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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 astronomers’ 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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Re: Champagne supernova in the sky [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2009, 08:18
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C misses on parallelism. If we are using "the smaller", we have to use "the larger".
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Re: Champagne supernova in the sky [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2009, 07:05
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since two things are involved and to maintain llism , larger and smaller are reqd...
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Re: Champagne supernova in the sky [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 05:15
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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 astronomers’ 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



Not (A), because largest, when there are only 2 items compared, is wrong.
Not (B), same reason.
Not (C), because it should have been more recently
Not (D), it should have been 'larger' and 'smaller'

(E) seems to be alright, although I am not sure about 'the' larger.

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Re: Champagne supernova in the sky [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 07:14
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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 astronomers’ 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



Not (A), because largest, when there are only 2 items compared, is wrong.
Not (B), same reason.
Not (C), because it should have been more recently
Not (D), it should have been 'larger' and 'smaller'

(E) seems to be alright, although I am not sure about 'the' larger.

I think D also cannot make a correct/complete sentence.
but the small one that... is not a sentence.
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Re: Of the twin supernovas, the most recently discovered is the [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2013, 13:20
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Hi everyone,

The thread has interesting discussion, but it seems that there is still some confusion regarding how to arrive at the correct answer confidently.
Let me present my analysis from the meaning perspective.

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

Meaning Analysis:

Two supernovas have been discovered so far. The one discovered recently is larger from the one discovered earlier. But it is the smaller one that has impacted astronomers’ ideas about the origins of the universe.

Error Analysis:

Use of superlatives “most” and “largest” is incorrect because he sentence talks of only two supernovas. Hence, we need adjectives in comparative degree.

PoE:

(A) the most recently discovered is the largest, but it is the small one: Incorrect for the reason stated above.

(B) the one most recently discovered is the largest, but it is the small one: Incorrect: Same error as in choice A.

(C) the most recently discovered is larger, but it is the smaller: Incorrect.
1. Use of “most” is incorrect.
2. We need “one” after “smaller” to make the meaning clear. The choice seems to convey the recently discovered one is larger but at the same time it is smaller. Also “that” needs to be preceded by a noun for correct modification.

(D) the more recently discovered one is the large one but the small one: Incorrect.
1. Use of positive degree “large” and “small” is incorrect.
2. Verb for “the small one” is missing. We need a clause (SV pair) so that the use of relative pronoun clause “that has…” stands correct.

(E) the more recently discovered is the larger, but it is the smaller one: Correct.

Hope this helps. :)
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Re: Champagne supernova in the sky [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2009, 18:53
the more recently discovered is the larger, but it is the smaller one

maintains parallelism

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Re: Champagne supernova in the sky [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2009, 22:07
C for me.
Since there are only two objects, comparative degree should be fine.

In E, "the" larger is not correct...the should be used with superlative degree.

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Re: Champagne supernova in the sky [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2009, 00:10
I think "the" is required only for "smaller" one because the emphasis is on the smaller one.
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Re: Champagne supernova in the sky [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2009, 03:04
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I think "the" is required only for "smaller" one because the emphasis is on the smaller one.

I agree with Economist about the parallelism.

We cannot make "blind" parallelisms as we cannot say "the smaller". That makes me cross B, D and E.
In my opinion, A is the best.

I would not choose C as well because "the smaller" sound awkward to me.

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Re: Champagne supernova in the sky [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2009, 06:52
i l go with B..not able to explain it..pls correct if i am wrong..OA pls
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Re: Champagne supernova in the sky [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2009, 04:57
i got my mistake..thnks guys..i l go with E...OA PLS
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Re: Champagne supernova in the sky [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 04:46
IMO e ..twin supernova so larger and smaller ...superlative degree not required..more recently is correct not most..

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Re: Champagne supernova in the sky [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 10:32
will someone for god's sake explain why it's E
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Re: Champagne supernova in the sky [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 10:42
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will someone for god's sake explain why it's E


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Re: Champagne supernova in the sky [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 10:49
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noboru wrote:
Of the twin supernovas, the most recently discovered is the largest, but it is the small one that has irrevocably altered astronomers’ 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



Not (A), because largest, when there are only 2 items compared, is wrong.
Not (B), same reason.
Not (C), because it should have been more recently
Not (D), it should have been 'larger' and 'smaller'

(E) seems to be alright, although I am not sure about 'the' larger.

hi srjaidev,In E,larger here is an adjective with no noun to describe
here even " more recently discovered " does not have any noun to qualify.This is the reason i rejected E
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Re: Champagne supernova in the sky [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 10:58
mundasingh123,
aren't the nouns implied? the larger refers to 'the larger among the two' likewise with 'more recently'. That's what I thought. Please correct me if I am wrong. The other 4 options were clearly wrong.
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Re: Champagne supernova in the sky [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 12:56
A-D all use "largest" or "most" incorrectly. E uses the comparative adjectives correctly (we only have 2, not 3 supernovas) and specifies the noun "supernova" with "the" larger.
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Re: Champagne supernova in the sky [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 15:31
I would go with E - it has to be larger, rather than largest or large, C is not parallel
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