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# Byron possessed powers of observation that would have made

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193. 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

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04 Jul 2007, 10:47
D wins.

A, B and E are out because of using singular verbs.

C is out -'rivaling the best novels' does not sound correct. 'rival of the best novels' sounds correct.

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04 Jul 2007, 11:05
sidbidus wrote:
193. 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

"powers of observation " calls for a plural verb
-> "make" is required. So A,B,C are out.

make XY is an idom

X-his letters as a group
Y-rival of best novels

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04 Jul 2007, 11:44
not convinced with D. Going by the logic given in the post above, there should have been "those" instead of "that". C seems to be the best...although D is the OA. Maybe I still need to grasp GMAT english
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04 Jul 2007, 13:37
'powers' would need plural in verb. So its between D & E.
E changes the meaning and I'm not even sure if its sound right...

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04 Jul 2007, 23:37
sidbidus wrote:
193. 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

powers...make
ABC are wrong.

E uses which incorrectly.
D is correct.
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04 Jul 2007, 23:40
i like this question. i was looking for parallelism because that...and that. that is used to start a restrictive clause and also used as a pronoun.
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05 Jul 2007, 02:55
Will go with D because observations of powers (plural) of observation .........make (plural) ....
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21 Sep 2010, 17:21
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

No doubt A,B and C are eliminated due to sub verb disagreement.. and which is awkward over here..
Hence D...so is the OA
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21 Sep 2010, 23:32
With S/V agreement issue questions is down to D and E and D clearly wins over E for clarity!
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22 Sep 2010, 00:54
gr8..every1 seems to hav got that
agree with D
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22 Sep 2010, 06:47
powers is plural and so we need 'make'

Hence D.
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22 Sep 2010, 07:06
Agree with D.

A-C doesn't work as it needs to be singular as its referring to Byron. E doesn't work due to the fact that its awkward, leaving us with D.
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19 Dec 2011, 12:32
D. powers --- make. E is verbose.
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