is won over by the purchase of more practical

C) Typically, the holiday shopper who is attracted to novelty gifts tends to remain practical with

D) The typical holiday shopper, although seduced by row upon row of novelty gifts, tends to purchase more practical

E) The typical holiday shopper, although seduced by row upon row of novelty gifts, tends to purchase the most practical

2. Despite the legal arguments of <Robert and I, the zoning board approved> the new housing project before it adjourned.

A) Robert and I, the zoning board approved

B) Robert and I, the zoning board had approved

C) Robert and me, the zoning board approved

D) Robert and me, the zoning board had approved

E) Robert and me the zoning board approved

3.The minister of justice <wants to try a fix of the country's very unique court system>.

A) wants to try a fix of the country's very unique court system.

B) wants to try to fix the country's most unique court system

C) wants to try and fix the country's unique court system

D) wants to try to fix the country's unique court system

E) wants to try and fix the country's very unique court system

4.<Trying to find the reason for a discrepancy in the records, he> found that the files had been tampered with.

A) Trying to find the reason for a discrepancy in the records, he

B) Trying to find a discrepancy in the records, he

C) As he was trying to find a discrepancy in the records, he

D) Having tried to find the reason for a discrepancy in the records, he had

E) Since he is trying to find the reason for a discrepancy in the records, he

OA to follow..

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08 Jan 2006, 19:16

1 C: Short and concise. Do we really need row upon row? Thats the confusion if I should choose D vs C.
3 D try to is more idiomatic. Dont need the word very in front of unique. Redundant word?
4 A. All other choices seem wrong. B and C change meaning of the sentence from reason for a discrepancy to discrepancy directly. D goes having ... had.. and again had in the last clause. E looks completely awkward..

What is OA?

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08 Jan 2006, 20:11
1. D. There is the tense problem in original sentence. D corrects it straightforward. I'm confused between C and D also, but I would choose D.

2. D. Robert and me and past perfect tense because had approved before...
3. D the same logic as willget800
4. A.
B, C and E different meaning. D tense problem.

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08 Jan 2006, 23:42
The OA is

1- D

2-D ( Anyone can explain why a perfect tense needs to be used)

3-D

4-A

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09 Jan 2006, 01:03
andy_gr8 wrote:
The OA is

2-D ( Anyone can explain why a perfect tense needs to be used)

IMO, we see 2 actions in the past in this sentence. Adjourned and approve. And since "approval" happens before adjourned, we need to use past perfect "had approved".

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09 Jan 2006, 01:09
Thanks vic,
I dnt know why but i am always having problems with past perfect....have by hearted all the rules, but whenever pp comes i feel like using only past tense to convey the meaning

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10 Jan 2006, 01:21
1. D.
2. Past perfect got me here...very good question !
2. D.
3. A.

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10 Jan 2006, 11:10
1.D
2.A (got it wrong because of past perfect)
3.D
4.A

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10 Jan 2006, 15:22
In the future, please post as 4 separate threads as it eases discussion. Thank you.
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20 Jan 2006, 22:57
can someone explain

1. the answer for the second question

2. why is C wrong in the last question

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20 Jan 2006, 22:57
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