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The cost of the El Paso tour includes admission to two museums, a play, and two other cultural attractions, but anyone wishing to cross the border should bring their passport.

A. but anyone wishing to cross the border should bring their passport
B. and everyone who wishes to cross the Mexican border should be bringing their passport
C. but anyone wishing to cross the border should bring his or her passport
D. and everyone wishing to cross the border should bring their passport
E. to such an extent that anyone who wishes to cross the border should bring his or her passport

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The cost of the El Paso tour includes admission to two museums, a play, and two other cultural attractions, but anyone wishing to cross the border should bring their passport.

A. but anyone wishing to cross the border should bring their passport
B. and everyone who wishes to cross the Mexican border should be bringing their passport
C. but anyone wishing to cross the border should bring his or her passport
D. and everyone wishing to cross the border should bring their passport
E. to such an extent that anyone who wishes to cross the border should bring his or her passport

The word anyone is a singular antecedent requiring singular pronouns, his or her specifically, in order to maintain rules of agreement. The sentence also includes an implied contrast between the cultural events in El Paso and potential unpaid-for events across the border. This contrast requires the conjunction but.
  1. Choice A The pronoun their requires a plural antecedent, not the singular anyone.
  2. Choice B This option is more wordy than the original, and does not correct the fundamental disagreement between anyone and their. Additionally, the conjunction and does not show the necessary contrast between El Paso events and events across the border.
  3. Choice C This option clarifies pronoun-antecedent agreement so that singular words his or her correctly modify singular antecedent anyone, and the conjunction but supplies appropriate contrast between parts of the sentence.
  4. Choice D This option is more wordy than the original and does not correct the fundamental disagreement between anyone / everyone and their.
  5. Choice E His or her correctly modifies the singular antecedent anyone, but this option is unnecessarily wordy.

Answer: C
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The cost of the El Paso tour includes admission to two museums, a play, and two other cultural attractions, but anyone wishing to cross the border should bring their passport.

A. but anyone wishing to cross the border should bring their passport
B. and everyone who wishes to cross the Mexican border should be bringing their passport
C. but anyone wishing to cross the border should bring his or her passport
D. and everyone wishing to cross the border should bring his or her passport
E. to such an extent that anyone who wishes to cross the border should bring his or her passport

The word anyone is a singular antecedent requiring singular pronouns, his or her specifically, in order to maintain rules of agreement. The sentence also includes an implied contrast between the cultural events in El Paso and potential unpaid-for events across the border. This contrast requires the conjunction but.
  1. The pronoun their requires a plural antecedent, not the singular anyone.
  2. This option is more wordy than the original, and does not correct the fundamental disagreement between anyone and their. Additionally, the conjunction and does not show the necessary contrast between El Paso events and events across the border.
  3. This option clarifies pronoun-antecedent agreement so that singular words his or her correctly modify singular antecedent anyone, and the conjunction but supplies appropriate contrast between parts of the sentence.
  4. This option is more wordy than the original, does not correct the fundamental disagreement between anyone and their, and does not show appropriate contrast between parts of the sentence.
  5. His or her correctly modifies the singular antecedent anyone, but this option is unnecessarily wordy.

Answer: C



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Could you let me know how the costs associated with the tour and passports provide a contrast.

As an explanation for choice D
This option is more wordy than the original, does not correct the fundamental disagreement between anyone and their, and does not show appropriate contrast between parts of the sentence.

The statement D does not utilize their..

Thank you for your help..
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I think this question is poor and helpful.
This questions implies that one should know that El Paso is in US and on the border with Mexico. If this is not known, the sentence might not clearly indicate a contrast.
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I agree with the previous poster with respect to the assumed knowledge. I'm not sure if the exam will present a question as ambiguous as this one.
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I think this is a poor-quality question and I don't agree with the explanation. 'but' is actually not required here bcos, no contradiction is actually presented.
Choice D is always better than C.
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I don't see an intented contrast here.
I went with D too.
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I don't see an intented contrast here.
I went with D too.


In view of your feedback, the question has been slightly modified. Thank you.
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goforgmat wrote:
I don't see an intented contrast here.
I went with D too.


In view of your feedback, the question has been slightly modified. Thank you.


Thanks for the Modification:)
After the modification we have a reason to eliminate D.
But "But" in C is not very convincing.
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New post 06 Jul 2016, 10:59
Working from wrong to right:
A. "Anyone" cannot have "their"
B. "everyone" cannot have "their" also, should is never followed by gerund.
C. Correct
D. same as B
E. Too wordy, ignore
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I don't see an intented contrast here.
I went with D too.


In view of your feedback, the question has been slightly modified. Thank you.


Thanks for the Modification:)
After the modification we have a reason to eliminate D.
But "But" in C is not very convincing.


There is only one gramatically correct option after the modification. Hence selecting the "best" option should not be an issue.
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I understand the option choice C is the only grammatically correct choice, but I am unable to understand the contrast presented the sentence. As mentioned in the explanation "potential unpaid-for events across the border" there is no info in the sentence to infer that events across border are unpaid.

I understand that sentence requires some modification to justify the use of contrast word "but".
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I understand the option choice C is the only grammatically correct choice, but I am unable to understand the contrast presented the sentence. As mentioned in the explanation "potential unpaid-for events across the border" there is no info in the sentence to infer that events across border are unpaid.

I understand that sentence requires some modification to justify the use of contrast word "but".


Yes, the use of "but" is not very convincing. However, since choice C is the only grammatically correct option, it is the "best" of the given choices as well. In GMAT we are asked to select the best of the 5 choices given, not the universally best option.

Moreover one can forcefully, though not very convincingly, argue that getting admission to two museums, a play, and two other cultural attractions is something liked by the visitors, but bringing passport is not.
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I think this is a poor-quality question and the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate. poor Q.
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I think this is a poor-quality question and I don't agree with the explanation. The quality of the question is bad and no official answer is provided in the forum itself.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/the-cost-of- ... 62748.html
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I paid for a very poor quality question :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :(
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