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In 1913, the largely self-taught Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan mailed 120 of his theorems to three different British mathematicians; only one, G. H. Hardy, recognized the brilliance of these theorems, but thanks to Hardy's recognition, Ramanujan was eventually elected to the Royal Society of London.

(A) only one, G. H. Hardy, recognized the brilliance of these theorems, but
(B) they were brilliant, G. H. Hardy alone recognized, but
(C) these theorems were brilliant, but only one, G. H. Hardy recognized;
(D) but, only one G. H. Hardy, recognizing their brilliance,
(E) only one G. H. Hardy recognized, but these theorems were brilliant

Srinivasa Ramanujan

(A) CORRECT

(B) Pronoun (they)

(C) Sentence Structure / Meaning

(D) Sentence Structure

(E) Sentence Structure / Meaning

First glance

The underline begins just after a semi-colon, so one possible path is to check that the second portion is a complete sentence.

Issues

1) Pronoun: they

Answer (B) begins with the pronoun they.

It’s not clear who was brilliant: the British mathematicians or Ramanujan’s theorems? Either one is logically possible. Eliminate choice (B) for pronoun ambiguity.

2) Sentence Structure / Meaning

The remaining choices don’t use the pronoun, so check the structure to make sure you have complete sentences after the semi-colon.

Answer (C) uses a second semi-colon. While it is possible on rare occasions to use more than one semi-colon in a single sentence (e.g., to delineate a list of clauses), it is not appropriate in this case. Further, the structure of the middle “sentence” is faulty, leading to an unclear meaning. Did G.H. Hardy recognize only one theorem? Or was G.H. Hardy the only mathematician to recognize that the theorems were brilliant?

Answer (D) is a sentence fragment. Either only one or G.H. Hardy is a subject, but no main verb exists to go with the subject.

Answer (E) also has a faulty sentence structure leading to ambiguous meaning. First, G.H. Hardy did not merely “recognize” a theorem; rather, he recognized that the theorems were brilliant. In addition, this choice says that the theorems were brilliant thanks to Hardy’s recognition. The theorems are objectively brilliant (or not) on their own; they are not brilliant because Hardy recognized them as such.

Eliminate choices (C), (D), and (E) for faulty sentence structure and unclear or illogical meaning.

Correct answer (A) clearly conveys that only one of the three mathematicians recognized the brilliance of Ramanujan’s theorems.

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could not understand how to approach this question and how to eliminate.In option A how " but" can be connected with the rest of the sentence- if it is a independent clause where is the subject

The subject of the clause after "but" is "Ramanujan" and the verb of this clause is "was" (the second clause is "Ramanujan was eventually elected to the Royal Society of London").

The phrase "thanks to Hardy's recognition" is a adverbial modifier referring to the clause "Ramanujan was eventually elected to the Royal Society of London" (precisely the verb "was").
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In 1913, the largely self-taught Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan mailed 120 of his theorems to three different British mathematicians; only one, G. H. Hardy, recognized the brilliance of these theorems, but thanks to Hardy's recognition, Ramanujan was eventually elected to the Royal Society of London.

(A) only one, G. H. Hardy, recognized the brilliance of these theorems, but
(B) they were brilliant, G. H. Hardy alone recognized, but
(C) these theorems were brilliant, but only one, G. H. Hardy recognized;
(D) but, only one G. H. Hardy, recognizing their brilliance,
(E) only one G. H. Hardy recognized, but these theorems were brilliant

(A) Correctonly one, G. H. Hardy, recognized the brilliance of these theorems, but
only one is correctly modifying G.H Hardy. What are recognized is correctly expressed
(B) Incorrect they were brilliant, G. H. Hardy alone recognized, but
'They' is ambigious G.H hardy recognized what?
(C) Incorrect these theorems were brilliant, but only one, G. H. Hardy recognized;
G.H Hardy recognized what? only one not correctly modifying G.H Hardy.
(D) Incorrect but, only one G. H. Hardy, recognizing their brilliance,
No verb for the subjec G.H Hardy
(E) Incorrect only one G. H. Hardy recognized, but these theorems were brilliant
G.H Hardy himself was recognized?
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'They' in B is ambiguous
'but only one' in C refers to theorems instead of mathematicians
D is also out because of but and recognizing
E is also
Hence A should be the correct answer

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In B 'they' is ambiguous

In C due to the wrong structure, the interpretation becomes open ended

In D, the structure is incorrect (but, one GH Hardy) and continuous tense is used which doesn't align with the rest of the sentence

E is structurally wrong in terms just as in D, also the cause and effect structure of the sentence is wrong...

