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In no other industry would firms resort to such an idiosyncratic idea as that it is good to milk their best suppliers dry as would western retail-food sector do.

A. as that it is good to milk their best suppliers dry as would western retail-food sector do.
B. such as that it is good to milk their best suppliers dry as would retail-food sector in the west.
C. as that it is good to milk their best suppliers dry as retail-food sector in the west does.
D. such as that it is good to milk their best suppliers dry as retail-food sector of the west.
E. such as that it is good to milk their best suppliers dry as in retail-food sector of the west.
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In no other industry would firms resort to such an idiosyncratic idea as that it is good to milk their best suppliers dry as would western retail-food sector do.

A. as that it is good to milk their best suppliers dry as would western retail-food sector do.
B. such as that it is good to milk their best suppliers dry as would retail-food sector in the west.
C. as that it is good to milk their best suppliers dry as retail-food sector in the west does.
D. such as that it is good to milk their best suppliers dry as retail-food sector of the west.
E. such as that it is good to milk their best suppliers dry as in retail-food sector of the west.

It is intended to compare the two prepositional phrases in no other industry and in retail food-sector of the west. With a second verb (would do or does), the parallelism is violated and a wrong comparison between firms (subject of the first verb would) and retail-food sector (subject of the second verb) is introduced. An example (that it is good to milk their best suppliers dry) should be introduced by such as, not as.
(A) Comparison between firms and retail-food sector. Example introduced by as.

(B) Comparison between firms and retail-food sector.

(C) Comparison between firms and retail-food sector. Example introduced by as.

(D) Comparison between a prepositional phrase (in no other industry) and a noun phrase (retail food sector)

(E) Correct.Fixes all errors – compares two prepositional phrases correctly and introduces example with such as.

Let us first consider the sentence without introducing an example. The comparison is shown in green font.

In no other industry would firms resort to such an idiosyncratic idea as (firms) in retail-food sector of the west (would resort to).

Omitting the repeated words in the second part of the comparison, the sentence becomes:

In no other industry would firms resort to such an idiosyncratic idea as in retail-food sector of the west.



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repeating the such as after such without as is what made me pick the wrong answer...very very tricky one!!!

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I think this is a poor-quality question and I don't agree with the explanation. This question is not clear to me. The answer provided is not what is written in the question. The correct sentence should be: In no other industry would firms resort to such an idiosyncratic idea such as that it is good to milk their best suppliers dry as in retail food sector of the west"?

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I think this is a poor-quality question and I don't agree with the explanation. This question is not clear to me. The answer provided is not what is written in the question. The correct sentence should be: In no other industry would firms resort to such an idiosyncratic idea such as that it is good to milk their best suppliers dry as in retail food sector of the west"?


Hi atreyu79

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You said "the answer provided is not what is written in the question". Could you elaborate a bit more on that?

Also: note that it is never about what the best sentence should be, but what is the best among the given answer choices.
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Hi Souvik

Thank you for the reply. Based on your explanation the correct choice is:

In no other industry would firms resort to such an idiosyncratic idea such as that it is good to milk their best suppliers dry as in retail-food sector of the west.

This choice repeats such as twice and it is not clear to me.

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I think this is a poor-quality question and the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate.

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I think this is a poor-quality question and the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate.


atreyu79 wrote:
Hi Souvik

Thank you for the reply. Based on your explanation the correct choice is:

In no other industry would firms resort to such an idiosyncratic idea such as that it is good to milk their best suppliers dry as in retail-food sector of the west.

This choice repeats such as twice and it is not clear to me.

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kamandr Let me try to explain.

First consider the following sentence:

In no other industry would firms resort to such an idiosyncratic idea as (firms) in retail-food sector of the west (would resort to).

The green font portion is compared to blue font portion using such..... as.

The parallelism marker is : such.... as

The parallel elements are:

1. Firms in no other industry would resort to (words rearranged for easy understanding).
2. (firms) in retail-food sector of the west (would resort to)

Omitting the repeated words in the second part of the comparison, the sentence becomes:

In no other industry would firms resort to such an idiosyncratic idea as in retail-food sector of the west.

Now introduce an example of an idiosyncratic idea using such as (the example is in orange font):

In no other industry would firms resort to such an idiosyncratic idea such as that it is good to milk their best suppliers dry as in retail-food sector of the west.

atreyu79 There are 2 such as constructions in the sentence:
1. such.... as.. is used to compare activities in 2 industries.
2. such as is used to introduce an example of an idiosyncratic idea.

Is the above explanation clear?

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this is a good and tricky question.. very well explained too !! thanks

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Also: note that it is never about what the best sentence should be, but what is the best among the given answer choices.


This is a subtle, but very powerful point; thanks for sharing. Using 'in retail-food sector' and not 'in the retail-food sector' threw me off.

2 comparisons, both using 'such as', in one sentence is some next level stuff right there!

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I think this is a high-quality question and I agree with explanation. very nice question

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Yes, this question can be very tricky. But GMAT test makers would consider the "right" sentence E too wordy and thus it would never be a right sentence in the true GMAT.

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Yes, this question can be very tricky. But GMAT test makers would consider the "right" sentence E too wordy and thus it would never be a right sentence in the true GMAT.


An official question exists that tests a similar parallelism issue:

in-no-other-historical-sighting-did-halleys-comet-cause-such-24215.html#p157102

This question is made a bit more complex by adding an example of an idiosyncratic idea.

Wordiness implies that there is a more concise way to express the same meaning. If you can think of a shorter way of expressing the same idea with all the contents in a sentence, we would be happy to discuss this issue further.

