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According to a recent poll, owing and living in a free standing house on its own land is still a goal of majority of young adults,like that of earlier generations.

A) like that of earlier generations.
B) as that of earlier generations.
C) just as earlier generations did
D) as have earlier generations
E) as it was of earlier generations

Its an OG 12 Q..I got this wrong..Not able to even get the explanations mentioned.
Can anyone pls explain.
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15 Jan 2011, 06:20
Comparison.
Still is .... it was... Moreover, the word "as" is needed to correctly start the second part of the frase.
IMO E.
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15 Jan 2011, 09:41
jullysabat wrote:
According to a recent poll, owing and living in a free standing house on its own land is still a goal of majority of young adults,like that of earlier generations.

A) like that of earlier generations.
B) as that of earlier generations.
C) just as earlier generations did
D) as have earlier generations
E) as it was of earlier generations

Its an OG 12 Q..I got this wrong..Not able to even get the explanations mentioned.
Can anyone pls explain.

So A is wrong because "like" cannot be used to compare things. D is wrong because it compares two different things. B an C are wrong idiomatically. => E is the correct answer.
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15 Jan 2011, 10:41
guys a little help here please, can someone help me understand where to put "as" and where to put "like"??
andysimple can u explain a little in detail plz....coz i think that is key to answering these type of questions
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23 Sep 2011, 13:17
jullysabat wrote:
According to a recent poll, owing and living in a free standing house on its own land is still a goal of majority of young adults,like that of earlier generations.

A) like that of earlier generations.
B) as that of earlier generations.
C) just as earlier generations did
D) as have earlier generations
E) as it was of earlier generations

Its an OG 12 Q..I got this wrong..Not able to even get the explanations mentioned.
Can anyone pls explain.

Hello friends, I am facing some problem with the use of pronoun "it" and "its" here.
How "it" in E is referring to "owning and living" phrase and why not to a free house?
And "its" is referring what?
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jullysabat wrote:
According to a recent poll, owing and living in a free standing house on its own land is still a goal of majority of young adults,like that of earlier generations.

A) like that of earlier generations.
B) as that of earlier generations.
C) just as earlier generations did
D) as have earlier generations
E) as it was of earlier generations

Its an OG 12 Q..I got this wrong..Not able to even get the explanations mentioned.
Can anyone pls explain.

Hello friends, I am facing some problem with the use of pronoun "it" and "its" here.
How "it" in E is referring to "owning and living" phrase and why not to a free house?
And "its" is referring what?

The entire phrase is the subject:
"owning and living in a free standing house on its own land" and phrases are considered singular.
Thus,
the verb "is"(Singular)
AND
"it" refers to the entire phrase.

"house" can't be the main subject AS it is the object of the prepositional phrase "in a free standing house".

E is ||el as well:

"OWNING" is still a goal OF young
AS
"IT" was OF earlier generations

Meaning wise:
house is the goal.
Owning something is a goal.

Which one sounds more logical.
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23 Sep 2011, 13:50
Let me give a try :

According to a recent poll, owning and living in a free standing house on its own land is still a goal of majority of young adults,like that of earlier generations.

'owning and living in a free standing house on its own land' is a noun phrase (Subject)

'its' - possessive noun - referring to free standing house.
'it' - refers to the noun phrase.

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24 Sep 2011, 03:47
Thabk wrote:
Let me give a try :

According to a recent poll, owning and living in a free standing house on its own land is still a goal of majority of young adults,like that of earlier generations.

'owning and living in a free standing house on its own land' is a noun phrase (Subject)

'its' - possessive noun - referring to free standing house.
'it' - refers to the noun phrase.

fluke wrote:

The entire phrase is the subject:
"owning and living in a free standing house on its own land" and phrases are considered singular.
Thus,
the verb "is"(Singular)
AND
"it" refers to the entire phrase.

"house" can't be the main subject AS it is the object of the prepositional phrase "in a free standing house".

E is ||el as well:

"OWNING" is still a goal OF young
AS
"IT" was OF earlier generations

Meaning wise:
house is the goal.
Owning something is a goal.

Which one sounds more logical.

Fluke and Thabk, I appreciate your attention very much.
Please discuss some more points so that I finish this issue once for all.
1.Do Thabk mean that 'its' will always refers to an object noun(phrase) and 'it' will refer to a subject noun (phrase)?
2. Fluke said-"house" can't be the main subject AS it is the object of the prepositional phrase "in a free standing house"..
Is point#2 related with point#1?
A Manhattan GMAT teacher explained that a pronoun can refer to either a subject or an object. The only condition is that it it should be unambiguous.

Though many times, I can select answer with the help of meaning, but I want to be more technical. Otherwise, many correct answer choices are counter intuitive.

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According to a recent poll, owing and living in a free standing house on its own land is still a goal of majority of young adults,like that of earlier generations.

A) like that of earlier generations.
B) as that of earlier generations.
C) just as earlier generations did
D) as have earlier generations
E) as it was of earlier generations

Its an OG 12 Q..I got this wrong..Not able to even get the explanations mentioned.
Can anyone pls explain.

We should compare "owing and living in a free standing house on its own land"
So we should use "as" because the compare item is a phrase and not a noun. So we can eliminate A
(B) compare goals and not the phase - Incorrect
(C) we don't know whether older generation did
(D) we don't know whether older generation had
(E) - Correct
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09 Sep 2013, 08:45
jullysabat wrote:
According to a recent poll, owing and living in a free standing house on its own land is still a goal of majority of young adults,like that of earlier generations.

