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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, generis

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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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 it was
(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


Here is the Official explanation, although it's a poor one:

Idiom; Rhetorical construction

The point of this sentence is to contrast Anton Chekhov’s current reputation in the English-speaking world with his reputation in his own lifetime. His current reputation is described in comparative terms, using the template better (known) for . . . than for . . . .

A. The it was . . . that . . . construction introduces additional words that do not contribute to meaning. If by far is intended to modify is better known . . . it should be placed after known, or set off by commas, to prevent far from seeming to go with better. If by far is intended to modify better, this is incorrect usage.
B. He was introduces additional words that do not contribute to meaning. If by far is intended to modify is better known . . . it should be placed after known, or set off by commas, to prevent far from seeming to go with better. If by far is intended to modify better, this is incorrect usage.
C. It was introduces the grammatical need for the relative pronoun that as the subject for made. The relative pronoun is absent from the ending of the sentence, and even if it were inserted, it would introduce unnecessary verbiage.
D. This sentence attempts nonsensically to compare Chekhov’s renown for plays with his stories’ renown for plays.
E. Correct. This is the clearest, most concise way to compare the reasons Chekhov is well known now with how he was known during his lifetime.

The correct answer is E.
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New post 29 May 2019, 07:04
I am not clear why choice A is wrong.

I have an idea

it was...that
is a pattern, in which "it" is fake subject. and in this pattern, only present tense is use. so, "it was" is wrong. the text should be "it is during his lifetime that..."/

"is" not "was is correct.

am i correct?
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hfbamafan wrote:
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 it was
(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


look at choice A and E

by far is more wordy than far. so, choice a is inferior.
" it is during his lifetime that" is also wordy compared with "during his lifetime" in choice E.

there is another point.

"it was during his lifetime that...".

this pattern is used when we want to emphasize the noun before "that"

it is me who passed gmat with high score.

the focus is on "me".

it is the British girl, who I love

the focus is "the British girl".

in choice A, the focus is "during his lifetime". this is not good. we do not need this focus.

moreover, "during his lifetime" is parallel to "in english speaking world". so, choice E is better.

but I am not sure above points. pls, comment
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I came down to 2 options - B&E
and i chose B, can someone explain why B is wrong?

I am not able to understand why "plays vs short stories" is a better comparison than " famous for plays than he was for his short stories".
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