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Why is "C" not the right answer? toward the latter end of the sentence, it says "served as repositories ...". Are we not comparing medieval monasteries with modern libraries by their capacity to "serve as repositories"? That's why I believed we need an "as does"


then the problem is which "as does modern library" modify. It seems the phrase modify the medieval monastery, so it should be next the the subject, not repositories

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Why is "C" not the right answer? toward the latter end of the sentence, it says "served as repositories ...". Are we not comparing medieval monasteries with modern libraries by their capacity to "serve as repositories"? That's why I believed we need an "as does"


then the problem is which "as does modern libraries" modify. It seems the phrase modify the medieval monastery, so it should be next the the subject, not repositories

hope it clear


I agree with your point -- "as does modern library" should modify the medieval monastery, BUT A/C "A" is structured the exact same way. Therefore, if "C" commits this error, then "A" does too.

The only other issue I can find with "C" is "modern library" = singular, whereas "medieval monasteries" = plural. it would be better if both were parallel. That said, is this enough to counter the "like" vs. "as does"? I'm not entirely sold.

Any other explanations?
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chesstitans wrote:
LakerFan24 wrote:
Why is "C" not the right answer? toward the latter end of the sentence, it says "served as repositories ...". Are we not comparing medieval monasteries with modern libraries by their capacity to "serve as repositories"? That's why I believed we need an "as does"


then the problem is which "as does modern libraries" modify. It seems the phrase modify the medieval monastery, so it should be next the the subject, not repositories

hope it clear


I agree with your point -- "as does modern library" should modify the medieval monastery, BUT A/C "A" is structured the exact same way. Therefore, if "C" commits this error, then "A" does too.

The only other issue I can find with "C" is "modern library" = singular, whereas "medieval monasteries" = plural. it would be better if both were parallel. That said, is this enough to counter the "like" vs. "as does"? I'm not entirely sold.

Any other explanations?


In A, the noun modifier "like modern libraries" is misplaced. Since it refers to the noun "Early medieval monasteries", it should have been placed at the beginning of the sentence so that it touched the noun it refers to:

Like modern libraries, early medieval monasteries, while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts.

C is better because two verbs "served" and "does" are compared using "as". The singular plural mix is not really a problem - parallel clauses do not require that their subjects be both singular or both plural.

I believe in transparency as do all my friends... correct ( The parallel clauses have subjects "I" and "friends", one singular and the other plural).
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In A, the noun modifier "like modern libraries" is misplaced. Since it refers to the noun "Early medieval monasteries", it should have been placed at the beginning of the sentence so that it touched the noun it refers to:

Like modern libraries, early medieval monasteries, while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts.

C is better because two verbs "served" and "does" are compared using "as". The singular plural mix is not really a problem - parallel clauses do not require that their subjects be both singular or both plural.

I believe in transparency as do all my friends... correct ( The parallel clauses have subjects "I" and "friends", one singular and the other plural).[/quote]


sayantanc2k Are you aware that OA is "A"? Or are you saying this is a flawed question?
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