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# Unlike the United States, where farmers can usually depend

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Director
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Unlike the United States, where farmers can usually depend [#permalink]

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27 Jan 2004, 16:49
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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

In answer choice C. what the "those" in "Unlike those of the United States" refers
to ?

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27 Jan 2004, 17:08
No buddy. Dont post the answer. I chose C anyway.

Here is the explaination

A) compares United states to rains in Sri Lanka
B) compares United States farmers to rains in Sri Lanka
D) Same as A
E) Same as B

Let us see C
C is not a great sentence anyway. But it does compare something in United states to most parts of Sri Lanka. This is apropriate.
Those in the sentence refers to some parts of United States.
You can actually modify the sentence in C as follows

Unlike most parts of the United States rain's most parts of Sri Lanka's rains ....

Actually this sentence is best among the worst. However it is a bit illogical sentence.
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C does not make sense.. [#permalink]

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27 Jan 2004, 18:26
'most parts of Sri Lanka's rains ' in C does not sound good.

I pick E.
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27 Jan 2004, 18:53
anandnk wrote:
No buddy. Dont post the answer. I chose C anyway.

Here is the explaination.

A) compares United states to rains in Sri Lanka
B) compares United States farmers to rains in Sri Lanka
D) Same as A
E) Same as B

Let us see C
C is not a great sentence anyway. But it does compare something in United states to most parts of Sri Lanka. This is apropriate.
Those in the sentence refers to some parts of United States.
You can actually modify the sentence in C as follows

Unlike most parts of the United States rain's most parts of Sri Lanka's rains ....

Actually this sentence is best among the worst. However it is a bit illogical sentence.

What I meant was that C is one of the answer choice but not the answer
SVP
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27 Jan 2004, 19:18
I dont know what to say. I would like to know what the answer is.
I hope it is not E. E has lot of problems. First of all the position of comma and then the clause of Sri Lanks starts from no where.

Check if you dont have any typos in there.

Well I take back the modification of sentence I described about C. It sounds illogical.
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27 Jan 2004, 19:32
Anand,

Assuming that there are no typos, do you have a better choice?

Thanks
Director
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27 Jan 2004, 20:03
The official answer is E and OG-10 SC-193 question.
My original question still stands?
What does "those" in answer choice refer and why it has problem.
Intern
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28 Jan 2004, 21:00
"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 .."

"where farmers can depend on" qualifies "Those of united states" => Those refers to parts (of land) (and not parts of rain).

So, what comes after "where.." should be parallel => should refer to parts of land.

But in "most parts of Sri Lanka's rains..", "most parts" refers to "rains".

That is why it is incorrect.
Director
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28 Jan 2004, 23:12
Seattle_76 wrote:
"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 .."

"where farmers can depend on" qualifies "Those of united states" => Those refers to parts (of land) (and not parts of rain).

So, what comes after "where.." should be parallel => should refer to parts of land.

But in "most parts of Sri Lanka's rains..", "most parts" refers to "rains".

That is why it is incorrect.

Concise and correct explanation thanks
Manager
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29 Jan 2004, 09:16

In the interest of time and effort, pls do not give any misleading hints for future qns...sure, u wud appreciate the feedback.
Director
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29 Jan 2004, 11:39
ashwyns wrote:

In the interest of time and effort, pls do not give any misleading hints for future qns...sure, u wud appreciate the feedback.

Point well taken
SVP
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01 Feb 2004, 00:47
Decided E first ......looked at the explaination and tried to change my mind and then saw E as OA. cheers.
Manager
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13 Jun 2009, 15:04
Seattle_76 wrote:
"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 .."

"where farmers can depend on" qualifies "Those of united states" => Those refers to parts (of land) (and not parts of rain).

So, what comes after "where.." should be parallel => should refer to parts of land.

But in "most parts of Sri Lanka's rains..", "most parts" refers to "rains".

That is why it is incorrect.

Perfect explanation. I did not read the whole question that's why I am sticked with C

E is the correct answer . The first clause describes conditions in the US….farmers can usually depend on rain or snow all year long and in the second clause describes conditions in Sri Lanka …….but in most parts of Sri Lanka the rains are concentrated in the monsoon months.
In US the rains show a consistent trend whereas In Sri Lanka they show a seasonal trend.
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13 Jun 2009, 23:59
E is the right answer...All others have comparison errors....

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