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I think this is a poor-quality question and I don't agree with the explanation.

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I think this is a poor-quality question and I don't agree with the explanation.

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kamandr wrote:
I think this is a poor-quality question and the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate.


atreyu79 wrote:
Hi Souvik

Thank you for the reply. Based on your explanation the correct choice is:

In no other industry would firms resort to such an idiosyncratic idea such as that it is good to milk their best suppliers dry as in retail-food sector of the west.

This choice repeats such as twice and it is not clear to me.

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kamandr Let me try to explain.

First consider the following sentence:

In no other industry would firms resort to such an idiosyncratic idea as (firms) in retail-food sector of the west (would resort to).

The green font portion is compared to blue font portion using such..... as.

The parallelism marker is : such.... as

The parallel elements are:

1. Firms in no other industry would resort to (words rearranged for easy understanding).
2. (firms) in retail-food sector of the west (would resort to)

Omitting the repeated words in the second part of the comparison, the sentence becomes:

In no other industry would firms resort to such an idiosyncratic idea as in retail-food sector of the west.

Now introduce an example of an idiosyncratic idea using such as (the example is in orange font):

In no other industry would firms resort to such an idiosyncratic idea such as that it is good to milk their best suppliers dry as in retail-food sector of the west.

atreyu79 There are 2 such as constructions in the sentence:
1. such.... as.. is used to compare activities in 2 industries.
2. such as is used to introduce an example of an idiosyncratic idea.

Is the above explanation clear?


Great explanation. I have always thought that the " such.. as" construction is used for introducing examples.Could you please give any other example in which "such as" is used as a parallelism marker? Thanks in advance!

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sayantanc2k wrote:
kamandr wrote:
I think this is a poor-quality question and the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate.


atreyu79 wrote:
Hi Souvik

Thank you for the reply. Based on your explanation the correct choice is:

In no other industry would firms resort to such an idiosyncratic idea such as that it is good to milk their best suppliers dry as in retail-food sector of the west.

This choice repeats such as twice and it is not clear to me.

Thanks


kamandr Let me try to explain.

First consider the following sentence:

In no other industry would firms resort to such an idiosyncratic idea as (firms) in retail-food sector of the west (would resort to).

The green font portion is compared to blue font portion using such..... as.

The parallelism marker is : such.... as

The parallel elements are:

1. Firms in no other industry would resort to (words rearranged for easy understanding).
2. (firms) in retail-food sector of the west (would resort to)

Omitting the repeated words in the second part of the comparison, the sentence becomes:

In no other industry would firms resort to such an idiosyncratic idea as in retail-food sector of the west.

Now introduce an example of an idiosyncratic idea using such as (the example is in orange font):

In no other industry would firms resort to such an idiosyncratic idea such as that it is good to milk their best suppliers dry as in retail-food sector of the west.

Th

atreyu79 There are 2 such as constructions in the sentence:
1. such.... as.. is used to compare activities in 2 industries.
2. such as is used to introduce an example of an idiosyncratic idea.

Is the above explanation clear?


Great explanation. I have always thought that the " such.. as" construction is used for introducing examples.Could you please give any other example in which "such as" is used as a parallelism marker? Thanks in advance!


This is an official question ("such... as.." used for comparison) :
https://gmatclub.com/forum/in-no-other- ... 24215.html

The author of the subject question followed the same structure, but he added another "such as" (introducing example: "such as that it is good to milk their best suppliers dry") in order to make the question even more difficult.

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kamandr wrote:
I think this is a poor-quality question and the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate.


atreyu79 wrote:
Hi Souvik

Thank you for the reply. Based on your explanation the correct choice is:

In no other industry would firms resort to such an idiosyncratic idea such as that it is good to milk their best suppliers dry as in retail-food sector of the west.

This choice repeats such as twice and it is not clear to me.

Thanks


kamandr Let me try to explain.

First consider the following sentence:

In no other industry would firms resort to such an idiosyncratic idea as (firms) in retail-food sector of the west (would resort to).

The green font portion is compared to blue font portion using such..... as.

The parallelism marker is : such.... as

The parallel elements are:

1. Firms in no other industry would resort to (words rearranged for easy understanding).
2. (firms) in retail-food sector of the west (would resort to)

Omitting the repeated words in the second part of the comparison, the sentence becomes:

In no other industry would firms resort to such an idiosyncratic idea as in retail-food sector of the west.

Now introduce an example of an idiosyncratic idea using such as (the example is in orange font):

In no other industry would firms resort to such an idiosyncratic idea such as that it is good to milk their best suppliers dry as in retail-food sector of the west.

atreyu79 There are 2 such as constructions in the sentence:
1. such.... as.. is used to compare activities in 2 industries.
2. such as is used to introduce an example of an idiosyncratic idea.

Is the above explanation clear?





Hi,

Indeed was a tricky question. Got played by ..'such as' followed by 'such'. However one more reason that made me spend time on this was the example part.
SUCH AS "That it is good to....". Why did we have both "That and It". Couldn't it be "such as it is good to ..".

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It was indeed a very tricky question, though I could figure out the usage of 'such as' but couldn't figure out that the comparison was between both the prepositional phrases.

Can you just let me know the source of these question?

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I think this is a poor-quality question and I don't agree with the explanation.

In the original sentence "In no other industry would firms resort to such an idiosyncratic idea as..." the remainder of the sentence is not serving as an example. It's the only case.

"Such as" should be used for examples only.

If the sentence had been written "In no other industry would firms resort to such idiosyncratic ideas..." (plural), then "such as" would make sense.

But it's not an example. It is a single idea. Therefore, "as that" must be used, in my opinion.

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