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# As rare as something becomes, be it a baseball card or a

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05 Jan 2006, 23:11
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As rare as something becomes, be it a baseball card or a musical recording or a postage stamp, the more avidly it is sought by collectors.

A. As rare as something becomes, be it

B. As rare as something becomes, whether it is

C. As something becomes rarer and rarer, like

D. The rarer something becomes, like

E. The rarer something becomes, whether it is

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06 Jan 2006, 04:43
It is between D and E for parallelism. I would go for E as D produces only sentence fragments.

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06 Jan 2006, 07:42
cool_jonny009 wrote:
As rare as something becomes, be it a baseball card or a musical recording or a postage stamp, the more avidly it is sought by collectors.

A. As rare as something becomes, be it

B. As rare as something becomes, whether it is

C. As something becomes rarer and rarer, like

D. The rarer something becomes, like

E. The rarer something becomes, whether it is

A, B, and C are out for sure. Because the last part of the sentence has "the more" so the first part of the sentence has to have ----the "er" ---------the "more" ..........., it is idiomatic. A B and C are not idiomatic.

Between D and E, D is wrong because it changes the meaning, it's like saying anything rare like baseball cards rather than anything that is rare, whether it is baseball cards, ... ... so E is the correct answer.

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06 Jan 2006, 09:39
princeofshanghai wrote:
cool_jonny009 wrote:
As rare as something becomes, be it a baseball card or a musical recording or a postage stamp, the more avidly it is sought by collectors.

A. As rare as something becomes, be it

B. As rare as something becomes, whether it is

C. As something becomes rarer and rarer, like

D. The rarer something becomes, like

E. The rarer something becomes, whether it is

A, B, and C are out for sure. Because the last part of the sentence has "the more" so the first part of the sentence has to have ----the "er" ---------the "more" ..........., it is idiomatic. A B and C are not idiomatic.

Between D and E, D is wrong because it changes the meaning, it's like saying anything rare like baseball cards rather than anything that is rare, whether it is baseball cards, ... ... so E is the correct answer.

princeofshanghai,

can you pls explain the bold part ...

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06 Jan 2006, 09:49
I will go with 'E' as 'The rarer ...the more' are parallel and 'Whether it is' is the correct usage in this kind of sentences.
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06 Jan 2006, 17:03
E.

A C D ARE CLEARLY WRONG.

E is better than B, because the rarer........... the more

cool_jonny009 wrote:
As rare as something becomes, be it a baseball card or a musical recording or a postage stamp, the more avidly it is sought by collectors.

A. As rare as something becomes, be it

B. As rare as something becomes, whether it is

C. As something becomes rarer and rarer, like

D. The rarer something becomes, like

E. The rarer something becomes, whether it is

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12 Jan 2006, 19:39
I think it is between D and E....

The rarer....The more.....parallelism helps the choice narrow down between D and E..

I will go with D, becuase Like... compares nouns, and it seems like a right comparison in this case...

E doesn't sound right to me.

What is the OA?

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12 Jan 2006, 22:30
The rarer...the more...

Between D and E, the latter uses "whether it" appropriately in parallel form.

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The rarer something becomes, whether it is a baseball card or a musical recording or a postage stamp, the more avidly it is sought by collectors.

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13 Jan 2006, 01:27
E

"As rare as" is certainly wrong here.

whether it is X or Y or Z is correct rathar than like X or Y or Z
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13 Jan 2006, 02:51
'E' makes sense.

I think problem with 'D' is usage of 'like'.

'E" makes sense by saying "whether it is" & giving 3 choices which are totally different categories. Usage of 'Like' does not mae it sound like "irrespective of" tone!

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13 Jan 2006, 09:24
cool_jonny009 wrote:
As rare as something becomes, be it a baseball card or a musical recording or a postage stamp, the more avidly it is sought by collectors.

A. As rare as something becomes, be it

B. As rare as something becomes, whether it is

C. As something becomes rarer and rarer, like

D. The rarer something becomes, like

E. The rarer something becomes, whether it is

can someone explain if the use of WHETHER in E is OK here?

E.....,whether it is A or B or C..

I thought WHETHER can be used only with 2 options - eg....whether it is A or B

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