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Point to remember: We never use a superlative degree when comparing 2 things/people. We don't say between burger and pizza, pizza is the MOST delicious food, instead we say between burger and pizza, pizza is MORE delicious.

After reading two different poems, she couldn't decide which poem was the most beautiful, since each had their own unique and features

A. she couldn't decide which poem was the most beautiful, since each had their own -As explained above, it's wrong usage.
B. she couldn't decide which poem was the more beautiful,since each had their own -With each we need a singular pronoun.
C. she couldn't decide which poem was the most beautiful,since each had its own -As explained above, it's wrong usage.
D. she couldn't decide which poems were the most beautiful,since each had their own -As explained above, it's wrong usage.
E. she couldn't decide which poem was the more beautiful,since each had its own -Correct usage of comparative degree and correct usage of "its".

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It's fairly common to use "the more" in this way. To make sense of it, imagine that "poem" appears after "beautiful": "she couldn't decide which poem was the more beautiful poem." The author has just removed the redundant word, since the meaning is clear without it. Most of use would probably rather just say "which poem was more beautiful," but someone (not me!) could complain that this is unclear. "More beautiful than what?" The form used in E prevents this objection.
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Is "the more beautiful" phrase correct as per GMAT?

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sairasheikh86 wrote:
After reading two different poems, she couldn't decide which poem was the most beautiful, since each had their own unique and features

A. she couldn't decide which poem was the most beautiful, since each had their own
B. she couldn't decide which poem was the more beautiful,since each had their own
C. she couldn't decide which poem was the most beautiful,since each had its own
D. she couldn't decide which poems were the most beautiful,since each had their own
E. she couldn't decide which poem was the more beautiful,since each had its own

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I dont understand why E is the answer, i prefered C over E
pls explain

thanks !


The answer is E
Split 1
Each is singular so we need singular possessive so A ,B D are out

Split 2
to compare two things we use comparative so C is out

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jaiswalamrita wrote:
piyatiwari wrote:
prasadkhadpe wrote:
comparing two poems----requires more not most
each of the poem----so singular its not plural their
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I agree that more should be used when comparing two entities.
but 'the' should only be used for superlative form.

the more seems wrong.

I would still go with C.

C.she couldn't decide which poem was the most beautiful,since each had its own



"The more" is correct expression

following well known expressions might convince you.

The more I see the less I know
The more the merrier
The more you know, the more you realise how much you don't know

Hope that helps


Hi,

There are no comparisons made in the above sentences. I think we cannot add "the" before more when comparing items/entities.

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