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# clarification

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12 Feb 2006, 15:12
Guys, I got a little confused with the following two clauses. Can someone explain if these clauses are gramatically correct. (I am aware of the discussion at: http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=17236&highlight=degler , but wanted to really find if "summarizing" is correct english here:

Degler does more than merely summarizing existing research.
Degler does more than merely summarize existing research.
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12 Feb 2006, 20:24
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Degler does more than merely summarizing existing research; he constructs a coherent picture of two centuries of studies dealing with the changing roles of women.

(A) Degler does more than merely summarizing
(B) Deglerâ€™s study is more than a mere summarizing of
(C) Degler has done more than a mere summarizing of
(D) Deglerâ€™s study has done more than summarize merely
(E) Degler does more than merely summarize

i think i should answer this question. now i understand that the clause needs a main verb where as "does" is only a helping verb. if we use "summrizing" as in A, it would not be a correct expression because the clause misses the main verb. therefore E makes sense with "summrize".

alternatively, we can re-write the clauses as under so that, imo, it would be more clear.

(A) Degler summarizing more than merely...........
(E) Degler summarizes more than merely ...........
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12 Feb 2006, 20:43
HIMALAYA wrote:
Quote:
Degler does more than merely summarizing existing research; he constructs a coherent picture of two centuries of studies dealing with the changing roles of women.

(A) Degler does more than merely summarizing
(B) Deglerâ€™s study is more than a mere summarizing of
(C) Degler has done more than a mere summarizing of
(D) Deglerâ€™s study has done more than summarize merely
(E) Degler does more than merely summarize

i think i should answer this question. now i understand that the clause needs a main verb where as "does" is only a helping verb. if we use "summrizing" as in A, it would not be a correct expression because the clause misses the main verb. therefore E makes sense with "summrize".

alternatively, we can re-write the clauses as under so that, imo, it would be more clear.

(A) Degler summarizing more than merely...........
(E) Degler summarizes more than merely ...........

Thanks Himalaya, great explanation.

How do we find which is the backbone of this clause: Degler does more than merely summarize existing research

Degler does more
OR
Degler summarizeS existing research
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12 Feb 2006, 21:00
believe2 wrote:
How do we find which is the backbone of this clause: Degler does more than merely summarize existing research

Degler does more
OR
Degler summarizeS existing research

i could not follow you. what you mean by "the backbone "?
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13 Feb 2006, 05:31
What he means as backbone is how u identified it as the main clause or main verb ?

am i right believe?
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13 Feb 2006, 07:41
razrulz wrote:
What he means as backbone is how u identified it as the main clause or main verb ?

am i right believe?

Yes, I was not sure how we could say SUMMARIZE is the main verb and DOES is the helping verb.

But, I guess the following is the answer:
"Helping verbs or auxiliary verbs such as will, shall, may, might, can, could, must, ought to, should, would, used to, need are used in conjunction with main verbs to express shades of time and mood.....in simple present tense, do (does) will function as an auxiliary "

....really, before this discussion I thought the ans. to my Q would be some "idiomatic" type thing "No rules. Just right" until Himalaya indicated that there is some logic involved.
Thanks.
13 Feb 2006, 07:41
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