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Though most people take it for granted now, the nationwide admission of students to colleges and universities based on academic merit is a relatively recent phenomenon, beginning only after World War II.

(A) Though most people take it for granted now, the nationwide admission of students to colleges and universities based on academic merit

(B) Though it is now taken for granted by most people, the admission of nationwide students to colleges and universities based on academic merit

(C) Now taken for granted by most people, colleges and universities admitting students based on their academic merit

(D) Most take them for granted now, but the admission of nationwide students to colleges and universities based on their academic merit

(E) Most people now take for granted that colleges and universities admit students nationally based on academic merit, and it
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08 Dec 2007, 19:47
applecrisp wrote:
Though most people take it for granted now, the nationwide admission of students to colleges and universities based on academic merit is a relatively recent phenomenon, beginning only after World War II.

Though most people take it for granted now, the nationwide admission of students to colleges and universities based on academic merit

Though it is now taken for granted by most people, the admission of nationwide students to colleges and universities based on academic merit

Now taken for granted by most people, colleges and universities admitting students based on their academic merit

Most take them for granted now, but the admission of nationwide students to colleges and universities based on their academic merit

Most people now take for granted that colleges and universities admit students nationally based on academic merit, and it

A. Incorrect. "Most people" in the first clause do not refer to "the admission" in the second clause. The word "now" is oddly misplaced.
B. Correct "It is taken for granted" in the first clause refers to "the admission." It also fixes the placement of the word "now"
C. Incorrect. it changes the meaning of the original sentence
D. Incorrect. it changes the original meaning and the sentence is fragmented
E Incorrect. Too wordy!
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09 Dec 2007, 20:25
applecrisp wrote:
OA is A

agree with A. B has two flaws, which A fixes.

first, it is in active where as B is in passice.
second, nationwide should modify admission not students and in A, it is exactly linke this.

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Though most people take it for granted now, the nationwide admission of students to colleges and universities based on academic merit is a relatively recent phenomenon, beginning only after World War II.

Though most people take it for granted now, the nationwide admission of students to colleges and universities based on academic merit

Though it is now taken for granted by most people, the admission of nationwide students to colleges and universities based on academic merit

Now taken for granted by most people, colleges and universities admitting students based on their academic merit

Most take them for granted now, but the admission of nationwide students to colleges and universities based on their academic merit

Most people now take for granted that colleges and universities admit students nationally based on academic merit, and it
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05 May 2008, 21:36
"based on academic merit" refers to students and not the colleges and universities.Hence C looks ok for me.
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05 May 2008, 21:45
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Though most people take it for granted now, the nationwide admission of students to colleges and universities based on academic merit is a relatively recent phenomenon, beginning only after World War II.

a Though most people take it for granted now, the nationwide admission of students to colleges and universities based on academic merit

b Though it is now taken for granted by most people, the admission of nationwide students to colleges and universities based on academic merit

c Now taken for granted by most people, colleges and universities admitting students based on their academic merit

d Most take them for granted now, but the admission of nationwide students to colleges and universities based on their academic merit

e Most people now take for granted that colleges and universities admit students nationally based on academic merit, and it

A and C are close but A wins as "they" in C is unclear....
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06 May 2008, 08:25
I go with A as well.

I also want to point out that no where in C does it indicate natiowide.
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06 May 2008, 11:51
bsd_lover wrote:
Though most people take it for granted now, the nationwide admission of students to colleges and universities based on academic merit is a relatively recent phenomenon, beginning only after World War II.

a Though most people take it for granted now, the nationwide admission of students to colleges and universities based on academic merit

b Though it is now taken for granted by most people, the admission of nationwide students to colleges and universities based on academic merit

c Now taken for granted by most people, colleges and universities admitting students based on their academic merit

d Most take them for granted now, but the admission of nationwide students to colleges and universities based on their academic merit

e Most people now take for granted that colleges and universities admit students nationally based on academic merit, and it

I choose A.

D & E have horrible word arangement. B is too wordy. C was a close 2nd, but just doesn't sound correct to me.
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OA is A :

The original sentence begins with an opening modifier that correctly modifies the nationwide admission of students.

(A) CORRECT. This choice is correct as it repeats the original sentence.

(B) The use of the initial modifier in this choice is correct. However, the adjective “nationwide” is incorrectly applied to students, when it is meant to apply to the admission process.

(C) Here, the modifier is adjacent to the subject “colleges and universities,” incorrectly suggesting that colleges and universities are taken for granted as opposed to the admission process.

(D) This sentence incorrectly uses the pronoun “them” to refer to the “admission” which is a singular subject. The use of the pronoun “their” is also unclear as the antecedent could be construed to be “colleges and universities” as opposed to the intended antecedent, "students."

