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# Compared to high school students who readily understand the numerous

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Compared to high school students, who readily understand the numerous theorems of Geometry, most of the theorems of Number Theory are sophisticated, with those with advanced degrees in mathematics only understanding them.

A) Compared to high school students, who readily understand the numerous theorems of Geometry, most of the theorems of Number Theory are sophisticated, with those with advanced degrees in mathematics only understanding them. -> We are comparing high school students with most of the theorems of Number Theory, it is absurd. Incorrect.

B) In contrast to the numerous theorems of Geometry readily accessible to high school students, most of the theorems of Number Theory are so sophisticated that only those with advanced degrees in mathematics can understand them. -> numerous theorems of Geometry is compared with most of the theorems of Number Theory, this is perfect. We didn't see any error further. Let's keep it.

C) Compared with the numerous theorems of Geometry, which are readily accessible to high school students, Number Theory has theorems so sophisticated that only those with advanced degrees in mathematics can understand them. -> the numerous theorems of Geometry is compared with Number Theory has theorems. It is incorrect comparison.

D) Compared to Geometry, numerous theorems of which are readily accessible to high school students, Number Theory has theorems so sophisticated as those with advanced degrees in mathematics only understanding them. -> Geometry is compared with Number Theory, it makes sense. Further, We have "so sophisticated as..." but we need "as....as" form. Incorrect.

E) Compared to Geometry, which has numerous theorems that are readily accessible to high school students, Number Theory, which has many theorems that are so sophisticated that only those with advanced degrees in mathematics can understand them -> Again Geometry is compared with Number Theory, it makes sense. Let's read further, we don't have main verb for "Number Theory". Incorrect.

So, I think B.
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(A) Compared to high school students, who readily understand the numerous theorems of Geometry, most of the theorems of Number Theory are sophisticated, with those with advanced degrees in mathematics only understanding them.
Illogically compares high school students to theorems of Number Theory. We can eliminate A.

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B) In contrast to the numerous theorems of Geometry readily accessible to high school students, most of the theorems of Number Theory are so sophisticated that only those with advanced degrees in mathematics can understand them.
Seems to be the best option of the lot, with no evident errors. So we'll keep it.

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C) Compared with the numerous theorems of Geometry, which are readily accessible to high school students, Number Theory has theorems so sophisticated that only those with advanced degrees in mathematics can understand them.
Illogically compares numerous theorems of Geometry to Number Theory. We can eliminate C.

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D) Compared to Geometry, numerous theorems of which are readily accessible to high school students, Number Theory has theorems so sophisticated as those with advanced degrees in mathematics only understanding them.
The use of only is wrong. What it means here is that those with advanced degrees in mathematics could've done a lot more with the theorems of Number Theory, however they could only "understand" them, which is wrong. What it should ideally mean is that only those people with advanced degrees in mathematics, and nobody else, could understand the number theory theorems. We can eliminate D.

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E) Compared to Geometry, which has numerous theorems that are readily accessible to high school students, Number Theory, which has many theorems that are so sophisticated that only those with advanced degrees in mathematics can understand them.
Is an incomplete construction with a main verb missing. If we strike off the modifiers here's what we are left with "Compared to Geometry, Number Theory" which makes no meaning. Compared to Geometry does what? We can eliminate E.

This we are left with only option B, which should be our answer to this question.

Some doubts:

I have concerns over the use of "those" in B which I think ambiguously refers to "theorems of Number Theory" instead of "the set of people with advanced degrees".

However this has been repeated across all options so I probably think there's a gap in my understanding, can anyone please help clarify?

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Originally posted by kungfury42 on 13 Feb 2022, 02:25.
Last edited by kungfury42 on 13 Feb 2022, 12:39, edited 1 time in total.
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Compared to high school students, who readily understand the numerous theorems of Geometry, most of the theorems of Number Theory are sophisticated, with those with advanced degrees in mathematics only understanding them.

A) wrong comparisson between high school students and number theory therefore out

B) .Clear concise and right comparison therefore let us hang on to it

C) wrong comparison between number theory and numerous theory of geometry therefore out

D) 'as' usage in the passage is illogical doesn't make much sense therefore out

E) main verb is absent for Number theory therefore out

THerefore IMO B
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