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She was less successful after she had emigrated to New York compared to her native Germany, photographer Lotte Jacobi nevertheless earned a small group of discerning admirers, and her photographs were eventually exhibited in prestigious galleries across the United States.

A) She was less successful after she had emigrated to New York compared to

B) Being less successful after she had emigrated to New York as compared to

C) Less successful after she emigrated to New York than she had been in

D) Although she was less successful after emigrating to New York when compared to

E) She had been less successful after emigrating to New York than in
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Re: SC: Lotte Jacobi [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2008, 09:32
I say C.

The key is "...less native in New York than IN Germany..."

Of the answers, only C and E has this.

E incorrectly begins with "SHE" and shifts the focus of the sentences. I forget what the technical term is, but SHE is not the subject, PHOTOGRAPHER LOTTE JACOBI is the subject.

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Re: SC: Lotte Jacobi [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2008, 11:13
Could someone explain what is wrong with D. Somehow, I find awkward modifier with C.
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Re: SC: Lotte Jacobi [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2008, 13:22
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She was less successful after she had emigrated to New York compared to her native Germany, photographer Lotte Jacobi nevertheless earned a small group of discerning admirers, and her photographs were eventually exhibited in prestigious galleries across the United States.

A) She was less successful after she had emigrated to New York compared to
B) Being less successful after she had emigrated to New York as compared to
C) Less successful after she emigrated to New York than she had been in
D) Although she was less successful after emigrating to New York when compared to
E) She had been less successful after emigrating to New York than in


Also go with C, which is also in correct tense.

A) Incorrect sequence of tense.
B) Incorrect sequence of tense.
C) Correct sequence of tense.
D) Violate the idiom "Less .......than".
E) Incorrect sequence of tense.
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Re: SC: Lotte Jacobi [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2008, 14:48
IMO D,

GMATTIGER I have a doubt here, don't you think that in option D "compared to" is modifying "than" and since Although is supporting to neverthless....what is wrong with D?
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Re: SC: Lotte Jacobi [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2008, 16:02
First of all, "than" is not in answer D so it cannot be modified by anything else in answer D.

D is wrong because it violates the idiom usage of "than".

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IMO D,

GMATTIGER I have a doubt here, don't you think that in option D "compared to" is modifying "than" and since Although is supporting to neverthless....what is wrong with D?

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Re: SC: Lotte Jacobi [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2008, 18:08
OA is C.
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Re: SC: Lotte Jacobi [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2008, 18:12
C makes sense.
In D, 'although' seems redundant because 'nevertheless' is already there.
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D is not wrong because of the idiom, it's wrong because D makes a faulty comparison between her time in New York and Germany (itself). The key to C is that it correctly compares time "in New York" to time "in Germany".

Example:

Clinton Portis was more successful in Washington than Denver. <---D has this going on
Clinton Portis was more successful in Washington than in Denver. <--- C has this going on. That's why it's the best choice.

EDIT: As a general strategy, idioms are the LAST thing I would check in any SC problem. Generally speaking, there are very few questions where the idiom is wrong but the rest of the sentence is correct. Also, idioms are the hardest thing to remember, for native speakers and foreigners alike. I would only decide between 2 answer choices on a SC based on the idiom if I had tried all other possible rules (i.e. dangling modifier, pronoun reference, s-v agreement...idiom is at the bottom of the totem pole).
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Re: SC: Lotte Jacobi [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2008, 06:01
Well, you'll get questions on the test that only require knowledge of the idiom. In your example that you claim "D has this going on", you use the word "than" but the word "than" is not anywhere in answer D so how does it have it going on?

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D is not wrong because of the idiom, it's wrong because D makes a faulty comparison between her time in New York and Germany (itself). The key to C is that it correctly compares time "in New York" to time "in Germany".

Example:

Clinton Portis was more successful in Washington than Denver. <---D has this going on
Clinton Portis was more successful in Washington than in Denver. <--- C has this going on. That's why it's the best choice.

EDIT: As a general strategy, idioms are the LAST thing I would check in any SC problem. Generally speaking, there are very few questions where the idiom is wrong but the rest of the sentence is correct. Also, idioms are the hardest thing to remember, for native speakers and foreigners alike. I would only decide between 2 answer choices on a SC based on the idiom if I had tried all other possible rules (i.e. dangling modifier, pronoun reference, s-v agreement...idiom is at the bottom of the totem pole).

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