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# byron

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22 Jun 2004, 20:22
Byron possessed powers of observation that would have made him a great anthropologist and that makes his letters as a group the rival of the best novels of the time.
(A) makes his letters as a group the rival of
(B) makes his letters as a group one to rival
(C) makes his letters a group rivaling
(D) make his letters as a group the rival of
(E) make his letters a group which is the rival of

Confused between D and E. I think E is more convincing. Plz explain if u r going for D and why do u choose it.

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23 Jun 2004, 05:55
D is better in flow when compared to e and also E has the wordy part ''which is''

hope that helps!
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23 Jun 2004, 06:00
(D) is best, (This have been discussed earlier! if any one can find a link to that discussion!)

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23 Jun 2004, 08:11
mba wrote:
(D) is best, (This have been discussed earlier! if any one can find a link to that discussion!)

Here's the link to that discussion. Unfortunately, the OA wasn't posted. I hope that the explanations help, though.

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=7285
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19 Oct 2005, 15:51
Hi, all. Why is D correct?

It doesn't sound grammatically correct.

"make his letters as a group the rival of the best novels"

Is "a group the rival of the best novels" a noun phrase? or "the rival of the best novels" an apositive of "a group".

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19 Oct 2005, 17:14
gmat2006 wrote:
Hi, all. Why is D correct?

It doesn't sound grammatically correct.

"make his letters as a group the rival of the best novels"

Is "a group the rival of the best novels" a noun phrase? or "the rival of the best novels" an apositive of "a group".

* make X Y

(X) his letters as a group = (Y) the rival of the best novels

or

If we bind his letters together as a group to make a book, it would be as wonderful as the best novels in his time.
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19 Oct 2005, 18:41
make vs makes -> plural required as 'that' refers to 'powers of observation'

Between D and E, D is the best choice. Choice E is lengthy and awkward.

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