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There is a big difference between government agents scanning items for explosives or looking through a suitcase full of clothing, from searching through the hard drive of a laptop computer containing work papers, financial records, e‐mail messages and Web site visits.
A. government agents scanning items for explosives or looking through a suitcase full of clothing, from searching through the hard drive of a laptop computer containing work papers
B. government agents who are scanning items for explosives or looking through a suitcase full of clothing, or searching through the hard drive of a laptop computer containing work papers
C. government agents scanning of items for explosives or looking through a suitcase full of clothing, and searching through the hard drive of a laptop computer which contains work papers
D. government agents that scan items for explosives or that look through a suitcase full of clothing, and that search through the hard drive of a laptop computer containing work papers
E. government agents scanning items for explosives or looking through a suitcase full of clothing, and searching through the hard drive of a laptop computer containing work papers
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Difference between X, and Y. So A & B are out.
C is out for incorrect usage of Which
D is awkward and comparing government agents and a searching method
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09 Oct 2012, 04:29
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There is a big difference between government agents scanning items for explosives or looking through a suitcase full of clothing, from searching through the hard drive of a laptop computer containing work papers, financial records, e‐mail messages and Web site visits.
A. government agents scanning items for explosives or looking through a suitcase full of clothing, from searching through the hard drive of a laptop computer containing work papers
B. government agents who are scanning items for explosives or looking through a suitcase full of clothing, or searching through the hard drive of a laptop computer containing work papers
C. government agents scanning of items for explosives or looking through a suitcase full of clothing, and searching through the hard drive of a laptop computer which contains work papers
D. government agents that scan items for explosives or that look through a suitcase full of clothing, and that search through the hard drive of a laptop computer containing work papers - this changes the meaning of the original statement (as if we are not comparing the act of scanning and searching but the agents who do these acts)
E. government agents scanning items for explosives or looking through a suitcase full of clothing, and searching through the hard drive of a laptop computer containing work papers

1. Beetween ...and -eliminated A,B
2. Which should always be preceded by a comma -eliminate C

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I would say that the answer is D because it makes difference between two types of agents describing what they usually do, not just at particular moment in time.
I'm not sure, any suggestions would help.
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I would say that the answer is D because it makes difference between two types of agents describing what they usually do, not just at particular moment in time.
I'm not sure, any suggestions would help.

Hi Stiv

"that" and "which" cannot refer to living beings. "who" can.
Here "that" cannot follow "government agents"

Now let us look at option D

There is a big difference between government agents that scan items for explosives or that look through a suitcase full of clothing, and that search through the hard drive of a laptop computer containing work papers

How many types of agents are we considering ("that" is a marker here)
1) scan items for explosives
2) look through a suitcase full of clothing
3) search through the hard drive of a laptop computer containing work papers

The use of between in the correct part suggests that there are only two types. How can we have three?

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10 Oct 2012, 07:00
1. Please look at this note below s in the given link. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/who

The relevant portion says this much about the use of ‘that and who’

Some grammarians have argued that only who and not that should be used to introduce a restrictive relative clause that identifies a person. This restriction has no basis either in logic or in the usage of the best writers; it is entirely acceptable to write either the woman that wanted to talk to you or the woman who wanted to talk to you. •

But it is not clear whether GMAT accepts this concept. If GMAT has no issue about using that for human being also, then we can refer to the agents as agents that, and not necessarily agents who.

But looking at the meaning part, the first type of search is a more serious one because it is mostly done as security check against international terrorism, while the search through the drives of a computer is less serious one that searches for less harmful cyber crimes. That is where the big difference lies and not in differentiating between two types of people, who both after all are government agents, .Therefore, I feel there should be no need for hair- splitting between the birds of the same feather. This text definitely tests the difference between two searches. D is not that fit as E
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There is a big difference between government agents scanning items for explosives or looking through a suitcase full of clothing, from searching through the hard drive of a laptop computer containing work papers, financial records, e‐mail messages and Web site visits.
A. government agents scanning items for explosives or looking through a suitcase full of clothing, from searching through the hard drive of a laptop computer containing work papers : idiom is between x and y
B. government agents who are scanning items for explosives or looking through a suitcase full of clothing, or searching through the hard drive of a laptop computer containing work papers : idiom is between x and y
C. government agents scanning of items for explosives or looking through a suitcase full of clothing, and searching through the hard drive of a laptop computer which contains work papers : Scanning is gerund, searching is verb. It should be agents' scanning even if we use gerund
D. government agents that scan items for explosives or that look through a suitcase full of clothing, and that search through the hard drive of a laptop computer containing work papers : We are not differntiating Govt. Agents, but their actions
E. government agents scanning items for explosives or looking through a suitcase full of clothing, and searching through the hard drive of a laptop computer containing work papers
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I chose quickly and carelessly choice C, but choice E is better. In choice C, there are two error spots: Government agents scanning of items for explosives or looking through a suitcase full of clothing, and searching through the hard drive of a laptop computer which contains work papers
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C - government agents scanning of items .... government agents searching through the hard drive - parallelism issue
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23 Nov 2012, 19:03
Dear all,

In sentence C, i don t see why you state it wrong. It refers to documents located in the computer and therefore from my point of view it is correct.
However, I have chosen E because C says "scanning of items" which is kinda weird. To the contrary, if it was written "scanning OFF items", C would definitely be the best.

Don t you agree? Please let me know where I am wrong.

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I chose quickly and carelessly choice C, but choice E is better. In choice C, there are two error spots: Government agents scanning of items for explosives or looking through a suitcase full of clothing, and searching through the hard drive of a laptop computer which contains work papers

Can you please explain how you eliminated C due to the error Government agents scanning of items for explosives
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I hardly believe there is an existence of a SC question that exploit the grammar of "between....and..." with reduction of the the subject "government agents"
=> lesson: should scan options as soon as complete the original sentence to spot more errors
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