It is currently 18 Nov 2017, 12:55

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

# Events & Promotions

###### Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

# Although his early critics had viewed Christopher Marlowe as

Author Message
TAGS:

### Hide Tags

Intern
Joined: 15 Nov 2012
Posts: 26

Kudos [?]: 59 [5], given: 21

Location: India
Concentration: Entrepreneurship, Operations
GMAT 1: 670 Q47 V36
GPA: 2.98

### Show Tags

23 Sep 2013, 09:04
5
KUDOS
12
This post was
BOOKMARKED
00:00

Difficulty:

55% (hard)

Question Stats:

54% (01:08) correct 46% (01:11) wrong based on 482 sessions

### HideShow timer Statistics

Although his early critics had viewed Christopher Marlowe as a talented and brilliant writer and had often compared his plays to those of Shakespeare, until almost 1950, modern critics and biographers did not begin seriously to consider the literary merits of his works.

(A) until almost 1950, modern critics and biographers did not begin seriously to consider

(B) not until almost 1950 were modern critics and biographers to begin seriously to consider

(C) it was not until almost 1950 that modern critics and biographers seriously began considering

(D) until almost 1950 modern critics and biographers had not begun seriously considering

(E) it was not almost until 1950 when modern critics and biographers began to seriously consider
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

_________________

+1 is the best way of thanking

Last edited by pqhai on 24 Sep 2013, 01:12, edited 1 time in total.
Correct the question

Kudos [?]: 59 [5], given: 21

Manager
Status: Persevering
Joined: 15 May 2013
Posts: 218

Kudos [?]: 101 [0], given: 34

Location: India
GMAT Date: 08-02-2013
GPA: 3.7
WE: Consulting (Consulting)

### Show Tags

23 Sep 2013, 09:32
--Not an expert on grammar

C,

Because the first half uses although it requires a change of mood in the later half of the sentence. Also until is a preposition and you require a independent clause for the second half.

Also,Kindly hide the OA

Not A, because of the reasons already stated
Not B, Ungrammatical

C is correct
D for reasons already stated and tense mismatch
E changes the meaning

_________________

--It's one thing to get defeated, but another to accept it.

Kudos [?]: 101 [0], given: 34

Senior Manager
Joined: 12 Mar 2010
Posts: 356

Kudos [?]: 276 [2], given: 87

Concentration: Marketing, Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 680 Q49 V34

### Show Tags

23 Sep 2013, 09:38
2
KUDOS
The sentence requires "not until", to convey the contrast that "although" introduced.

1. Wrong meaning. It somehow conveys that the comparison of his plays to that of Shakespeare's plays happened until 1950. The meaning is: while that comparison happened much earlier, Christopher's work was not taken seriously until 1950.

2. "were" introduced a passive tense. "to begin" is wrong. "were ... to begin ...to consider" is awkward.

3. seems okay. lets see if we get something better.

4. usage of past perfect is wrong as this is the latter event. Also, "not" should precede "until".

5. Usage of "when" is wrong. It has to be "not until .. that"

Hence C.

Kudos [?]: 276 [2], given: 87

Non-Human User
Joined: 01 Oct 2013
Posts: 10146

Kudos [?]: 270 [0], given: 0

### Show Tags

05 Nov 2014, 11:47
Hello from the GMAT Club VerbalBot!

Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos).

Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email.

Kudos [?]: 270 [0], given: 0

Manager
Status: A mind once opened never loses..!
Joined: 05 Mar 2015
Posts: 222

Kudos [?]: 125 [1], given: 259

Location: India
MISSION : 800
WE: Design (Manufacturing)

### Show Tags

10 Mar 2015, 02:51
1
KUDOS
Although his early critics had viewed Christopher Marlowe as a talented and brilliant writer and had often compared his plays to those of Shakespeare, until almost 1950, modern critics and biographers did not begin seriously to consider the literary merits of his works.

(A) until almost 1950, modern critics and biographers did not begin seriously to consider. > Although is used therefore Contrast needed ie not until that

(B) not until almost 1950 were modern critics and biographers to begin seriously to consider > awkward usage

(C) it was not until almost 1950 that modern critics and biographers seriously began considering. Bingo...!!! Everything is at place.

(D) until almost 1950 modern critics and biographers had not begun seriously considering > Although is used therefore Contrast needed ie not until that

(E) it was not almost until 1950 when modern critics and biographers began to seriously consider. > Until then less preferred over until that in this sentence because if the meaning conveyed(ALSO QUESTION SAYS SERIOUSLY BEGAN TO CONSIDER NOT BEGIN TO SERIOUSLY CONSIDER) this is my view
_________________

Thank you

+KUDOS

> I CAN, I WILL <

Kudos [?]: 125 [1], given: 259

Non-Human User
Joined: 01 Oct 2013
Posts: 10146

Kudos [?]: 270 [0], given: 0

### Show Tags

15 Mar 2016, 05:04
Hello from the GMAT Club VerbalBot!

Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos).

Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email.

Kudos [?]: 270 [0], given: 0

Board of Directors
Joined: 17 Jul 2014
Posts: 2672

Kudos [?]: 431 [0], given: 200

Location: United States (IL)
Concentration: Finance, Economics
GMAT 1: 650 Q49 V30
GPA: 3.92
WE: General Management (Transportation)

### Show Tags

12 Apr 2016, 20:49
isn't C changing the meaning?
seriously began?
while in the original sentence - began to seriously consider.
I eliminated C because of this subtle change of meaning.

Kudos [?]: 431 [0], given: 200

Verbal Expert
Joined: 14 Dec 2013
Posts: 3197

Kudos [?]: 3504 [0], given: 22

Location: Germany
Schools: HHL Leipzig
GMAT 1: 780 Q50 V47
WE: Corporate Finance (Pharmaceuticals and Biotech)

### Show Tags

13 Apr 2016, 14:55
mvictor wrote:
isn't C changing the meaning?
seriously began?
while in the original sentence - began to seriously consider.
I eliminated C because of this subtle change of meaning.

The original sentence has "began seriously to consider", not "began to seriously consider".

Kudos [?]: 3504 [0], given: 22

Intern
Joined: 22 Nov 2016
Posts: 17

Kudos [?]: 1 [0], given: 183

GMAT 1: 620 Q50 V24
GRE 1: 314 Q167 V147

### Show Tags

12 Dec 2016, 10:16
Hi all,
I think that "not almost until" and "not until almost" are similar
Is my understanding correct ?

Kudos [?]: 1 [0], given: 183

Verbal Expert
Joined: 14 Dec 2013
Posts: 3197

Kudos [?]: 3504 [1], given: 22

Location: Germany
Schools: HHL Leipzig
GMAT 1: 780 Q50 V47
WE: Corporate Finance (Pharmaceuticals and Biotech)

### Show Tags

13 Dec 2016, 04:19
1
KUDOS
Expert's post
nuttyxtreme wrote:
Hi all,
I think that "not almost until" and "not until almost" are similar
Is my understanding correct ?

Since "almost" modifies "1950", it is better to place "almost" next to "1950".

Kudos [?]: 3504 [1], given: 22

Intern
Joined: 28 Jun 2011
Posts: 19

Kudos [?]: 9 [0], given: 181

Schools: ISB '19 (II)

### Show Tags

06 May 2017, 21:31
iamdp wrote:
Although his early critics had viewed Christopher Marlowe as a talented and brilliant writer and had often compared his plays to those of Shakespeare, until almost 1950, modern critics and biographers did not begin seriously to consider the literary merits of his works.

(A) until almost 1950, modern critics and biographers did not begin seriously to consider. > Although is used therefore Contrast needed ie not until that

(B) not until almost 1950 were modern critics and biographers to begin seriously to consider > awkward usage

(C) it was not until almost 1950 that modern critics and biographers seriously began considering. Bingo...!!! Everything is at place.

(D) until almost 1950 modern critics and biographers had not begun seriously considering > Although is used therefore Contrast needed ie not until that

(E) it was not almost until 1950 when modern critics and biographers began to seriously consider. > Until then less preferred over until that in this sentence because if the meaning conveyed(ALSO QUESTION SAYS SERIOUSLY BEGAN TO CONSIDER NOT BEGIN TO SERIOUSLY CONSIDER) this is my view

HI ,
E IN MY VIEW IS WRING BECAUSE IT USES SPLIT INFINITIVE WHICH IS A STRICT NO IN GMAT . A,B,D USE WRONG TENSE THERFORE YOU ARE LEFT WITH C ONLY.

Kudos [?]: 9 [0], given: 181

Retired Moderator
Status: worked for Kaplan's associates, but now on my own, free and flying
Joined: 19 Feb 2007
Posts: 4311

Kudos [?]: 8165 [0], given: 364

Location: India
WE: Education (Education)

### Show Tags

06 May 2017, 23:57
Top Contributor
When within the pressure cooker time at hand on the D-day, it will be prudent to eliminate first grammatical errors before attempting to go by meaning. This is a classical model of such an approach.

First thing is that an adverb modifies a verb it follows. In A and B and E what follows 'seriously' is to consider, an infinitive that is not a verb. For that matter even in D, the adverb is modified by a participle rather than a verb. This is ungrammatical. Therefore, one can make bold to omit A, B, D, and E.

On the contrary, C properly uses 'seriously began', which is the correct diction.
_________________

Can you solve at least some SC questions without delving into the initial statement?

Narendran 98845 44509

Kudos [?]: 8165 [0], given: 364

Re: Although his early critics had viewed Christopher Marlowe as   [#permalink] 06 May 2017, 23:57
Display posts from previous: Sort by