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In the English-Speaking world Anton Chekhov is by far better [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2012, 03:13
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In the English-Speaking world Anton Chekhov is by far better known for his plays than for his short stories, but it was during his lifetime that Chekhov's stories made him popular while his plays were given a more ambivalent reception, even by his fellow writers.

A)by far better known for his plays than for his short stories, but it was during his lifetime that
B)by far better known for his plays than he was for his short stories, but during his lifetime
C)Known far better for his plays than he was for his short stories, but during his lifetime
D)far better known for his plays than were his short stories, but it was during his lifetime that
E)far better known for his plays than for his short stories, but during his lifetime
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Re: In the English-Speaking world [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2012, 05:36
I go with E.

far better known for his plays than for his short stories

Better known for X than for Y - correct and parallel comaprison
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Re: In the English-Speaking world [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2012, 05:38
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Re: In the English-Speaking world [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2012, 06:00
In the English-Speaking world Anton Chekhov is by far better known for his plays than for his short stories, but it was during his lifetime that Chekhov's stories made him popular while his plays were given a more ambivalent reception, even by his fellow writers.

A)by far better known for his plays than for his short stories, but it was during his lifetime that
B)by far better known for his plays than he was for his short stories, but during his lifetime
C)Known far better for his plays than he was for his short stories, but during his lifetime
D)far better known for his plays than were his short stories, but it was during his lifetime that
E)far better known for his plays than for his short stories, but during his lifetime

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Re: In the English-Speaking world [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2012, 14:45
Why is A wrong? 'By far' is wordy but is it grammatically incorrect?

I like E too except for the end "but during his lifetime", I like "But it was during his lifetime" to complete the second half of the sentence better.
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Re: In the English-Speaking world Anton Chekhov is by far better [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2012, 02:02
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In the English-Speaking world Anton Chekhov is by far better known for his plays than for his short stories, but it was during his lifetime that Chekhov's stories made him popular while his plays were given a more ambivalent reception, even by his fellow writers.

A)by far better known for his plays than for his short stories, but it was during his lifetime that
B)by far better known for his plays than he was for his short stories, but during his lifetime
C)Known far better for his plays than he was for his short stories, but during his lifetime
D)far better known for his plays than were his short stories, but it was during his lifetime that
E)far better known for his plays than for his short stories, but during his lifetime



In B,
shouldn't the construction "....than he was for his short stories,.." another issue? Since the intended meaning is that in present times Anton is better known for his plays than for short stories which had been vice versa during his life time.
In my strong opinion, another issue with B is the change of tense.
Anyways the answer has to be E.
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Re: In the English-Speaking world Anton Chekhov is by far better [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2012, 17:20
I don't think the answer is E because that changes the meaning of the sentence. The sentence is about Anton's popularity that was amassed during his lifetime, the stems that don't have "but it was during..." lose the core concept/meaning of that.
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Re: In the English-Speaking world Anton Chekhov is by far better [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2012, 19:05
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In the English-Speaking world Anton Chekhov is by far better known for his plays than for his short stories, but it was during his lifetime that Chekhov's stories made him popular while his plays were given a more ambivalent reception, even by his fellow writers.

A)by far better known for his plays than for his short stories, but it was during his lifetime that
B)by far better known for his plays than he was for his short stories, but during his lifetime
C)Known far better for his plays than he was for his short stories, but during his lifetime
D)far better known for his plays than were his short stories, but it was during his lifetime that
E)far better known for his plays than for his short stories, but during his lifetime


No. E doesn't changes the meaning. In fact it conveys the same meaning with few words and without ambiguity.
"it was...." construction doesn't adds anything to the meaning. Also the highlighted portion is ambigous here.
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Re: In the English-Speaking world Anton Chekhov is by far better [#permalink] New post 16 Dec 2012, 20:03
Experts plz elaborate on this , why (A). is wrong !!!
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Re: In the English-Speaking world Anton Chekhov is by far better [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2013, 03:18
Hi ,

Please let me know the right usage of 'by far'

What does do or what is this...

Is the usage of this correct in teh answer choices. .?

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I feel that -by far- is not a bad usage. It’s perfectly grammatical and it means – to a great extent –or even some times –in the extreme-. The first meaning of the phrase fits in well with A and B. But these choices suffer other problems such as wordiness or shift of tense as pointed out by others in the thread
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In the English-Speaking world Anton Chekhov is by far better known for his plays than for his short stories, but it was during his lifetime that Chekhov's stories made him popular while his plays were given a more ambivalent reception, even by his fellow writers.


In my opinion ,

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A)by far better known for his plays than for his short stories, but it was during his lifetime that

* the second half sentence has no working verb . "that" is used incorrectly
it would have made sense to say -
Blah Blah , but during his lifetime chekhov's stories made him popular <> ...
or
Blah Blah , but during his lifetime it was chekhov's stories that made him popular<> ...



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B)by far better known for his plays than he was for his short stories, but during his lifetime

the inclusion of "he was" renders the sentence with bad parallelism.
Should be - better known for his plays than his stories.
or better known for his plays than for his stories


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C)Known far better for his plays than he was for his short stories, but during his lifetime

Bad parallelism - "for his plays" is compared with "he was for his stories"
second half of the independent clause has two verbs - "Was" and "made". I dont know if there is term for these kind issues (quiet bad with remembering jargons) , but I know the sentence makes no sense .

Usage of "It" is incorrect
Had the sentence read - "blah blah , but during his lifetime it was C's stories THAT made him........", would have been correct.


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D)far better known for his plays than were his short stories, but it was during his lifetime that

meaning issue- says - AC's stories were known for plays . - i.e AC is far better known for his plays than were his short stories (known for his plays) - comparision between "AC known fir his plays" and "his stories known for his plays"
Also The second part of the sentence says something like this - it was during AC's lifetime , that the stories made him popular ( perhaps as opposed to any other time , may be after his death , or whatever). "IT" is referring to lifetime , instead of "stories" , (is pointing to some period rather than stories. This is not the intended meaning. The sentence intended to say "during his lifetime , IT was his stories and not plays that made him popular".



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E)far better known for his plays than for his short stories, but during his lifetime

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Re: In the English-Speaking world Anton Chekhov is by far better [#permalink] New post 22 Jun 2013, 09:26
In the English-Speaking world Anton Chekhov is by far better known for his plays than for his short stories, but it was during his lifetime that Chekhov's stories made him popular while his plays were given a more ambivalent reception, even by his fellow writers.

A)by far better known for his plays than for his short stories, but it was during his lifetime that
B)by far better known for his plays than he was for his short stories, but during his lifetime
C)Known far better for his plays than he was for his short stories, but during his lifetime
D)far better known for his plays than were his short stories, but it was during his lifetime that
E)far better known for his plays than for his short stories, but during his lifetime
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