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# According to the professors philosophy, the antidote to envy

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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

Thats the siginificance of the colon (:) here. I thought colon is always used to specify examples.
(C) sounds good to me. Can you please explain.
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24 Jun 2009, 08:53
sanoasis 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

Thats the siginificance of the colon (:) here. I thought colon is always used to specify examples.
(C) sounds good to me. Can you please explain.

C is incorrect because of parallelism error. 'but simply to do it' is not parallel with not thinking about or assessing it. 'Simply doing it' would have been appropriate.
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24 Jun 2009, 08:59
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 --- referrent pronoun changed from one to you
(C) always one’s own work: not thinking about or assessing it, but simply to do it ----- Not parallel
(D) not to think or assess, but doing one’s own work ----- Not parallel
(E) neither to think about one’s own work nor to assess it, it is always simply doing it ----- Not parallel

Colon is not only used to specify examples. It can be used for other purpose as well just as the above problem demonstrates.
The phrase after the colon shud be a dependant one and the main clause before the : shud be independent one.
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25 Jun 2009, 18:56
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