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# According to the professorâ€™s philosophy, the antidote to

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According to the professorâ€™s philosophy, the antidote to envy is oneâ€™s own work, always oneâ€™s own work: not thinking about it, not assessing it, but simply doing it.
(A) oneâ€™s own work, always oneâ€™s own work: not thinking about it, not assessing it, but simply doing it
(B) always work; because you donâ€™t think about it or assess it, you just do it
(C) always oneâ€™s own work: not thinking about or assessing it, but simply to do it
(D) not to think or assess, but doing oneâ€™s own work
(E) neither to think about oneâ€™s own work nor to assess it, it is always simply doing it
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14 Aug 2004, 08:36
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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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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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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16 Aug 2004, 03:08
"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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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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16 Aug 2004, 05:11
According to the professorâ€™s philosophy, the antidote to envy is oneâ€™s own work, always oneâ€™s own work: not thinking about it, not assessing it, but simply doing it.
(A) oneâ€™s own work, always oneâ€™s own work: not thinking about it, not assessing it, but simply doing it
(B) always work; because you donâ€™t think about it or assess it, you just do it
(C) always oneâ€™s own work: not thinking about or assessing it, but simply to do it
(D) not to think or assess, but doing oneâ€™s own work
(E) neither to think about oneâ€™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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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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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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17 Aug 2004, 14:20
A sounds good to me as well..I think C has parallelism issue as pointed out earlier in the thread.

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17 Aug 2004, 16:02
Another A vote
A and B are parrallel. I feel the use of ";" in B is not correct

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08 Aug 2007, 13:02
anuramm wrote:
According to the professorâ€™s philosophy, the antidote to envy is oneâ€™s own work, always oneâ€™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 donâ€™t think about it or assess it, you just do it
(C) always oneâ€™s own work: not thinking about or assessing it, but simply to do it
(D) not to think or assess, but doing oneâ€™s own work
(E) neither to think about oneâ€™s own work nor to assess it, it is always simply doing it
Thanks.

I knew it was choice A based on Paul's explanation
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=16853

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08 Aug 2007, 13:23
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According to the professorâ€™s philosophy, the antidote to envy is oneâ€™s own work, always oneâ€™s own work: not thinking about it, not assessing it, but simply doing it.
(A) oneâ€™s own work, always oneâ€™s own work: not thinking about it, not assessing it, but simply doing it
(B) always work; because you donâ€™t think about it or assess it, you just do it
(C) always oneâ€™s own work: not thinking about or assessing it, but simply to do it
(D) not to think or assess, but doing oneâ€™s own work
(E) neither to think about oneâ€™s own work nor to assess it, it is always simply doing it
Thanks.

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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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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