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Consider/Considered + Noun is the correct structure. Consider to be, Consider as, are all wrong. Consider+bare form of the noun is the correct structure.

Only option D says "considered the better poet". Rest all choices say considered as, considered to be.

OPTION: D
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Consider/Considered + Noun is the correct structure. Consider to be, Consider as, are all wrong. Consider+bare form of the noun is the correct structure.

Only option D says "considered the better poet". Rest all choices say considered as, considered to be.

OPTION: D

eswarchethu135 , I would not be quite so certain that you can eliminate options on the basis of consider to be.

An official question that uses consider to be in the correct answer choice is HERE.

Another official question, HERE uses consider to be in its non-underlined part.

Consider to be is probably not a basis upon which an answer should be eliminated. Those options have other errors.
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(A) Although she was considered among her contemporaries to be the better poet than her husband, later Elizabeth Barrett Browning was overshadowed by his success.- Considered to is incorrect idiom

(B) Although Elizabeth Barrett Brwoning was considered among her contemporaries as a better poet than her husband, she was later overshadowed by his success.- Considered as is incorrect idiom

(C) Later overshadowed by the success of her husband, Elizabeth Barrett Brwoning's poetry had been considered among her contemporaries to be better than that of her husband.- Considered to is incorrect idiom

(D) Although Elizabeth Barrett Browning's success was later overshadowed by that of her husband, among her contemporaries she was considered the better poet. - Correct

(E) Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poetry was considered among her contemporaries as better than her husband, but her success was later overshadowed by his.- Considered as is incorrect idiom

Hence D
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I still don't get the point why SHE in option D is not incorrect... does this pronoun have any antecedent?
Reading other answers I got why HER is ok, but I can't figure out why SHE is correct..

In D, possessive noun (Elizabeth Barrett Browning's) with possessive pronoun (her) is perfectly fine. But, the problem is in "possessive noun" ( Elizabeth Barrett Browning's ) with "non-possessive pronoun" ( she ). We did not directly get this "non-possessive pronoun" (she) from "possessive noun" (Elizabeth Barrett Browning's); we got "possessive pronoun" (her) first. From my understanding, "possessive pronoun" (her) with "non-possessive pronoun" (she) make sense at least for this case!
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There is no need to distinguish between possessive and non-possessive in evaluating the antecedent of pronouns. There is only one female in the sentence, and so the antecedent of both "she" and "her" is completely clear.
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Although she was considered among her contemporaries to be the better poet than her husband, later Elizabeth Barrett Browning was overshadowed by his success.


(A) Although she was considered among her contemporaries to be the better poet than her husband, later Elizabeth Barrett Browning was overshadowed by his success.

(B) Although Elizabeth Barrett Browning was considered among her contemporaries as a better poet than her husband, she was later overshadowed by his success.

(C) Later overshadowed by the success of her husband, Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poetry had been considered among her contemporaries to be better than that of her husband.

(D) Although Elizabeth Barrett Browning's success was later overshadowed by that of her husband, among her contemporaries she was considered the better poet.

(E) Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poetry was considered among her contemporaries as better than her husband, but her success was later overshadowed by his.



Hi DmitryFarber daagh VeritasKarishma AjiteshArun

The reason I rejected option 'B' was incorrect comparison. The comparison, which I think is incorrect, states that Elizabeth Barrett Browning (a person) was overshadowed by 'success'. The comparison should be either between 2 people or between the success levels of 2 people.

Please correct me if I am wrong in my understanding.


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You forgot the import of the word 'than'. That is the comaparison marker and whatever is next to it is the compared item on one hand. Ther other compared element is Browning. That she was overshadowed by his success is just an indicative taement. There is no comparison involved in taht part, because ther is no comparison in that portion.
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You forgot the import of the word 'than'. That is the comaparison marker and whatever is next to it is the compared item on one hand. Ther other compared element is Browning. That she was overshadowed by his success is just an indicative taement. There is no comparison involved in taht part, because ther is no comparison in that portion.


