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# Like the government that came before it,

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Updated on: 26 Jul 2014, 11:54
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Like the government that came before it, which set new records for growth, laissez-faire capitalism is the cornerstone of the new government.

A. laissez-faire capitalism is the cornerstone of the new government

B.the cornerstone of the new government is laissez-faire capitalism

C. laissez-faire capitalism is the new government's cornerstone

D. the new government has made laissez-faire capitalism its cornerstone

E. the new government has a laissez-faire cornerstone of capitalism

why (D), not (E) ?

Originally posted by anceer on 22 Jun 2014, 02:05.
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22 Jun 2014, 02:17
my take is D : the new government has made laissez-faire capitalism its cornerstone
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Like the government that came before it, which set new records for growth, laissez-faire capitalism is the cornerstone of the new government.

A. laissez-faire capitalism is the cornerstone of the new government

B.the cornerstone of the new government is laissez-faire capitalism

C. laissez-faire capitalism is the new government's cornerstone

D. the new government has made laissez-faire capitalism its cornerstone

E. the new government has a laissez-faire cornerstone of capitalism

The answer is clearly D. The comparison is between the government and the new government, but the sentence wrongly compares the government with capitalism. So options A and C are eliminated. Option B compares the government with the corner stone so it can be eliminated. Coming down to D and E the comparison error is fixed in D and no new error is noticed. So D is good. but in E the meaning is changed here laissez faire is modifying cornerstone, when it should be modifying capitalism.

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22 Jun 2014, 02:39
E is wrong because its says "laissez faire cornerstone". Laissez faire here is actually supposed to describe capitalism.

D is correct.
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26 Jul 2014, 01:55
D. the new government has made laissez-faire capitalism its cornerstone

The original sentence intends to use "laissez-faire" as an adjective to describe capitalism, and option "D" does this correctly.

E. the new government has a laissez-faire cornerstone of capitalism

Option "E" is using "laissez-faire" as an adjective to describe "cornerstone". So incorrect.

Other options have modifier problems.

Hope it makes sense.
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anceer wrote:
Like the government that came before it, which set new records for growth, laissez-faire capitalism is the cornerstone of the new government.

A. laissez-faire capitalism is the cornerstone of the new government

B.the cornerstone of the new government is laissez-faire capitalism

C. laissez-faire capitalism is the new government's cornerstone

D. the new government has made laissez-faire capitalism its cornerstone

E. the new government has a laissez-faire cornerstone of capitalism

why (D), not (E) ?

In comparison, the items being compared should be parallel to each other, only D& E compare the old government to the new government. However, E structure is awkward and wordy
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