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The Parthenon is larger than usual for a Doric temple, with eight columns on the short sides and seventeen on the long ones rather than the typical six and thirteen.

(a) usual
(b) is usual
(c) has been usual
(d) one usually is
(e) it is usual


Can someone please break down the grammar errors for each answer choice, in addition, explain why (B) is a preferred answer choice over (D).

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Re: Parthenon SC [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2010, 11:26
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The Parthenon is larger than usual for a Doric temple, with eight columns on the short sides and seventeen on the long ones rather than the typical six and thirteen.

(a) usual
(b) is usual
(c) has been usual
(d) one usually is
(e) it is usual


Can someone please break down the grammar errors for each answer choice, in addition, explain why (B) is a preferred answer choice over (D).

Thanks all!


Hi,

short sentence correction options may seem easier at first glance, but the correct answer often reflects a minor grammar or style issue, so we need to be extra careful on these.

B is superior to A for parallelism reasons: "IS larger than IS usual" maintains parallelism.

C changes the tense, which changes the meaning of the sentence.

D has the ambiguous pronoun "one", which technically refers to the closest preceding legal parent noun. In this sentence, the only preceding legal parent noun is "the Parthenon", so D actually reads:
Quote:
The Parthenon is larger than the Parthenon usually is

which makes absolutely no sense - we want to compare the Parthenon to other Doric temples, not to itself.

E introduces "it", which is grammatically and stylistically wrong.

Hope that helps!
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Re: Parthenon SC [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2010, 10:07
Perfect explanation! My trip up was surely the pronoun "one." Thanks!
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Re: Parthenon SC [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2011, 20:27
+1 B

The rest changes the meaning.
In E, "it" doesn't have an antecedent.
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Re: The Parthenon is larger than usual for a Doric temple, with [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2015, 19:17
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Re: The Parthenon is larger than usual for a Doric temple, with [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2015, 19:24
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The Parthenon is larger than usual for a Doric temple, with eight columns on the short sides and seventeen on the long ones rather than the typical six and thirteen.

(a) usual
(b) is usual
(c) has been usual
(d) one usually is
(e) it is usual


Can someone please break down the grammar errors for each answer choice, in addition, explain why (B) is a preferred answer choice over (D).

Thanks all!


pls, help

what is the difference between E and B.
what is the subject of "is usual" in choice B.
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Re: The Parthenon is larger than usual for a Doric temple, with [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2015, 06:45
Hi,

I still cannot understand why the grammar in B is good.

This is my reasoning:

Tom is taller than David - Here we are comparing Tom and David

The Parthenon is larger than the usual Doric style - Here we are comparing the Parthenon and the usual Doric style building. I don't think that there is an option that presents a correct comparison. What are the flaws in my reasoning?

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Re: The Parthenon is larger than usual for a Doric temple, with [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2015, 21:37
skovinsky wrote:
tonebeeze wrote:
The Parthenon is larger than usual for a Doric temple, with eight columns on the short sides and seventeen on the long ones rather than the typical six and thirteen.

(a) usual
(b) is usual
(c) has been usual
(d) one usually is
(e) it is usual


Can someone please break down the grammar errors for each answer choice, in addition, explain why (B) is a preferred answer choice over (D).

Thanks all!


Hi,

short sentence correction options may seem easier at first glance, but the correct answer often reflects a minor grammar or style issue, so we need to be extra careful on these.

B is superior to A for parallelism reasons: "IS larger than IS usual" maintains parallelism.

C changes the tense, which changes the meaning of the sentence.

D has the ambiguous pronoun "one", which technically refers to the closest preceding legal parent noun. In this sentence, the only preceding legal parent noun is "the Parthenon", so D actually reads:
Quote:
The Parthenon is larger than the Parthenon usually is

which makes absolutely no sense - we want to compare the Parthenon to other Doric temples, not to itself.

E introduces "it", which is grammatically and stylistically wrong.

Hope that helps!



I am sorry , i did not get your point "we want to compare the Parthenon to other Doric temples, not to itself." My understanding says we are comparing to other Parthenon not to "other Doric temples",
Even if we consider B , which is perfect question of ellipses

the Parthenon is larger than (Parthenon) is usual for a Doric temple

i agree D is problematic "one"
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Re: The Parthenon is larger than usual for a Doric temple, with [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2015, 06:53
Hi all,

My 2 cents on this:
I have noticed, at least on official SC questions, that when we find something unusual it normally crops up from ambiguous meaning.

Here, C can be eliminated because it changes the tense and thus the intended meaning.
D and E both can be eliminated because they contain pronouns, one and it, that refer back to Parthenon and thus makes the sentence nonsensical by repeating Parthenon.

Now, to choose between A and B we have to look for meaning (ambiguity).
A says, The Parthenon is larger than usual for a Doric temple - it could mean two things:
1. The Parthenon is larger than an usual Doric temple (this is probably the intended meaning)
2. The Parthenon is larger than usually the Parthenon should be (this is the ambiguous meaning, making A wrong)
So, B comes on rescue and discards the ellipsis present in A. (Ellipsis: practice of omitting the understood words)

B says, The Parthenon is larger than is usual for a Doric temple - Note that the ambiguous meaning cannot be derived from B.

I hope this helps,

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Re: The Parthenon is larger than usual for a Doric temple, with [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2015, 08:06
If we think problem in terms of "X is larger than Y". X & Y must be of same type right?
X--> Parthenon and Y--> should make sense for comparison. I choose D btw.
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Re: The Parthenon is larger than usual for a Doric temple, with [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2015, 09:55
rakeshpai1 wrote:
If we think problem in terms of "X is larger than Y". X & Y must be of same type right?
X--> Parthenon and Y--> should make sense for comparison. I choose D btw.


Hi rakeshpai1,

D is incorrect because of one - the pronoun. 'One' has to replace some noun, right? That noun is The Parthenon. So, we have:
The Parthenon is larger than the Parthenon usually is for a Doric temple - does that makes sense?

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