(E) Using the word "and" at the end of the underline makes the meaning of this sentence less clear by failing to draw an appropriate contrast between the current state of taking the nationwide admission of students for granted and the fact that it is a relatively recent phenomenon. A more appropriate word choice would be "but": "Most people now take for granted..., but it is a relatively recent phenomenon."
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14 May 2008, 08:18
A for me.
'the nationwide admission of students' is better than 'the admission of nationwide students'.
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14 May 2008, 09:15
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marshpa wrote:
Though most people take it for granted now, the nationwide admission of students to colleges and universities based on academic merit is a relatively recent phenomenon, beginning only after World War II.
Though most people take it for granted now, the nationwide admission of students to colleges and universities based on academic merit
Though it is now taken for granted by most people, the admission of nationwide students to colleges and universities based on academic merit (nationwide correctly refers to students)
Now taken for granted by most people, colleges and universities admitting students based on their academic merit
Most take them for granted now, but the admission of nationwide students to colleges and universities based on their academic merit
Most people now take for granted that colleges and universities admit students nationally based on academic merit, and it

my guess is B

Notice they changed the order of the words, now we are talking about nationwide students vs. the original intent: nationwide admissions of students
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Though most people take it for granted now, the nationwide admission of students to colleges and universities based on academic merit is a relatively recent phenomenon, beginning only after World War II.

A Though most people take it for granted now, the nationwide admission of students to colleges and universities based on academic merit

B Though it is now taken for granted by most people, the admission of nationwide students to colleges and universities based on academic merit

C Now taken for granted by most people, colleges and universities admitting students based on their academic merit

D Most take them for granted now, but the admission of nationwide students to colleges and universities based on their academic merit

E Most people now take for granted that colleges and universities admit students nationally based on academic merit, and it
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What is difference between phrases used in option A "Though most people take it for granted now" and option B "Though it is now taken for granted by most people," ?

Which one of these is more appropriate to use ? Or both are good to use in this context.?

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What is difference between phrases used in option A "Though most people take it for granted now" and option B "Though it is now taken for granted by most people," ?

Which one of these is more appropriate to use ? Or both are good to use in this context.?

The difference is active & passive construction.
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26 Oct 2012, 01:47
iamitgoyal wrote:
What is difference between phrases used in option A "Though most people take it for granted now" and option B "Though it is now taken for granted by most people," ?

Which one of these is more appropriate to use ? Or both are good to use in this context.?

Option B is a passive construction
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26 Oct 2012, 02:23
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iamitgoyal wrote:
What is difference between phrases used in option A "Though most people take it for granted now" and option B "Though it is now taken for granted by most people," ?

Which one of these is more appropriate to use ? Or both are good to use in this context.?

The difference is active & passive construction.

But, Regarding the question above, isn't it "IT" used in B correctly referred by "the admission" ? In Option B if we rectify the other error then isn't it correct sentence?
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What is difference between phrases used in option A "Though most people take it for granted now" and option B "Though it is now taken for granted by most people," ?

Which one of these is more appropriate to use ? Or both are good to use in this context.?

Apart from A being Active (which is preferred) and B being passive, I guess there is a slight change in the meaning as well.
A states that "Nationwide admission" of students - meaning admission of students happening in a Nation, while B states that - admission of "Nationwide Students". This change in position of "nationwide" in B implies that the admission of students is restricted to students of a Nation, not that admissions are hapening nationwide (as in A).

I hope I was able to explain this properly.
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Though most people take it for granted now, the nationwide admission of students to colleges and universities based on academic merit is a relatively recent phenomenon, beginning only after World War II.

A Though most people take it for granted now, the nationwide admission of students to colleges and universities based on academic merit

B Though it is now taken for granted by most people, the admission of nationwide students to colleges and universities based on academic merit
Passive
C Now taken for granted by most people, colleges and universities admitting students based on their academic merit
Passive
D Most take them for granted now, but the admission of nationwide students to colleges and universities based on their academic merit
-them-> where it points
E Most people now take for granted that colleges and universities admit students nationally based on academic merit, and it

I will go with E as A seems wordy
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I guess option E doesn't show the contrast....Hence I'll go with A
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Can someone post a pointer as to how to distinguish between active and passive voice in this example? I know active is when X is doing the action whereas passive is when X has something done to it. I'm just not seeing it in this example.
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Can someone post a pointer as to how to distinguish between active and passive voice in this example? I know active is when X is doing the action whereas passive is when X has something done to it. I'm just not seeing it in this example.

Active - people take it for granted now... X performs action Y
Passive - it is taken for granted by people... action Y is performed by X

Hope this helps.
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