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# Although he is as gifted as, if not more gifted than, many

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82. Although he is as gifted as, if not more gifted than, many of his colleagues, he is extremely modest and his poetry is unpublished.
(A) Although he is as gifted as, if not more gifted than, many of his colleagues, he is extremely modest and his poetry is unpublished.
(B) Although he is as gifted, if not more gifted, than many of his colleagues, he is extremely modest and with his poetry remaining unpublished.
(C) Although he is as gifted as, if not more gifted than, many of his colleagues, he is extremely modest and will not publish his poetry.
(D) Despite his being gifted, if not more gifted than his colleagues, he is extremely modest and will not publish his poetry.
(E) Being a gifted as, or more gifted than, many of his colleagues, he is extremely modest and his poetry is unpublished.

Why not A ....???
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04 Mar 2012, 14:26
I don't think there is necessarily anything mechanically wrong with A. C just does such a better job of getting the idea across. C elaborates on his modesty by stating the basis for the observation (chooses not to publish).

Someone reading A could easily think that the two parts are unrelated which is not the point of the statement.

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04 Mar 2012, 18:23
+1 for C.

A seems to suggest that the modesty and non-publishing of poetry are unrelated.

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04 Mar 2012, 18:57
Doesn't C change the meaning here?
A - shies away from referring to any particular person being responsible for the publication
C - directly refers to the subject as the reason for no publishing?

But the fundamental question here is : How do we know the author wanted to refer to the subject or not? Maybe the author didn't want to? For e.g. in a third person reference where we don't want to really assign any one person as performing the action.

I would go with A on this.

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12 May 2012, 10:38
He is extremely modest so his poetry will not be published.

Choice C

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14 May 2012, 10:23
C is a better option than A because in C it is explicitly mentioned that he is the one who is not publishing the poetry .In C it can be taken for example that the publishing company is not publishing his poetry .Hope this helps .
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18 May 2012, 10:06
How is C correct, and not A.

From how I interpret the original sentence...the message implies that he is gifted yet underrated in that his work goes unrecognized/unpublished.

Whereas with C, the message is that 'He' chooses not to publish his work.

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19 May 2012, 03:10
Between A and C its just an active/passive game.
The last bit of A moves into the dreaded passive world, whereas C stays safe in its 'active' world of rainbows and butterflys..

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20 May 2012, 11:44
Active or passive comparison works between two sentences that have same intended meaning. Here, C is changing the meaning of original sentence. I can't say which one is the intended meaning of the sentence.

I don't think, in any of GMAT questions, either of the potentially correct options can change the actual meaning of actual sentence, although best option makes it more explicit in meaning and grammatically correct besides removing any redundant word.

I have seen so many 1000-series questions with disputed answers that I am loosing my trust from these questions.
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