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Federal Authorities. Post Thu Nov 27, 2008 8:42 am
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    Federal authorities involved in the investigation have found the local witnesses are difficult to locate, reticent, and are suspicious of strangers.

    (A) the local witnesses are difficult to locate, reticent, and are
    (B) local witnesses to be difficult to locate, reticent, and are
    (C) that local witnesses are difficult to locate, reticent, and
    (D) local witnesses are difficult to locate and reticent, and they are
    (E) that local witnesses are difficult to locate and reticent, and they are



    OA is C

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    Post Thu Nov 27, 2008 8:53 am
    IMO C

    "X have found that" is the right usage.
    A, B , D are eliminated .

    E that local witnesses are difficult to locate and reticent, and they are
    they is innecessary and could refer to witnesses or authorities . So no clear referent.

    C is left

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    Post Thu Nov 27, 2008 9:12 am
    sumittaneja009 wrote:
    Federal authorities involved in the investigation have found the local witnesses are difficult to locate, reticent, and are suspicious of strangers.

    (A) the local witnesses are difficult to locate, reticent, and are
    (B) local witnesses to be difficult to locate, reticent, and are
    (C) that local witnesses are difficult to locate, reticent, and
    (D) local witnesses are difficult to locate and reticent, and they are
    (E) that local witnesses are difficult to locate and reticent, and they are



    OA is C
    Sentence started with a clause must be introduced by "that"

    Left are C and E

    In C , 3 items are parallel while E breaks them into 2 parts and changes the meaning introducing pronoun errors

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    Post Sat Jan 10, 2009 3:43 am
    doesnt make sense

    lets see the actions in parallel for option C

    difficult to locate...
    difficult to reticent...
    difficult to suspicious of strangers (?!?!?!)

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    Post Thu Feb 12, 2009 8:46 pm
    realanoop wrote:
    doesnt make sense

    lets see the actions in parallel for option C

    difficult to locate...
    difficult to reticent...
    difficult to suspicious of strangers (?!?!?!)
    precisely , I don't understand that as well... how come the three parts are parallel...

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    Post Thu Feb 12, 2009 9:29 pm
    Difficult to locate is one characteristic.

    It's not the following: difficult to this, difficult to that, and difficult to the last thing.

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    Post Sat Feb 14, 2009 11:12 am
    (C) that local witnesses are difficult to locate, reticent, and

    The parallel construct starts after the word "are",

    that the local witnesses are .... difficult to locate
    that the local witnesses are .... reticent
    and that the local witnesses are .... suspicious of strangers

    All three ("difficult to locate", "reticent" & "suspicious of strangers") modify local witnesses!

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    Post Sat Feb 14, 2009 11:17 am
    chintudave wrote:
    (C) that local witnesses are difficult to locate, reticent, and

    The parallel construct starts after the word "are",

    that the local witnesses are .... difficult to locate
    that the local witnesses are .... reticent
    and that the local witnesses are .... suspicious of strangers

    All three ("difficult to locate", "reticent" & "suspicious of strangers") modify local witnesses!

    Dave
    Agree with you..

    It should be C

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    Post Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:18 am
    Sorry to ask this again, could anyone clarify this ?

    How can this be a parallelism.

    Difficult to locate, reticent, and suspicious of strangers

    some are adjectives and some of them are with nouns ?

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    Post Fri Nov 30, 2012 12:29 am
    Since parallelism is only preserved by the pronoun that, only Option C & E are viable.

    And between E & C, since the 'they' in E does not have a clear antecedent, we can eliminate that too.

    This leaves us with C and I understand why that is the apt choice.


    But my doubt regarding C is , should it not end with an 'are'

    ....that local witnesses ..... suspicious of strangers.. - ?!?!?!

    ....that local witnesses ..... ARE suspicious of strangers.. - This makes sense

    Could someone clarify?

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    Post Fri Nov 30, 2012 5:01 am
    eaakbari wrote:
    But my doubt regarding C is , should it not end with an 'are'

    ....that local witnesses ..... suspicious of strangers.. - ?!?!?!

    ....that local witnesses ..... ARE suspicious of strangers.. - This makes sense

    Could someone clarify?
    No C should not end with an 'are'.

    Please understand that the following items are completely parallel:
    'difficult to locate', 'reticent', and 'suspicious of strangers'

    So we can either use 'are' at the beginning of the first item in the list or use 'are' before each item in the list.

    Try flipping the position of these items to see through what i am suggesting.

    Let's say we have "that local witnesses are reticent, difficult to locate, and suspicious of strangers".

    I hope you get the drift....

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