A is the best option

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Hi GMATNinja GMATNinjaTwo
in option C. Is below version correct:
In 1913, the largely self-taught Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan
mailed 120 of his theorems to three different British mathematicians; these theorems were brilliant,
but only one, G. H. Hardy recognized
them ;
thanks to Hardy's recognition, Ramanujan was
eventually elected to the Royal Society of London.

Can you please elaborate on contrast suggested in OA?

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Shouldn't the option A has AND instead of BUT? I dont see a contrast here.
It simply says that hardy recognized the brilliant work, and because of hardy's recognition Ramanujan became the fellow at royal society. NO?

Because of this BUT in option A, i eliminated A and marked C. And in my opinion C did some justice to the answer( except for this "only one, G. H. Hardy recognized" passive construction). Please help me out in eliminating C..

Without the outside knowledge ( of how many theorems did hardy recognized) i can say that the main sentence has 3 section-

-----In 1913, the largely self-taught Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan mailed 120 of his theorems to three different British mathematicians;

-----these theorems were brilliant, but only one, G. H. Hardy recognized; ( Correctly uses demonstrative pronoun, removes the ambiguity of they ( as in option B)- And if we FLIP! the sentence properly- THESE THEOREMS WERE BRILLIANT, BUT G.H.HARDY RECOGNIZED ONLY ONE;

-----thanks to Hardy's recognition, Ramanujan was eventually elected to the Royal Society of London.

Is it only because of passive?? As I am trying to convince myself that option C is wrong I found WERE in C (because these theorems ARE still brilliant). IS IT THE REASON??
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Hi! "only one, G. H. Hardy recognized" is not passive voice.

The intent is to depict that despite the fact that Ramanujan sent his theorems to three mathematicians, only one of these mathematicians recognized their brilliance.

However (this is where the contrast comes in), just one recognition was sufficient, since this recognition was sufficient for Ramanujan to be elected to the Royal Society of London.
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In 1913, the largely self-taught Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan mailed 120 of his theorems to three different British mathematicians; only one, G. H. Hardy, recognized the brilliance of these theorems, but thanks to Hardy's recognition, Ramanujan was eventually elected to the Royal Society of London.

(A) only one, G. H. Hardy, recognized the brilliance of these theorems, but
(B) they were brilliant, G. H. Hardy alone recognized, but
(C) these theorems were brilliant, but only one, G. H. Hardy recognized;
--> G. H. Hardy recognized WHAT???
(D) but, only one G. H. Hardy, recognizing their brilliance,
--> awkward.
(E) only one G. H. Hardy recognized, but these theorems were brilliant
--> G. H. Hardy recognized WHAT???
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could not understand how to approach this question and how to eliminate.In option A how " but" can be connected with the rest of the sentence- if it is a independent clause where is the subject
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In 1913, the largely self-taught Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan mailed 120 of his theorems to three different British mathematicians; only one, G. H. Hardy, recognized the brilliance of these theorems, but thanks to Hardy's recognition, Ramanujan was eventually elected to the Royal Society of London.

One has to get the full import of this tricky topic while solving.

There are three independent clauses involved in this list.

1) Srinivasa Ramanujan mailed 120 of his theorems to three different British mathematicians.
2) only one, (among the three, namely) G. H. Hardy, recognized the brilliance of these theorems;
3) but, Ramanujan was eventually elected to the Royal Society of London.

It must be noted that the last of the three items has to be duly separated by a comma and fanboys 'but'.

