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Known to its considerable opposition as "Seward's Folly", the purchase of Alaska was not unlike that of the Louisiana territory, which provided the United States with new land, a strategic military position, and control of the entire Mississippi River valley.

(A) not unlike that of the Louisiana territory, which provided
(B) not unlike the Louisiana territory, which provided
(C) like the Louisiana territory, which provided
(D) like that of the Louisiana territory for providing
(E) as that of the Louisiana territory for providing

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Here we are comparing the purchase of Alaska to the purchase of Louisiana (as that of Louisiana). Eliminated B, C since the comparisons are not parallel.

Hung up between A, D and E. All of them seem to be correct to me. Help please :(
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start with "that of"
As we are comparing purchase of Alaska with the purchase of Louisiana, we need "that of". So B and C are out.

Then look at "which provided" VS "for providing". "For providing" is general and it's impossible to identify to what it refers to. while "while provides" is specific, so we know it refers to the purchase of Louisiana.

So A should be the correct answer.
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[quote="mniyer"]Known to its considerable opposition as "Seward's Folly", the purchase of Alaska was not unlike that of the Louisiana territory, which provided the United States with new land, a strategic military position, and control of the entire Mississippi River valley.

(A) not unlike that of the Louisiana territory, which provided
(B) not unlike the Louisiana territory, which provided
(C) like the Louisiana territory, which provided
(D) like that of the Louisiana territory for providing
(E) as that of the Louisiana territory for providing

(A)Correct not unlike that of the Louisiana territory, which provided. Here comparison is 100% correct that of ...... In that " that is referring to purchase.
(B)Incorrect not unlike the Louisiana territory, which provided. here purchase is compared with Louisiana territory and is wrong
(C) Incorrect like the Louisiana territory, which provided. here purchase is compared with Louisiana territory and is wrong. we need to compare purchase with another purchase.
(D)Incorrect like that of the Louisiana territory for providing. for providing. because purchase was not made for providing.....
(E Incorrect as that of the Louisiana territory for providing. as is wrong and for providing is wrong for the reason stated in option D.
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Does "not unlike" create redundancy?? any help?

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Does "not unlike" create redundancy?? any help?

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Not redundancy, it is double negative, which is alright. Redundancy refers to unrequired word or phrase - here if one of the negatives ("not" or "un") is not used, then the meaning is changed. Hence this is not a case of redundancy.
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Re: Known to its considerable opposition as "Seward's Folly", the purchase [#permalink]

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Known to its considerable opposition as "Seward's Folly", the purchase of Alaska was not unlike that of the Louisiana territory, which provided the United States with new land, a strategic military position, and control of the entire Mississippi River valley.

(A) not unlike that of the Louisiana territory, which provided
(B) not unlike the Louisiana territory, which provided
(C) like the Louisiana territory, which provided
(D) like that of the Louisiana territory for providing
(E) as that of the Louisiana territory for providing

[Reveal] Spoiler:
Here we are comparing the purchase of Alaska to the purchase of Louisiana (as that of Louisiana). Eliminated B, C since the comparisons are not parallel.

Hung up between A, D and E. All of them seem to be correct to me. Help please :(


When you first examine this question, there are several clear Decision Points: “not unlike” vs. “like” vs. “as” and “which provided” vs. “for providing.” The easiest Decision Point, however, is a little harder to notice: the choice between having “that of” and not having it. To make this a logical, apples-to-apples comparison you must have “that of” are you comparing the purchase of Alaska to “Louisiana” or “that of (meaning the purchase of) Louisiana”? “That of Louisiana” is necessary to make it a logical, purchase-to purchase comparison, so answer choices B and C are incorrect. Also, answer choice E is incorrect, because you do not use “as” to make noun-to-noun comparisons (but you will be able to eliminate it for other reasons as well). Importantly, the choice between “like” and “not unlike” is a classic false Decision Point; they could both be used here, but people often eliminate “not unlike” prematurely.

The remaining decision is more difficult and quite subtle, but you should at least know to assess it because of the obvious Decision Point. As you have seen in earlier examples, you will often want to scan the answer choices at the first and last words/phrases for differences, and here there is a 2-1 split between “territory, which provided” and “territory for providing” What is the difference? “Which provided” makes it clear that the Louisiana territory provided the new land, strategic position, and Mississippi River valley. “For providing” leaves that ambiguous at best, or assigns it to Alaska at worst. Either way, the meaning is either unclear or incorrect, and answer choices D and E suffer from this modifier reference problem.

Answer choice A—the choice that many eliminate upon first glance for the double-negative—is correct.
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