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# In the 1970s, it became evident that writing about someone

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In the 1970s, it became evident that writing about someone else’s research was much easier for social scientists who wanted to make a quick name for themselves than it was to do their own research

(A) that writing about someone else’s research was much easier for social scientists who wanted to make a quick name for themselves
(B) that for social scientists who wanted to make a quick name for themselves, it was much easier to write about someone else’s research
(C) that for social scientists wanting to make a quick name for themselves, writing about someone else’s research was much easier
(D) for social scientists who wanted to make a quick name for themselves that writing about someone else’s research was much easier
(E) for social scientists who wanted to make a quick name for themselves, writing about someone else’s research was much easier
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In the 1970s, it became evident that writing about someone else’s research was much easier for social scientists who wanted to make a quick name for themselves than it was to do their own research

(A) that writing about someone else’s research was much easier for social scientists who wanted to make a quick name for themselves
(B) that for social scientists who wanted to make a quick name for themselves, it was much easier to write about someone else’s research
(C) that for social scientists wanting to make a quick name for themselves, writing about someone else’s research was much easier
(D) for social scientists who wanted to make a quick name for themselves that writing about someone else’s research was much easier
(E) for social scientists who wanted to make a quick name for themselves, writing about someone else’s research was much easier

there is a list - writing about someone else’s research was much easier than it was to do their own research
this must be in parallel. Since it was to do their own research part is not underlined - this is correct. Therefore first part should be similar in structure. Luckily thre is a 4:1 split on this point alone.

Ans B it is!
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19 Nov 2012, 22:35
Comparison question. Key word is "than" look to the left and right of this word. On the right we have "it was to do their own research" so on the left we will need something similar that matches the form only B has that option

In the 1970s, it became evident that writing about someone else’s research was much easier for social scientists who wanted to make a quick name for themselves thanit was to do their own research

option B
(B) that for social scientists who wanted to make a quick name for themselves, it was much easier to write about someone else’s research
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21 Nov 2012, 22:47
The original sentence says is trying to say:

Scientists found it easier to write about someone else's research than
it was to write on their own research. The part after "than" should have a
counterpart on the left side

Evident
A: THAT WRITING about someone else's...for scientists was much easier for scientists( who...)
writing about someone was easier than it was to write on their own research...compares gerund to a clause
B: THAT for scientists (who...), it was much easier to write about someone else’s research
easier to write about someone THAN it was to write on their own research...looks good.
C: THAT for scientists wanting to...., writing about someone else's research....unidiomatic, not parallel
D: FOR social scientists....THAT writing about someone else's .....unidiomatic and not parallel
E: FOR social scientists..., WRITING about someone else's research...unidiomatic, run-on, not parallel.
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