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# There is a big difference between government agents scanning items for

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02 Apr 2015, 07:44
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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 workpapers, financial records, e‐mail messages and website 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 workpapers

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 workpapers

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 workpapers

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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02 Apr 2015, 09:32
correct idiom is difference between x and y - this eliminates A,B and D
C - government agents scanning of items .... government agents searching through the hard drive - parallelism issue
E - correct
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Choice A and B are wrong because of incorrect usage of idiom 'between X and Y'

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 workpapers

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 workpapers

Choice C is wordy - scanning of items'
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

Choice D is wrong because pronoun 'that' is used to refer to 'agents' (= humans)
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 workpapers

Choice E is right choice
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[/quote]
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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 - СORRECT
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31 May 2018, 00:40
Simple IDIOM => difference between x and Y ( x & y should be in parallel)
hence it comes down to C and E.

in C we have " government agents scanning of items for explosives",
in E we have " government agents scanning items for explosives " clearly E is better in idiomatic perspective.

hence E
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31 May 2018, 08:22
Hello Experts,

I am a little confused with the answer. Here option D says: There is a difference 'between government agents... and searching...'. So essentially the scentence is comparing govenment agents and searching??

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31 May 2018, 12:21
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Hello Experts,

I am a little confused with the answer. Here option D says: There is a difference 'between government agents... and searching...'. So essentially the scentence is comparing govenment agents and searching??

Hi SajjitaKundu,
Option D does not have "government agents... and searching"- for clarification I have mentioned option D below

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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

Probably, you meant to ask for option E(quoted below), which has "government agents... and searching".
If yes, a subtle thing to note here is that the sentence compares the process i.e. scanning and searching by govt. agents; and not "govt. agents" and "searching". Also check how option D introduces "that", which changes the intended meaning of sentence from "process" to "agents" and hence this option is wrong. Hope this clarifies
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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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24 Jan 2019, 01:44
Of course I chose E. But I am also a little confused.
Comparison between agents and searching.
And do not tell me there are processes)
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