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# In his work, George Santayana is more reminiscent of Plato's

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2. In his work, George Santayana is more reminiscent of Plato's poetic narratives and Henry
David Thoreau's obsessive detailing than Bertrand Russell’s scientific precisions.

a) In his work, George Santayana is more reminiscent of
b) George Santayana writes more like -
c) George Santayana reminds one more of -
d) George Santayana's work is more reminiscent of -
e) George Santayana’s work more resembles that of -
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11 Dec 2007, 14:05
sztiwari wrote:
2. In his work, George Santayana is more reminiscent of Plato's poetic narratives and Henry
David Thoreau's obsessive detailing than Bertrand Russell’s scientific precisions.

a) In his work, George Santayana is more reminiscent of
b) George Santayana writes more like -
c) George Santayana reminds one more of -
d) George Santayana's work is more reminiscent of -
e) George Santayana’s work more resembles that of -

it is testing the idiom: smth is reminiscent of smth...

D is my take
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11 Dec 2007, 14:33
Even I thought so .

But the explanation provided is :
This question tests comparison. Because the sentence compares the styles of several writers, it must be made clear that Santayana's work is the subject of the sentence, not Santayana himself. Choice C, omitting any mention of 'work', is therefore incorrect. Though choices A and B do mention work, they fail to do so in a manner that maintains parallelism with the non-underlined part of the sentence, which refers to Plato's narratives and Thoreau's detailing. Choice D makes incorrect use of the word 'reminiscent', which is not generally used in literary comparisons. Choice E maintains parallelism and uses the word 'resembles', which is preferable to 'reminiscent', and is therefore the best choice.
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11 Dec 2007, 18:18
sztiwari wrote:
Even I thought so .

But the explanation provided is :
This question tests comparison. Because the sentence compares the styles of several writers, it must be made clear that Santayana's work is the subject of the sentence, not Santayana himself. Choice C, omitting any mention of 'work', is therefore incorrect. Though choices A and B do mention work, they fail to do so in a manner that maintains parallelism with the non-underlined part of the sentence, which refers to Plato's narratives and Thoreau's detailing. Choice D makes incorrect use of the word 'reminiscent', which is not generally used in literary comparisons. Choice E maintains parallelism and uses the word 'resembles', which is preferable to 'reminiscent', and is therefore the best choice.

have no idea, but can resemble be used in this passage actually. it is normally used in physical resemblance(similarity).
any inputs guys?
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11 Dec 2007, 20:42
This is really difficult to comprehend. I read choice E as part of the sentence at least three times and it still doesn't make sense. This is the first time, if what the explanation says is correct, ever I come across such a weird sentence structure. I think some of the Grammar gurus can validate whether this is right or not..
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11 Dec 2007, 21:29
1st post! I am going for D. gut feeling. What's the OA?
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11 Dec 2007, 21:43
Ravshonbek wrote:
sztiwari wrote:
Even I thought so .

But the explanation provided is :
This question tests comparison. Because the sentence compares the styles of several writers, it must be made clear that Santayana's work is the subject of the sentence, not Santayana himself. Choice C, omitting any mention of 'work', is therefore incorrect. Though choices A and B do mention work, they fail to do so in a manner that maintains parallelism with the non-underlined part of the sentence, which refers to Plato's narratives and Thoreau's detailing. Choice D makes incorrect use of the word 'reminiscent', which is not generally used in literary comparisons. Choice E maintains parallelism and uses the word 'resembles', which is preferable to 'reminiscent', and is therefore the best choice.

have no idea, but can resemble be used in this passage actually. it is normally used in physical resemblance(similarity).
any inputs guys?

In D - I think it should be 'so reminiscent' .
A is 'so reminiscent' of B. Not the best word to be used for comparing attributes..
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11 Dec 2007, 22:04
sztiwari wrote:
2. In his work, George Santayana is more reminiscent of Plato's poetic narratives and Henry
David Thoreau's obsessive detailing than Bertrand Russell’s scientific precisions.

a) In his work, George Santayana is more reminiscent of
b) George Santayana writes more like -
c) George Santayana reminds one more of -
d) George Santayana's work is more reminiscent of -
e) George Santayana’s work more resembles that of -

do not agree with E as OA. what does it refers to "that of" in E?

D should be OA. what is the sourse?
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12 Dec 2007, 07:27
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sztiwari wrote:
2. In his work, George Santayana is more reminiscent of Plato's poetic narratives and Henry
David Thoreau's obsessive detailing than Bertrand Russell’s scientific precisions.

a) In his work, George Santayana is more reminiscent of
b) George Santayana writes more like -
c) George Santayana reminds one more of -
d) George Santayana's work is more reminiscent of -
e) George Santayana’s work more resembles that of -

do not agree with E as OA. what does it refers to "that of" in E?

D should be OA. what is the sourse?

The source is 800score.com . Even I thought D is the answer but thats not what they say.
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12 Dec 2007, 08:50
sztiwari wrote:
GMAT TIGER wrote:
sztiwari wrote:
2. In his work, George Santayana is more reminiscent of Plato's poetic narratives and Henry
David Thoreau's obsessive detailing than Bertrand Russell’s scientific precisions.

a) In his work, George Santayana is more reminiscent of
b) George Santayana writes more like -
c) George Santayana reminds one more of -
d) George Santayana's work is more reminiscent of -
e) George Santayana’s work more resembles that of -

do not agree with E as OA. what does it refers to "that of" in E?

D should be OA. what is the sourse?

The source is 800score.com . Even I thought D is the answer but thats not what they say.

