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# Early medieval monasteries, while clearly less accessible to

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01 Sep 2007, 23:51
In my opinon B is the best of the options. Eventhough "They" is ambigous.

a) while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts like modern libraries - like modern libraries is far away from the comparison.

b) like modern libraries, often served as text repositories, though they were clearly less accessible to outsiders [color=red]- better option[/color]

c) while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts as does the modern libary - comparison is between monasteries and modern library - mismatching comparison.

d) like modern libraries, while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts - improper use of modifiers.

e) while clearly less accessible to outsiders, acted like modern libraries act by serving as repositories for texts - change in the meaning.
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02 Sep 2007, 05:43
i think its A

a) while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts like modern libraries - CORRECT

b) like modern libraries, often served as text repositories, though they were clearly less accessible to outsiders- AMBIGUOUS

c) while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts as does the modern libary - - WRONG COMPARISON

d) like modern libraries, while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts- WRONG MODIFIER

e) while clearly less accessible to outsiders, acted like modern libraries act by serving as repositories for texts- CHANGES D MEANING
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03 Sep 2007, 13:03
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In my opinon B is the best of the options. Eventhough "They" is ambigous.

a) while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts like modern libraries - like modern libraries is far away from the comparison.

b) like modern libraries, often served as text repositories, though they were clearly less accessible to outsiders [color=red]- better option[/color]

c) while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts as does the modern libary - comparison is between monasteries and modern library - mismatching comparison.

d) like modern libraries, while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts - improper use of modifiers.

e) while clearly less accessible to outsiders, acted like modern libraries act by serving as repositories for texts - change in the meaning.

also vote for B; "texts like modern libraries" can't be correct. OA??
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13 Jul 2009, 11:50
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Early medieval monasteries, while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts, like modem libraries.

(A)while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts, like modern libraries

(B)like modern libraries, often served as text repositories, though they were clearly less accessible to outsiders

(C)while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts as does the modern library

(D)like modern libraries, while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts

(E)while clearly less accessible to outsiders, acted like modern libraries act by serving as repositories for texts

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13 Jul 2009, 12:19
B for me.

Since it's a comparison between the monasteries & modern libraries, need a like. So A & C & E are out for me.

Between B & D, D changes the meaning to a certain extent by implying that the monasteries are like modern libraries are also less accessible to outsiders.

So B IMHO.
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13 Jul 2009, 14:18
hasham222 wrote:
Early medieval monasteries, while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts, like modem libraries.

(A)while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts, like modern libraries

(B)like modern libraries, often served as text repositories, though they were clearly less accessible to outsiders

(C)while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts as does the modern library

(D)like modern libraries, while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts

(E)while clearly less accessible to outsiders, acted like modern libraries act by serving as repositories for texts

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I go with C ... in B, 'they' is ambiguous, isn't it?
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13 Jul 2009, 15:06
I will go with D.

A) “like modern libraries” is modifying repositories for texts which is incorrect.
B) The “they” in the last clause is ambiguous. It could be referring to libraries or repositories
C) “as does the modern library” modifies the incorrect term like ans A.
D) Correct
E) Although it has the parallel construction with the “act” verb, it sounds awkward.
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13 Jul 2009, 15:51
Early medieval monasteries, while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts, like modem libraries.

(A)while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts, like modern libraries (misplaced modifier)

(B)like modern libraries, often served as text repositories, though they were clearly less accessible to outsiders (pronoun – they ambiguous reference)

(C)while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts as does the modern library (repositories for texts as does the modern library doesn’t make sense but best answer in the given choices)

(D)like modern libraries, while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts (no need of why)

(E)while clearly less accessible to outsiders, acted like modern libraries act by serving as repositories for texts (wordy, acted and act redundant)

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13 Jul 2009, 17:32
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hasham222 wrote:
Early medieval monasteries, while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts, like modem libraries.

(A)while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts, like modern libraries

(B)like modern libraries, often served as text repositories, though they were clearly less accessible to outsiders

(C)while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts as does the modern library

(D)like modern libraries, while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts

(E)while clearly less accessible to outsiders, acted like modern libraries act by serving as repositories for texts

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I go with C ... in B, 'they' is ambiguous, isn't it?

I think C doesnt compare the accesiblilty of the monastaries and modern libraries correctly
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13 Jul 2009, 17:36
I would go for C

The question is testing Like vs as.
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13 Jul 2009, 21:59
The question tests both, the use of modifiers and the use of 'like' vs 'as'

Guys, think.

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14 Jul 2009, 06:06
Looks like A to me.What is the OA?
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14 Jul 2009, 06:22
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ugimba wrote:
hasham222 wrote:
Early medieval monasteries, while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts, like modem libraries.

