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He was less successful after he had signed with the washington bullets compared to the New York knicks small forward Bernard King nevertheless earned a steadfast grup of admirers who consider him one of the greatest scorers in basketball history

A. He was less successful after he had signed with the washington bullets compared to
B. Being less successful after he had signed with the washington bullets as compared to
C. Less successful after he signed with the washington bullets than he had been with
D. Although he was less successful after signing with the washington bulets compared to
E. He had been less successful after signing with the washington bullets than with

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If I change D to "Although he was less successful after signing with the Washington Bullets than with", would it be correct?
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30 Nov 2011, 14:44
"Although" along with nevertheless rings redundancy in my head.
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30 Nov 2011, 23:22
I agree that "although" seems redundant. Is there a comma missing? The sentence is not clear.

Also, D is wordy. "less succesful" is better than "he was less succesful". We have to avoid the verb "to be" when it is possible.
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01 Dec 2011, 02:23
I believe it is a question of the right use of an idiom
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01 Dec 2011, 03:22
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If I change D to "Although he was less successful after signing with the Washington Bullets than with", would it be correct?

I agree with two errors you guys discussed above:

Redundancy with "although" and "nevertheless"
Error with the verb "to be"

The different tense between two compared items is need here. One is simple past, another is perfect pass.
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14 Dec 2011, 00:25
Can any one explain what is wrong with E.
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22 Apr 2012, 20:27
I am stuck with the same question, can any one help me on this one ?
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He was less successful after he had signed with the Washington Bullets compared to the New York Knicks, small forward Bernard King nevertheless earned a steadfast group of admirers who consider him one of the greatest scorers in basketball history.

A) He was less successful after he had signed with the Washington Bullets compared to
B)Being less successful after he had signed with the Washington Bullets as compared to
C) Less successful after he signed with the Washington Bullets than he had been with
D) Although he was less successful after signing with the Washington Bullets compared to
E) He had been less successful after signing with the Washington Bullets than with

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How could the answer be D. D makes a wrong comparison and hence, in IMO, cannot be correct. The same issue is with A, B and D.
C and E are the choices that don't have this issue, but E has modifier issue.
C seems the perfect choice.
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The initial sentence features a significant Sentence Construction error, as the phrase before the comma is an independent clause, which cannot be followed by another subject without a transition. Because the phrase after the comma starts with an independent clause, "small forward Bernard King nevertheless earned," the underlined portion to begin the sentence must be a Modifier, and choices A and E are incorrect. Choice E is also incorrect in its Tense, as the past-perfect "had been less successful" must come before another event, and not "after signing with the Bullets". Answer choices A, B, and D commit an Idiomatic error in constructing the comparison, using the wordier "as compared to" instead of the idiomatic "less than". Furthermore, these examples each commit a parallel Comparison error; the comparison needs to be made "less successful with X than with Y", and not "less successful with X than Y". Accordingly, these choices are incorrect. Choice C, which uses proper Tense and idiomatic comparison structure, and sets up an effective Modifier, is the correct answer.
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23 Dec 2012, 05:35
But why did you mention the OA to be D?
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25 Dec 2012, 10:55
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But why did you mention the OA to be D?

Can you explain the comparison ?
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25 Dec 2012, 11:06
Hii Vignesh.
Welcome to GMATCLUB.
Here in the answer choices ABD, the comparison is being made between his success after he signed with Washington Bullets and New York Nicks-Illogical. The correct comparison should be made between his success when he was with WB, i.e. Success #1, and when he was with NYN, i.e. Success #2.
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HI
can somebody clarify what type of modifier is the below component:"Less successful after he signed with the Washington Bullets than he had been with"
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rchatter wrote:
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can somebody clarify what type of modifier is the below component:"Less successful after he signed with the Washington Bullets than he had been with"

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He was less successful after he had signed with the Washington Bullets compared to the New York Knicks, small forward Bernard King nevertheless earned a steadfast group of admirers who consider him one of the greatest scorers in basketball history.

A) He was less successful after he had signed with the Washington Bullets compared to------- comparison should be with his success with the success of WB. LESS-THAN comparison marker is not used correctly
B)Being less successful after he had signed with the Washington Bullets as compared to-----LESS-THAN
C) Less successful after he signed with the Washington Bullets than he had been with------CORRECT
D) Although he was less successful after signing with the Washington Bullets compared to--------LESS-THAN, present participle
E) He had been less successful after signing with the Washington Bullets than with-------Present participle
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what is the issue with 'less than' in option B ?
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shonakshi wrote:
what is the issue with 'less than' in option B ?

There is no "less.... than....", but "less.... as...." in option B, one reason that option B is wrong.

"...less successful after he had signed with the Washington Bullets as compared to..."
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05 Jul 2016, 23:26
A.,B, D

eliminated because Less should be followed by than.

E incorrect has a runon sentence

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