A) like that of earlier generations.
B) as that of earlier generations.
C) just as earlier generations did
D) as have earlier generations
E) as it was of earlier generations

Its an OG 12 Q..I got this wrong..Not able to even get the explanations mentioned.
Can anyone pls explain.

Isint it in the last option sounds ambiguous?
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10 Sep 2013, 02:17
fluke wrote:
The entire phrase is the subject:
"owning and living in a free standing house on its own land" and phrases are considered singular.

Actually phrases can be plural as well. For example:

Sleeping and reading are his hobbies.

However, the sentence here is unique in that sense because owning and living in a free standing house on its own land is just one goal, and hence singular.

Perhaps what you might be getting slightly confused with the fact that Noun clauses are always singular.
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jullysabat wrote:
According to a recent poll, owing and living in a free standing house on its own land is still a goal of majority of young adults,like that of earlier generations.

A) like that of earlier generations.
B) as that of earlier generations.
C) just as earlier generations did
D) as have earlier generations
E) as it was of earlier generations

Its an OG 12 Q..I got this wrong..Not able to even get the explanations mentioned.
Can anyone pls explain.

Like is a preposition so it should always be followed by a noun phrase. A is Out.
B is incorrect because it makes an incorrect comparison .ie owing and living == as that of earlier generations.
C) did-> verb is not needed here.
D) A clause should follow 'as' because as is comparing goals of previous generations to that of current generations.
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This sentence compares a single goal shared by generations. The second part of the sentence must have the same structure as the first part: a clause with a subject and a verb.The phrase owning...land is the subject of the first clause; in the correct sentence, the pronoun it refers back to this phrase and is the subject of the second clause. The first verb is also parallels the second verb was. The prepositional phrases of a majority of young adults and of earlier generations are parallel and correct.

A. Phrase, without subject and verb, is not parallel to the main clause.
B. Phrase, without subject and verb, is not parallel to the main clause.
C. Subject and verb of the second clause - earlier generations did—are not parallel to those of the main clause.
D. The verb have is not parallel to is in the main clause and also does not make sense without a past participle.
E. Correct. In this sentence as shows comparison and introduces a subordinate clause in which all grammatical elements correspond to those in the main clause.

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jullysabat wrote:
According to a recent poll, owing and living in a free standing house on its own land is still a goal of majority of young adults,like that of earlier generations.

A) like that of earlier generations.
B) as that of earlier generations.
C) just as earlier generations did
D) as have earlier generations
E) as it was of earlier generations

Its an OG 12 Q..I got this wrong..Not able to even get the explanations mentioned.
Can anyone pls explain.

We know for sure that we are comparing two sets of people young adults and earlier generation with same goal-owing and living in a free standing house on its own land.

A is incorrect- Whenever Like is used with comma after a clause it ALWAYS refers back-modifies- the subject of the previous clause.
A WRONGLY means the following-
According to a recent poll, owing and living in a free standing house on its own land like that of earlier generations. is still a goal of majority of young adults.
Does the above makes sense? Absolutely not.

B is incorrect- WHat is the antecedent of THAT? goal or the house .Moreover, the clause lacks a clear subject and verb.

C --In the AS Clause-the subject earlier generations and the verb did are not parallel to that of main clause.C compares earlier generations with owing and living in a free standing house on its own land. Verb is , is not parallel with did.

D- the verb is and have are not parallel.
The original sentence use IS to state a FACT.

E- CORRECT
E corrects all errors. It maintains parallelism and compares the correct entities- Young Adults and the Earlier Generations.As introduces a subordinate clause and the verb of the As clause is parallel to the verb of the main clause.

TAKE AWAY-
1. use of like
2. use of as
3. use of As to introduce a dependent clause- complete with its own subject and verb.
4.Identification of comparable entities
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jullysabat wrote:
According to a recent poll, owing and living in a free standing house on its own land is still a goal of majority of young adults,like that of earlier generations.

A) like that of earlier generations.
B) as that of earlier generations.
C) just as earlier generations did
D) as have earlier generations
E) as it was of earlier generations

Its an OG 12 Q..I got this wrong..Not able to even get the explanations mentioned.
Can anyone pls explain.

hi daagh,

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17 Jun 2015, 00:55
why A is wrong'

"like that of " is grammatical to go with "goal of"

so why A is wrong.

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thangvietnam wrote:
why A is wrong'

"like that of " is grammatical to go with "goal of"

so why A is wrong.

this question is basic and can helpful for thinking of gmac on sc section.

You are absolutely right that "like that of" is grammatically parallel with "goal of".

For example: The goal of young adults, like that of earlier generations.

However, in A, the placement of "like that of earlier generations" is problematic.

"that of" comes in the end and refers to "something singular" in the previous clause. It may refer to "owning and living" as that's the subject of the previous clause.

Thus, the use of "that" is ambiguous in A.

Option E fixes this problem by introducing a verb (was). It puts a cause parallel to another clause.

Hope it helps!

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09 Nov 2015, 15:32
The parallelism in this case is of the type: AS+CLAUSE.
Owning and living in a free standing house on its own land is still a goal of majority of young adults. Eliminating the middle man this would be:
It (owning and living in a free standing house on its own land) is still a goal OF. This parallels:
AS It was OF earlier generations.
Was shows contrast with still--It was and still is.

Hope it helps
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