(A)while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts, like modern libraries

(B)like modern libraries, often served as text repositories, though they were clearly less accessible to outsiders

(C)while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts as does the modern library

(D)like modern libraries, while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts

(E)while clearly less accessible to outsiders, acted like modern libraries act by serving as repositories for texts

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I go with C ... in B, 'they' is ambiguous, isn't it?

I think C doesnt compare the accesiblilty of the monastaries and modern libraries correctly

agree .. should have looked carefully a bit more .. Hope to see OE for this question.
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14 Jul 2009, 21:34
The OA is A.

Here's what that OE says

"You have to make a comparison between early medieval monasteries and modern libraries, while also taking into account a modifier for those early medieval monasteries. The modifier, "while clearly less accessible to outsiders," must come directly next to early medieval monasteries, so (B) and (D) are out. Additionally, in (B), it's not clear what they refers to. Now, of the remaining options, (A), (C), and (E), which phrasing works best—like modern libraries or as does the modern library7 The second option is incorrect, as in choice (C); libraries needs to be plural in order to parallel monasteries. And finally, eliminate (E) because acted like modern libraries act is wordier and clumsier than like modern libraries. (A) is the correct answer."
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15 Jul 2009, 06:31
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The OA is A.

Here's what that OE says

"You have to make a comparison between early medieval monasteries and modern libraries, while also taking into account a modifier for those early medieval monasteries. The modifier, "while clearly less accessible to outsiders," must come directly next to early medieval monasteries, so (B) and (D) are out. Additionally, in (B), it's not clear what they refers to. Now, of the remaining options, (A), (C), and (E), which phrasing works best—like modern libraries or as does the modern library7 The second option is incorrect, as in choice (C); libraries needs to be plural in order to parallel monasteries. And finally, eliminate (E) because acted like modern libraries act is wordier and clumsier than like modern libraries. (A) is the correct answer."

good Q ..and good OE.

ya I missed seeing library (singular) in C.
yes, "while clearly less accessible to outsiders" should modify only monastaries not libraries ...
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15 Jul 2009, 13:16
Is this a past GMAT question or something from third party?
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24 Sep 2011, 15:20
Sharing. Would be happy to know how people cut between C and A. thanks.
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(A) while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts like modern libraries ---- Here the comparison is between two nouns namely repositories and libraries. Use of ‘like’ is good enough. The phrase ‘for text’ is just a prepositional addendum, the so-called middleman, probably to lure test takers into a momentary trap. Correct choice.

(B) Like modern libraries, often served as text repositories, though they were clearly less accessible to outsiders -- whom does they refer to? Repositories or monasteries? Ambiguous reference, reject it

(C) while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts as does the modern library ---- If you are comparing a clause using as and a verb, then the comparison illegally shifts to monasteries form repositories, which is logically wrong. Because, in terms of function, only repositories are comparable to libraries. In addition, the shift from the plural repositories to the singular modern library is unwarranted and awkward.

(D) like modern libraries, while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts ---- what is clearly less accessible seems to refer to modern libraries.

(E) while clearly less accessible to outsiders, acted like modern libraries act by serving as repositories for texts --- acted like modern libraries act- like followed by a clause is wrong
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25 Sep 2011, 00:43
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Early medieval monasteries, while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts like modern libraries.

(A) while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts like modern libraries

(B) like modern libraries, often served as text repositories, though they were clearly less accessible to outsiders

(C) while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts as does the modern libary

(D) like modern libraries, while clearly less accessible to outsiders, often served as repositories for texts

(E) while clearly less accessible to outsiders, acted like modern libraries act by serving as repositories for texts

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This sentence is challenging because of all the things it's trying to do: You have to make a comparison between early medieval monasteries and modern libraries, while also taking into account a modifier for those early medieval monasteries. The modifier, "while clearly less accessible to outsiders," must come directly next to early medieval monasteries, so (B) and (D) are out. Additionally, in (B), it's not clear what they refers to. Now, of the remaining options, (A), (C), and (E), which phrasing works best—like modern libraries or as does the modern library7 The second option is incorrect, as in choice (C); libraries needs to be plural in order to parallel monasteries. And finally, eliminate (E) because acted like modern libraries act is wordier and clumsier than like modern libraries. (A) is the correct answer.

There is nothing wrong in A.
B - "often served as text repositories" modifies libraries
C - "modern library" changed to singular. "often served as repositories for texts as does the modern libary" modifies ousiders
D - "while clearly less accessible to outsiders" modifies libraries.
E - "acted like modern libraries act" redundant phrasing.
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