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The art installation in Central Park, which featured over a hundred men and women dressed in army fatigues and lying on the ground as if they had been killed in battle, represented neither an anti-war nor a pro-military statement, but rather attempted to be commenting creatively on troubled times.

(a) but rather attempted to be commenting creatively
(b) but attempted a rather creative comment
(c) but rather was an attempt to comment creatively
(d) but commented rather creatively, or at least attempted to
(e)but commented creatively, or, rather, attempted to comment
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The subj is an art illustration
A - to be commenting - unnecessary
B - verb needed - should be attempted to comment
C - concise and clear - the illustration was an attempt
D - wordy - or at least attempted to
E - same as with D

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are "but" and "rather" not redundant words ??
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are "but" and "rather" not redundant words ??



hi,

no they are not redundant.

not X ,but rather Y....=>This one is a famous idiom for gmat.
HERE x and y ..must be struturally and logically parallel.

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Good question, C is correct.

The art installation in Central Park, which featured over a hundred men and women dressed in army fatigues and lying on the ground as if they had been killed in battle, represented neither an anti-war nor a pro-military statement, but rather attempted to be commenting creatively on troubled times.

(a) but rather attempted to be commenting creatively
Wrong. "commenting" is noun ==> It needs adjective "creative" to modify. But, "creatively" is adverb that modifies main verb "attempted" ==> Change meaning.

(b) but attempted a rather creative comment
Wrong. "a rather" is incorrect.

(c) but rather was an attempt to comment creatively
Correct. Idiom: Not X but rather Y; "creatively" is an adverb that modifies verb "comment".

(d) but commented rather creatively, or at least attempted to
Wrong. Bad grammar structure, wrong idiom.

(e)but commented creatively, or, rather, attempted to comment
Wrong. Bad grammar structure, wrong idiom.

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Isn't there a lack of Parallelism here between the two words marked in bold?

The art installation in Central Park, which featured over a hundred men and women dressed in army fatigues and lying on the ground as if they had been killed in battle, represented neither an anti-war nor a pro-military statement, but rather attempted to be commenting creatively on troubled times.

And the correct answer is marked here as

The art installation in Central Park represented neither an anti-war nor a pro-military statement but rather was an attempt to comment creatively

For me, this violates the very first rule of Parallelism. The answer should definitely contain attempted.

Why am I wrong here?
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Isn't there a lack of Parallelism here between the two words marked in bold?

The art installation in Central Park, which featured over a hundred men and women dressed in army fatigues and lying on the ground as if they had been killed in battle, represented neither an anti-war nor a pro-military statement, but rather attempted to be commenting creatively on troubled times.

And the correct answer is marked here as

The art installation in Central Park represented neither an anti-war nor a pro-military statement but rather was an attempt to comment creatively

For me, this violates the very first rule of Parallelism. The answer should definitely contain attempted.

Why am I wrong here?


Bumping the thread for the same question as above. Don't we need 'attempted' to be parallel to 'represented'? Please, can someone clarify the rule for this one. Thanks,
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hubahuba wrote:
trocker wrote:
Isn't there a lack of Parallelism here between the two words marked in bold?

The art installation in Central Park, which featured over a hundred men and women dressed in army fatigues and lying on the ground as if they had been killed in battle, represented neither an anti-war nor a pro-military statement, but rather attempted to be commenting creatively on troubled times.

And the correct answer is marked here as

The art installation in Central Park represented neither an anti-war nor a pro-military statement but rather was an attempt to comment creatively

For me, this violates the very first rule of Parallelism. The answer should definitely contain attempted.

Why am I wrong here?


Bumping the thread for the same question as above. Don't we need 'attempted' to be parallel to 'represented'? Please, can someone clarify the rule for this one. Thanks,


Represented is meant to introduce anti war, pro military. Can't use represent or represents for that reason.
It represented neither x nor y but rather z. As long as x,y,z are parallel, we are good
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hubahuba wrote:
trocker wrote:
Isn't there a lack of Parallelism here between the two words marked in bold?

The art installation in Central Park, which featured over a hundred men and women dressed in army fatigues and lying on the ground as if they had been killed in battle, represented neither an anti-war nor a pro-military statement, but rather attempted to be commenting creatively on troubled times.

And the correct answer is marked here as

The art installation in Central Park represented neither an anti-war nor a pro-military statement but rather was an attempt to comment creatively

For me, this violates the very first rule of Parallelism. The answer should definitely contain attempted.

Why am I wrong here?


Bumping the thread for the same question as above. Don't we need 'attempted' to be parallel to 'represented'? Please, can someone clarify the rule for this one. Thanks,


Still no clarity on above issue involving parallelism.
Can someone help us out?
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Still not clear how an anti war/pro military statement is parallel to was an attempt to comment creatively
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Still not clear how an anti war/pro military statement is parallel to was an attempt to comment creatively


The art installation in Central Park, which featured over a hundred men and women dressed in army fatigues and lying on the ground as if they had been killed in battle, represented neither an anti-war nor a pro-military statement, but rather attempted to be commenting creatively on troubled times.

Can be answered using meaning.

(a) but rather attempted to be commenting creatively - The art installation did not attempt, maybe the artist did.
(b) but attempted a rather creative comment - same as A
(c) but rather was an attempt to comment creatively
(d) but commented rather creatively, or at least attempted to - Same as A
(e)but commented creatively, or, rather, attempted to comment - Same as A

represented in the parallel structure is correct, as the art can represent something.

Hope I am right, and this provides some clarity.
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The art installation in Central Park, which featured over a hundred men and women dressed in army fatigues and lying on the ground as if they had been killed in battle, represented neither an anti-war nor a pro-military statement, but rather attempted to be commenting creatively on troubled times.

The first thing to note here is that ‘rather’ means here ‘on the contrary’ adding an emphasis to the contrast conjunction ‘but’. Going forward,

(a) but rather attempted to be commenting creatively --- to be commenting creatively --- not a quite formal writing of a past tense event.
(b) but attempted a rather creative comment -- the attempt was for a purpose, which is best expressed by an infinitive
(c) but rather was an attempt to comment creatively – The concise infinitive expression of a purpose. Best
(d) but commented rather creatively, or at least attempted to -- unconcise
(e)but commented creatively, or, rather, attempted to comment – unconcise.
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