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# Few stories have captured the popular imagination than that of one-tim

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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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MAGOOSH Official Explanation

The idiomatic phrase, “Few X has/have verb-ed AS that/those of”

(A) is not idiomatic

(B) makes an illogical comparison between stories and Louis Zamperini

(C) is not idiomatic

(D) correctly uses the idiomatic phrase and logically compares stories to THAT (the story) of Louis Zamperini. The “has” is optional: few stories HAVE captured…as HAS that of”.

(E) makes an illogical comparison between Louis Zamperini and stories.
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10 Jul 2015, 07:43
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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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13 Jul 2015, 17:02
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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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02 Sep 2015, 04:09
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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".
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02 Sep 2015, 05:01
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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20 Dec 2015, 10:44
Hi mikemcgarry

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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21 Dec 2015, 04:48
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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21 Dec 2015, 04:59
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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24 Dec 2015, 01:25
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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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24 Dec 2015, 22:18
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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14 Oct 2017, 13:08
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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08 Mar 2019, 05:12
B compares ‘stories’ to ‘Louis Zamperini’, making it incorrect. A and C aren’t idiomatic. E repeats B’s error.

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