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Understood, so apart from the idiom issue in option 'B' there are no other errors, right (i.e. considered X as Y is a sure shot No No in GMAT).

Or in the absence of correct choice 'D', option 'B' could have been the answer?


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Although she was considered among her contemporaries to be the better poet than her husband, later Elizabeth Barrett Browning was overshadowed by his success.


(A) Although she was considered among her contemporaries to be the better poet than her husband, later Elizabeth Barrett Browning was overshadowed by his success.

(B) Although Elizabeth Barrett Browning was considered among her contemporaries as a better poet than her husband, she was later overshadowed by his success.

(C) Later overshadowed by the success of her husband, Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poetry had been considered among her contemporaries to be better than that of her husband.

(D) Although Elizabeth Barrett Browning's success was later overshadowed by that of her husband, among her contemporaries she was considered the better poet.

(E) Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poetry was considered among her contemporaries as better than her husband, but her success was later overshadowed by his.



To eliminate option B, do we use
1. idiom(Consider X Y) ?
2. Comparison issue - she was later overshadowed by his success? (We also have a similar construction in option A, though A is incorrect because Although.. should be followed by EBB)

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Everything Else can be easily eliminated, B and D remains.
I'm surprised No One has talked about this;
The Major issue with "B" is the Ambiguous comparison if we go into the meaning,

(B) Although Elizabeth Barrett Browning was considered among her contemporaries as a better poet than her husband, she was later overshadowed by his success.

There is an ambiguity - and B gives two meaning.


Meaning 1: Browing was considered better among her contemporaries than her husband was considered among his contemporaries.
Meaning 2: Browing was considered as a better poet than her husband.

Below is the LInk of Egmat Articles, explaining this amibguity:
https://e-gmat.com/blogs/ellipses-in-co ... ing-verbs/

I would further like experts view on this. Thank You
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Meaning 1: Browing was considered better among her contemporaries than her husband was considered among his contemporaries.

Hi, there is no his contemporaries anywhere in the sentence and hence, cannot be assumed.

It's just her contemporaries.
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Meaning 1: Browing was considered better among her contemporaries than her husband was considered among his contemporaries.

Hi, there is no his contemporaries anywhere in the sentence and hence, cannot be assumed.

It's just her contemporaries.


I am sorry I respectfully disagree.

The structure is such that it creates ambiguity. You can refer to link of egmat article, it may give you an idea of what I am talking about.
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I am sorry I respectfully disagree.

The structure is such that it creates ambiguity.

Hi! I respectfully disagree with your disagreement:).

By your logic, the following sentence:

Peter's parents are more affectionate to Peter than to Maria.

Can be interpreted as:

Peter's parents are more affectionate to Peter than (Maria's parents are affectionate) to Maria.

That would not be correct.

The only way to interpret the original sentence would be:

Peter's parents are more affectionate to Peter than (Peter's parents are affectionate) to Maria.
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Although she was considered among her contemporaries to be the better poet than her husband, later Elizabeth Barrett Browning was overshadowed by his success.


(A) Although she was considered among her contemporaries to be the better poet than her husband, later Elizabeth Barrett Browning was overshadowed by his success.

(B) Although Elizabeth Barrett Browning was considered among her contemporaries as a better poet than her husband, she was later overshadowed by his success.

(C) Later overshadowed by the success of her husband, Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poetry had been considered among her contemporaries to be better than that of her husband.

(D) Although Elizabeth Barrett Browning's success was later overshadowed by that of her husband, among her contemporaries she was considered the better poet.

(E) Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poetry was considered among her contemporaries as better than her husband, but her success was later overshadowed by his.


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Question No.: SC 805
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Elizabeth Barrett Browning

(A) Comparison / Idiom (the better poet than)

(B) Idiom (considered as)

(C) Modifier / Meaning (Later overshadowed …)

(D) CORRECT

(E) Idiom (considered as); Comparison (X is better than Y)


First glance

The entire sentence is underlined. Full-underline problems often test one of the Big 4 topics: Structure, Meaning, Modifiers, and Parallelism.

