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Different poets concentrate on different ways. In my own mind I make a sharp distinction between two types of concentration: one is immediate and complete, the other is plodding and only completed by stages. Some poets write immediately works which, when they are written, scarcely need revision. Others write their poems by stages, feeling their way ______, until finally, after many revisions, they have produced a result which may seem to have very little connection with their early sketches.
(A) from bad draft to good draft
(B) from good draft to bad draft
(C) from page to page
(D) from rough draft to rough draft
(E) from first draft to last draft

I was confused between A and E, but a man suddenly insisted on D!
What do you think of that? and what a logic do you have?

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ilovepsycho wrote:
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Different poets concentrate on different ways. In my own mind I make a sharp distinction between two types of concentration: one is immediate and complete, the other is plodding and only completed by stages. Some poets write immediately works which, when they are written, scarcely need revision. Others write their poems by stages, feeling their way ______, until finally, after many revisions, they have produced a result which may seem to have very little connection with their early sketches.
(A) from bad draft to good draft
(B) from good draft to bad draft
(C) from page to page
(D) from rough draft to rough draft
(E) from first draft to last draft

I was confused between A and E, but a man suddenly insisted on D!
What do you think of that? and what do you have a logic?


I first thought E, but now I think it's D and I can see why . A and B both use good and bad, which can't be used to describe drafts, since no draft in itself has a good or bad quality to it. Page by page seems irrelevant. The phrase, until finally, after many revisions, suggests that the draft before it is still in its incomplete stages, and the only one in which it is still incomplete is (D). I don't like the use of the word rough draft twice though since I thought that there could only be 1 rough draft, then 2nd draft, 3rd draft, but I guess it is possible for everything to be a rough draft until the late stages of the work. I can see how E works too, though, and i wouldn't be surprised by either answer.
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ilovepsycho wrote:
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Different poets concentrate on different ways. In my own mind I make a sharp distinction between two types of concentration: one is immediate and complete, the other is plodding and only completed by stages. Some poets write immediately works which, when they are written, scarcely need revision. Others write their poems by stages, feeling their way ______, until finally, after many revisions, they have produced a result which may seem to have very little connection with their early sketches.
(A) from bad draft to good draft
(B) from good draft to bad draft
(C) from page to page
(D) from rough draft to rough draft
(E) from first draft to last draft

I was confused between A and E, but a man suddenly insisted on D!
What do you think of that? and what do you have a logic?


This is definitely not a typical GMAT type of question, so I wouldn't worry too much about it. However, I was able to pick option D. I was able to pick it because I find this phrase more commonly used when speaking english. Here's what I think of each answer choice:

a) we don't know what is considered good or bad. Also, it is possible for the first draft to start off as good, but then ends up as bad. Since we don't know, we can't judge.
b) same explanation as option a
c) seems possible so keep it
d) seems possible so keep it
e) what is a last draft anyways? we don't even know whether the final draft is properly final. The last draft implies that the final draft is PERFECT and doesn't need any more editing....that would be a very strong statement to make.


SO, we have option c and d. Well, the difference I felt here is that, in option d, the word "draft" gives us better information about the page. In option C, the word "page" is soooooooo general. If I have to pick one of them, I would pick the option that gives us more specific information, which is provided in option d.
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Well, generally the last draft is the final draft which in theory should not need more editing, which is why it's the last draft. I can see how the answer then could be E.
The slight problem with D implies that the two rough drafts do not really improve upon each other. If I go by rough draft by rough draft, each "rough draft" implies a new draft, which implies that I don't make any progress between them. The answer would be a lot clearer if there was a "first draft -> second draft" choice, but I guess that would make it too obvious. I'm interested in what the OA is though.
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