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24 Sep 2014, 22:30
Whereas lines of competition are clearly defined in the more established industries, in the Internet industry they are blurred and indistinct, as companies that compete one day may be partners the next.

A. Whereas lines of competition are clearly defined in the more established industries, in the Internet industry they are blurred and indistinct, as companies that compete

B. Although the lines of competition are clearly defined in industries that are more established, they are blurred and indistinct in the Internet industry, as competing companies (cannot use competing companies one day may be partners in the next)

C. The lines of competition are clearly defined in the more established industries, unlike the Internet where they are blurred and indistinct, as companies that compete

D. Unlike more established industries, where the lines of competition are clearly defined, they are burred and indistinct in the Internet industry, as companies that compete

E. Unlike more established industries, with clearly defined lines of competition, those of the Internet industry are blurred and indistinct, as competing companies

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25 Sep 2014, 00:07
Ans : A

Companies that compete may be partners the next is more appropriate than competing companies may be partners the next so B and E out

Out of A,C,D A is correct coz C&D have comparision errors

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21 Oct 2014, 00:19
A. Whereas lines of competition are clearly defined in the more established industries, in the Internet industry they are blurred and indistinct, as companies that compete

They is referring to lines of competition, but they are too far apart. How can this be correct?

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21 Oct 2014, 08:22
I m also thinking what kamranjkan has depicted.
Can somebody justify Option a - and clarify how THEY placed so far from line of competition makes this option correct.

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28 Oct 2014, 11:56
Can someone please explain why A is right and E is wrong

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Can someone please explain why A is right and E is wrong

E says: Unlike more established industries, with clearly defined lines of competition, those of the Internet industry are blurred and indistinct, as competing companies one day may be partners the next.

What does those refer to?

i) One might perhaps interpret that those refers to lines of competition. Then E would read: Unlike more established industries, with clearly defined lines of competition, lines of competition of the Internet industry are blurred and indistinct, as competing companies one day may be partners the next. At least two issues with this:

Issue 1: It is an incorrect comparison. Generally speaking, like/unlike should be between similar entities. However, here the structure is: Unlike more established industries...., lines of competition..... So, the comparison is between dis-similar entities established industries and lines of competition.

Issue 2: The sentence says: lines of competition of the Internet industry. It should actually say: lines of competition in the Internet industry (the way it is lines of competition in the more established industries)

ii) One might interpret that those refers to industries (going by the structure of option E, this is more likely to be the case). Then E would read: Unlike more established industries, with clearly defined lines of competition, industries of the Internet industry are blurred and indistinct, as competing companies one day may be partners the next. This is clearly incorrect because it suggests that industries (of the Internet industry) are blurred and indistinct, while actually lines of competition are blurred and indistinct.

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A. Whereas lines of competition are clearly defined in the more established industries, in the Internet industry they are blurred and indistinct, as companies that compete

They is referring to lines of competition, but they are too far apart. How can this be correct?

For one thing, pronoun ambiguity (a pronoun with multiple eligible antecedents, in this case lines of competition and industries) is acceptable on GMAT. Also, generally in such sentences, what works is to split the sentence into corresponding clauses:

i) Whereas lines of competition are clearly defined in the more established industries
ii) In the Internet industry they are blurred and indistinct

lines of competition (a noun) and they (a pronoun) are subjects in their respective clauses. Hence, they would refer to lines of competition.

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Whereas lines of competition are clearly defined in the more established industries, in the Internet industry they are blurred and indistinct, as companies that compete one day may be partners the next.

A. Whereas lines of competition are clearly defined in the more established industries, in the Internet industry they are blurred and indistinct, as companies that compete

B. Although the lines of competition are clearly defined in industries that are more established, they are blurred and indistinct in the Internet industry, as competing companies

C. The lines of competition are clearly defined in the more established industries, unlike the Internet where they are blurred and indistinct, as companies that compete

D. Unlike more established industries, where the lines of competition are clearly defined, they are burred and indistinct in the Internet industry, as companies that compete

E. Unlike more established industries, with clearly defined lines of competition, those of the Internet industry are blurred and indistinct, as competing companies
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Whereas lines of competition are clearly defined in the more established industries, in the Internet industry they are blurred and indistinct, as companies that compete one day may be partners the next.

A. Whereas lines of competition are clearly defined in the more established industries, in the Internet industry they are blurred and indistinct, as companies that compete
Correct: The word "whereas" correctly contrasts the two clauses. Usage of "companies that compete" is clear and concise.

B. Although the lines of competition are clearly defined in industries that are more established, they are blurred and indistinct in the Internet industry, as competing companies
Incorrect: wordy; usage of "competing companies" is awkward.

C. The lines of competition are clearly defined in the more established industries, unlike the Internet where they are blurred and indistinct, as companies that compete
Incorrect: "Industries" is compared with "internet"

D. Unlike more established industries, where the lines of competition are clearly defined, they are burred and indistinct in the Internet industry, as companies that compete
Incorrect: "more established industries" is compared with "lines of competition" (they)

E. Unlike more established industries, with clearly defined lines of competition, those of the Internet industry are blurred and indistinct, as competing companies
Incorrect: again usage of "competing companies"

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Whereas lines of competition are clearly defined in the more established industries, in the Internet industry they are blurred and indistinct, as companies that compete one day may be partners the next.