(A) only one, G. H. Hardy, recognized the brilliance of these theorems, but ----- the correct choice

(B) they were brilliant, G. H. Hardy alone recognized, but --- The flipped version of this is -- G. H. Hardy alone recognized they were brilliant, but --- However, The problem is that 'they' can ambiguously mean either the mathematicians or the theorems.

(C) these theorems were brilliant, but only one, G. H. Hardy recognized; -- Yet again the flipped clause is ---- but only one, G. H. Hardy recognized these theorems were brilliant; ---Note that the fanboys ' but' is missing.

(D) but, only one G. H. Hardy, recognizing their brilliance, --
1. may wrongly imply that there were several Hardys, but only one among them recognized---
2. The middle arm is no clause and thus breaks the list parallelism.
3. The 'but' should actually appear before the last item, but is missing.

(E) only one G. H. Hardy recognized, but these theorems were brilliant --
1. same problem as in E.
2.implies that the theorems were brilliant thanks to Hardy's recognition.

A, on the contrary, keeps parallelism and meaning intact and logical.
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Hello Everyone!

Let's take a look at this question, one problem at a time, and narrow it down to the correct answer! To get started, here is the original question:

In 1913, the largely self-taught Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan mailed 120 of his theorems to three different British mathematicians; only one, G. H. Hardy, recognized the brilliance of these theorems, but thanks to Hardy's recognition, Ramanujan was eventually elected to the Royal Society of London.

(A) only one, G. H. Hardy, recognized the brilliance of these theorems, but
(B) they were brilliant, G. H. Hardy alone recognized, but
(C) these theorems were brilliant, but only one, G. H. Hardy recognized;
(D) but, only one G. H. Hardy, recognizing their brilliance,
(E) only one G. H. Hardy recognized, but these theorems were brilliant

After a quick glance over the options, it's clear that each one is written very differently from the next, so this could be a trick one to answer. The major difference I noticed right away was the word "brilliant/brilliance." What is brilliant in this sentence? The theorems that Ramanujan wrote. So let's check to make sure each sentence is using the adjective "brilliant/brilliance" to refer to the theorems:

(A) only one, G. H. Hardy, recognized the brilliance of these theorems, but --> OK

(B) they were brilliant, G. H. Hardy alone recognized, but --> WRONG
(By putting "they" directly after the word "mathematicians," it changes the meaning! This is saying that Hardy thinks the mathematicians are brilliant, not the theorems! So this is wrong.)

(C) these theorems were brilliant, but only one, G. H. Hardy recognized; --> OK

(D) but, only one G. H. Hardy, recognizing their brilliance, --> WRONG
(It's not clear if the pronoun "their" is referring to the theorems or mathematicians. In fact, this option doesn't even mention the theorems, which is a problem!)

(E) only one G. H. Hardy recognized, but these theorems were brilliant --> OK

We can eliminate options B and D because they use misplaced or vague pronouns. Now that we've narrowed it down to 3 options, let's look at each one more closely to identify other problems:

(A) only one, G. H. Hardy, recognized the brilliance of these theorems, but

This option is CORRECT! It's clear that G.H. Hardy is the only one of the 3 mathematicians that thought Ramanujan's work was brilliant, and it's also clear that the word "brilliance" is referring to the theorems.

(C) these theorems were brilliant, but only one, G. H. Hardy recognized;

This option is INCORRECT for a couple reasons. First, it changes the original meaning when it "but only one, G.H. Hardy recognized." This option is saying that Hardy only thought one of the theorems was brilliant, instead of the intended meaning of saying that only one of the mathematicians thought all of Ramanujan's work was good. Second, the semicolon on the end isn't necessary. We already have a semicolon before the word "these," so the second one is just unneeded.

(E) only one G. H. Hardy recognized, but these theorems were brilliant

This option is INCORRECT because the phrase "only one G.H. Hardy recognized" is vague. It's not clear if Hardy only recognized one of the mathematicians (which doesn't make logical sense), or if he only recognized one of the theorems, which also doesn't make sense. He is the only mathematician that recognized ALL of Ramanujan's work as brilliant.

