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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

Guys this question has made me crazy. Kindly suggest your choice with explanation.
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03 Sep 2009, 20:12
I'm going with 'C'.

Parallelism> Noun: 'Envy' vs 'One's own work'.
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03 Sep 2009, 20:39
boeinz wrote:
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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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 .."

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Colon is used to introduce explnation ,examples.....
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19 May 2010, 03:11
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, 07:53
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, 10:04
OA is A. This question has been taken from 1000 sc.
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06 Jun 2010, 05:23
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

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06 Jun 2010, 21:57
This question is bull shit. One of the weird questions.

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20 Sep 2010, 14:44
I agree. I believe in the real exam, GMAT doesn't put such question.
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21 Sep 2010, 06:40
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, 09:27
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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