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# Like many successful authors, Salman Rushdies first novel,

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Like many successful authors, Salman Rushdieâ€™s first novel, Grimus, about a Native American who receives the gift of immortality, was an abject failure.

A. Like many successful authors, Salman Rushdieâ€™s first novel, Grimus, about
B. As have many successful authors, the first of Salman Rushdieâ€™s novels, Grimus, about
C. Just as with many successful authors, the first of Salman Rushdieâ€™s novels, Grimus, about
D. Just like many successful authors, Salman Rushdieâ€™s first novel, Grimus, on
E. As did many successful authors, Salman Rushdieâ€™s first novel, Grimus, on
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05 Jul 2006, 07:32
Like many successful authors, Salman Rushdieâ€™s first novel, Grimus, about a Native American who receives the gift of immortality, was an abject failure.

A. Like many successful authors, Salman Rushdieâ€™s first novel, Grimus, about
B. As have many successful authors, the first of Salman Rushdieâ€™s novels, Grimus, about
C. Just as with many successful authors, the first of Salman Rushdieâ€™s novels, Grimus, about: CORRECT
D. Just like many successful authors, Salman Rushdieâ€™s first novel, Grimus, on
E. As did many successful authors, Salman Rushdieâ€™s first novel, Grimus, on
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05 Jul 2006, 09:40
by POE C is the only choice that doesn't make illogical comparison of possessive to an author...

good explanation ps_dahiya! i know it takes an effort to highlight these messy parts of a sentence!
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05 Jul 2006, 12:57
First of all we are talking ABOUT a novel hence you narrow down to 3 choices having the word ABOUT. Secondly, A compares successful authors with SR's novel, which is incorrect. B just does not sound right. I think the comparison in C is accurate where the success of the novels are compared with the novel written by Salman Rushdie. Hence C

Like many successful authors, Salman Rushdieâ€™s first novel, Grimus, about a Native American who receives the gift of immortality, was an abject failure.

A. Like many successful authors, Salman Rushdieâ€™s first novel, Grimus, about
B. As have many successful authors, the first of Salman Rushdieâ€™s novels, Grimus, about
C. Just as with many successful authors, the first of Salman Rushdieâ€™s novels, Grimus, about
D. Just like many successful authors, Salman Rushdieâ€™s first novel, Grimus, on
E. As did many successful authors, Salman Rushdieâ€™s first novel, Grimus, on
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05 Jul 2006, 22:20
Will go with C.

Correct comparison and no modifer problem
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05 Jul 2006, 23:45
zoom612 wrote:
Like many successful authors, Salman Rushdieâ€™s first novel, Grimus, about a Native American who receives the gift of immortality, was an abject failure.

C. Just as with many successful authors, the first of Salman Rushdieâ€™s novels, Grimus, about

The construction of C seems to be correct. But I don't understand the meaning."Just as with many authors, the novel was a failure."
Thus none seems to be correct.

But I go for C too, I have no other choice.
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06 Jul 2006, 10:54
OA is A.
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06 Jul 2006, 12:47
2 things here...

1)Grimus seems to be a name of the novel, since it is placed after novel
2)Since the author was successful, it must be the novel that was an abject failure

Looking at A:
[Like many successful authors,] Salman Rushdieâ€™s first novel, [Grimus,] about a Native American who receives the gift of immortality, was an abject failure.

This can't be right... is there some kind of typo here... may be "for" is missed...???
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06 Jul 2006, 13:39
True.

C is the only one that makes a correct comparison! So how does A get the cheese?
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06 Jul 2006, 13:57
Going with A on this (although very late on posting... )

"first novel was an abject failure" SV agrees.
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06 Jul 2006, 14:10
haas_mba07 wrote:
Going with A on this (although very late on posting... )

"first novel was an abject failure" SV agrees.

that's true... but not the point here... what about the comparison? can you explain that?
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06 Jul 2006, 20:51
Salmon Rushdie`s novel is not an author. Seems like the wrong modifier.

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07 Jul 2006, 02:12
maybe a typo? should be Like many successful authors', where the ' was omitted by accident?

C would be the one I chose although i don't like the "with"... there is nothign to be with the author.
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07 Jul 2006, 20:31
folks,

I think key word here is 'failure', & we are comparing 'two failures', failure or X & failure of Y. It's not necessary that X & Y are from same category.

Somehow, I feel uneasy with the concept that you have to compare failure of one novel to failure of another novel, particularly here.
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07 Jul 2006, 20:48
zoom612 wrote:
Like many successful authors, Salman Rushdieâ€™s first novel, Grimus, about a Native American who receives the gift of immortality, was an abject failure.

A. Like many successful authors, Salman Rushdieâ€™s first novel, Grimus, about
B. As have many successful authors, the first of Salman Rushdieâ€™s novels, Grimus, about
C. Just as with many successful authors, the first of Salman Rushdieâ€™s novels, Grimus, about
D. Just like many successful authors, Salman Rushdieâ€™s first novel, Grimus, on
E. As did many successful authors, Salman Rushdieâ€™s first novel, Grimus, on

source? if it is from other than OG-ETS/GMAT PREP, it cannot be considered a properly structured one.

for me actually none seems reasonable answer.
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07 Jul 2006, 23:26
zoom612 wrote:
OA is A.

says it so bluntly.

I think (A) could be right if it were re-written:

Like many successful authors'

(with an apostrophe...)
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08 Jul 2006, 02:37
The OE is ,
The best answer is A. Choice A is concise and grammatically correct, using the comparative preposition, like, to express the comparison between many successful authors and Salman Rushdie.

The source is realtestquestions.com.
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08 Jul 2006, 05:42
zoom612 wrote:
The OE is ,
The best answer is A. Choice A is concise and grammatically correct, using the comparative preposition, like, to express the comparison between many successful authors and Salman Rushdie.
The source is realtestquestions.com.

Salman Rushdie? Where is Salman Rushdie being compared?
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08 Jul 2006, 06:04
zoom612 wrote:
The OE is ,
The best answer is A. Choice A is concise and grammatically correct, using the comparative preposition, like, to express the comparison between many successful authors and Salman Rushdie.

The source is realtestquestions.com.

none can be the answer. C cannot be because "just as" cannot compare the phrase to the clause. A could be if A were as under.

Like many (those of) successful authors, Salman Rushdieâ€™s first novel, Grimus, about a Native American who receives the gift of immortality, was an abject failure.

source?
08 Jul 2006, 06:04
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