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I was able to narrow down the options to A and E. The only difference between them are the words "despite" and "because". Could someone explain why E is wrong?


"Widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and Printers" helps in counterfeiting. Hence it does not make sense to say because such technology is available, counterefting has become difficult. Hence Option E is wrong.
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Popular options are A, B and D.
To simplify the comparsions b\w the actual objects, I've made simple and close analogous sentences for these 3 options.
Only in option A, comparison is done b\w similar objects.

A. Today forgery is harder than it was in ancient times, when forgery was common.
(Today’s forgery v/s. Forgery in ancient times) <-- Right

B. Forgery is harder than it was in ancient times, when forgery was common.
(Forgery v/s. Forgery in ancient times) <-- Wrong

D. Today forgery is harder than when forgery was common in ancient times.
(Today’s forgery v/s. time) <-- Wrong


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B is wrong. Modifier error makes it sound like the technology occurs today, not its availability.

C has an illogical comparison. I compares ‘counterfeiting’ and ‘the time of the civil war.’
D again makes an illogical comparison between ‘counterfeiting’ and ‘when it was estimated.’
E uses ‘because of’ instead of ‘despite’ which gives the sentence the completely opposite meaning.

A is the right answer
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OFFICIAL EXPLANATION
The intent of the sentence is to compare counterfeiting today to counterfeiting in the past, using difficulty as the measure. In the original sentence, the comparison is correctly drawn between “today…counterfeiting is” and “it [counterfeiting] was at the time of the Civil War.” Additionally, the use of “despite” accurately conveys the main point that although some new technologies are available, counterfeiting is nevertheless more difficult than it once was.

(A) CORRECT. The original sentence is correct as written.
(B) The intent of the sentence is to compare counterfeiting today to counterfeiting in the past. In this sentence, the placement of “today” after “high resolution scanners and printers” could lead to a misunderstanding about what occurs “today”: the equipment, or perhaps the wide availability of the equipment, rather than the counterfeiting itself.
(C) This sentence is missing “today,” which clearly indicated in the original sentence when the counterfeiting with scanners and printers occurs. The first instance of the pronoun "it" has also been dropped, creating an illogical comparison between an act, “counterfeiting,” and a time, “at the time of the Civil War.” A correct comparison could have been between “today” and “the time of the Civil War”: “…counterfeiting is more difficult today than at the time of the Civil War…”
(D) An illogical comparison is made between an act, “counterfeiting,” and a time, “when it was estimated.”
(E) The point of the original sentence is that counterfeiting is more difficult today “despite,” not “because of,” the technology that is available.
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According to Mahattan Prep, the pronoun must refer to the same antecedent throughout the sentence. The first It in the sentence is referring to counterfeiting, but the second it is not. So how can answer A be correct?
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Today, despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is more difficult than it was at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit.


(A) Today, despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is more difficult than it was at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit. - Comparing today with the past. Correct placement of today

(B) Despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers today, counterfeiting is more difficult than it was at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit. Today's placement change changes the meaning, now no comparison between past and present

(C) Despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is more difficult than at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit. - wrong comparison between counterfeiting and at the time of Civil war

(D) Today, despite widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is more difficult than when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit at the time of the Civil War. Wrong comparison.

(E) Today, because of widely available technology such as high-resolution scanners and printers, counterfeiting is more difficult than it was at the time of the Civil War, when it was estimated that one-third of all currency in circulation was counterfeit. It should have been a contrast but it made it a causal relationship
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