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Here is on of the practice questions in MGMAT SC Guide.

If the sentence is fine, write correct. If not, correct the errors in the sentence. For an ambigguous sentence, express each possible meaning of the sentence with a correct sentence of your own:

Hugo is widely acknowledged to be our best employee, because he works harder and more creatively than anyone else in the company.

The SC Guide states that this sentnce is structured correctly. I disagree. What is your thoughts, and why?

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15 Mar 2010, 14:52
Which part do you object to? Would this be more acceptable?

Because he works harder and more creatively than anyone else in the company, Hugo is widely acknowledged to be our best employee.
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15 Mar 2010, 18:05
esledge wrote:
Which part do you object to? Would this be more acceptable?

Because he works harder and more creatively than anyone else in the company, Hugo is widely acknowledged to be our best employee.

No, my concern is with parallelism of the
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works harder
and
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more creatively
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esledge wrote:
Which part do you object to? Would this be more acceptable?

Because he works harder and more creatively than anyone else in the company, Hugo is widely acknowledged to be our best employee.

No, my concern is with parallelism of the
Quote:
works harder
and
Quote:
more creatively
...

I think there is parallelism here -- there is no word like creativer or something goofy. It has top be more creative!

hard .. harder... hardest
creative .. more creative .. most creative
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15 Mar 2010, 20:06
Yo Alex man, remember these important rules from the same SC book man!!!!

1) "And" is only a conjunction, joins either nouns or actions being performed by those nouns.
2) Renders plurality, most other conjunctions don't do that.
3) Parallelism is of two types, compare and contrast, and list of things.
4) In lists of things, what follows #2 should be like #2. #1 is still independent.
Ex: I like to walk than running or swim - incorrect. I like to walk than running or swimming - correct (bad example yet, I hope my point is driven!!!)

In the sentence you presented about Hugo, only two things are discussed, parallelism cannot exist there.
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16 Mar 2010, 12:31
BarneyStinson wrote:
4) In lists of things, what follows #2 should be like #2. #1 is still independent.
Ex: I like to walk than running or swim - incorrect. I like to walk than running or swimming - correct (bad example yet, I hope my point is driven!!!)

In the sentence you presented about Hugo, only two things are discussed, parallelism cannot exist there.

Watch out, I think your #4 may be a misinterpretation of a rule. You definitely can have parallelism between only two things. As evidence, here's a sentence with only two things that breaks parallelism:

I enjoy ice cream and to run.
Noun does not equal infinitive. This creates a problem because the sentence is set up to be logically completed by a noun: I enjoy _____. You have to be able to put both of the "endings" after the first part of the sentence.

I think you may be recalling situations like this:
I like to eat ice cream and run.
+ We don't have to repeat the "to" for the 2nd infinitive, as it "distributes" (to use a math term) to both bolded words.
+ It's not a problem that "to eat" is followed by an object, but "(to) run" isn't. Maybe I only like to eat ice cream, not other foods. But I like to run in general, not just to certain places or in certain ways. If so, there's a legitimate reason for the words that follow the verbs to differ. The only requirement is that the first part of the parallel structure matches.

swethar wrote:
I think there is parallelism here -- there is no word like creativer or something goofy. It has top be more creative!

hard .. harder... hardest
creative .. more creative .. most creative

Nice! It's parallelism between two comparatives.

Some comparatives can be phrased either way (e.g. funnier = more funny). So for the record, I think either of these would pass the parallelism test:
(1) He is taller and funnier than his brother.
(2) He is taller and more funny than his brother.

(1) would probably be slightly prefered as it is a stricter "match" (both -er comparatives), and has fewer words.
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