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# For parts of his life, Burroughs, a writer in self-imposed exile, and

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For parts of his life, Burroughs, a writer in self-imposed exile, and in a similar way, Joyce lived a generation earlier, leaving Ireland and choosing to write about his homeland from a distance.

(A) Burroughs, a writer in self-imposed exile, and in a similar way, Joyce lived a generation earlier, leaving Ireland and choosing

(B) Burroughs was a writer in self-imposed exile, close to the way that Joyce lived a generation earlier, leaving Ireland and choosing

(C) Burroughs was a writer in self-imposed exile, somewhat as Joyce, who lived a generation earlier, left Ireland and chose

(D) Burroughs was a writer in self-imposed exile; a generation earlier, Joyce was a similar writer in self-imposed exile, leaving Ireland to choose

(E) a writer in self-imposed exile, Burroughs was similar to Joyce a generation earlier, leaving Ireland and choosing

Comparisons can get very tricky on the GMAT. For a discussion of this difficult comparisons, and for the OE for this particular question, see:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2016/challengin ... -the-gmat/

Mike

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13 Mar 2016, 01:53
mikemcgarry wrote:
For parts of his life, Burroughs, a writer in self-imposed exile, and in a similar way, Joyce lived a generation earlier, leaving Ireland and choosing to write about his homeland from a distance.

(A) Burroughs, a writer in self-imposed exile, and in a similar way, Joyce lived a generation earlier, leaving Ireland and choosing

(B) Burroughs was a writer in self-imposed exile, close to the way that Joyce lived a generation earlier, leaving Ireland and choosing

(C) Burroughs was a writer in self-imposed exile, somewhat as Joyce, who lived a generation earlier, left Ireland and chose

(D) Burroughs was a writer in self-imposed exile; a generation earlier, Joyce was a similar writer in self-imposed exile, leaving Ireland to choose

(E) a writer in self-imposed exile, Burroughs was similar to Joyce a generation earlier, leaving Ireland and choosing

Comparisons can get very tricky on the GMAT. For a discussion of this difficult comparisons, and for the OE for this particular question, see:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2016/challengin ... -the-gmat/

Mike

Hi Mike,

I eliminated C as it has 'as' that can't be used to compare 2 nouns. Could you please explain each option?

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KS15 wrote:
mikemcgarry wrote:
For parts of his life, Burroughs, a writer in self-imposed exile, and in a similar way, Joyce lived a generation earlier, leaving Ireland and choosing to write about his homeland from a distance.

(A) Burroughs, a writer in self-imposed exile, and in a similar way, Joyce lived a generation earlier, leaving Ireland and choosing

(B) Burroughs was a writer in self-imposed exile, close to the way that Joyce lived a generation earlier, leaving Ireland and choosing

(C) Burroughs was a writer in self-imposed exile, somewhat as Joyce, who lived a generation earlier, left Ireland and chose

(D) Burroughs was a writer in self-imposed exile; a generation earlier, Joyce was a similar writer in self-imposed exile, leaving Ireland to choose

(E) a writer in self-imposed exile, Burroughs was similar to Joyce a generation earlier, leaving Ireland and choosing

Comparisons can get very tricky on the GMAT. For a discussion of this difficult comparisons, and for the OE for this particular question, see:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2016/challengin ... -the-gmat/

Mike

Hi Mike,

I eliminated C as it has 'as' that can't be used to compare 2 nouns. Could you please explain each option?

Thanks.

In option C, as refers to the whole clause Joyce left Ireland and chose. Comparison is not between the nouns Burroughs and Joyce, but between the clauses Burroughs was a writer in self-imposed exile and Joyce left Ireland and chose... from a distance. Therefore as is the correct option here.
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13 Mar 2016, 16:27
KS15 wrote:
Hi Mike,

I eliminated C as it has 'as' that can't be used to compare 2 nouns. Could you please explain each option?

Thanks.

Dear KS15,

First of all, my friend, sayantanc2k already gave a good explanation which I will repeat. We use "like" to compare nouns and "as" to compare verbs or clauses. In this sentence, we could compare either, so "as" is acceptable. If you want an explanation of all five options, please refer to the OE, given in the link in my initial post in this page.

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22 Mar 2016, 20:11
deabas wrote:
Hello guys

Would you help me to solve the following questions:

For parts of his life, Burroughs, a writer in self-imposed exile, and in a similar way, Joyce lived a generation earlier, leaving Ireland and choosing to write about his homeland from a distance.

(A) Burroughs, a writer in self-imposed exile, and in a similar way, Joyce lived a generation earlier, leaving Ireland and choosing

(B) Burroughs was a writer in self-imposed exile, close to the way that Joyce lived a generation earlier, leaving Ireland and choosing

(C) Burroughs was a writer in self-imposed exile, somewhat as Joyce, who lived a generation earlier, left Ireland and chose

(D) Burroughs was a writer in self-imposed exile; a generation earlier, Joyce was a similar writer in self-imposed exile, leaving Ireland to choose

(E) a writer in self-imposed exile, Burroughs was similar to Joyce a generation earlier, leaving Ireland and choosing

---------------| Kudos guys

Hi,
the things being compared here are, life of burrughs and joyce, so AS is correct here..
left and chose should be used to talk of actions of Joyce...
Joyce lived a generation earlier to Burroughs, so this aspect too should come out clearly..
ONLY C is left

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15 Jan 2019, 03:40
mikemcgarry wrote:
For parts of his life, Burroughs, a writer in self-imposed exile, and in a similar way, Joyce lived a generation earlier, leaving Ireland and choosing to write about his homeland from a distance.

(A) Burroughs, a writer in self-imposed exile, and in a similar way, Joyce lived a generation earlier, leaving Ireland and choosing

(B) Burroughs was a writer in self-imposed exile, close to the way that Joyce lived a generation earlier, leaving Ireland and choosing

(C) Burroughs was a writer in self-imposed exile, somewhat as Joyce, who lived a generation earlier, left Ireland and chose

(D) Burroughs was a writer in self-imposed exile; a generation earlier, Joyce was a similar writer in self-imposed exile, leaving Ireland to choose

(E) a writer in self-imposed exile, Burroughs was similar to Joyce a generation earlier, leaving Ireland and choosing

Comparisons can get very tricky on the GMAT. For a discussion of this difficult comparisons, and for the OE for this particular question, see:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2016/challengin ... -the-gmat/

Mike

A lacks parallelism. D is wrong, two independent clauses connected by a semicolon. B is kind of awkward, ‘close to the way that’ is needlessly wordy. E is also clearly poorly constructed and awkward. C is the best choice.
Re: For parts of his life, Burroughs, a writer in self-imposed exile, and   [#permalink] 15 Jan 2019, 03:40
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