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# With diamonds, as with all gems, one should ask for a

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With diamonds, as with all gems, one should ask for a [#permalink]

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20 Jun 2007, 14:33
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938. With diamonds, as with all gems, one should ask for a written description of one’s purchase; the description may prove useful later if you have reason to believe the jeweler misled you.
(A) one should ask for a written description of one’s purchase
(C) a written discretion of your purchase is what one should ask for
(D) a written description of one’s purchase is what should be asked for
(E) a written description of your purchase is what should be asked for
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20 Jun 2007, 14:48
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938. With diamonds, as with all gems, one should ask for a written description of one’s purchase; the description may prove useful later if you have reason to believe the jeweler misled you.
(A) one should ask for a written description of one’s purchase
(C) a written discretion of your purchase is what one should ask for
(D) a written description of one’s purchase is what should be asked for
(E) a written description of your purchase is what should be asked for

Hmmmm...I would take a stab at 'B'.

C, D, E - "...is what should be asked for" just seems wrong on all aspects. Perhaps someone can chime into what the actual error is but I can't see how any of these choices could be accurate.

Between A and B, I chose B because of paralellism (maybe? perhaps?). The second sentence has a references to "you" or "your".

HOpefully someone will provide a better explanation (as well as the correct answer!)
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20 Jun 2007, 16:34
(A) one should ask for a written description of one’s purchase
Use of "one" is incorrect
Sounds correct
(C) a written discretion of your purchase is what one should ask for
Same as A
(D) a written description of one’s purchase is what should be asked for
Same as A
(E) a written description of your purchase is what should be asked for
Conveys the same message as B but redundant structure
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20 Jun 2007, 16:56
To ensure consistency, the entire sentence should refer to first person pronouns [you in this case]. That leaves us with B and E.

E is incorrect for using passive verb form.

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Re: My pick is B [#permalink]

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20 Jun 2007, 21:24
aanchoo wrote:
(A) one should ask for a written description of one’s purchase
Use of "one" is incorrect
Sounds correct
(C) a written discretion of your purchase is what one should ask for
Same as A
(D) a written description of one’s purchase is what should be asked for
Same as A
(E) a written description of your purchase is what should be asked for
Conveys the same message as B but redundant structure

why is the use of one incorrect? (besides the parallel issue)

anyway, this question piqued my interest b/c of what i just read this afternoon

elements of style. page 55:
One - in the sense of a person, not to be followed by his or her:
"One must watch one's step"

that's all it said about using one as a pronoun.

anyway... I think A is incorrect it is not parallel with the use of you in the next clause. i think the actual usage of one would be OK if it weren't for the parallelism issue.
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20 Jun 2007, 22:24
anonymousegmat,

look at the entire sentence. Check the part of the sentence after the semicolins. There should be consistency along the paragraph. "You", first person" must be used in the first part of the paragraph.

There is nothing with using "one". It all depends on the context.
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Re: My pick is B [#permalink]

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21 Jun 2007, 10:28
anonymousegmat wrote:
aanchoo wrote:
(A) one should ask for a written description of one’s purchase
Use of "one" is incorrect
Sounds correct
(C) a written discretion of your purchase is what one should ask for
Same as A
(D) a written description of one’s purchase is what should be asked for
Same as A
(E) a written description of your purchase is what should be asked for
Conveys the same message as B but redundant structure

why is the use of one incorrect? (besides the parallel issue)

anyway, this question piqued my interest b/c of what i just read this afternoon

elements of style. page 55:
One - in the sense of a person, not to be followed by his or her:
"One must watch one's step"

that's all it said about using one as a pronoun.

anyway... I think A is incorrect it is not parallel with the use of you in the next clause. i think the actual usage of one would be OK if it weren't for the parallelism issue.

Which book is it?

Is it wrong to say....one must watch his mouth
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21 Jun 2007, 14:39
OA is B.
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28 Jun 2007, 12:40
bmwhype2 wrote:
938. With diamonds, as with all gems, one should ask for a written description of one’s purchase; the description may prove useful later if you have reason to believe the jeweler misled you.
(A) one should ask for a written description of one’s purchase
(C) a written discretion of your purchase is what one should ask for
(D) a written description of one’s purchase is what should be asked for
(E) a written description of your purchase is what should be asked for

B.

Never mix "you" and "one" in a single sentence.
Re: sc1000 #938 diamonds   [#permalink] 28 Jun 2007, 12:40
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