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# According to the professors philosophy, the antidote to envy

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54. 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 went with option A, by cancelling out other options, but still found it vague...
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17 Jun 2009, 07:39
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54. 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 went with option A, by cancelling out other options, but still found it vague...

I feel its B. But this question is quite confusing
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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

Guys this question has made me crazy. Kindly suggest your choice with explanation.
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03 Sep 2009, 19:12
I'm going with 'C'.

Parallelism> Noun: 'Envy' vs 'One's own work'.
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03 Sep 2009, 19:39
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I'm going with 'C'.

Parallelism> Noun: 'Envy' vs 'One's own work'.

What about "colon:", is it justified??

Secondly what about the second clause "not thinking about or assessing it, but simply to do it"
Is this caluse parallel???

I dont think so
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04 Sep 2009, 09:25
age wrote:
IMO A....

Can you mention the reasons of choosing "A"?
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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...correct all three are parallel...
(B) always work; because you don’t think about it or assess it, you just do it ...semicolon is wrongly used here...
if we use semicolon then no need of using because(sub ordinating conjuction...used for introducing dependent clause)
(C) always one’s own work: not thinking about or assessing it, but simply to do it....the three elements are not parallel
(D) not to think or assess, but doing one’s own work .....changes meaning ...
(E) neither to think about one’s own work nor to assess it, it is always simply doing it..changes meaning again..antidote to envy is "work" not "think about it..n .."

Guys this question has made me crazy. Kindly suggest your choice with explanation.

Colon is used to introduce explnation ,examples.....
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19 May 2010, 02:11
Only A has a parallel construction. But A is verbose.
B: after semi colon it can mean envy or work.
C: thinking , assessing and to do not parallel
D: again to think, to assess and doing
E: to think, to assess and doing.
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19 May 2010, 06:53
Hussain15 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

Guys this question has made me crazy. Kindly suggest your choice with explanation.

Well, this is really difficult one.
A is very wordy, but I think it's grammatically correct.
B looks good, but the whole section after the semicolon should be able to stand as a separate sentence and it doesn't. Otherwise is parallel tense wise.
C not parallel, "it" has unclear reference.
D not parallel.
E not parallel.
Besides, B D and E change the meaning of the sentence.

I'll go with A.

What is the OA? Does any of you know the source of this question?
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19 May 2010, 09:04
OA is A. This question has been taken from 1000 sc.
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06 Jun 2010, 04:23
It a close b/w A and E.

1. On GMAT, do it is always incorrect. So, B and C gone.
2. In D, not to think or assess <WHAT?>, but doing... >>>> WHAT is missing and clauses not parallel.
3. In E, parallelism is missing. Moreover, I have never seen a senetence in which a verb is followed by disjunctive phrase + <to + infinitive>:
to envy is.....neither to think about one’s own work...

So, A.

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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

Guys this question has made me crazy. Kindly suggest your choice with explanation.

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23 Jul 2010, 06:10
just went by eliminating options and ended up with A. But when u read the complete sentence feels a little strange but i think this is the best option out of the 5.
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25 Jul 2010, 09:10
I'm b/w A and D

Can some please explain why not D?

(B) always work; because you don't think about it or assess it, you just do it (AKWARD,Changes meaning and many more problems)
(C) always one's own work: not thinking about or assessing it, but simply to do it (NOT PARALLEL)
(E) neither to think about one's own work nor to assess it, it is always simply doing it (NOT PARALLEL)
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25 Jul 2010, 10:03
I am also with A ............
onedayill wrote:

Can some please explain why not D?

not to think or assess, but doing one’s own work -- "not to think or assess is" not parallel with "doing one’s own work".......gerund and infinitive .....

hope u got it ......
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21 Sep 2010, 05:40
Hussain15 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

Guys this question has made me crazy. Kindly suggest your choice with explanation.

Is " is one’s own work, always one’s own work:" not awkward? always one's own work is not necessary.I think B is the 'best' answer because "you don’t think about it or assess it, you just do it" implies that its your work.
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19 Aug 2011, 08:27
Why is the part after the semicolon in B incorrect?

Can't you just change the order of sub- and main-clause and add a comma to make it correct?

I get up when the bell rings.
When the bell rings, I get up.

You just do it because you don’t think about it or assess it.
Because you don’t think about it or assess it, you just do it.
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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 .......seems Awkward but best out of worst.

(B) always work; because you don’t think about it or assess it, you just do it INCORRECT Because of ......... is not an independent clause so either the semicolon needs to be removed or the sentence to be made independent clause.

(C) always one’s own work: not thinking about or assessing it, but simply to do it NOT X BUT Y so thinking/assessing is not parallel to simply to do it
(D) not to think or assess, but doing one’s own work to think or assess( infinitive phrase) is not parallel to doing( simple gerund )
(E) neither to think about one’s own work nor to assess it, it is always simply doing it CONJUNCTION BUT is required before it is always.....
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(A) one’s own work, always one’s own work: not thinking about it, not assessing it, but simply doing it
"but"is the pivot - not thinking , not accessing is parallel to simply doing ! Correct
(B) always work; because you don’t think about it or assess it, you just do it
"always work"changes meaning- author is taking about own's work
(C) always one’s own work: not thinking about or assessing it, but simply to do it
"simply to do" is not parallel with not thinking , not accessing
(D) not to think or assess, but doing one’s own work
not parallel - not to think OR assess BUT doing
(E) neither to think about one’s own work nor to assess it, it is always simply doing it
wordy;simply doing- improperly used
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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

This has clean parallelism in the phrase, 'not thinking about it, etc....'

(D) not to think or assess, but doing one’s own work

'To think'...but doing is is not parallel. '...not to think or asses, but to do...' would have been parallel.
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28 Jan 2018, 07:22
A is a bit lengthy
B direct NO
C- not parallel - not thinking ..or assessing it, but to DO it. - if it were not thinking . or assessing it, but doing it. - It would have been right.
D and E - are an absolute NO.

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