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What was as remarkable as the development of the compact [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2010, 02:46
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What was as remarkable as the development of the compact disc has been the use of the new technology to revitalize, in better sound than was ever before possible, some of the classic recorded performances of the pre-LP era
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(A) What was as remarkable as the development of the compact disc
(B) The thing that was as remarkable as developing the compact disc
(C) No less remarkable than the development of the compact disc
(D) Developing the compact disc has been none the less remarkable than
(E) Development of the compact disc has been no less remarkable as

I could understand options D and E are wrong because they are unidiomatic

D --> None the less....
E --> No less... as

Why are options A and B wrong ?
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We are comparing 'the development of the compact disc' with 'the use of the new technology'.

(A) What was as remarkable as the development of the compact disc
(B) The thing that was as remarkable as developing the compact disc

'Use of new technology' is not an object. Hence, use of words such as 'what' and 'thing' to refer to 'the use of new technology' is incorrect.

C is best formed of the remaining options.
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Re: Compact Disc [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2010, 14:30
The key to this problem is the idioms, as you mention, and parallelism. If you're comparing two things, the structure with which you compare them needs to be parallel.

For example: "Walking" and "running" must be in the same verb tense when we say: "I spent the morning walking and running." If we said "I spent the morning walk and to run" we'd violate parallel structure.

To the same end, we cannot say ""What was more fun than our trip to the movies has been our trip to the beach." Here, we are comparing the trip to the beach with the trip to the movies but using simple past tense "was" in one and the present perfect "has been" in the other. This is grammatically incorrect.

Does that help you see why A and B are incorrect?
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Re: Compact Disc [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2010, 22:11
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The key to this problem is the idioms, as you mention, and parallelism. If you're comparing two things, the structure with which you compare them needs to be parallel.

For example: "Walking" and "running" must be in the same verb tense when we say: "I spent the morning walking and running." If we said "I spent the morning walk and to run" we'd violate parallel structure.

To the same end, we cannot say ""What was more fun than our trip to the movies has been our trip to the beach." Here, we are comparing the trip to the beach with the trip to the movies but using simple past tense "was" in one and the present perfect "has been" in the other. This is grammatically incorrect.

Does that help you see why A and B are incorrect?




Thanks Brett for the nice explanation.

I hope i have understood the error with options A and B, but to ascertain my understanding would request you to please validate the same.

The understanding is the problem with Option A and B is the incorrect usage of Past verb tense "was", which distorts the meaning of the sentence and also the sequence of the tenses is not clear.

It is comparing one thing in the past(was) with the other thing which is still going on (has been).

The correct usage could have been

"What is as remarkable as the development of the compact disc is the use of new technology......."

OR

"What has been as remarkable as the development of the compact disc has been the use of new technology...."

Please validate my understanding ..and let me know if i have understood it correctly or not ? Also whether the correct usage which i have stated above is right ?
Re: Compact Disc   [#permalink] 09 Oct 2010, 22:11
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