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# Although its policy for honorary doctorates was not dissimilar to Camb

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Although its policy for honorary doctorates was not dissimilar to Cambridge or Oxford — they gave awards to the “distinguished” in particular fields, and the person had to be “widely recognized” — it is clear that the universities were drawn to the entertainment industries to produce visible personalities for their convocation ceremonies, and the idea of “widely recognized” trumped any other distinction.

(A) its policy for honorary doctorates was not dissimilar to
(B) their policies for awarding honorary doctorates were not dissimilar to those of
(C) their policies for honorary doctorates was not dissimilar from
(D) its policy for honorary doctorates was very similar to
(E) its policies for awarding honorary doctorates was very similar to that of

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11 Feb 2019, 06:20
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Although its policy for honorary doctorates was not dissimilar to Cambridge or Oxford — they gave awards to the “distinguished” in particular fields, and the person had to be “widely recognized” — it is clear that the universities were drawn to the entertainment industries to produce visible personalities for their convocation ceremonies, and the idea of “widely recognized” trumped any other distinction.

(A) its policy for honorary doctorates was not dissimilar to - here policy is being compared to Cambridge. Irrelevant. ELIMINATED
(B) their policies for awarding honorary doctorates were not dissimilar to those of - Only CORRECT choice
(C) their policies for honorary doctorates was not dissimilar from - "policies" --> "was" pronoun error. ELIMINATED
(D) its policy for honorary doctorates was very similar to - here policy is being compared to Cambridge. Irrelevant. ELIMINATED
(E) its policies for awarding honorary doctorates was very similar to that of - "policies" --> "was" pronoun error. ELIMINATED

OPTION: B
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Although its policy for honorary doctorates was not dissimilar to Cambridge or Oxford — they gave awards to the “distinguished” in particular fields, and the person had to be “widely recognized” — it is clear that the universities were drawn to the entertainment industries to produce visible personalities for their convocation ceremonies, and the idea of “widely recognized” trumped any other distinction.

(A) its policy for honorary doctorates was not dissimilar to( its incorrectly refers to plural universities)
(B) their policies for awarding honorary doctorates were not dissimilar to those of( correct)
(C) their policies for honorary doctorates was not dissimilar from( incorrect comparison)
(D) its policy for honorary doctorates was very similar to( same as in E)
(E) its policies for awarding honorary doctorates was very similar to that of( its incorrectly refers to plural universities)

Will go with choice B.

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13 Feb 2019, 23:19
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Although its policy for honorary doctorates was not dissimilar to Cambridge or Oxford — they gave awards to the “distinguished” in particular fields, and the person had to be “widely recognized” — it is clear that the universities were drawn to the entertainment industries to produce visible personalities for their convocation ceremonies, and the idea of “widely recognized” trumped any other distinction.

(A) its policy for honorary doctorates was not dissimilar to
(B) their policies for awarding honorary doctorates were not dissimilar to those of
(C) their policies for honorary doctorates was not dissimilar from
(D) its policy for honorary doctorates was very similar to
(E) its policies for awarding honorary doctorates was very similar to that of

OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:

B. The answer choices provide you with either the pronoun its or their. Search the sentence to find the noun the pronoun references. The policies belong to the plural universities, so you need the plural pronoun their. Eliminate Choices (A), (D), and (E).

When you examine the difference between the remaining answers, you see that Choice (B) includes awarding and inserts “those of” in the comparison between the policies of the universities in the second part of the sentence and Cambridge or Oxford in the first part. Because you can’t compare policies to Cambridge (as in Choice [C]) but must compare policies to policies, you need to add “those of” as provided by Choice (B). Choice (C) is also wrong because it’s idiomatically incorrect to say that something is “dissimilar from” another thing and because the singular verb was is improperly paired with the plural subject policies.
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