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# Like Auden, the language of James Merrill is chatty, arch,

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Like Auden, the language of James Merrill is chatty, arch, [#permalink]

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Like Auden, the language of James Merrill is chatty, arch, and conversational—given to complex syntactic flights as well as to prosaic free-verse strolls.

(A) Like Auden, the language of James Merrill
(B) Like Auden, James Merrill’s language
(C) Like Auden’s, James Merrill’s language
(D) As with Auden, James Merrill’s language
(E) As is Auden’s the language of James Merrill

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My question here is: Why can't Auden be a language? How do you know that Auden is not a language?

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Re: Like Auden, the language of James Merrill is chatty, arch, [#permalink]

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11 Dec 2007, 09:39
Even if Auden is a language, the sentence will still be weird.

For example:
Like Spanish, French also has nouns in the masculine and feminine form.

I don't think you would say:
Like Spanish, Bill Clinton's French also has nouns in the masculine and feminine form.
or
Like Spanish, the language of Bill Clinton also has nouns in the masculine and feminine form.

It's just weird.
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Re: Like Auden, the language of James Merrill is chatty, arch, [#permalink]

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11 Dec 2007, 21:26
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Like Auden, the language of James Merrill is chatty, arch, and conversational—given to complex syntactic flights as well as to prosaic free-verse strolls.
(A) Like Auden, the language of James Merrill
(B) Like Auden, James Merrill’s language
(C) Like Auden’s, James Merrill’s language
(D) As with Auden, James Merrill’s language
(E) As is Auden’s the language of James Merrill

My question here is: Why can't Auden be a language? How do you know that Auden is not a language?

I think Auden is a person here. Since the sentence is comparing the person's language (style of speaking), namely James Merrill's, to that of another who must also be a person, namely Auden. C should be correct. Like Auden's [language] is compared to James Merrill's language.

A is incorrect as one can't compare a person to another person's language.
B. incorrect for the same reason as above
D. Like is needed to compare people or things
E. Incorrect.
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Re: Like Auden, the language of James Merrill is chatty, arch, [#permalink]

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12 Dec 2007, 08:21
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Even if Auden is a language, the sentence will still be weird.

For example:
Like Spanish, French also has nouns in the masculine and feminine form.

I don't think you would say:
Like Spanish, Bill Clinton's French also has nouns in the masculine and feminine form.
or
Like Spanish, the language of Bill Clinton also has nouns in the masculine and feminine form.

It's just weird.

Actually, I think that the comparison in your second example is just fine...
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12 Dec 2007, 08:23
eyunni wrote:
Like Auden, the language of James Merrill is chatty, arch, and conversational—given to complex syntactic flights as well as to prosaic free-verse strolls.
(A) Like Auden, the language of James Merrill
(B) Like Auden, James Merrill’s language
(C) Like Auden’s, James Merrill’s language
(D) As with Auden, James Merrill’s language
(E) As is Auden’s the language of James Merrill

My question here is: Why can't Auden be a language? How do you know that Auden is not a language?

To answer your question, I guess you just have to go along with logic.
Choice's C and E mention 'Auden's' --> I think this construction (if Auden were a language) would be pretty strange even for the GMAT
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15 Dec 2007, 12:40
OA is C.
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27 Jun 2010, 17:25
Why can't it be E? I thought we were not supposed to use 'Like', so I avoided C. "As is Auden's, the language of James Merrill" sounds fine to me.
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28 Jun 2010, 10:39
will go with C as well for same reason
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28 Jun 2010, 19:29
hetalcs wrote:
Why can't it be E? I thought we were not supposed to use 'Like', so I avoided C. "As is Auden's, the language of James Merrill" sounds fine to me.

"Like" is fine as a comparison in this case - the author is saying that Merril's language is similar to Auden's.

http://www.grammar-quizzes.com/like-as.html
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17 Jul 2010, 08:00
C is correct for comparing noun to noun.

Auden's [language] to James Merrill's language.
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31 Aug 2011, 10:44
GK_Gmat wrote:
eyunni wrote:
My question here is: Why can't Auden be a language? How do you know that Auden is not a language?

To answer your question, I guess you just have to go along with logic.
Choice's C and E mention 'Auden's' --> I think this construction (if Auden were a language) would be pretty strange even for the GMAT

well I hope you did not write just for sake of it- suppose for a moment Auden is a language then do you see any || comparison in any of the options. I mean what are you trying to say if Auden is a language- like a language, a language of .....(what is it ? does it conveys better meaning than consider Auden a person ?). try putting other options as well into equation you will realize the issue better!
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12 Feb 2014, 06:56
eyunni wrote:
Like Auden, the language of James Merrill is chatty, arch, and conversational—given to complex syntactic flights as well as to prosaic free-verse strolls.

(A) Like Auden, the language of James Merrill
(B) Like Auden, James Merrill’s language
(C) Like Auden’s, James Merrill’s language
(D) As with Auden, James Merrill’s language
(E) As is Auden’s the language of James Merrill

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My question here is: Why can't Auden be a language? How do you know that Auden is not a language?

OA:
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C

(A) ==> "Auden" is compared to " the language of " and that's not correct
(B) ==> "Auden" is compared to " the language " and that's not correct
(D) ==> As needs a clause / so (D) is not correct (+ a // error )
(E) ==> meaning !!
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