Issues

(1) Comparison / Idiom: the better poet than

Comparison: X is better than Y

The better poet than is not a proper comparison construction.

One person can be a better poet than another person. When speaking of two people, you can also say that one person is the better poet. Starting the phrase with the word the (instead of a) indicates that you have already mentioned the two people in question. Since this is the case, you do not need to make a full comparison (this person is a better poet than the other person). You can just say that, of the two people, this person is the better poet. Eliminate choice (A).

The other four choices do not make this specific mistake, but choice (E) does introduce a different comparison error. Browning’s poetry was … better than her husband. Comparisons must compare similar things—poetry to poetry or person to person. In this choice, though, poetry is compared to a person (her husband). Eliminate choice (E).

(2) Idiom: considered as

The answers differ in their treatment of the word considered. Choices (A) and (C) use considered … to be X, choices (B) and (E) use considered … as X, and choice D uses considered X.

It is correct to say considered X (She considers him funny). It can be acceptable to say considered to be X (She considers him to be funny), though the to be is not necessary and, in some cases, is considered wrong. If you see considered to be X, be suspicious, but look for something more solid to eliminate that choice.

Considered as X (She considers him as funny) is almost always incorrect. You can eliminate answer choices based on this construction. In this case, eliminate choices (B) and (E).

(3) Modifier / Meaning: Later overshadowed …

Choice (C) begins with an opening modifier: Later overshadowed by the success of her husband, Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poetry had been …

This choice compares her husband’s success to her own poetry. The comparison should be either between her husband’s success and Browning’s success (Later overshadowed by the success of her husband, Browning’s success …) or between the poetry of each person (Later overshadowed by the success of her husband’s poetry, Browning’s poetry ….). Eliminate (C) for a faulty comparison.

The Correct Answer

Correct answer (D) properly compares Browning’s success to that [the success] of her husband. It also uses the later comparison idiom correctly: she was considered the better poet.


The correct idiom is Consider X Y

Only choice D uses the correct idiom

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To eliminate option B, do we use
1. idiom(Consider X Y) ?
2. Comparison issue - she was later overshadowed by his success? (We also have a similar construction in option A, though A is incorrect because Although.. should be followed by EBB)

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Hi Skywalker18,

I'd go with the meaning issue that you mention in (2), as I try to start with something other than idiomatic usage (especially consider X Y!). By the way, option A also has the better poet than. The better poet is fine, as is a better poet than, but the better poet than is incorrect.
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hero_with_1000_faces There is absolutely no way to read B the way you describe in #1. You are referring to ellipsis, but that can't be what's going on here. The simplest reason is that "among her contemporaries" is in the wrong place for that. It is clearly describing how contemporaries view her in comparison to her husband. Also, ellipsis can only go so far. If we have a specific modifier such as "by her contemporaries," it can't be repurposed to mean something totally different. For instance, I can say "She earns more money than I do," with "do" standing in for the act of making money. But if I say "She makes more money selling insurance than I do," then we seem to be comparing our relative earnings from selling insurance. It would be odd to say this if that's not my job. Even if our jobs are similar, we can't just swap another concept in. For instance, if we are in different fields, I can't say "She is more prominent in her field than I am," and expect someone to fill in that this means "than I am in mine."
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Both are good reasons. "Consider as" is not a favored idiom, but more importantly, she wasn't overshadowed by his success. She can be overshadowed by him, or her success can be overshadowed by his success, but we don't want to mix those.
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Hello Everyone!

Let's tackle this question, one thing at a time, and narrow it down to the correct choice quickly! First, here is the original question with any major differences highlighted in orange:

Although she was considered among her contemporaries to be the better poet than her husband, later Elizabeth Barrett Browning was overshadowed by his success.

