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1. Like many of his contemporaries did, Bob Dylan wrote songs that became anthems for a generation of antiwar
activists.
• Like many of his contemporaries did, Bob Dylan wrote songs
• Bob Dylan wrote songs like many of his contemporaries
• As did many of his contemporaries, Bob Dylan wrote songs
• Like the songs of his contemporaries, Bob Dylan wrote songs
• As did many of Bob Dylan’s contemporaries, he wrote songs

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Here the comparison is between Bob and his contemporaries

• Like many of his contemporaries did, Bob Dylan wrote songs - like, comparison between Bob and songs of the contemporaries

• Bob Dylan wrote songs like many of his contemporaries - comparison between Bob's songs and contemporaries

• As did many of his contemporaries, Bob Dylan wrote songs - Correct. comparison between contemporaries and Bob

• Like the songs of his contemporaries, Bob Dylan wrote songs - like, songs and Bob

• As did many of Bob Dylan’s contemporaries, he wrote songs - awkward
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20 Apr 2012, 08:33
why does option E seem incorrect or awkward?

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20 Apr 2012, 11:08
E As did many of Bob Dylan’s contemporaries, he wrote songs

Unclear pronoun error. 'he' does not necessarily mean Bob in option E.

Ex. As did many of Bob's contemporaries, Peter wrote songs.
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20 Apr 2012, 21:29
2. Unlike Mozart, whose funeral was sparsely attended being buried in an unmarked common grave, Beethoven’s
was attended by more than thirty-thousand mourners and his final resting place lies in a famous Vienna cemetery
near the graves of Schubert and Brahms
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• being buried in an unmarked common grave, Beethoven’s was attended by about thirty-thousand mourners and
his final resting place lies in a famous Vienna cemetery near the graves of Schubert and Brahms
• being buried in an unmarked common grave, Beethoven’s funeral was attended by about thirty-thousand mourners
and his final resting place was near the graves of Schubert and Brahms in a famous Vienna cemetery
• and he was buried in an unmarked common grave, Beethoven was given a funeral attended by more than thirtythousand
mourners and his final resting place lies near the graves of Schubert and Brahms in a famous Vienna
cemetery
• and who was buried in an unmarked common grave, Beethoven’s funeral was attended by more than thirtythousand
mourners and his final resting place lies in a famous Vienna cemetery near the graves of Schubert and
Brahms
• and who was buried in an unmarked common grave, Beethoven was given a funeral attended by more than thirtythousand
mourners and lies buried near the graves of Schubert and Brahms in a famous Vienna cemetery

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3. From the Civil War to soldiers in Vietnam, Smith & Wesson, the legendary arms maker, equipped both the soldiers
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the sailors who have fought America’s wars.
• the Civil War to soldiers in Vietnam, Smith & Wesson, the legendary arms maker, equipped both the soldiers and
• the Civil War to the Vietnam war, Smith & Wesson, the legendary arms maker, equipped both the soldiers and
• soldiers in the Civil War and soldiers in Vietnam, Smith & Wesson, the legendary arms maker, equipped both the
soldiers and
• soldiers in the Civil War to soldiers in Vietnam, Smith & Wesson, the legendary arms maker, equipped both the
soldiers to
• the Civil War and the Vietnam war, Smith & Wesson, the legendary arms maker, equipped both the soldiers and

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4. Because its military is larger and more technologically sophisticated than Japan, the United States shoulders much
of the burden for patrolling and protecting the shipping lanes of the West Pacific.
• its military is larger and more technologically sophisticated than Japan
• their military is larger and more technologically sophisticated than Japan
• their military is larger and more technologically sophisticated than that of Japan
• its military is larger and more technologically sophisticated than Japan’s
• its military has been larger and more technologically sophisticated than those of Japan

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20 Apr 2012, 21:35
5. Unlike most other species of cat, regardless of being domesticated or not, the claws of the cheetah are not
retractable and so it is more like a dog in that way
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• regardless of being domesticated or not, the claws of the cheetah are not retractable and so it is more like a dog
in that way
• domestic or wild, the cheetah does not have retractable claws and so is more like a dog in that respect
• regardless of domestication or not, the cheetah’s claws are not retractable and so it more like a dog in that respect
• domestic or wild, the claws of the cheetah are not retractable and so it is more like a dog in that way
• domestic or wild, the cheetah does not have retractable claws and so they are more like a dog’s in that respect

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6. Unlike Mars, the surface of Earth is primarily water, with landmass making up less than half of the total area.
• Mars, the surface of Earth is primarily water
• Mars, Earth’s surface is primarily water
• the surface of Mars, that of Earth is primarily water
• Mars, water is primarily Earth’s surface
• that of Mars, Earth has a surface that is primarily water

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20 Apr 2012, 21:38
7. Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and was the most famous
leader of the American civil rights movement.

• Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and was the most famous
leader of the American civil rights movement.
• Martin Luther King Jr., the most famous leader of the American civil rights movement, won the Nobel Peace Prize
and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
• Martin Luther King Jr., the most famous leader of the American civil rights movement, won the Nobel Peace Prize
and he won the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
• Martin Luther King Jr. was the most famous leader of the American civil rights movement, the winner of the Nobel
Peace Prize, and he won the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
• Martin Luther King Jr., the most famous leader of the American civil rights movement, won the Nobel Peace Prize
as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom, too.

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20 Apr 2012, 21:39
8. Like many entertainers, members of an advocacy association of musicians said that they no longer wanted to be
but instead wanted to begin paying into Social Security and building good credit histories.
• Like many entertainers, members of an advocacy association of musicians said that they no longer wanted to be
• Like many other entertainers, tax evaders and members of an advocacy association of musicians said that they no
longer wanted to be that
• Members of an advocacy association of musicians said that they no longer wanted to be tax evaders like many
entertainers
• Members of an advocacy association of musicians said that they no longer wanted to be like tax evaders and many
other entertainers
• Like many other entertainers, members of an advocacy association of musicians said that they no longer wanted

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25 Apr 2012, 02:44
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4. Because its military is larger and more technologically sophisticated than Japan, the United States shoulders much
of the burden for patrolling and protecting the shipping lanes of the West Pacific.
• its military is larger and more technologically sophisticated than Japan
• their military is larger and more technologically sophisticated than Japan
• their military is larger and more technologically sophisticated than that of Japan
• its military is larger and more technologically sophisticated than Japan’s
• its military has been larger and more technologically sophisticated than those of Japan

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I am not sure why the OA is D. I think we compare the military of Japan and the US, not their shoulders. I choosed "that of Japan".

Nevertheless, the United States should be singular. So C is wrong.
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18 May 2015, 15:43
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Here the comparison is between Bob and his contemporaries

• Like many of his contemporaries did, Bob Dylan wrote songs - like, comparison between Bob and songs of the contemporaries

• Bob Dylan wrote songs like many of his contemporaries - comparison between Bob's songs and contemporaries

• As did many of his contemporaries, Bob Dylan wrote songs - Correct. comparison between contemporaries and Bob

• Like the songs of his contemporaries, Bob Dylan wrote songs - like, songs and Bob

• As did many of Bob Dylan’s contemporaries, he wrote songs - awkward

Can you share your thoughts on whether this is a 600 or 700 level question?
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18 May 2015, 15:48
JubtaGubar wrote:
mohankumarbd wrote:
4. Because its military is larger and more technologically sophisticated than Japan, the United States shoulders much
of the burden for patrolling and protecting the shipping lanes of the West Pacific.
• its military is larger and more technologically sophisticated than Japan
• their military is larger and more technologically sophisticated than Japan
• their military is larger and more technologically sophisticated than that of Japan
• its military is larger and more technologically sophisticated than Japan’s
• its military has been larger and more technologically sophisticated than those of Japan

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I am not sure why the OA is D. I think we compare the military of Japan and the US, not their shoulders. I choosed "that of Japan".

Nevertheless, the United States should be singular. So C is wrong.

Hi,
I agree with your assessment. "its military is larger and more technologically sophisticated than Japan" can be confusing, as if- the US' military is being compared to Japan the country, when we really need to compare the US' military with Japan's military.

What score level does this question belong to?

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1. Like many of his contemporaries did, Bob Dylan wrote songs that became anthems for a generation of antiwar
activists.
• Like many of his contemporaries did, Bob Dylan wrote songs
• Bob Dylan wrote songs like many of his contemporaries
• As did many of his contemporaries, Bob Dylan wrote songs
• Like the songs of his contemporaries, Bob Dylan wrote songs
• As did many of Bob Dylan’s contemporaries, he wrote songs

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It is a comparison question
Like vs As split
Like is a preposition, so it must be followed by noun or noun phrase
Whereas when "as" is used for comparison, as is followed by Clause. and here as works as conjunction.
[ in addition to above written notes, as has few more function, though here other function of as is not required for explanation.
As is basically used as conjunction and preposition
When as is used as conjunction As has three roles
1) as to show duration
2) as to show causation
3) as to show comparison

When as is used as conjunction As has three roles
1) as---> show function as or in the role of
2) as---> equation as
3) as---> stage as
few more usages of as are written below
as..........as
so as
just as
just as...so
just as.... so too

Now come to our original question

Incorrect Like many of his contemporaries did, Bob Dylan wrote songs
wrong because of reason stated above
Incorrect Bob Dylan wrote songs like many of his contemporaries
wrong because of wrong modification. That is modifying contemporaries but per the intended meaning as should modify songs
CorrectAs did many of his contemporaries, Bob Dylan wrote songs
Correct because of reason stated above. modifier that is correctly modifying songs
IncorrectLike the songs of his contemporaries, Bob Dylan wrote songs
Here the songs is compared to human BOb Dyaln
IncorrectAs did many of Bob Dylan’s contemporaries, he wrote songs
semicolon is used wrongly. he cannot refer to possessive "Bob Dylan's"
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