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In the English-Speaking world Anton Chekhov is by far better

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In the English-Speaking world Anton Chekhov is by far better known for his plays than for his short stories, but it was during his lifetime that Chekhov's stories made him popular while his plays were given a more ambivalent reception, even by his fellow writers.

(A) by far better known for his plays than for his short stories, but it was during his lifetime that - "it was during his lifetime that.." doesn't seem to make sense in this context
(B) by far better known for his plays than he was for his short stories, but during his lifetime - incorrect parallelism
(C) known far better for his plays than he was for his short stories, but during his lifetime - parallelism again
(D) far better known for his plays than were his short stories, but it was during his lifetime that - parallelism again
(E) far better known for his plays than for his short stories, but during his lifetime

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(A) by far better known for his plays than for his short stories, but it was during his lifetime that
(B) by far better known for his plays than he was for his short stories, but during his lifetime
(C) known far better for his plays than he was for his short stories, but during his lifetime
(D) far better known for his plays than were his short stories, but it was during his lifetime that
(E) far better known for his plays than for his short stories, but during his lifetime



The whole exercise here is about avoiding redundancy and remaining concise. Without even looking at the initial statement, one can arrive at the correct choice.

Compare the two phrases than for his short stories vs. than he was for his short stories. The latter phrase is annoyingly wordy.

Therefore, we can drop B and C.
Choice D is illegally comparing Anton with his stories. -- gone.
Between A and E, in A, the phrase --- it was during his lifetime that-- is yet again irritably wordy. E is short, sweet, and a cakewalk
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HI GMATNinja, mikemcgarry,

Can you please me with this problem? How do we eliminate POE by Verb Tense and Comparison?

In the English-Speaking world Anton Chekhov is by far better known for his plays than for his short stories, but it was during his lifetime that Chekhov's stories made him popular while his plays were given a more ambivalent reception, even by his fellow writers.

(A) by far better known for his plays than for his short stories, but it was during his lifetime that
(B) by far better known for his plays than he was for his short stories, but during his lifetime
(C) known far better for his plays than he was for his short stories, but during his lifetime
(D) far better known for his plays than were his short stories, but it was during his lifetime that
(E) far better known for his plays than for his short stories, but during his lifetime
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