A. Whereas lines of competition are clearly defined in the more established industries, in the Internet industry they are blurred and indistinct, as companies that compete - Concise

B. Although the lines of competition are clearly defined in industries that are more established, they are blurred and indistinct in the Internet industry, as competing companies - Ambiguous ‘They’. Absurd construction.

C. The lines of competition are clearly defined in the more established industries, unlike the Internet where they are blurred and indistinct, as companies that compete - Wrong comparison

D. Unlike more established industries, where the lines of competition are clearly defined, they are burred and indistinct in the Internet industry, as companies that compete – Wrong comparison

E. Unlike more established industries, with clearly defined lines of competition, those of the Internet industry are blurred and indistinct, as competing companies - Wrong comparison
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Whereas lines of competition are clearly defined in the more established industries, in the Internet industry they are blurred and indistinct, as companies that compete one day may be partners the next.

A. Whereas lines of competition are clearly defined in the more established industries, in the Internet industry they are blurred and indistinct, as companies that compete - Correct

B. Although the lines of competition are clearly defined in industries that are more established, they are blurred and indistinct in the Internet industry, as competing companies one day may be partners the next. Use of "as competing companies" is awkward!

C. The lines of competition are clearly defined in the more established industries, unlike the Internet where they are blurred and indistinct, as companies that compete one day may be partners the next. Comparing Internet with established industries.

D. Unlike more established industries, where the lines of competition are clearly defined, they are burred and indistinct in the Internet industry, as companies that compete one day may be partners the next. Comparing they (lines) with established industries.

E. Unlike more established industries, with clearly defined lines of competition, those of the Internet industry are blurred and indistinct, as competing companies one day may be partners the next. Use of "as competing companies" is awkward!
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11 Nov 2014, 08:39
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A--seems correct and concise, especially with respect to modifers and pronouns.
B--does "they" refer to industries or lines of competition--don't like competing companies
C--comparing industries with the Internet
D--comparing lines of competition with industries?
E--unclear us of "those"--using competing companies again

Only A seems correct as others have various issues.

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Chipping in late, but here goes.

First, I eliminated options with "...competing companies one day...". "One day" incorrectly modifies companies. Options B and E gone off.

Options C and D use wrong comparison.

In C, Internet is being compared to established industries.

Option D has wrong comparison as well as construction. "Unlike more established industries, where the lines of competition are clearly defined, they are burred and indistinct in the Internet industry, as companies that compete" - "where the lines of competition are clearly defined" is a modifier, but when we remove this part, the resulting sentence just doesn't make any sense: "Unlike more established industries, they are blurred and indistinct...".

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Whereas lines of competition are clearly defined in the more established industries, in the Internet industry they are blurred and indistinct, as companies that compete one day may be partners the next.

A. Whereas lines of competition are clearly defined in the more established industries, in the Internet industry they are blurred and indistinct, as companies that compete - Correct

B. Although the lines of competition are clearly defined in industries that are more established, they are blurred and indistinct in the Internet industry, as competing companies
Two issues:
1) that are -> is not required
2) competing companies -> Not parallel with "may be partners the next"

C. The lines of competition are clearly defined in the more established industries, unlike the Internet where they are blurred and indistinct, as companies that compete
Two issues
1) unlike X Y
So "Lines" cannot be compared to/with internet companies.
2) The original sentence talks about Internet industries and not internet
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D. Unlike more established industries, where the lines of competition are clearly defined, they are burred and indistinct in the Internet industry, as companies that compete
Wrong comparsion -> Industries compared with/to lines

E. Unlike more established industries, with clearly defined lines of competition, those of the Internet industry are blurred and indistinct, as competing companies
Comparison should be made between industries and industries
Those refers to industries and industries of Internet industry is wrong.

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can anyone explain why B is wrong. ?
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can anyone explain why B is wrong. ?

Although the lines of competition are clearly defined in industries that are more established, they are blurred and indistinct in the Internet industry, as competing companies one day may be partners the next.

competing companies one day may be partners the next????

what does this phrase mean??
does it mean that competing companies one day may become partners the next WHAT??
next day or next second??

Although the lines of competition are clearly defined in industries that are more established, they are blurred and indistinct in the Internet industry, as competing companies may be partners someday.
OR
Although the lines of competition are clearly defined in industries that are more established, they are blurred and indistinct in the Internet industry, as competing companies may eventually be partners someday

it still would have made sense(although a lil wordy, but consider this as an example)

hence, B is incorrect.

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A. Whereas lines of competition are clearly defined in the more established industries, in the Internet industry they are blurred and indistinct, as companies that compete

They is referring to lines of competition, but they are too far apart. How can this be correct?

For one thing, pronoun ambiguity (a pronoun with multiple eligible antecedents, in this case lines of competition and industries) is acceptable on GMAT. Also, generally in such sentences, what works is to split the sentence into corresponding clauses:

i) Whereas lines of competition are clearly defined in the more established industries
ii) In the Internet industry they are blurred and indistinct

lines of competition (a noun) and they (a pronoun) are subjects in their respective clauses. Hence, they would refer to lines of competition.

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