There you have it - option A is the correct answer!

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Hello Everyone!

Let's take a look at this question, one problem at a time, and narrow it down to the correct answer! To get started, here is the original question:

In 1913, the largely self-taught Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan mailed 120 of his theorems to three different British mathematicians; only one, G. H. Hardy, recognized the brilliance of these theorems, but thanks to Hardy's recognition, Ramanujan was eventually elected to the Royal Society of London.

(A) only one, G. H. Hardy, recognized the brilliance of these theorems, but
(B) they were brilliant, G. H. Hardy alone recognized, but
(C) these theorems were brilliant, but only one, G. H. Hardy recognized;
(D) but, only one G. H. Hardy, recognizing their brilliance,
(E) only one G. H. Hardy recognized, but these theorems were brilliant

After a quick glance over the options, it's clear that each one is written very differently from the next, so this could be a trick one to answer. The major difference I noticed right away was the word "brilliant/brilliance." What is brilliant in this sentence? The theorems that Ramanujan wrote. So let's check to make sure each sentence is using the adjective "brilliant/brilliance" to refer to the theorems:

(A) only one, G. H. Hardy, recognized the brilliance of these theorems, but --> OK

(B) they were brilliant, G. H. Hardy alone recognized, but --> WRONG
(By putting "they" directly after the word "mathematicians," it changes the meaning! This is saying that Hardy thinks the mathematicians are brilliant, not the theorems! So this is wrong.)

(C) these theorems were brilliant, but only one, G. H. Hardy recognized; --> OK

(D) but, only one G. H. Hardy, recognizing their brilliance, --> WRONG
(It's not clear if the pronoun "their" is referring to the theorems or mathematicians. In fact, this option doesn't even mention the theorems, which is a problem!)

(E) only one G. H. Hardy recognized, but these theorems were brilliant --> OK

We can eliminate options B and D because they use misplaced or vague pronouns. Now that we've narrowed it down to 3 options, let's look at each one more closely to identify other problems:

(A) only one, G. H. Hardy, recognized the brilliance of these theorems, but

This option is CORRECT! It's clear that G.H. Hardy is the only one of the 3 mathematicians that thought Ramanujan's work was brilliant, and it's also clear that the word "brilliance" is referring to the theorems.

(C) these theorems were brilliant, but only one, G. H. Hardy recognized;

This option is INCORRECT for a couple reasons. First, it changes the original meaning when it "but only one, G.H. Hardy recognized." This option is saying that Hardy only thought one of the theorems was brilliant, instead of the intended meaning of saying that only one of the mathematicians thought all of Ramanujan's work was good. Second, the semicolon on the end isn't necessary. We already have a semicolon before the word "these," so the second one is just unneeded.

(E) only one G. H. Hardy recognized, but these theorems were brilliant

This option is INCORRECT because the phrase "only one G.H. Hardy recognized" is vague. It's not clear if Hardy only recognized one of the mathematicians (which doesn't make logical sense), or if he only recognized one of the theorems, which also doesn't make sense. He is the only mathematician that recognized ALL of Ramanujan's work as brilliant.

There you have it - option A is the correct answer!

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Regarding your explanation to Option C.
Second, the semicolon on the end isn't necessary. We already have a semicolon before the word "these," so the second one is just unneeded.

I understand that the option is wrong because of "but only one" wrongly referring to the theorems.
But regarding the semicolon part -
Let us forget that the other error regarding "but only one" exists. Then I think both the semicolons are absolutely needed since we can have three independent clauses.
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In 1913, the largely self-taught Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan mailed 120 of his theorems to three different British mathematicians; only one, G. H. Hardy, recognized the brilliance of these theorems, but thanks to Hardy's recognition, Ramanujan was eventually elected to the Royal Society of London.

