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# Whereas lines of competition are clearly defined in the more

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02 Nov 2006, 22:22
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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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02 Nov 2006, 23:17
I think it was recently discussed
B.......
'Although' is prefered over 'whereas' in GMAT

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03 Nov 2006, 15:27
I got D. I think you need companies that compete instead of competing companies

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03 Nov 2006, 15:37
A

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
OK - POE and this sentence is //

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
out - more established than what? They refer to what?
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
out- wrong comparison competition/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
out - they has no referent
E. Unlike more established industries, with clearly defined lines of competition, those of the Internet industry are blurred and indistinct, as competing companies
out- wrong comparison established industries/competition

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03 Nov 2006, 21:02
I know OA is B but I'm not convinced .... If someone can grammatically explain (please don't imitate Kaplan's official answer style, that sucks) the "as competing part", I'll be obliged.
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04 Nov 2006, 11:39
B is correct

'companies that compete' is more wordy than 'Competing Companies'...Beside this I am sure if there is another grammer rule which differentiate these two.....

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04 Nov 2006, 12:04
A sounds much better than B.
I agree with Swagatalakshmi. 'Competing companies one day maybe partners the next' doesnt even sound right.

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05 Nov 2006, 07:33
B for me... This clearly takes care of the misplaced modifier in A.. lines are compared to internet industries. C and E have same problem. D .. has 'they' which does not make me comfortable.

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05 Nov 2006, 08:56
I searched on this forum, and the OA seems to be B. However, there is a majority who chose A.
KC, can you please give the source of this SC. I don't know if it is of gmat level because A and B both seem to have weaknesses.

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

(-) For GMAT, I read that 'although' is preferred to 'whereas'. Don't know if it is really true.
(-) to what refers 'they'??
(-) 'the next' sounds weird!
(+) 'companies that compete one day may be partners the next'. I think it is grammatically 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

(-) to what refers 'they'??
(-) 'the next' sounds weird!
(-) 'competing companies one day may be partners the next' . I believe it is clearly wrong. It cannot be //.
=> competing companies are partner the next day' = 'Running cars are immobile'. This simply doesn't make sense.
(-)'industries that are more established'. More established that what?
If we consider this SC from mgmat : 'Because of less availability and greater demand for scientific research, platinum remains consistently expensive, like gold.', the OE says : "less availability" is incorrect when not used in a direct comparison: it begs the question "Less than what?" "Decreased availability" would be better here. Second, "greater demand" also begs the question "greater than what?" I think we are here in the same situation.

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05 Nov 2006, 10:11
i think this is A.

In B, this is nonsensical IMO: "as competing companies one day may be partners the next"

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06 Nov 2006, 08:57
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, [b]they [/b]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

IMO E

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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06 Nov 2006, 10:06
Swagatalakshmi wrote:
I know OA is B but I'm not convinced .... If someone can grammatically explain (please don't imitate Kaplan's official answer style, that sucks) the "as competing part", I'll be obliged.

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.

In A - companies that compete and partners are not parallel.. since partners (noun) is in the non-underlined part, you need a matching noun in the underlined part as well. In B - competing (participle acting as adjective modifying companies) companies (noun) is parallel to "partners" in the non-underlined part.

Also - "in the internet industry they are blurred" in choice A is passive and is less preferable to "they are blurred and indistinct...."

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06 Nov 2006, 10:06
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