From what I've heard 800score.com is a bad source
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12 Dec 2007, 10:51
I used 800score.com CATs and stopped after the first two because I was the verbal was horrible (explanations didn't make sense, didn't agree with the answers, SC contradicted rules I could verify) and even thought there were mistakes in the math.
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12 Dec 2007, 21:38
yah!!!

should be careful while choosing the gmat materials that could be detrimental to your test score. i am very skepticle of the materials that i do not know.

GK_Gmat wrote:
sztiwari wrote:
GMAT TIGER wrote:
sztiwari wrote:
2. In his work, George Santayana is more reminiscent of Plato's poetic narratives and Henry
David Thoreau's obsessive detailing than Bertrand Russell’s scientific precisions.

a) In his work, George Santayana is more reminiscent of
b) George Santayana writes more like -
c) George Santayana reminds one more of -
d) George Santayana's work is more reminiscent of -
e) George Santayana’s work more resembles that of -

do not agree with E as OA. what does it refers to "that of" in E?

D should be OA. what is the sourse?

The source is 800score.com . Even I thought D is the answer but thats not what they say.

From what I've heard 800score.com is a bad source
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27 Aug 2013, 21:28
I am confused between
D and E.
Can someone help me to rule out
D over E
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27 Aug 2013, 23:29
sztiwari wrote:
2. In his work, George Santayana is more reminiscent of Plato's poetic narratives and Henry
David Thoreau's obsessive detailing than Bertrand Russell’s scientific precisions.

a) In his work, George Santayana is more reminiscent of
b) George Santayana writes more like
c) George Santayana reminds one more of
d) George Santayana's more reminiscent of
e) George Santayana’s work more resembles that of

A is comparing the guy to the works
B is comparing the guy's ability to write to the other author's works rather than their ability to write.
C sentence sounds weird using the word "one"
D sentence sounds okay I guess, but the part, "work is more reminiscent of ," is still kind of weird to me.
E compared to (D) sounds a lot better and for the most part, compares apples to apples so I chose this one.
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28 Aug 2013, 21:24
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sztiwari wrote:
2. In his work, George Santayana is more reminiscent of Plato's poetic narratives and Henry
David Thoreau's obsessive detailing than Bertrand Russell’s scientific precisions.

a) In his work, George Santayana is more reminiscent of
b) George Santayana writes more like -
c) George Santayana reminds one more of -
d) George Santayana's work is more reminiscent of -
e) George Santayana’s work more resembles that of -

IMO D..

Option A,B,C are clearly incorrect due to wrong comparisons.

In option E also comparison is wrong..."George Santayana’s work" should be directly compared with " Plato's poetic narratives and Henry
David Thoreau's obsessive detailing"
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"that of" is incorrect in option E due to wrong comparison.
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10 Jun 2014, 15:52
It has to be (d). In (e) 'that of' is wrong.
Option (e) says that George Santayana’s work more resembles work of Plato's poetic narratives and Henry
David Thoreau's obsessive detailing than Bertrand Russell’s scientific precisions. This comparison structure is wrong as George Santayana’s work is not compared to the work of Plato's poetic narratives and Henry
David Thoreau's obsessive detailing, but rather it is compared to the Plato's poetic narratives and Henry
David Thoreau's obsessive detailing.
I was also stunned to see the OA as (e).
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16 Jun 2014, 09:53
D must be the OA.
That of is indicating the work of Plato etc in option E, but possessive form on noun Plato's is used after that of. Such use is introducing double possessive in the sentence which is not making sense.
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27 Jun 2014, 07:33
PiyushK wrote:
D must be the OA.
That of is indicating the work of Plato etc in option E, but possessive form on noun Plato's is used after that of. Such use is introducing double possessive in the sentence which is not making sense.

OA IS E SOURCE 800 CAT

BUT AS REMINISCENT OF IS NOT A CORRECT PARALLELISM IN COMPARISON IT SHOULD BE THAT OF IE THE WORK OF OTHERS AND ALSO IS LESS AWKWARD

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27 Jun 2014, 07:33
sztiwari wrote:
2. In his work, George Santayana is more reminiscent of Plato's poetic narratives and Henry
David Thoreau's obsessive detailing than Bertrand Russell’s scientific precisions.

a) In his work, George Santayana is more reminiscent of
b) George Santayana writes more like -
c) George Santayana reminds one more of -
d) George Santayana's work is more reminiscent of -
e) George Santayana’s work more resembles that of -

OA IS E SOURCE 800 CAT

BUT AS REMINISCENT OF IS NOT A CORRECT PARALLELISM IN COMPARISON IT SHOULD BE THAT OF IE THE WORK OF OTHERS AND ALSO IS LESS AWKWARD

KUDOS FOR OA AND EXPLANATIONS
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27 Jun 2014, 07:34
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It has to be (d). In (e) 'that of' is wrong.
Option (e) says that George Santayana’s work more resembles work of Plato's poetic narratives and Henry
David Thoreau's obsessive detailing than Bertrand Russell’s scientific precisions. This comparison structure is wrong as George Santayana’s work is not compared to the work of Plato's poetic narratives and Henry
David Thoreau's obsessive detailing, but rather it is compared to the Plato's poetic narratives and Henry
David Thoreau's obsessive detailing.
I was also stunned to see the OA as (e).

OA IS E SOURCE 800 CAT

BUT AS REMINISCENT OF IS NOT A CORRECT PARALLELISM IN COMPARISON IT SHOULD BE THAT OF IE THE WORK OF OTHERS AND ALSO IS LESS AWKWARD

KUDOS FOR OA AND EXPLANATIONS
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