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# According to the professors philosophy, the antidote to envy

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54. 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

what does "According to the professorâ€™s philosophy," modifies is it absolute phrase?

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15 Oct 2004, 08:38
I had gotten this onw wrong earlier. Good discussion on this here

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... philosophy

Note on Absolute phrase:
Absolute phrases are made of nouns or pronouns followed by a participle and any modifiers of the noun or pronoun. Absolute phrases contain a subject (unlike participial phrases), and no predicate. They serve to modify an entire sentence.
Examples:

Joan looked nervous, her fears creeping up on her.
noun/subject: her fears
participle: creeping
modifier: up on her
absolute phrase: her fears creeping up on her

Tom paled when he came home, his mother standing in the
doorway.
noun/subject: his mother
participle: standing
modifier: in the doorway
absolute phrase: his mother standing in the doorway

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15 Oct 2004, 08:39
"oneâ€™s own work" is this not redundant? Is it not enough to say ones' work ?
can you plz explain why others are not correcct or else why your choice is correct?
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15 Oct 2004, 09:16
B is wrong because of one's/you - wrong pronoun usage.
CDE has wrong paralelism - one of them is do verb and the other is doing verb.

A - parallelism is maintained - all doing verbs.
You cannot use ';' in A, since the second half does not have a subject. ':' is a sort of explanation of why he said that (antidote to envy is oneâ€™s own work).
"One's own" is okay I think. I don't have any explanation though.

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16 Oct 2004, 10:50
All answers look confusing but (A) is less confusing. Thus I will go for (A).

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