(A) Although she was considered among her contemporaries to be the better poet than her husband, later Elizabeth Barrett Browning was overshadowed by his success.
(B) Although Elizabeth Barrett Browning was considered among her contemporaries as a better poet than her husband, she was later overshadowed by his success.
(C) Later overshadowed by the success of her husband, Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poetry had been considered among her contemporaries to be better than that of her husband.
(D) Although Elizabeth Barrett Browning's success was later overshadowed by that of her husband, among her contemporaries she was considered the better poet.
(E) Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poetry was considered among her contemporaries as better than her husband, but her success was later overshadowed by his.

While there is a lot we could focus on, there are 2 main areas we can start with:

1. How Browning is compared to her husband (Idioms)
2. How Browning was overshadowed by her husband (Parallelism)


Let's start with #1 on our list: how the sentence compares Browning to her husband. This is an issue of idiom structure with comparisons. We need to make sure that each sentence follows the general rules of how to compare two items:

X is better than Y
X is considered Y
X is considered to be Y


Let's take a close look at each sentence and determine if each uses the proper idiom formats. If not, let's eliminate them:

(A) Although she was considered among her contemporaries to be the better poet than her husband, later Elizabeth Barrett Browning was overshadowed by his success.

considered...to be = OKAY
she was...better than her husband = OKAY

(B) Although Elizabeth Barrett Browning was considered among her contemporaries as a better poet than her husband, she was later overshadowed by his success.

considered...as = WRONG
Browning was...better than her husband = OKAY

(C) Later overshadowed by the success of her husband, Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poetry had been considered among her contemporaries to be better than that of her husband.

considered...to be = OKAY
Browning's poetry had been...better than that of her husband = OKAY

(D) Although Elizabeth Barrett Browning's success was later overshadowed by that of her husband, among her contemporaries she was considered the better poet.

she was considered... = OKAY
she was...the better poet = OKAY

(E) Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poetry was considered among her contemporaries as better than her husband, but her success was later overshadowed by his.

considered...as = WRONG
Browning's poetry...better than her husband = OKAY

We can eliminate options B & E because they use one or both idioms incorrectly. Now that we have it narrowed down to 3 options, let's tackle #2 on our list. We need to make sure that the items being compared in each sentence are parallel!

(A) Although she was considered among her contemporaries to be the better poet than her husband, later Elizabeth Barrett Browning was overshadowed by his success.

This is INCORRECT because it's not idiomatically correct to say that Browning is "the better poet than" her husband. It's best to say she is "a better poet" than her husband, or just say that between the two of them, she is "the better poet."

(C) Later overshadowed by the success of her husband, Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poetry had been considered among her contemporaries to be better than that of her husband.

This is INCORRECT because it contains a misleading modifier. Who/what was overshadowed by the husband's success? The wife! It doesn't make sense to compare the husband's success to the wife's poetry - that's not parallel. The sentence needs to clearly contrast the husband's success with the wife's success to be parallel.

(D) Although Elizabeth Barrett Browning's success was later overshadowed by that of her husband, among her contemporaries she was considered the better poet.

This is CORRECT! It uses parallel structure to compare Browning's success to her husband's success, and it correctly handles the comparison of their abilities as poets by saying she is "the better poet."


There you have it - option D is the correct choice!


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Hi EMPOWERgmatVerbal,

Thanks for your explanation. I have a question regarding the use of "consider". I saw other user mentioned that "consider" can only be used in certain ways. Quote"The correct idiom is Consider x y and not consider x as y or consider x to be y or consider x as y or any other form." I saw you treated these as correct in your explanation. I want to confirm with you the correct idiom of "consider". Thanks!
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EMPOWERgmatVerbal wrote:
Hello Everyone!

Let's tackle this question, one thing at a time, and narrow it down to the correct choice quickly! First, here is the original question with any major differences highlighted in orange:

Although she was considered among her contemporaries to be the better poet than her husband, later Elizabeth Barrett Browning was overshadowed by his success.

