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It is ironic that Sherlock Holmes, a fictional character created by British author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who was methodical in high complexity thinking like deductive reasoning, was highly disorganized in his personal life.

A. who was methodical in high complexity thinking like
B. who was such methodically thinking high complexity as
C. who was methodical in such highly complex thinking as
D. methodical in such highly complex thinking as
E. methodical thinker in highly complex thinking such
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What would have been the answer if option E ended with such as?
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Here's how I arrived at the correct answer. Feel free to critique my explanation. Thanks.
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It is ironic that Sherlock Holmes, a fictional character created by British author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who was methodical in high complexity thinking like deductive reasoning, was highly disorganized in his personal life.

A. who was methodical in high complexity thinking like
1. The pronoun 'who' follows the touch rule meaning that it modifies the nearest noun. It incorrectly indicates that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was methodical whereas as per the intended meaning of the original sentence it was Sherlock Holmes who was in high complexity thinking.
2. The use of Like to present examples/list of items is not correct. We need to use 'such as'


B. who was such methodically thinking high complexity as
The use of 'who' is incorrect as explained in option A. Plus, the placement of 'such' is incorrect. We want to communicate that he was methodical in complex thinking such as deductive reasoning.


C. who was methodical in such highly complex thinking as
The use of 'who' is incorrect as explained in the explanation for option A.


D. methodical in such highly complex thinking as
The word 'who' is eliminated in this option and the structure 'methodical in such...' makes it a modifier to 'Sherlock Holmes'. Keep for now.


E. methodical thinker in highly complex thinking such
1.The construction 'thinker in highly complex thinking' is redundant, unclear and awkward
2. 'Such' has to be followed by 'as'


Correct Answer - Option D

If we observe closely then this question also tests us to choose between 'highly complex thinking' and 'high complexity thinking'. Would request experts to comment on this split.

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GMATMBA5 wrote:
It is ironic that Sherlock Holmes, a fictional character created by British author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who was methodical in high complexity thinking like deductive reasoning, was highly disorganized in his personal life.

A. who was methodical in high complexity thinking like
B. who was such methodically thinking high complexity as
C. who was methodical in such highly complex thinking as
D. methodical in such highly complex thinking as
E. methodical thinker in highly complex thinking such


Ignore the non underlined portion for a minute.

It is ironic that Sherlock Holmes, a fictional character created by British author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,.........., was highly disorganized in his personal life.

The sentence is already complete. You don't need a new clause with a verb. You need a non essential modifier which even if you remove, the sentence will stand on it's own.
And that's why D is better than C.

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