(A) only one, G. H. Hardy, recognized the brilliance of these theorems, but (Correct)
(B) they were brilliant, G. H. Hardy alone recognized, but ('They' what?, recognized what?)
(C) these theorems were brilliant, but only one, G. H. Hardy recognized; (ambiguous)
(D) but, only one G. H. Hardy, recognizing their brilliance, (its like there are many G.H. Hardys...doesn't make sense.)
(E) only one G. H. Hardy recognized, but these theorems were brilliant (same like D)
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In 1913, the largely self-taught Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan mailed 120 of his theorems to three different British mathematicians; only one, G. H. Hardy, recognized the brilliance of these theorems, but thanks to Hardy's recognition, Ramanujan was eventually elected to the Royal Society of London.

(A) only one, G. H. Hardy, recognized the brilliance of these theorems, but
(B) they were brilliant, G. H. Hardy alone recognized, but
(C) these theorems were brilliant, but only one, G. H. Hardy recognized;
(D) but, only one G. H. Hardy, recognizing their brilliance,
(E) only one G. H. Hardy recognized, but these theorems were brilliant

My analysis :

(A) only one, G. H. Hardy, recognized the brilliance of these theorems, but
- Correct.

(B) they were brilliant, G. H. Hardy alone recognized, but
- "They" is ambiguous.

(C) these theorems were brilliant, but only one, G. H. Hardy recognized;
- "But only one": seems to explain "these theorems".

(D) but, only one G. H. Hardy, recognizing their brilliance,
- "Only one G. H. Hardy": seems like we have many G. H. Hardy.
- Where is the verb?

(E) only one G. H. Hardy recognized, but these theorems were brilliant
- Same issue with E: we have many G. H. Hardy.
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Question No.: SC 684
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In 1913, the largely self-taught Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan mailed 120 of his theorems to three different British mathematicians; only one, G. H. Hardy, recognized the brilliance of these theorems, but thanks to Hardy's recognition, Ramanujan was eventually elected to the Royal Society of London.

(A) only one, G. H. Hardy, recognized the brilliance of these theorems, but
(B) they were brilliant, G. H. Hardy alone recognized, but
(C) these theorems were brilliant, but only one, G. H. Hardy recognized;
(D) but, only one G. H. Hardy, recognizing their brilliance,
(E) only one G. H. Hardy recognized, but these theorems were brilliant

Intent: Many theorems were sent across for review to different mathematicians, out of which only one responded, that recognition resulted in the election of Ramanujan to the Royal Society of London
(A) only one, G. H. Hardy, recognized the brilliance of these theorems, but
Matches the intent
only one, only refers to the next word "one" mathematician

(B) they were brilliant, G. H. Hardy alone recognized, but
They mathematicians or the theorems -> out

(C) these theorems were brilliant, but only one, G. H. Hardy recognized;
Breaks the flow of the sentence.
The intent is changed in this.

Rhetorical construction
(D) but, only one G. H. Hardy, recognizing their brilliance,
(E) only one G. H. Hardy recognized, but these theorems were brilliant
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Is BUT used as "and" in the correct answer? Is that possible?
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Is BUT used as "and" in the correct answer? Is that possible?

Hey patto

"but" is not used as "and" here.

You will be able to see this if you try to break the sentence and understand the meaning.

Just one out of three people recognized the brilliance of the theorems. The author wished all of them recognized the brilliance of the theorems. BUT just the one recognition was fine. Because Ramanujan was finally a part of the royal society because of that one recognition.

Simple example - Sam could only answer 1 out of 2 questions, but it was sufficient to clear the exam.
You see the meaning?

Hope this helps!

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14 Mar 2019, 18:49
blitzkriegxX wrote:
patto wrote:
Is BUT used as "and" in the correct answer? Is that possible?

Hey patto

"but" is not used as "and" here.

You will be able to see this if you try to break the sentence and understand the meaning.

Just one out of three people recognized the brilliance of the theorems. The author wished all of them recognized the brilliance of the theorems. BUT just the one recognition was fine. Because Ramanujan was finally a part of the royal society because of that one recognition.

Simple example - Sam could only answer 1 out of 2 questions, but it was sufficient to clear the exam.
You see the meaning?

Hope this helps!

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Yes!! very clear, as water! Thanks!!
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