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36. According to a recent poll, owning and living in a freestanding house on its own land is still a goal of a majority of young adults, like that of earlier generations.

(A) like that of earlier generations
(B) as that for earlier generations
(C) just as earlier generations did
(D) as have earlier generations
(E) as it was of earlier generations
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2006, 18:36
answer is E.
coparing right things, grammatical.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2006, 19:21
Can we rephrase the sentence this way?

According to a recent poll, owning and living in a freestanding house on its own land is still a goal of a majority of young adults, like earlier generations.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2006, 19:24
I'm going to go against the trend here and vote for A.

that of correctly refers to the goal of young adults today owning and living in a freestanding house on its own land (gerund phrase).

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 [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2006, 19:26
chuckle wrote:
Can we rephrase the sentence this way?

According to a recent poll, owning and living in a freestanding house on its own land is still a goal of a majority of young adults, like earlier generations.


No, because then you get an illogical comparison, comparing owning and living... to earlier generations
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2006, 16:10
Oooops... I just saw a big miss! It cannot be A as I explained earlier, because although that of could refer to the goal explained, there needs to be a verb corresponding to is as well.

So I'm going to fall in line and go with E as well. In E, it refers to the goal described and was is parallel with is. The comparison is clear.
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2006, 17:58
comparing goal of gen next with gen next so 'Like' is out should be 'as'

(B) as that for earlier generations
'that for' wrong idiom
(D) as have earlier generations
does not make sense...
(E) as it was of earlier generations
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Re: SC 1000 Q36 - freestanding house a dream of young adults [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2006, 18:33
'E' it is.

According to a recent poll, owning and living in a freestanding house on its own land is still a goal of a majority of young adults, as it was of earlier generations.
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Apr 2006, 18:39
Good job guys. OA is E.
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Re: According to a recent poll, owning and living in a [#permalink] New post 26 Dec 2011, 23:11
Question sounds incorrect to me. What's the source?
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Re: According to a recent poll, owning and living in a [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2014, 00:09
According to a recent poll, owning and living in a freestanding house on its own land is still a goal of a majority of young adults,like that of earlier generations.
(A) like that of earlier generations
(B) as that for earlier generations
(C) just as earlier generations did
(D) as have earlier generations
(E) as it was of earlier generations



i read the previous queries related to this questions but still i am not sure if my understanding is correct.So, please correct me if i am wrong.

A)According to a recent poll, owning and living in a freestanding house on its own land is still a goal of a majority of young adults,like that of earlier generations.

meaning: In this sentence the goal of present generation and earlier generations are compared.

as we have like after comma, THAT is compared to the subject of the sentence owning and living..... land.

In this sentence THAT should refer to goal. But THAT refers to the nearest noun which can be young adults,majority of young adults, or goal. so there is ambiguity.



E)as it was of earlier generations

here "it" unambiguously refers to the subject of the sentence "owning and living in a freestanding house on its own land" and doesn't refer to because when a pronoun is used just after comma it should refer to the subject.
so the sentence can be re written as :According to a recent poll, owning and living in a freestanding house on its own land is still a goal of a majority of young adults, as owning and living in a freestanding house on its own land was (a goal-elipsis) of earlier generations.



the Og explanation says that option a is incorrect because phrase without subject is not parallel to the main clause.

i am not sure what does this mean.Does it mean that "that"is ambiguous ?

is there any other error that i am missing in A ??
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Re: According to a recent poll, owning and living in a [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2014, 01:34
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In this sentence THAT should refer to goal. But THAT refers to the nearest noun which can be young adults,majority of young adults, or goal. so there is ambiguity.

Hi Sid, when you mention: THAT refers to the nearest noun which can be young adults,majority of young adults, or goal, I believe you are interpreting the usage of that as as relative pronoun (For example, This is the ball that burst. Here, that as as relative pronoun and refers to ball).

In the sentence under consideration, that is used as a demonstrative pronoun. You might want to refer to the discussion on the thread below, to enhance your understanding.

http://gmatclub.com/forum/according-to-a-recent-poll-owning-and-living-in-a-15189.html#p1387526

p.s. Our book SC Nirvana discusses the various avatars of that, their application and examples in significant detail. If you can PM you email, I can send you the corresponding section.
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