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Equally at ease scrambling up the craggiest and treacherous mountain

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Equally at ease scrambling up the craggiest and treacherous mountain landscapes as perching on a ready-made barnyard knoll; the goat isconsiderably more adaptable than its cousin, the sheep.

(A) Equally at ease scrambling up the craggiest and treacherous mountain landscapes as perching on ready-made barnyard knolls; the goat is

(B) The goat, as comfortable scrambling up the craggiest, most treacherous mountain landscapes as to perch on ready-made barnyard knolls, it is

(C) As comfortable when scrambling up the craggiest, treacherous mountain landscapes as when perching on ready-made barnyard knolls, goats are

(D) Equally at ease scrambling up the craggiest and most treacherous mountain landscapes as they are perching on ready-made barnyard knolls, goats are

(E) As comfortable scrambling up the craggiest, most treacherous mountain landscapes as perching on ready-made barnyard knolls, the goat is

Originally posted by russ9 on 10 Sep 2013, 19:25.
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First, see the non-underline part: "...than itscousin..." ==> The subject MUST be singular ==> C, D are out immediately.

Equally at ease scrambling up the craggiest and treacherous mountain landscapes as perching on a ready-made barnyard knoll; the goat is considerably more adaptable than its cousin, the sheep.

A - Equally at ease scrambling up the craggiest and treacherous mountain landscapes as perching on ready-made barnyard knolls; the goat is
Wrong. The part before the semi colon MUST be a complete sentence. In addition, it MUST be a main sentence, the sentence before the semicolon is dependent sentence.

B - The goat, as comfortable scrambling up the craggiest, most treacherous mountain landscapes as to perch on ready-made barnyard knolls, it is
Wrong. The phrase "as comfortable....knolls" is modifier. If you remove it, the sentence still makes sense. Let remove the modifier and see: The goat,modifier, it is.... ==> "it" is placed wrongly.

C - As comfortable when scrambling up the craggiest, treacherous mountain landscapes as when perching on ready-made barnyard knolls, goats are
Wrong. "are" is wrong.

D - Equally at ease scrambling up the craggiest and most treacherous mountain landscapes as they are perching on ready-made barnyard knolls, goats are
Wrong. "are" is wrong.

E - As comfortable scrambling up the craggiest, most treacherous mountain landscapes as perching on ready-made barnyard knolls, the goat is
Correct.
- Good comparison: as scrambling......as perching.......
- Good S-V agreement: The beginning part is modifier. The goat is singular --> correct.

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I had chosen D, missing out on the Singular/plural forms! But the above explanation was very insightful, thank you pghai!!! :)
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Can someone please help me answer this. This was a question from a mgmat exam. Thanks!

Equally at ease scrambling up the craggiest and treacherous mountain landscapes as perching on a ready-made barnyard knoll; the goat is considerably more adaptable than its cousin, the sheep.

A - Equally at ease scrambling up the craggiest and treacherous mountain landscapes as perching on ready-made barnyard knolls; the goat is

B - The goat, as comfortable scrambling up the craggiest, most treacherous mountain landscapes as to perch on ready-made barnyard knolls, it is

C - As comfortable when scrambling up the craggiest, treacherous mountain landscapes as when perching on ready-made barnyard knolls, goats are

D - Equally at ease scrambling up the craggiest and most treacherous mountain landscapes as they are perching on ready-made barnyard knolls, goats are

E - As comfortable scrambling up the craggiest, most treacherous mountain landscapes as perching on ready-made barnyard knolls, the goat is

Correct answer is
"E"


IMO E..

1. Cut out the fluff in between, i.e. - "most treacherous mountain landscapes";
2. See the usage of the idiom "as..as.."
3. Options ending with 'goats' can't be correct since the non-underlined part refers to the singular 'sheep'; also, here, notice the use of the determiner "the", which should be repeated at both points to construct correct parallelism.

And there you go - option E 8-)
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New post 17 Sep 2013, 13:41
I at first crossed off answers until I was reading E and then could not get passed the awkward wording in the middle of the sentence.

"E - As comfortable scrambling up the craggiest, most treacherous mountain landscapes as perching on ready-made barnyard knolls, the goat is"

Is this portion I've bolded really worded correctly? It completely threw me off and I opted to select D as my second best. Anyone else experience this?
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Equally at ease scrambling up the craggiest and treacherous mountain landscapes as perching on a ready-made barnyard knoll; the goat is considerably more adaptable than its cousin, the sheep.

The use of a semi-colon would imply that the "Equally at ease...barnyard knoll" is an independant clause. There is no subject, so A is incorrect and we should realise that it is a modifier for the noun "goat" or noun phrase "the goat"

Once we realise this and spot that the end of the sentence is singular "its cousin" not "their cousin"

Modifier, + the/a goat is considerably more adaptable than its cousin, the sheep

The only answer choice avaliable is E
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Thanks Valerun, its clear now. I had been focusing on what I perceived as awkward wording and had missed the very different endings to the underlined portion. Definitely making a note to look again for additional differences if I get tripped up on one segment.
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New post 25 Apr 2016, 00:27
Hi,

Could someone help to explain, I have two questions about this:

1, "Comfortable" is used to modify the verbs "scramble up" and "perch", right? So why it should not be in adverb form instead? I mean, what is wrong with "As comfortably scrambling up the craggiest, most treacherous mountain landscapes as perching on..."? I think I am misunderstanding something here :(

2, If we want to use "Equally at ease" to make this comparison, so how the sentence should be?

Thanks for your help :)
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Hi,

Could someone help to explain, I have two questions about this:

1, "Comfortable" is used to modify the verbs "scramble up" and "perch", right? So why it should not be in adverb form instead? I mean, what is wrong with "As comfortably scrambling up the craggiest, most treacherous mountain landscapes as perching on..."? I think I am misunderstanding something here :(

2, If we want to use "Equally at ease" to make this comparison, so how the sentence should be?

Thanks for your help :)


1. First, "scrambling up" and "perching" are not verbs, but gerunds. Moroever, the adjective "comfortable" does not modify these gerunds but the "the goat". Consider the following simple example:

I am comfortable travelling by train.

The adjective "comfortable" modifies "I", not "travelling by trains".

2. Equally at ease (with) scrambling up the craggiest, most treacherous mountain landscapes AND (with) perching on ready-made barnyard knolls, the goat is....

The simple structure to understand would be:
I am equally at ease with X AND Y.
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E - As comfortable scrambling up the craggiest, most treacherous mountain landscapes as perching on ready-made barnyard knolls, the goat is
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Shouldn't there be a "and" between craggiest and most treacherous?
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pqhai wrote:

E - As comfortable scrambling up the craggiest, most treacherous mountain landscapes as perching on ready-made barnyard knolls, the goat is
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Shouldn't there be a "and" between craggiest and most treacherous?


It is stylistically alright not to use "and" between two adjectives - "the tall, dark man", " the sweet, little child" are both alright.
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