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# Beethoven's Eighth Symphony, a shorter and denser work than the Sevent

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Beethoven's Eighth Symphony, a shorter and denser work than the Seventh Symphony, and when Czerny asked why it was less popular than the Seventh, he gruffly replied, "Because the Eighth is so much better!"

A Symphony, a shorter and denser work than the Seventh Symphony, and when Czerny asked why it was less popular than the Seventh, he
B Symphony is a shorter and denser work than the Seventh Symphony is, and when Czerny asked a question about why it was less popular than the Seventh, Beethoven
C Symphony is a shorter and denser work than the Seventh Symphony, and when Czerny asked why it was less popular than the Seventh, Beethoven
D Symphony, a shorter and denser work than was the Seventh Symphony, and when Czerny, asking why it was less popular than the Seventh, Beethoven
E Symphony, a shorter and denser work than is the Seventh Symphony, and when Czerny, asking why it was less popular than the Seventh, he
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Re: Beethoven's Eighth Symphony, a shorter and denser work than the Sevent  [#permalink]

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14 Jan 2018, 00:17
In A , E he is unclear.(maybe Beethoven or Czerny)
D the sentence is lack of a Verb

between B and C
C is short and clear
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Re: Beethoven's Eighth Symphony, a shorter and denser work than the Sevent  [#permalink]

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22 Aug 2018, 18:41

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Split #1: all five answer choices have the word "and when" beginning the second half of the sentence. What happens before that? We need a full independent clause, with a bonafide [noun]+[verb] structure. Choices (A) & (D) & (E) have [noun]+[noun modifier] but no verb: they commit the missing verb mistake, so all three are incorrect.

Split #2: the clause following the subordinate conjunction "when" also needs a full [noun]+[verb] structure. Choices (D) & (E) have [noun]+[noun modifier] but no verb: they commit the missing verb mistake again.

Split #3: the name Beethoven appears at the beginning of the sentence in the possessive. A noun in the possessive cannot be the proper antecedent of a pronoun. Therefore, the "he" at the end of the underlined section is a pronoun with no proper antecedent. We need to repeat the name "Beethoven". Choices (A) & (E) make this mistake of using the pronoun.

Split #4: Choice (B) is an unholy abomination. Instead of "than the Seventh symphony", it has the slightly longer "than the Seventh symphony is" --- that's not so bad by itself. Then, it says "Czerny asked a question about why it was less popular" --- totally redundant. If someone asks something, of course it's a question! This phrasing is wordy and redundant, so choice (B) is absolutely unacceptable.

(C) is the only possible answer.
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Re: Beethoven's Eighth Symphony, a shorter and denser work than the Sevent  [#permalink]

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10 Jan 2019, 06:14
https://gmatclub.com/forum/dostoevsky-w ... 57549.html

I'd like to expound on the concept of parallelism with this question:

This is similar to the question (link above) whereas the underlying grammatical rule that is being tested is one of parallelism.

Beethoven's Eighth Symphony, a shorter and denser work than the Seventh Symphony, and when Czerny asked why it was less popular than the Seventh, he gruffly replied, "Because the Eighth is so much better!"

The word AND is a common conjunction, and hence, also a parallel marker. After the and we can clearly see an independent clause. An independent clause is a clause that can stand by itself as a simple sentence. An independent clause contains a subject and a verb.

The sentence before and, contains a noun and a noun modifier, but no verb, and this sentence therefore disturbs the parallelism rule.

Re: Beethoven's Eighth Symphony, a shorter and denser work than the Sevent   [#permalink] 10 Jan 2019, 06:14
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