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236. Degler does more than merely summarizing existing research; he constructs a coherent picture of two centuries of studies dealing with the changing roles of women.
(A) Degler does more than merely summarizing
(B) Degler’s study is more than a mere summarizing of
(C) Degler has done more than a mere summarizing of
(D) Degler’s study has done more than summarize merely
(E) Degler does more than merely summarize
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01 Dec 2008, 05:52
IMO E
236. Degler does more than merely summarizing existing research; he constructs a coherent picture of two centuries of studies dealing with the changing roles of women.
(A) Degler does more than merely summarizing - does and summarizing are not parallel
(B) Degler’s study is more than a mere summarizing of - he can not refer to Degler's
(C) Degler has done more than a mere summarizing of - perfect tense is wrong here
(D) Degler’s study has done more than summarize merely - same error as B
(E) Degler does more than merely summarize - does is parallel to summarize
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01 Dec 2008, 06:26
E for parallelism.
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31 Mar 2011, 22:08
Between A & E, why E?
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01 Apr 2011, 00:32
prasforgmat wrote:
Between A & E, why E?

E looks better than A in terms of parallelism. However, none of 5 options seem correct to me.
E) Degler does more than merely summarize
"summarize" does not agree with subject "Degler"
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27 Apr 2011, 07:02
windofchange wrote:
prasforgmat wrote:
Between A & E, why E?

E looks better than A in terms of parallelism. However, none of 5 options seem correct to me.
E) Degler does more than merely summarize
"summarize" does not agree with subject "Degler"

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navami wrote:
windofchange wrote:
prasforgmat wrote:
Between A & E, why E?

E looks better than A in terms of parallelism. However, none of 5 options seem correct to me.
E) Degler does more than merely summarize
"summarize" does not agree with subject "Degler"

OA is E.

Be careful here. The term "more than" isn't really used to compare two things--it's used to indicate a higher degree/intensity of an action verb.

Normally, "summarize" doesn't match with the singular subject "Degler." But in this case, you are not just saying "Degler summarizes"----rather, you are saying "Degler does more than [action verb]..."

So in this case, GMAT is not testing you on Apples Vs Oranges (Framework #2). It's also not testing you on X&Y consistency.

Simply saying "Degler does more than merely (just) summarize XYZ" is fine.

As is "Degler is more than just a giant."
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01 May 2011, 22:08
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I am new to this forum, this is my first post. Really appreciate the explainations you guys have given, but this is the way I approached this question:

In the sentence "Degler does more than merely summarizing"

summarizing -> noun (gerund: noun formed from verb summarize)

since an adverb can't modify a noun, merely can't modify summarizing.

Merely can modify verb summarize, therefore E is correct.
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16 May 2011, 09:06
gmatking800 wrote:
I am new to this forum, this is my first post. Really appreciate the explainations you guys have given, but this is the way I approached this question:

In the sentence "Degler does more than merely summarizing"

summarizing -> noun (gerund: noun formed from verb summarize)

since an adverb can't modify a noun, merely can't modify summarizing.

Merely can modify verb summarize, therefore E is correct.

spot on explanation mate.
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