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# King James I of England tried unsuccessfully to merge

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King James I of England tried unsuccessfully to merge the legislature of Scotland - his original kingdom - with England.
a) with England
B) and England
C) with that of England
D) and England´s
E) and England´s legislature

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Maxirosario2012 wrote:
King James I of England tried unsuccessfully to merge the legislature of Scotland - his original kingdom - with England.
a) with England
B) and England
C) with that of England
D) and England´s
E) and England´s legislature

a) with England - wrong comparison
B) and England - wrong conjunction
C) with that of England - Correct comparison
D) and England´s - wrong conjunction and comparison
E) and England´s legislature - wrong conjunction and comparison
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24 Aug 2017, 21:16
King James I of England tried unsuccessfully to merge the legislature of Scotland - his original kingdom - with England.

A) with England

(Incorrect comparison because you compare the legislature of Scotland with England)
B) and England
(Incorrect comparison because you compare the legislature of Scotland with England. Incorrect idiom used : merge X and Y)
C) with that of England
(The correct comparison, legislature of Scotland is compared with legislature of England)

D) and England´s (The usage of England's is not correct)

E) and England´s legislature (Incorrect idiom used : merge X and Y)
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24 Aug 2017, 22:22
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Maxirosario2012 wrote:
King James I of England tried unsuccessfully to merge the legislature of Scotland - his original kingdom - with England.
a) with England
B) and England
C) with that of England
D) and England´s
E) and England´s legislature

Correct Idiomatic expression is MERGE WITH. So options B, D, & E are out.

Option A is incorrect since Legislature of Scotland is compared with England.

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17 Sep 2017, 19:26
Maxirosario2012 wrote:
King James I of England tried unsuccessfully to merge the legislature of Scotland - his original kingdom - with England.
a) with England
B) and England
C) with that of England
D) and England´s
E) and England´s legislature

So the comparison here is not necessarily obvious, IMO. What this sentence is trying to convey is that the legislature of Scotland is merging with the legislature of England. The whole modifier "his original Kingdom" also btw doesn't really mean anything and is just superfluous information. Anyways, the construction 'that of" correctly equivocates the two things being compared - with that of implies the legislature of England.

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15 Oct 2018, 03:30
Official Explanation Kaplan

Read the Original Sentence Carefully, Looking for Errors:

This is a faulty parallelism error. In the sentence, "the legislature" is currently paired with "England" in an unsuccessful merger attempt. We need to match legislature to legislature, or country to country.

Scan and Group the Answer Choices:

Choices (C), (D), and (E) provide options that match legislature to legislature. The remaining answer choices do not correct this error.

Choice (A) is incorrect, since we identified an error in the sentence in Step 1.

Choice (B) also refers to merging Scotland's legislature with England itself (rather than England's legislature).

Choices (B), (D), and (E) talk about merging one thing "and" another. However, the correct idiom for this phrase is to merge one thing "with" another.

Choice (C) correctly compares the legislature of Scotland "with that of England".

TAKEAWAY: Two-part constructions, even if they are not comparisons, need to match logically in the same way as comparisons.
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