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According to the professor’s philosophy, the antidote to envy is one’s own work, always one’s own work: not thinking about it, not assessing it, but simply doing it.
(A) one’s own work, always one’s own work: not thinking about it, not assessing it, but simply doing it
(B) always work; because you don’t think about it or assess it, you just do it
(C) always one’s own work: not thinking about or assessing it, but simply to do it
(D) not to think or assess, but doing one’s own work
(E) neither to think about one’s own work nor to assess it, it is always simply doing it
Please explain your choices.
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Parallelism. A and B seems to maintain parallelism in a proper manner.
But A seems to have redundancy of words 'always one's own work' and B seems to give out the action 'think', 'asses' and 'do' as reasons for the previous clause with the word 'because'.

I prefer B to A. My choice is B

C D and E seems to have problem with parallelism.

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New post 15 Aug 2004, 23:09
I will go with C. The punctuation mark ':' is commonly used before a direct quotation or to add detail to a statement (courtesy dictionary.com).

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New post 16 Aug 2004, 02:37
I think C is wrong because of a parrallism error.


"not thinking about or assessing it, but simply to do it "
should be written

"not thinking about or assessing it but simply doing it."

I picked A, it seems kind of wordy but I don't find any major errors in it.

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"C" distorts the grammar simply because all three components,
not thinking about or assessing it, but simply to do it

are different grammatical structures: thinking is followed by "about", preposition

I would go for "A" inspite of redundancy

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New post 16 Aug 2004, 04:59
Hey!

It's been a while since my last post :)

"A". It's not redundancy, it's style.

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According to the professor’s philosophy, the antidote to envy is one’s own work, always one’s own work: not thinking about it, not assessing it, but simply doing it.
(A) one’s own work, always one’s own work: not thinking about it, not assessing it, but simply doing it
(B) always work; because you don’t think about it or assess it, you just do it
(C) always one’s own work: not thinking about or assessing it, but simply to do it
(D) not to think or assess, but doing one’s own work
(E) neither to think about one’s own work nor to assess it, it is always simply doing it

I'm going with C. Of all the choices, this one seems just right. A is too lenghty for its own good. B changes the meaning of the question. D is not complete. (not to think or asses what ?, not clear here) . The sentence structure of E seems awkward.
Although C does not seem to be parallel (thinking and to do), but it seems the best of the lot here.

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New post 17 Aug 2004, 02:14
welcome back ob. :)

Choice A seems to best here.

anuramm, is there something in particular you had a problem with in this one?

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New post 17 Aug 2004, 11:11
choice was b/w A and C. "you" is ambiguous, we need "one" to refer it to a generation as a whole :)
A is parallel (thinking, ..assessing,..doing). Ellipsis plays bad in C's "not thinking about or assessing it", these should have been separate clauses. (I believed my ears on this)

A my choice.

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A sounds good to me as well..I think C has parallelism issue as pointed out earlier in the thread.

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Another A vote
A and B are parrallel. I feel the use of ";" in B is not correct

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New post 08 Aug 2007, 13:02
anuramm wrote:
According to the professor’s philosophy, the antidote to envy is one’s own work, always one’s own work: not thinking about it, not assessing it, but simply doing it.
(A) one's own work, always one's own work: not thinking about it, not assessing it, but simply doing it
(B) always work; because you don’t think about it or assess it, you just do it
(C) always one’s own work: not thinking about or assessing it, but simply to do it
(D) not to think or assess, but doing one’s own work
(E) neither to think about one’s own work nor to assess it, it is always simply doing it
Please explain your choices.
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I knew it was choice A based on Paul's explanation
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=16853

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According to the professor’s philosophy, the antidote to envy is one’s own work, always one’s own work: not thinking about it, not assessing it, but simply doing it.
(A) one’s own work, always one’s own work: not thinking about it, not assessing it, but simply doing it
(B) always work; because you don’t think about it or assess it, you just do it
(C) always one’s own work: not thinking about or assessing it, but simply to do it
(D) not to think or assess, but doing one’s own work
(E) neither to think about one’s own work nor to assess it, it is always simply doing it
Please explain your choices.
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I vote for "A".
Let's see here:
(B) Eliminate b/c the clause after the semil colon needs to be structured as if it is a standalone sentence. "Because you don't think about it or assess it, you just do it." is not a well structured sentence.
(C) Eliminate b/c it does not appear to be paralell. Not thinkING about or assessING it, but simply TO DO IT??? ("doing it" perhaps would have been a better choice)
(D) Eliminate b/c it does not appear to be paralell. Not TO THINK or (TO) ASESS, but DOING??? ("TO DO" perhaps would have been a better choice)
(E) Eliminate b/c I found it awkward and wordy. At least it was compared to my remaining choice, A.

POE, I chose A.

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New post 09 Aug 2007, 00:27
agreed with A. We are not just looking to see that it's parallel but also as Paul had noted (thanks bmwhype2 for the link!) it is a matter of figure of style which aims at repeating the previous word to emphasize its importance

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