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# Unlike the United States, where farmers can usually depend

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Updated on: 19 Mar 2018, 17:55
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Unlike the United States, where farmers can usually depend on rain or snow all year long , the rains in most parts of Sri Lanka are concentrated in the monsoon months, June to September, and the skies are generally clear for the rest of the year.
(A) Unlike the United States, where farmers can usually depend on rain or snow all year long, the rains in
most parts of Sri Lanka
(B) Unlike the United States farmers who can usually depend on rain or snow all year long, the rains in
most parts of Sri Lanka
(C) Unlike those of the United States, where farmers can usually depend on rain or snow all year long,
most parts of Sri Lanka's rains
(D) In comparison with the United States, whose farmers can usually depend on rain or snow all year long,
the rains in most parts of Sri Lanka
(E) In the United States, farmers can usually depend on rain or snow all year long, but in most parts of Sri
Lanka the rains
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Last edited by generis on 19 Mar 2018, 17:55, edited 2 times in total.
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09 Dec 2008, 19:31
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Initially I too chose "C", but I was totally stumped when I saw "E" as the answer. Here goes the Official Explanation :-

E, the best choice, avoids the problem by using two independent clauses linked by but to present a clear, direct contrast between conditions in the United States and those in most parts of Sri Lanka.
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Unlike the United States, where farmers can usually depend on rain or snow all year long the rains in most parts of Sri Lanka are concentrated in the monsoon months, June to September, and the skies are generally clear for the rest of the year.

(A) Unlike the United States, where farmers can usually depend on rain or snow all year long, the rains in
most parts of Sri Lanka
This sentence compares the U.S with the rains. Illogical
(B) Unlike the United States farmers who can usually depend on rain or snow all year long, the rains in
most parts of Sri Lanka
Same here. Moreover "who" is un-necessary we already have a noun "farmers" we should be expecting a verb delineating an action, we don't need a pronoun.
(C) Unlike those of the United States, where farmers can usually depend on rain or snow all year long,
most parts of Sri Lanka's rains
Compares "those of the US" supposedly rains with most parts of Sri Lanka. That's wrong.
(D) In comparison with the United States, whose farmers can usually depend on rain or snow all year long,
the rains in most parts of Sri Lanka
Same as A
(E) In the United States, farmers can usually depend on rain or snow all year long, but in most parts of Sri
Lanka the rains
Looking good. Conveys the correct meaning.
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03 Nov 2015, 10:00
I really don't see why this pause is necessary in E. This comma makes it awkward! If there were no comma I would have chosen E the first time I read it, instead I had to eliminate all other four options before arriving at the answer E.

Can any expert please advise on the use of the comma right after "United States" in E?
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13 Nov 2015, 21:09
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The knowledge of "Punctuation" is typically not tested in GMAT Sc. So, do not worry about the usage of comma after United states.

This question typically tests the knowledge of Like /Unlike rule (Commonly tested rule in GMAT).

Typically the structure of like/unlike is - Like/Unlike X,Y - A test taker needs to identify the objects (X & Y) geeting compared.In addition, X& Y needs to be parallel.

In this question, all the four options (A to D) are not parallel. E - uses the parallel marker "BUT" and the contrasting elements are parallel
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12 Nov 2016, 08:55
Split1) Comparisons. I would first do the split of the first 3 choices. "unlike x, y". After reading A, B, and C, I conclude all of these options have errors.

Unlike US, the rains = not good comparison
Unlike Us farmers, the rains = not good
Unlike those in US = ...rains = not good

A, B and C are out.

Split2) Go to D and E and check from them. D, again, is not good for comparison purposes. D says " US, then rains" = not a good comparison. D is out.
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16 Apr 2017, 09:50
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Hi Expert,

Why is choice C incorrect? As correct comparison is done between rains of two countries, I found this choice correct.
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16 Apr 2017, 17:15
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Why is choice C incorrect? As correct comparison is done between rains of two countries, I found this choice correct.

Thank you, AR15J, great catch! I just verified that choice C in the original post contained a typo... it should be:

(C) Unlike those of the United States, where farmers can usually depend on rain or snow all year long, most parts of Sri Lanka's rains

NOT (as originally posted):

(C) Unlike those of the United States, where farmers can usually depend on rain or snow all year long, the rains in most parts of Sri Lanka

I think the original poster accidentally put the last part of choice B at the end of choice C. Also, the correct answer choice (E) was missing a comma.
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16 Apr 2017, 23:22
Thanks a lot GMATNinjaTwo.

Sorry to modify the original choice, but I did so to clear my doubt. If choice C is as below, would it be correct?

Unlike those of the United States, where farmers can usually depend on rain or snow all year long, Sri Lanka's rains
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17 Apr 2017, 07:32
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If choice C is as below, would it be correct?
Unlike those of the United States, where farmers can usually depend on rain or snow all year long, Sri Lanka's rains

AR15J, yes, that would be okay because it compares Sri Lanka's rains to those of the United States. Thanks for catching the mistake with the original post!

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When one knows that something is a comparison question with the spotting of the comparison marker word, the reflex action should be to verify whether the word that lies next to the comparator is both logically and structurally parallel to the compared thing in the other arm. By this single test, one may dislodge choice A through D in this topic. Although this question per se looks somewhat tricky, one can now make bold to mark the remaining choice as correct, provided of course he or she has acquired a good level of confidence about comparisons through deep practice.
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23 Aug 2017, 03:04
E is Correct - The sentence uses two independent clauses to make the comparison. The first clause describes conditions in the United States, and the second clause describes conditions in Sri Lanka. The comparison is clear and logical.
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