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Byron possessed powers of observation that would have made him a great anthropologist and that makes his letters as a group the rival of the best novels of the time.

(A) makes his letters as a group the rival of
(B) makes his letters as a group one to rival
(C) makes his letters a group rivaling
(D) make his letters as a group the rival of
(E) make his letters a group which is the rival of
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arjsingh1976 wrote:
Byron possessed powers of observation that would have made him a great anthropologist and that makes his letters as a group the rival of the best novels of the time.

(A) makes his letters as a group the rival of
(B) makes his letters as a group one to rival
(C) makes his letters a group rivaling
(D) make his letters as a group the rival of
(E) make his letters a group which is the rival of

powers of observation...make..

D or E.

D looks clear and concise.
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arjsingh1976 wrote:
Byron possessed powers of observation that would have made him a great anthropologist and that makes his letters as a group the rival of the best novels of the time.

(A) makes his letters as a group the rival of
(B) makes his letters as a group one to rival
(C) makes his letters a group rivaling
(D) make his letters as a group the rival of
(E) make his letters a group which is the rival of

powers - plural so A,B and C are out
between D and E I ll go with E
make a group sounds better than make as a group
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07 Nov 2006, 17:53
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Second 'that' modifies 'powers of observation' --> need 'make'
E is not concise and lacks clarity.

D is best.
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Between D & E, E is definite verbose " make his letters a group which is the rival of" than D. I think D should be correct Ans.
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08 Nov 2006, 08:12
OA is D
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08 Nov 2006, 22:53
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arjsingh1976 wrote:
Byron possessed powers of observation that would have made him a great anthropologist and that makes his letters as a group the rival of the best novels of the time.

(A) makes his letters as a group the rival of
(B) makes his letters as a group one to rival
(C) makes his letters a group rivaling
(D) make his letters as a group the rival of
(E) make his letters a group which is the rival of

powers - plural so A,B and C are out
between D and E I ll go with E
make a group sounds better than make as a group

Very close comrade. It's his powers that made his letters as a group (collective) the rival...
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arjsingh1976 wrote:
Byron possessed powers of observation that would have made him a great anthropologist and that makes his letters as a group the rival of the best novels of the time.

(A) makes his letters as a group the rival of
(B) makes his letters as a group one to rival
(C) makes his letters a group rivaling
(D) make his letters as a group the rival of
(E) make his letters a group which is the rival of

observations that MAKE
E is missing a preposition
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I know it's been a while since this thread has been added to, but what is the meaning of this sentence? How do the powers of observation make his letters as a group the rival of the best novels of the time?
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yeah..D is best..

powers..that make him anthropologist...|| that make his letters..blah blah
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Byron possessed powers of observation that would have made him a great anthropologist and that makes his letters as a group the rival of the best novels of the time.

(A) makes his letters as a group the rival of
(B) makes his letters as a group one to rival
(C) makes his letters a group rivaling
(D) make his letters as a group the rival of
(E) make his letters a group which is the rival of

"powers" eliminates ABC thus between D&E, E is crude and group is rival of novels , but the fact is letters as a group is the rival thus D
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30 Jun 2008, 05:29
D.

Watch out for "which" on the GMAT. In E, which is wrong, because it should generally follow a comma. Also, "Which" should Only introduce a non-essential idea, and in E it introduces a phrase that is important for the meaning of the sentence.
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30 Jun 2008, 05:34
arjsingh1976 wrote:
Byron possessed powers of observation that would have made him a great anthropologist and that makes his letters as a group the rival of the best novels of the time.

(A) makes his letters as a group the rival of
(B) makes his letters as a group one to rival
(C) makes his letters a group rivaling
(D) make his letters as a group the rival of
(E) make his letters a group which is the rival of

powers - make : sv agreement

D,E remain

E-wordy

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30 Jun 2008, 06:58
Byron possessed powers of observation that would have made him a great anthropologist and that makes his letters as a group the rival of the best novels of the time.

(A) makes his letters as a group the rival of
(B) makes his letters as a group one to rival
(C) makes his letters a group rivaling
(D) make his letters as a group the rival of
(E) make his letters a group which is the rival of
which is a non-restrictive word....
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30 Jun 2008, 07:07
Byron possessed powers of observation that would have made him a great anthropologist and that makes his letters as a group the rival of the best novels of the time.

(A) makes his letters as a group the rival of
The subject is " powers of observation", so should be "make"(B) makes his letters as a group one to rival
Same as (A)
(C) makes his letters a group rivaling
Same as (C)
(D) make his letters as a group the rival of
Idiom, make ... as is wrong.
(E) make his letters a group which is the rival of
So I choose (E)
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16 Jul 2008, 21:17
Even I have the same Q.
make his letters as a group the rival of

Moreover,"as" is used to introduce clause.
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16 Jul 2008, 21:32
huntgmat wrote:
Even I have the same Q.
make his letters as a group the rival of

Moreover,"as" is used to introduce clause.

"his letters as a group" is a phrase and it is not related to make idiomatically.

the construction of the sentence is make X the rival of Y
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30 Aug 2011, 08:21
D it should be , between D and E one can eliminate E because follow of which should have a comma
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