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Few stories have captured the popular imagination than that of one-time Olympian and POW survivor, Louis Zamperini, who battled unimaginable odds.

A) than that of
B) better than
C) as is that of
D) as has that of
E) than

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Please explain how to select from A, C, D.
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The sentence means 'Few stories have captured the popular imagination <as has captured the story> of one-time Olympian and POW survivor, Louis Zamperini, who battled unimaginable odds.
Hence I looked for a construction similar to 'Few stories have ...as has ...'
Hence D.
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A) than that of (comparing verb "captured" with "story of" person)
B) better than (changes meaning)
C) as is that of (nonsense)
D) as has that of (comparing "captured imagination of" with "has captured imagination"; "that" refers to story) Correct.
E) than (comparing verb "captured" with a person)

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Few stories have captured the popular imagination than that of one-time Olympian and POW survivor, Louis Zamperini, who battled unimaginable odds.

A) than that of
B) better than
C) as is that of
D) as has that of
E) than

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Please explain how to select from A, C, D.


In order to use "than" you must have comparative word. If you read carefully it does not say "fewer" but "few", therefore A and E are wrong
"better than", besides meaning, is also grammatically wrong. It was suppose to say "better than has subject"
For the choice C and D, it is only the selection of verb tense, in the first part of the sentence present perfect is used, so in the second you should "has".
The answer is D
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I am confused between C and D.
Can somebody tell me why present perfect (have) and simple present tense (is) can not co-exist in a sentence?
Considering the events on time scale, both can logically happen.

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Hi mikemcgarry

could you please provide your comments for option A.

I am getting confusion in this comparison. What we are comparing stories with some other stories. Or are we comparing how stories has captured with some other story.


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I think that "that" is referring back to stories, however its plural.

So, shouldn't we use "Those", instead of "that"?

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here we are comparing STORY of "one-time Olympian and POW survivor, Louis Zamperini" with "other stories" so we need "THAT" and NOT "THOSE"

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How does the pronoun 'that' can refer to plural 'stories' ? Shouldn't that have a clear referent ?

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New post 24 Dec 2015, 21:18
logical interpretation is much superior to any RULE. ask yourself : is there any way u can compare "stories of people" TO just a "story of one person" ? -----> the OA of this question does that only and hence is correct

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I chose A,

but only fewer/less can have than and not "few"

But now realize D is correct answer.

D reads as: Few stories have captured the popular imagination as has that of one-time Olympian and POW survivor, Louis Zamperini, who battled unimaginable odds, captured. - captured is grammatically omitted for redunduncy

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