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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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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


E.
"owning and living in a freestanding house on its own land" is a clause and demands "as"; "was" is parallel with "is"
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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.

The first sentence is "owning and living in a freestanding house on its own land is still a goal of a majority of young adults", we should look for similar structure in the 2nd sentence.

(A) like that of earlier generations
= like that (the goal) of earlier generations
= WRONG, not ll to 1st sentence

(B) as that for earlier generations
= WRONG, "as" is used to modify clause instead of noun "that"

(C) just as earlier generations did
= WRONG, because of "as" again

(D) as have earlier generations
= as earlier generations have
= not ll
=WRONG

(E) as it was of earlier generations
= as it was (the goal) of earlier generations
= ll with first sentence
= Correct

Ans is E
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Between A and E, on test day I would have chosen A.

Not too sure, but it seems as we're referring to a "goal", rather than "owning and living..."

That's why I used like rather than as.
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New post 31 Jul 2008, 08:19
I will go with E.

"owning and living in a freestanding house on its own land is still a goal of a majority of young adults"

X is still a goal of Y -> 'it' was a goal of 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, as it was of earlier generations.

Rule: Use like when you are comparing 2 unlike things. Use as when you are comparing something similar or same.
we are talking about goal of young adults & goal of earlier generations. IMO use 'as'.

A> ruled out.
B> 'as that for' no no in this case
c> ruled out
d>have, doesnt identify the antecedent
e>it clearly identifies with goal & correct usage of 'as'
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ssandeepan wrote:
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


Clearly E for parallelsim and "as" for comparing two clauses
X is goal of you youg adults, as it was of earlier generation
--> X is goal of you youg adults, as X was [goal]of earlier generation.
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can anyone suggest why "owning and living..land" is considered as singular; here we are using "and" to combine 2 goals so verb should be plural (are)
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can anyone suggest why "owning and living..land" is considered as singular; here we are using "and" to combine 2 goals so verb should be plural (are)


There are few exception in such usage....but IMO GMAT will not test on such usage..as you can clearly see in this question ..this is in non underlined portion.

one example which i can remember is;
fish and chips is my favourite breakfast.

MOREOVER CONSIDER== AS -->THIS IS WRONG IN GMAT.
CORRECT USAGE IS CONSIDER X,Y

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mail2harvinder wrote:
can anyone suggest why "owning and living..land" is considered as singular; here we are using "and" to combine 2 goals so verb should be plural (are)


There are few exception in such usage....but IMO GMAT will not test on such usage..as you can clearly see in this question ..this is in non underlined portion.

one example which i can remember is;
fish and chips is my favourite breakfast.

MOREOVER CONSIDER== AS -->THIS IS WRONG IN GMAT.
CORRECT USAGE IS CONSIDER X,Y

hope it helps


thanks for "consider as" correction :-) but i am still struggling to find the rules for singular/plural usage when there is "AND" in the subject, as per MGMAT subject is considered plural whenever "AND" is used within the subject
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M getting confused with the antecedent of "it" in option E! Unable to figure out whether it refers to the whole idea of "owning and living......" or just to the "goal". Can someone please guide me through.
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M getting confused with the antecedent of "it" in option E! Unable to figure out whether it refers to the whole idea of "owning and living......" or just to the "goal". Can someone please guide me through.

According to me , It refers to the whole idea "owning and living in a freestanding house on its own land" and a goal is implicit and is in ellipsis.
as it was [a goal] of earlier generations

I am no expert but gave my opinion.if i am wrong no bashing plz :lol:
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Here is a similar question from GMAT Pill E Book and according to them the answer is B . Phew!

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You may find the following simplified structure helpful.

A comparison is introduced by as. The word as compares the following 2 elements:

1. Owning and living is a goal of majority of young adults.
2. Owning and living was a goal of majority of young adults of earlier generations.

By virtue of parallelism and in order to avoid repetition, we are allowed to omit / replace certain words /phrases from the second element as is shown below:

2. it (owning and living replaced by pronoun) was (a goal of majority of young adults omitted) of earlier generations.

Therefore option E is correct.
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KarishmaParmar

You may find the following simplified structure helpful.

A comparison is introduced by as. The word as compares the following 2 elements:

1. Owning and living is a goal of majority of young adults.
2. Owning and living was a goal of majority of young adults of earlier generations.

By virtue of parallelism and in order to avoid repetition, we are allowed to omit / replace certain words /phrases from the second element as is shown below:

2. it (owning and living replaced by pronoun) was (a goal of majority of young adults omitted) of earlier generations.

Therefore option E is correct.


Thanks for the detailed explanation. Someone from the E GMAT Pill team needs to correct it in their ebook.
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Here is a similar question from GMAT Pill E Book and according to them the answer is B . Phew!

I think their e book is quite confusing. Any comments?


Hi,
the answer cannot be B, because of following reasons..
1) parallelism..
if in non underlined portion we are saying " top priority of students", it should be followed with of earlier generations..
There is no reason to change from "for' to "of"..

2) what can "that" stand for..
top priority:-
replace and see if it makes sense..
...graduating is a top property for students, as top property for earlier generations..

3) in the present structure, 'as' should introduce a subordinate clause..
so it requires a subject and verb..

Now WHAT to do with the book..
Any source should be able to duplicate a Q of OG correctly...

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