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 [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2005, 18:21
nocilis wrote:
I am somehow not convinced that the answer is A. D makes more sense to me.
Let us re-examine this one pl.


(A) can be the answer. I think it boils down on what author wants to say or how we are taking the meaning of the sentence.

(A): Unlike that (innovative study) of earlier works on slavery, Blassingame’s innovative study relies not on the records of White slave owners but on the records of the salves themselves, especially the 70 or so autobiographies and memoirs that have been preserved.

Here, that refers to "innovatice study"
So, basically it is comparing innovative study of earlier work with innovative study of Blassingame.

However, when we think that (D) is correct, we are thinking it another way.

(D): Unlike earlier works on slavery, Blassingame’s innovative study relies not on the records of White slave owners but on the records of the salves themselves, especially the 70 or so autobiographies and memoirs that have been preserved.

Here we are comparing "earlier works" with innovative study of Blossingame.

I guess this is the diffrence.
Well, initially I also picked (D) :( .
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2005, 23:12
praveen_rao7 wrote:
Thanks for the explanations Paul. Looks like I seem to have a problem when the question involves word "work". I got another one wrong too. Can you help me understand the question below?.

The work of mathematician Roger Penrose in the early 1970s, on the geometry of what are called aperiodic tiles, turned out to describe the architecture of a previously unknown class of crystals.

(A) what are called aperiodic tiles, turned out to describe
(B) what is called aperiodic tiles, describes

here why is A using plural verb are correct?. shouldn't work singular subject agree with singulart verb is instead of "are"?

Here, A is the correct answer because "what" is the subject of the clause and when this is the case, the verb following "what" should be conjugated with the complement. Since the complement in red is plural, "are" (A) is right. You might want to check out this link where I previously explained the concept of "what": http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=10561

Your first question regarding whether "works" should have an "S" is different because "works" is a noun rather than a pronoun. As such, the rule of "what" does not apply to it. Again, it is ok to compare "a pen" to "many other pens(works)".
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Unlike that of earlier works on slavery, Blassingame’s innovative study relies not on the records of White slave owners but on the records of the salves themselves, especially the 70 or so autobiographies and memoirs that have been preserved.

A). that of earlier works on slavery, Blassingame’s
B). that of earlier works on slavery, Blassingame in his
C). earlier works on slavery, Blassingame in his
D). earlier works on slavery, Blassingame’s
E). the earlier works on slavery, Blassingame in his

I believe that the original question is a debatable question because one can certainly compare "an innovative study" to "earlier works". If this question is trying to test parallelism in the "innovative studies" being compared, it is testing the concept in a very poor way since D, IMO, could also be good.
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Re: SC0430 [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2005, 13:22
I believe the correct answer must be D. In A that refers to study and earlier works is compared to Blassingame, which I belive to be the name of a person. I don't think it is appropriate to compare works with a person.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2005, 13:36
D!

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 [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2005, 19:42
initially, i also picked D. but after, going through all posts, agree with rthothad.
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I will go with 'A'. 'A' compares "somebody else's earlier works on slavery to Blassingame's" while 'D' compares "earlier works on slavery to Blassingame's"
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Re: SC0430 [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2005, 21:22
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I believe the correct answer must be D. In A that refers to study and earlier works is compared to Blassingame, which I belive to be the name of a person. I don't think it is appropriate to compare works with a person.

Honghu, A is comparing "works" with "Blassingame’s innovative study", not Blassingame herself. Therefore, I believe the comparison is ok.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2005, 21:40
I agree with Paul in that both A and D can be the answer according to what the author intended to say.
I pick D, as it has more clarity than does A.
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