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# Gautama

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03 Apr 2008, 07:54
The word ‘Buddha’ denotes not just the historical figure, Gautama, it refers to a type of person, one who has achieved enlightenment, just like the term ‘king’ or ‘priest’

A. The word ‘Buddha’ denotes not just the historical figure, Gautama, it refers to a type of person, one who has achieved enlightenment, just like the term ‘king’ or ‘priest’

B. Just like ‘king’ or ‘priest’, the word ‘Buddha’ denotes not just the historical figure Gautama, but a type of person, one who has achieved enlightenment

C. The word ‘Buddha’, similar to the words ‘king’ or ‘priest’, denotes not just the historical figure Gautama, but an entire class of people, those who have achieved enlightenment

D. The word Buddha denotes not just the historical figure Gautama, but, like ‘king’ or ‘priest,’ refers to a type of person - in this case, one who has achieved enlightenment

E. Like the word ‘king’ or the word ’priest,’ the word ‘Buddha’ does not just refer to the historical figure Gautama, but rather to a class of persons who have achieved enlightenment
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03 Apr 2008, 08:27
going with C.
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03 Apr 2008, 19:12
Will go for D.. all others make king priest point to Gautama.
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03 Apr 2008, 19:40
mbawaters wrote:
The word ‘Buddha’ denotes not just the historical figure, Gautama, it refers to a type of person, one who has achieved enlightenment, just like the term ‘king’ or ‘priest’

A. The word ‘Buddha’ denotes not just the historical figure, Gautama, it refers to a type of person, one who has achieved enlightenment, just like the term ‘king’ or ‘priest’

B. Just like ‘king’ or ‘priest’, the word ‘Buddha’ denotes not just the historical figure Gautama, but a type of person, one who has achieved enlightenment

C. The word ‘Buddha’, similar to the words ‘king’ or ‘priest’, denotes not just the historical figure Gautama, but an entire class of people, those who have achieved enlightenment

D. The word Buddha denotes not just the historical figure Gautama, but, like ‘king’ or ‘priest,’ refers to a type of person - in this case, one who has achieved enlightenment

E. Like the word ‘king’ or the word ’priest,’ the word ‘Buddha’ does not just refer to the historical figure Gautama, but rather to a class of persons who have achieved enlightenment

E win

1. "Like" modifies correctly "the word Buddha" and compares correctly "the word King or the word "priest"

2. not ...but (rather)
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04 Apr 2008, 03:43
I think it is C.
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04 Apr 2008, 06:52
mbawaters wrote:
The word ‘Buddha’ denotes not just the historical figure, Gautama, it refers to a type of person, one who has achieved enlightenment, just like the term ‘king’ or ‘priest’

A. The word ‘Buddha’ denotes not just the historical figure, Gautama, it refers to a type of person, one who has achieved enlightenment, just like the term ‘king’ or ‘priest’

B. Just like ‘king’ or ‘priest’, the word ‘Buddha’ denotes not just the historical figure Gautama, but a type of person, one who has achieved enlightenment

C. The word ‘Buddha’, similar to the words ‘king’ or ‘priest’, denotes not just the historical figure Gautama, but an entire class of people, those who have achieved enlightenment

D. The word Buddha denotes not just the historical figure Gautama, but, like ‘king’ or ‘priest,’ refers to a type of person - in this case, one who has achieved enlightenment

E. Like the word ‘king’ or the word ’priest,’ the word ‘Buddha’ does not just refer to the historical figure Gautama, but rather to a class of persons who have achieved enlightenment

I go for C. The subject Budha has to be modified by the two other 'words' king or 'priest' and C does just that. Also Correct subject verb agreement "The word Budha denotes"
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04 Apr 2008, 07:11
C,

although it goes down between C and E.

I think E slightly changes the meaning of the sentence. Refer does not mean the same with Denote. I say C.
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04 Apr 2008, 08:01
This one is geting interesting.

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04 Apr 2008, 08:54
Another vote for me on C.
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04 Apr 2008, 08:58
mbawaters wrote:
The word ‘Buddha’ denotes not just the historical figure, Gautama, it refers to a type of person, one who has achieved enlightenment, just like the term ‘king’ or ‘priest’

I will go for E

C. The word ‘Buddha’, similar to the words ‘king’ or ‘priest’, denotes not just the historical figure Gautama, but an entire class of people, those who have achieved enlightenment

The pronoun THOSE does not have a clear antecedent.
Also the phrase "Entire Class of people" is wordy and redundant.

E. Like the word ‘king’ or the word ’priest,’ the word ‘Buddha’ does not just refer to the historical figure Gautama, but rather to a class of persons who have achieved enlightenment

The relative clause "who have achieved..." clearly identifies the persons.

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04 Apr 2008, 15:20
E
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04 Apr 2008, 15:28
All who have voted for anything other than D,

Do you guys think King and priest are terms used for those who have attained enlightenment....to me all options other than D indicate that and I belive its wrong...thats why I chose D.

Buddha refers to one who has attained enlightenment.
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07 Apr 2008, 05:33
D.

Last edited by asaf on 07 Apr 2008, 09:58, edited 1 time in total.
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07 Apr 2008, 08:18
kyatin wrote:
All who have voted for anything other than D,

Do you guys think King and priest are terms used for those who have attained enlightenment....to me all options other than D indicate that and I belive its wrong...thats why I chose D.

Buddha refers to one who has attained enlightenment.

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13 Aug 2012, 23:07
In case anybody bump this post and wonder what is the OA.....
OA is D.
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23 Aug 2012, 16:17
going with C. 'similar to' is correctly used instead of' like'. not..but construction is parallel
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23 Aug 2012, 20:28
I Will go with E
correct Idiom Not X but rather Y
Budha (name) can't be historical figure "Gautama" , its rather refer to historical figure "Gautama".
that'y I think that option "E" better than "C"
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23 Aug 2012, 23:27
Folks, This questions has some serious issues. the OA says "not just ... but ..." , which is incorrect. This requires parallelism.

Note - Ron says that this questions has fatally flawed problem; ignore; move on.
http://www.beatthegmat.com/sc-meaning-t83074.html
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