DmitryFarber wrote:
rahul16singh28 Sure. First off, it works just fine to compare modifiers rather than nouns, so we don't need to add the words "the problems." When we do, it creates a potential misinterpretation. We could read this as "Mathematicians discovering twice as many unsolved problems as the problems that confounded mathematicians did." In other words, grammatically, we are comparing mathematicians to unsolved problems. This might seem like a really crazy way to read the sentence, but the structure creates that expectation. Think of the sentence "I scored ten goals, twice as many as the top player on the opposing team." Notice that here I'm comparing what I did to what the other player did. That's the same structure we see in D.
Hello
DmitryFarber,
Thanks for the post.
I, however, am still struggling with understanding the issue with D.
How is A more clear than D?
I think the part 'twice as many as problems that confounded..' rightly presents the comparison of "the
number of unsolved problems that the mathematicians are trying to solve" with the "
number of problems that confounded mathematicians in....".
Where am I going wrong?
Would you please assist here?
I was also thinking like you and marked option D which is incorrect as option d is comparing number of problems whereas in A we are comparing mathematicians discovering problems with the number of mathematicians of 1950s and confounding is working as adjective that is modifying mathematicians of 1950s