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# Of the twin supernovas, the most recently discovered is the

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Of the twin supernovas, the most recently discovered is the largest, but it is the small one that has irrevocably altered astronomists ideas about the origins of the universe.

A. the most recently discovered is the largest, but it is the small one

B. the one most recently discovered is the largest, but it is the small one

C. the most recently discovered is larger, but it is the smaller

D. the more recently discovered one is the large one but the small one

E. the more recently discovered is the larger, but it is the smaller one
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01 May 2008, 18:49
Here we are talking about two things, so we cannot use superlative forms. So A, and B are out.
C is out because it omits "one" at the end to create a phrase "one that has .....". It does not make sense "smaller that has ...". Smaller what? Moreover most is also superlative form.
Since we are showing an comparison, so we need a comparative form and not regular adjective (large/small), so D is out.

I will go for E.
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01 May 2008, 19:07
bsd_lover wrote:
Of the twin supernovas, the most recently discovered is the largest, but it is the small one that has irrevocably altered astronomists ideas about the origins of the universe.

A. the most recently discovered is the largest, but it is the small one

B. the one most recently discovered is the largest, but it is the small one

C. the most recently discovered is larger, but it is the smaller

D. the more recently discovered one is the large one but the small one

E. the more recently discovered is the larger, but it is the smaller one

I remember you correct me on this one in aonther post! It seems that your memory is the same as my memory. I forgot almost things when the time gone by!

"Of the the twin", so I eliminate " A, B, and C" b/c of "most",
and D out because "small" does not convey the comparison
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01 May 2008, 20:31
Of the twin supernovas, the most recently discovered is the largest, but it is the small one that has irrevocably altered astronomists ideas about the origins of the universe.

A. the most recently discovered is the largest, but it is the small one
Modifier error. The most recently discover what?
B. the one most recently discovered is the largest, but it is the small one
Correct, Of the twin supernovas, the one
C. the most recently discovered is larger, but it is the smaller
Modifier error
D. the more recently discovered one is the large one but the small one
Redundant
E. the more recently discovered is the larger, but it is the smaller one
Modifier error

You have two supernovas, 'one' discovered recently and a small 'one'. 'One' should show up in the sentence twice. I don't know the rule on when to use 'most' and 'more'. Can anyone help me out. I think you use more
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01 May 2008, 23:04
twin supernovas - we compare two supernovas - so need to have "the most recent" - A, B and C eliminate it

Two items are compared larger/smaller
A. the most recently discovered is the largest, but it is the small one

B. the one most recently discovered is the largest, but it is the small one

C. the most recently discovered is larger, but it is the smaller

D. the more recently discovered one is the large one but the small one [Eliminate it]

E. the more recently discovered is the larger, but it is the smaller one

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02 May 2008, 05:15
hanumayamma wrote:
twin supernovas - we compare two supernovas - so need to have "the most recent" - A, B and C eliminate it

Two items are compared larger/smaller
A. the most recently discovered is the largest, but it is the small one

B. the one most recently discovered is the largest, but it is the small one

C. the most recently discovered is larger, but it is the smaller

D. the more recently discovered one is the large one but the small one [Eliminate it]

E. the more recently discovered is the larger, but it is the smaller one

I'm confused . You say when comparing two things we need to use 'most' and NOT 'more'. Then you eliminate all answer choice with 'most'.

Also if you use E you get;

Of the twin supernovas, the more recently discovered is the larger, but it is the smaller one that has irrevocably altered astronomists ideas about the origins of the universe.

To me it is not clear what is recently discovered. Shouldn't it say 'the more recently discovered one is larger'
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02 May 2008, 05:17
bsd_lover wrote:
Of the twin supernovas, the most recently discovered is the largest, but it is the small one that has irrevocably altered astronomists ideas about the origins of the universe.

A. the most recently discovered is the largest, but it is the small one

B. the one most recently discovered is the largest, but it is the small one

C. the most recently discovered is larger, but it is the smaller

D. the more recently discovered one is the large one but the small one

E. the more recently discovered is the larger, but it is the smaller one

E.
We are talking about two supernovas (twin), and "most" suggests that there are many "twin supernovas", which is incorrect because "twin" in this case is singular. So the use of "more" is appropriate here to compare two supernovas. A, B, C are out.

Between D and E, in D although the use of "large one" and "small one" is parallel, it sounds awkward. "larger" and "smaller" are better for me.
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02 May 2008, 06:35
Straight E

A. the most recently discovered is the largest, but it is the small one
two object, can't use largest
B. the one most recently discovered is the largest, but it is the small one
same with A
C. the most recently discovered is larger, but it is the smaller
D. the more recently discovered one is the large one but the small one
no, should be larger one
E. the more recently discovered is the larger, but it is the smaller one
this one is better than C when read conjuncted with the whole sentence, "it is the smaller one that ..."
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02 May 2008, 06:38
bkk145 wrote:
bsd_lover wrote:
Of the twin supernovas, the most recently discovered is the largest, but it is the small one that has irrevocably altered astronomists ideas about the origins of the universe.

A. the most recently discovered is the largest, but it is the small one

B. the one most recently discovered is the largest, but it is the small one

C. the most recently discovered is larger, but it is the smaller

D. the more recently discovered one is the large one but the small one

E. the more recently discovered is the larger, but it is the smaller one

E.
We are talking about two supernovas (twin), and "most" suggests that there are many "twin supernovas", which is incorrect because "twin" in this case is singular. So the use of "more" is appropriate here to compare two supernovas. A, B, C are out.

Between D and E, in D although the use of "large one" and "small one" is parallel, it sounds awkward. "larger" and "smaller" are better for me.

Twin is not singular. It's just describing supernovas. Replace 'supernovas' with 'sisters':

Of the twin sisters,....

There are two sisters, twin is just describing that the sisters are twin. So they were born at the same time.

You have two supernovas that were born at the same time. One was discoverd first, then some time later another one was discovered. This is reinforced by the fact that supernovas ends with an 's'. If there was only one supernova it would say 'Of the twin supernova'.

The twin sister (singular)
The twin sisters (plural)

'Of the' also indicates that there is two.

Of the one (incorrect)
Of the two (correct)

Of the [two] supernovas, the most one most recently discovered is the largest, but it is the small one that has....
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02 May 2008, 15:50
Thanks guys - OA is E.
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