(A) Although she was considered among her contemporaries to be the better poet than her husband, later Elizabeth Barrett Browning was overshadowed by his success.
(B) Although Elizabeth Barrett Browning was considered among her contemporaries as a better poet than her husband, she was later overshadowed by his success.
(C) Later overshadowed by the success of her husband, Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poetry had been considered among her contemporaries to be better than that of her husband.
(D) Although Elizabeth Barrett Browning's success was later overshadowed by that of her husband, among her contemporaries she was considered the better poet.
(E) Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poetry was considered among her contemporaries as better than her husband, but her success was later overshadowed by his.

While there is a lot we could focus on, there are 2 main areas we can start with:

1. How Browning is compared to her husband (Idioms)
2. How Browning was overshadowed by her husband (Parallelism)


Let's start with #1 on our list: how the sentence compares Browning to her husband. This is an issue of idiom structure with comparisons. We need to make sure that each sentence follows the general rules of how to compare two items:

X is better than Y
X is considered Y
X is considered to be Y


Let's take a close look at each sentence and determine if each uses the proper idiom formats. If not, let's eliminate them:

(A) Although she was considered among her contemporaries to be the better poet than her husband, later Elizabeth Barrett Browning was overshadowed by his success.

considered...to be = OKAY
she was...better than her husband = OKAY

(B) Although Elizabeth Barrett Browning was considered among her contemporaries as a better poet than her husband, she was later overshadowed by his success.

considered...as = WRONG
Browning was...better than her husband = OKAY

(C) Later overshadowed by the success of her husband, Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poetry had been considered among her contemporaries to be better than that of her husband.

considered...to be = OKAY
Browning's poetry had been...better than that of her husband = OKAY

(D) Although Elizabeth Barrett Browning's success was later overshadowed by that of her husband, among her contemporaries she was considered the better poet.

she was considered... = OKAY
she was...the better poet = OKAY

(E) Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poetry was considered among her contemporaries as better than her husband, but her success was later overshadowed by his.

considered...as = WRONG
Browning's poetry...better than her husband = OKAY

We can eliminate options B & E because they use one or both idioms incorrectly. Now that we have it narrowed down to 3 options, let's tackle #2 on our list. We need to make sure that the items being compared in each sentence are parallel!

(A) Although she was considered among her contemporaries to be the better poet than her husband, later Elizabeth Barrett Browning was overshadowed by his success.

This is INCORRECT because it's not idiomatically correct to say that Browning is "the better poet than" her husband. It's best to say she is "a better poet" than her husband, or just say that between the two of them, she is "the better poet."

(C) Later overshadowed by the success of her husband, Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poetry had been considered among her contemporaries to be better than that of her husband.

This is INCORRECT because it contains a misleading modifier. Who/what was overshadowed by the husband's success? The wife! It doesn't make sense to compare the husband's success to the wife's poetry - that's not parallel. The sentence needs to clearly contrast the husband's success with the wife's success to be parallel.

(D) Although Elizabeth Barrett Browning's success was later overshadowed by that of her husband, among her contemporaries she was considered the better poet.

This is CORRECT! It uses parallel structure to compare Browning's success to her husband's success, and it correctly handles the comparison of their abilities as poets by saying she is "the better poet."


There you have it - option D is the correct choice!


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Hi EMPOWERgmatVerbal,

Thanks for your explanation. I have a question regarding the use of "consider". I saw other user mentioned that "consider" can only be used in certain ways. Quote"The correct idiom is Consider x y and not consider x as y or consider x to be y or consider x as y or any other form." I saw you treated these as correct in your explanation. I want to confirm with you the correct idiom of "consider". Thanks!


Hi EMPOWERgmatVerbal,

Another question regarding comparison, in choice B, is "she was later overshadowed by his success" correct? Should we compare her success with his success? is the way choice E says "her success was later overshadowed by his" better ? Thanks!
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Hello Everyone!

Let's tackle this question, one thing at a time, and narrow it down to the correct choice quickly! First, here is the original question with any major differences highlighted in orange:

Although she was considered among her contemporaries to be the better poet than her husband, later Elizabeth Barrett Browning was overshadowed by his success.

