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According to the professors philosophy, the antidote to envy

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According to the professors philosophy, the antidote to envy [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2004, 07:29
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54. According to the professor’s philosophy, the antidote to envy is one’s own work, always one’s own work: not thinking about it, not assessing it, but simply doing it.
(A) one’s own work, always one’s own work: not thinking about it, not assessing it, but simply doing it
(B) always work; because you don’t think about it or assess it, you just do it
(C) always one’s own work: not thinking about or assessing it, but simply to do it
(D) not to think or assess, but doing one’s own work
(E) neither to think about one’s own work nor to assess it, it is always simply doing it

what does "According to the professor’s philosophy," modifies is it absolute phrase?
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2004, 07:38
I had gotten this onw wrong earlier. Good discussion on this here

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... philosophy

Note on Absolute phrase:
Absolute phrases are made of nouns or pronouns followed by a participle and any modifiers of the noun or pronoun. Absolute phrases contain a subject (unlike participial phrases), and no predicate. They serve to modify an entire sentence.
Examples:

Joan looked nervous, her fears creeping up on her.
noun/subject: her fears
participle: creeping
modifier: up on her
absolute phrase: her fears creeping up on her

Tom paled when he came home, his mother standing in the
doorway.
noun/subject: his mother
participle: standing
modifier: in the doorway
absolute phrase: his mother standing in the doorway
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2004, 07:39
"one’s own work" is this not redundant? Is it not enough to say ones' work ?
can you plz explain why others are not correcct or else why your choice is correct?
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2004, 08:16
B is wrong because of one's/you - wrong pronoun usage.
CDE has wrong paralelism - one of them is do verb and the other is doing verb.

A - parallelism is maintained - all doing verbs.
You cannot use ';' in A, since the second half does not have a subject. ':' is a sort of explanation of why he said that (antidote to envy is one’s own work).
"One's own" is okay I think. I don't have any explanation though.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2004, 09:50
All answers look confusing but (A) is less confusing. Thus I will go for (A).
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