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# Unlike the United States, where farmers can usually depend

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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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C is my guess.......

faulty comparison in A,B and D
in E...........parallelism does not work...

(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

farmers can usually depend on rain or snow all year long
is NOT parallel to

in most parts of Sri
Lanka the rains................
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02 Dec 2004, 17:01
I don't find a reason to pick C

-In C, what does 'those' mean ?
-what does "most part" of Sri-lanka's rain mean.
- Like/Unlike is used to compare Nouns.
I don't think any of the 'Unlike' sentences above (a,b,c) compare the coutries -US with Sri Lanka.
So, we can rule them out.

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02 Dec 2004, 17:09
I wonder the same thing too. But can it be like this:
those = rains
most parts of Sri Lanka's rains = rains of most parts of Sri Lanka

Then answer is (C) right? I post OA later.
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03 Dec 2004, 06:39
it is 'E".

choice A compares: United States withe 'rains in Sri Lanka'

B. compares: farmers in US with rains in Sri Lanka

C. although correctly compares. land (which receive rain or snow) in US, with that in SriLanka. But the use of apostrohe in 'most parts of Sri Lanka's rains' is weird.

D. Comparision of US with farmers

E. correctly contrats the situation of farmers in US to those in Sri Lanka.
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09 Dec 2008, 19:31
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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09 Dec 2008, 21:46
In C, most part of rains is wrong. E rightly maintains the parrallelism and is definitely the best choice
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23 May 2011, 01:06
This was one of the time-consuming question I have come across in the OG

The main reason for this is, I was relating "Unlike" to "In the United States" and considered both of them as the sentences with the same meaning.

Because of my understanding, I have eliminated option (E) because I thought we are comparing Apples with Apples as in the case of "Like" or "Unlike".

But in fact, "In" is different from "Like"

One of errors related to cognizance
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02 Aug 2011, 14:49
E is right.

(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 - US is compared to rain. wrong.

(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 - US farmers are compared to rains.

(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 - Clause gives more info about those. who are those? hanging modifier. 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 - again US is compared to rain

(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. - concise, clear, idiomatic.

My approach:

1. Read the sentence without the clause. Does it make sense? Logically? Grammatically?
2. Go for concise answer choice.
3. Rule out answer choices by pointing out obvious errors.
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05 Aug 2011, 20:31
In the United States, farmers can usually ==> comma signifies a breather/pause.

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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, the rains in most parts of Sri Lanka

(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 and snow all year long, but in most parts of Sri Lanka the rains

E, but I don't know all the rules well enough to explain why. It is just the most concise and maintains the original meaning the best without additional words. My guess is this one mainly has to do with idioms. It's also the only one that has "but" which usually signals some type of comparison, which is exactly what is happening here. The question is comparing the precipitation between the US and 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
Comparisom US with rains.
(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
Comparisom US farmers with rains.
(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
"those" has no reference (what does it modify?). Comparisom "those" with "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
Comparisom US with rains.
(E) In the United States, farmers can usually depend on rain and snow all year long, but in most parts of Sri Lanka the rains
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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
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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31 May 2016, 23:28
The thing being compared here is rain in...

In E ..

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

The only option with proper comparison
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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
=> Wrong comparison
(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 => wrong comparison between rain of USA to most part
(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 = correct
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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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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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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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