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Unlike the recognition of ethical lapses in others, many people are disinclined to perceive the same flaws in themselves.

A. Unlike the recognition of ethical lapses in others, many people are disinclined to perceive the same flaws in themselves.
B. Unlike the perception of ethical flaws in themselves, many people are willing to recognize these same flaws in others.
C. Many people, willing to recognize ethical lapses in others, are disinclined to perceive the same flaws in themselves.
D. Many people are disinclined to perceive the same flaws in themselves, but are willing to perceive ethical lapses in others.
E. Although willing to recognize ethical lapses in others, many people in themselves are disinclined to perceive the same flaws.

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Unlike the recognition of ethical lapses in others, many people are disinclined to perceive the same flaws in themselves.
A. Unlike the recognition of ethical lapses in others, many people are disinclined to perceive the same flaws in themselves.
B. Unlike the perception of ethical flaws in themselves, many people are willing to recognize these same flaws in others.
C. Many people, willing to recognize ethical lapses in others, are disinclined to perceive the same flaws in themselves.
D. Many people are disinclined to perceive the same flaws in themselves, but are willing to perceive ethical lapses in others.
E. Although willing to recognize ethical lapses in others, many people in themselves are disinclined to perceive the same flaws.

I'm happy to help with this. :-)

First of all, comparisons. In any construction "Like P, Q ..." or "Unlike P, Q ...", elements P & Q are in parallel and are the items compared. Answers (A) & (B) blow this entirely.
(A) "Unlike the recognition ....., many people ..." Compares recognition to people. WRONG
(B) "Unlike the perception ....., many people ..." Compares perception to people. WRONG
See this blog for more on comparisons:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-sente ... omparison/

Choice (C) has no obvious flaw.

Choice (D) begins with "Many people are disinclined to perceive the same flaws in themselves ..." same as what? The word "same" could logical appear in the second half of the sentence, as it does in (C), but it's illogical when it appears in the first part of the sentence. (D) is WRONG.

Choice (E) has one of the GMAT's favorite grammar mistakes. You see, any subordinate conjunction, like the word "although", needs to be followed by a full noun + verb clause. The part that follows "although" should be able to stand on its own as a complete sentence. "Although Lee was a consummate tactician, he met his match in Grant." The clause following "although" -- "Lee was a consummate tactician" -- could stand as a complete sentence. Here, what follows "although" is not a full clause but merely a participial phrase "willing to recognize ethical lapses in others" --- that could not stand on its own as a complete sentence. (E) is WRONG. The GMAT loves the mistake pattern [subordinate conjunction]+[participial phrase] --- that's a common incorrect choice on the SC. See these blogs for more on this particular mistake.
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/participle ... -the-gmat/
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-gramm ... b-mistake/

We have decisively eliminated four answer, which leaves (C) as the only correct answer.

Does all this make sense?

Mike :-)
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kingb wrote:
Unlike the recognition of ethical lapses in others, many people are disinclined to perceive the same flaws in themselves.
A. Unlike the recognition of ethical lapses in others, many people are disinclined to perceive the same flaws in themselves.
B. Unlike the perception of ethical flaws in themselves, many people are willing to recognize these same flaws in others.
C. Many people, willing to recognize ethical lapses in others, are disinclined to perceive the same flaws in themselves.
D. Many people are disinclined to perceive the same flaws in themselves, but are willing to perceive ethical lapses in others.
E. Although willing to recognize ethical lapses in others, many people in themselves are disinclined to perceive the same flaws.

I'm happy to help with this. :-)

First of all, comparisons. In any construction "Like P, Q ..." or "Unlike P, Q ...", elements P & Q are in parallel and are the items compared. Answers (A) & (B) blow this entirely.
(A) "Unlike the recognition ....., many people ..." Compares recognition to people. WRONG
(B) "Unlike the perception ....., many people ..." Compares perception to people. WRONG
See this blog for more on comparisons:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-sente ... omparison/

Choice (C) has no obvious flaw.

Choice (D) begins with "Many people are disinclined to perceive the same flaws in themselves ..." same as what? The word "same" could logical appear in the second half of the sentence, as it does in (C), but it's illogical when it appears in the first part of the sentence. (D) is WRONG.

Choice (E) has one of the GMAT's favorite grammar mistakes. You see, any subordinate conjunction, like the word "although", needs to be followed by a full noun + verb clause. The part that follows "although" should be able to stand on its own as a complete sentence. "Although Lee was a consummate tactician, he met his match in Grant." The clause following "although" -- "Lee was a consummate tactician" -- could stand as a complete sentence. Here, what follows "although" is not a full clause but merely a participial phrase "willing to recognize ethical lapses in others" --- that could not stand on its own as a complete sentence. (E) is WRONG. The GMAT loves the mistake pattern [subordinate conjunction]+[participial phrase] --- that's a common incorrect choice on the SC. See these blogs for more on this particular mistake.
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/participle ... -the-gmat/
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-gramm ... b-mistake/

We have decisively eliminated four answer, which leaves (C) as the only correct answer.

Does all this make sense?

Mike :-)


thanks Mike for your explanation.

One doubt here..... Is the following construction considered right on GMAT?

Although exhausted from a long day's work, Josh still came to help me move my furniture?

Or is it always true that "Although" must be follow by a clause? ZERO Exceptions?
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thanks Mike for your explanation. One doubt here..... Is the following construction considered right on GMAT?
Although exhausted from a long day's work, Josh still came to help me move my furniture?
Or is it always true that "Although" must be follow by a clause? ZERO Exceptions?

Dear Jp27,
It's true that sentence would pass as perfectly fine in colloquial English, but on the GMAT, I have never seen an exception to the full-clause-after-a-subordinate-conjunction rule. From what I can tell, the GMAT has a zero-tolerance policy for this construction --- regardless of whether it's a past participle ("exhausted") or a present participle ("working"). By that logic, the green sentence above would not be up to GMAT SC standards.
Mike :-)
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Jp27 wrote:
thanks Mike for your explanation. One doubt here..... Is the following construction considered right on GMAT?
Although exhausted from a long day's work, Josh still came to help me move my furniture?
Or is it always true that "Although" must be follow by a clause? ZERO Exceptions?

Dear Jp27,
It's true that sentence would pass as perfectly fine in colloquial English, but on the GMAT, I have never seen an exception to the full-clause-after-a-subordinate-conjunction rule. From what I can tell, the GMAT has a zero-tolerance policy for this construction --- regardless of whether it's a past participle ("exhausted") or a present participle ("working"). By that logic, the green sentence above would not be up to GMAT SC standards.
Mike :-)


Grt stuff Mike.

there were so many cases in which I was uncertain enough to kill answer choices that did not contain clause after "although"
But now that you have confirmed it's going to be useful eliminating option. Kudos to you.

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Hi dont you think in option C "willing to recognize ethical lapses in others" is optional as is it after comma ?
My doubt is without the phrase, can the sentence stand on its own ?
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