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New post 24 Dec 2019, 01:50
Hi in option choice D, shouldnt it be Although Elizabeth Barrett Browning's success was later overshadowed by that of her husband's, among her contemporaries she was considered the better poet?

Husband's and not husband. If not, what is the reasoning for the same?
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Hi in option choice D, shouldnt it be Although Elizabeth Barrett Browning's success was later overshadowed by that of her husband's, among her contemporaries she was considered the better poet?

Husband's and not husband. If not, what is the reasoning for the same?


The problem, Kritisood, with opting for a possessive husband's is that that of already draws the comparison. The correct sentence is expressing the notion that Although Elizabeth Barrett Browning's success was later overshadowed by the success of her husband...

Without that of, we would indeed need a possessive apostrophe to compare success to success:
Although Elizabeth Barrett Browning's success was later overshadowed by her husband's success...

When you stick the two together, though, what you are really saying is that
Although Elizabeth Barrett Browning's success was later overshadowed by the success of her husband's success...

I think you would agree that this last sentence is nonsensical and redundant. How can her husband's success be doubly successful? I hope that helps resolve your query. If not, feel free to follow up with another question.

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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
Page: 710

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.


Correct Idiom: Consider X Y

(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. - Wrong: 1) Modifier 2) Idiom

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

(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. - Wrong: 1) Idiom 2) Modifier 3) Verb

(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. - Wrong: 1) Comparison 2) Idiom
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