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22 Sep 2017, 23:41
Somehow the meaning of entire sentence is not clear to me.

(D) Unlike the premiums for auto insurance, the premiums for personal property coverage are not affected by the frequency of claims, but if the insurance company is able to prove excessive loss due to owner negligence, it may decline to renew the policy.

What does it refer to? Ideally should refer to frequency because it cannot refer to
a) insurance company - the company cannot decline
b) premiums - plural

frequency is only thing left. However, how can frequency decline to renew to the policy. Doesn't make sense to me.

Pls help!
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24 Sep 2017, 10:21
(A) Unlike auto insurance, the frequency of claims does not affect the premiums for personal property coverage
(B) Unlike with auto insurance, the frequency of claims do not affect the premiums for personal property coverage
(C) Unlike the frequency of claims for auto insurance, the premiums for personal property coverage are not affected by the frequency of claims
(D) Unlike the premiums for auto insurance, the premiums for personal property coverage are not affected by the frequency of claims
(E) Unlike with the premiums for auto insurance, the premiums for personal property coverage is not affected by the frequency of claims

A)comparison error
B)comparison error
C)comparison error
D)correct
E) agreement error
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11 Feb 2018, 18:44
Unlike auto insurance, the frequency of claims does not affect the premiums for personal property coverage, but if the insurance company is able to prove excessive loss due to owner negligence, it may decline to renew the policy.

(A) Unlike auto insurance, the frequency of claims does not affect the premiums for personal property coverage
(B) Unlike with auto insurance, the frequency of claims do not affect the premiums for personal property coverage
(C) Unlike the frequency of claims for auto insurance, the premiums for personal property coverage are not affected by the frequency of claims
(D) Unlike the premiums for auto insurance, the premiums for personal property coverage are not affected by the frequency of claims
(E) Unlike with the premiums for auto insurance, the premiums for personal property coverage is not affected by the frequency of claims

"Unlike" suggests a comparison between two subjects. The comparison has to be logical.
Also, I'm certain the use of "unlike with" is unidiomatic.
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11 Feb 2018, 18:56
Somehow the meaning of entire sentence is not clear to me.

(D) Unlike the premiums for auto insurance, the premiums for personal property coverage are not affected by the frequency of claims, but if the insurance company is able to prove excessive loss due to owner negligence, it may decline to renew the policy.

What does it refer to? Ideally should refer to frequency because it cannot refer to
a) insurance company - the company cannot decline
b) premiums - plural

frequency is only thing left. However, how can frequency decline to renew to the policy. Doesn't make sense to me.

Pls help!

if the insurance company is able to prove excessive loss due to owner negligence, it may decline to renew the policy.
Why can't the company decline?

You can rewrite this:

if the insurance company is able to prove excessive loss due to owner negligence, insurance company may decline to renew the policy.

You only read the word "decline" and forgot about the "to renew" part.
How can the frequency decline to renew?
"Insurance company" is the only logical reference.
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16 Feb 2018, 15:03
Hi lary301254M7,

Thank you for your question. I think the misunderstanding with grad2020 is the meaning of the word "decline." There are two general meanings for "decline":

1. To reduce in size
2. To refuse someone

In this case, the phrase "it may decline to renew the policy" means that the insurance company (what "it" is referring to) can refuse to renew the policy - not that they will somehow lose value or size.

I hope this helps clear it up!
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