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In his search for an effective method of motivating his students to practice, the piano teacher found that the more he reminded his students of their possible embarrassment in the upcoming recital, their willingness to prepare themselves in advance increased.

A) their willingness to prepare themselves in advance increased
B) their willingness to be prepared in advance was increasing
C) their willingness for advanced preparation was greater
D) the greater their willingness to prepare themselves in advance was
D) the greater their willingness for advanced preparation increased
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Re: SC: Effective method of motivating the students [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2012, 16:01
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The more ........ needs to be paired with a comparative adjective

the more the greater -in D and E fit well. A,B,C are out
E has advanced preparation that changes the meaning. so it is D
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Re: In his search for an effective method of motivating his [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2013, 14:19
here is the official explanation from kaplan which mirrors much of what's in dentobizz's explanation.

Answer D - As written, this sentence presents an unparallel comparison. When a comparison begins with "the more … ," it must be followed by a parallel comparative. Think of the phrase "the more, the merrier." Choices (A), (B) and (C) can be eliminated because they do not begin with comparatives.

Choices (D) and (E) both begin with the comparative, "the greater," but (E) introduces the redundancy "the greater their willingness…increased." Moreover, (E)'s "advanced preparation" does not convey the idea of preparing in advance that the sentence requires. Choice (D) corrects the unparallel comparison without introducing any new problems and is, therefore, the correct answer.



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Re: In his search for an effective method of motivating his [#permalink] New post 01 May 2014, 05:18
PraPon wrote:
In his search for an effective method of motivating his students to practice, the piano teacher found that the more he reminded his students of their possible embarrassment in the upcoming recital, their willingness to prepare themselves in advance increased.

A) their willingness to prepare themselves in advance increased
B) their willingness to be prepared in advance was increasing
C) their willingness for advanced preparation was greater
D) the greater their willingness to prepare themselves in advance was
D) the greater their willingness for advanced preparation increased


Is the in option D) "was" is not required. Is it a typo?

I rejected the Option D) based on the "was".
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Re: In his search for an effective method of motivating his [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2014, 18:52
Why does the "was" come after the second clause? Is that alright?
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