(A) Although she was considered among her contemporaries to be the better poet than her husband, later Elizabeth Barrett Browning was overshadowed by his success.
(B) Although Elizabeth Barrett Browning was considered among her contemporaries as a better poet than her husband, she was later overshadowed by his success.
(C) Later overshadowed by the success of her husband, Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poetry had been considered among her contemporaries to be better than that of her husband.
(D) Although Elizabeth Barrett Browning's success was later overshadowed by that of her husband, among her contemporaries she was considered the better poet.
(E) Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poetry was considered among her contemporaries as better than her husband, but her success was later overshadowed by his.

While there is a lot we could focus on, there are 2 main areas we can start with:

1. How Browning is compared to her husband (Idioms)
2. How Browning was overshadowed by her husband (Parallelism)


Let's start with #1 on our list: how the sentence compares Browning to her husband. This is an issue of idiom structure with comparisons. We need to make sure that each sentence follows the general rules of how to compare two items:

X is better than Y
X is considered Y
X is considered to be Y


Let's take a close look at each sentence and determine if each uses the proper idiom formats. If not, let's eliminate them:

(A) Although she was considered among her contemporaries to be the better poet than her husband, later Elizabeth Barrett Browning was overshadowed by his success.

considered...to be = OKAY
she was...better than her husband = OKAY

(B) Although Elizabeth Barrett Browning was considered among her contemporaries as a better poet than her husband, she was later overshadowed by his success.

considered...as = WRONG
Browning was...better than her husband = OKAY

(C) Later overshadowed by the success of her husband, Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poetry had been considered among her contemporaries to be better than that of her husband.

considered...to be = OKAY
Browning's poetry had been...better than that of her husband = OKAY

(D) Although Elizabeth Barrett Browning's success was later overshadowed by that of her husband, among her contemporaries she was considered the better poet.

she was considered... = OKAY
she was...the better poet = OKAY

(E) Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poetry was considered among her contemporaries as better than her husband, but her success was later overshadowed by his.

considered...as = WRONG
Browning's poetry...better than her husband = OKAY

We can eliminate options B & E because they use one or both idioms incorrectly. Now that we have it narrowed down to 3 options, let's tackle #2 on our list. We need to make sure that the items being compared in each sentence are parallel!

(A) Although she was considered among her contemporaries to be the better poet than her husband, later Elizabeth Barrett Browning was overshadowed by his success.

This is INCORRECT because it's not idiomatically correct to say that Browning is "the better poet than" her husband. It's best to say she is "a better poet" than her husband, or just say that between the two of them, she is "the better poet."

(C) Later overshadowed by the success of her husband, Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poetry had been considered among her contemporaries to be better than that of her husband.

This is INCORRECT because it contains a misleading modifier. Who/what was overshadowed by the husband's success? The wife! It doesn't make sense to compare the husband's success to the wife's poetry - that's not parallel. The sentence needs to clearly contrast the husband's success with the wife's success to be parallel.

(D) Although Elizabeth Barrett Browning's success was later overshadowed by that of her husband, among her contemporaries she was considered the better poet.

This is CORRECT! It uses parallel structure to compare Browning's success to her husband's success, and it correctly handles the comparison of their abilities as poets by saying she is "the better poet."


There you have it - option D is the correct choice!


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Hi EMPOWERgmatVerbal,

Thanks for your explanation. I have a question regarding the use of "consider". I saw other user mentioned that "consider" can only be used in certain ways. Quote"The correct idiom is Consider x y and not consider x as y or consider x to be y or consider x as y or any other form." I saw you treated these as correct in your explanation. I want to confirm with you the correct idiom of "consider". Thanks!


Thanks for your question el1234!

"Consider X as Y" is incorrect, but "Consider X to be Y" is fine to use. "Consider X Y" is also fine to use.

The problem with this sentence is that you have to find the correct idiom to convey the meaning you're looking for. In this case, "consider X to be Y" is okay because it still conveys the intended meaning.

I hope that helps!
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