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In his search for an effective method of motivating his students to practice, the piano teacher found that the more he reminded his students of their possible embarrassment in the upcoming recital, their willingness to prepare themselves in advance increased.

A) their willingness to prepare themselves in advance increased
B) their willingness to be prepared in advance was increasing
C) their willingness for advanced preparation was greater
D) the greater their willingness to prepare themselves in advance was
D) the greater their willingness for advanced preparation increased
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The more ........ needs to be paired with a comparative adjective

the more the greater -in D and E fit well. A,B,C are out
E has advanced preparation that changes the meaning. so it is D
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18 Nov 2013, 14:19
here is the official explanation from kaplan which mirrors much of what's in dentobizz's explanation.

Answer D - As written, this sentence presents an unparallel comparison. When a comparison begins with "the more … ," it must be followed by a parallel comparative. Think of the phrase "the more, the merrier." Choices (A), (B) and (C) can be eliminated because they do not begin with comparatives.

Choices (D) and (E) both begin with the comparative, "the greater," but (E) introduces the redundancy "the greater their willingness…increased." Moreover, (E)'s "advanced preparation" does not convey the idea of preparing in advance that the sentence requires. Choice (D) corrects the unparallel comparison without introducing any new problems and is, therefore, the correct answer.

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01 May 2014, 05:18
PraPon wrote:
In his search for an effective method of motivating his students to practice, the piano teacher found that the more he reminded his students of their possible embarrassment in the upcoming recital, their willingness to prepare themselves in advance increased.

A) their willingness to prepare themselves in advance increased
B) their willingness to be prepared in advance was increasing
C) their willingness for advanced preparation was greater
D) the greater their willingness to prepare themselves in advance was
D) the greater their willingness for advanced preparation increased

Is the in option D) "was" is not required. Is it a typo?

I rejected the Option D) based on the "was".
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08 Jun 2014, 18:52
Why does the "was" come after the second clause? Is that alright?

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28 Apr 2016, 14:47
correct idiom is ' the more ... the greater '
options A,B and C are out
option E changes the meaning by use of ' advanced preparation ' thus making it a incorrect answer choice

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21 May 2016, 01:13
PrashantPonde wrote:
In his search for an effective method of motivating his students to practice, the piano teacher found that the more he reminded his students of their possible embarrassment in the upcoming recital, their willingness to prepare themselves in advance increased.

A) their willingness to prepare themselves in advance increased
B) their willingness to be prepared in advance was increasing
C) their willingness for advanced preparation was greater
D) the greater their willingness to prepare themselves in advance was
D) the greater their willingness for advanced preparation increased

willing ness to do
is idiomatic
willingness for doing has different meaning.
my willingness to learn english for good future is good.

increase more is correct, increase greater is not correct.

e is wrong
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28 Mar 2017, 14:31
PrashantPonde wrote:
In his search for an effective method of motivating his students to practice, the piano teacher found that the more he reminded his students of their possible embarrassment in the upcoming recital, their willingness to prepare themselves in advance increased.

the more - the greater - correct idiom
A/B/C - are out right away.

D) the greater their willingness to prepare themselves in advance was
looks good.

E) the greater their willingness for advanced preparation increased
changes the meaning - advanced preparation is different from prepare themselves in advance.

clearly D is more appropriate.

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