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# In this particular job we have discovered that to be

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27 Mar 2013, 07:06
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In this particular job we have discovered that to be diligent is more important than being bright.

A. to be diligent is more important than being bright
B. for one to be diligent is more important than being bright
C. diligence is more important than brightness
D. being diligent is more important than to be bright
E. by being diligent is more important than being bright
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27 Mar 2013, 07:42
my take will be C : diligence is more important than brightness
it is crisp ,concise and good parallelism
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27 Mar 2013, 23:59
summer101 wrote:
In this particular job we have discovered that to be diligent is more important than being bright.

A. to be diligent is more important than being bright
B. for one to be diligent is more important than being bright
C. diligence is more important than brightness
D. being diligent is more important than to be bright
E. by being diligent is more important than being bright

I think this question is from a Barron's book.

We need to parallel the two parts of the "more important" comparison, but A, B, and D all improperly mix gerunds (being diligent/bright) and infinitives (to be diligent/bright). E begins with a preposition "by," which eats up the first object "being diligent" and leaves the verb "is" with no subject. C is the only possible answer.

However, C is a little odd because I don't think "brightness" is often used to describe intelligence, so C might not be very representative of the actual GMAT. I think you would be more likely to see "being diligent is more important than being bright," as the GMAT does consider the use of "being" as a gerund to be proper in some cases, and this is likely one of them because we want to compare the state of having one characteristic to the state of having another characteristic. See OG13 #100 (I think that's the heavily committed question).
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19 Aug 2014, 09:15
Isn't brightness changing the meaning while referring to the sun's brightness I don't think it refers to being smart ....Experts Please help
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18 Dec 2014, 07:07
I second the confusion raised by SaudKhan above. Brightness changes the meaning of the sentence and makes it absurd. Experts, please throw some light.
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18 Dec 2014, 17:19
We are being tested on our knowledge of parallelism.

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In this particular job we have discovered that to be diligent is more important than being bright.

A. to be diligent is more important than being
to be x is more important than being y is incorrect

B. for one to be diligent is more important than being bright
to be x is more important than being y is incorrect

C. diligence is more important than brightness
x is more important than y. Bingo!

D. being diligent is more important than to be bright
being x is more important than to be y is wrong.

E. by being diligent is more important than being bright
being x is more important than being y is wrong.
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