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Margaret Visser, the well-known writer of both The Rituals of Dinner

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Margaret Visser, the well-known writer of both The Rituals of Dinner, an exhaustive book on the history of table manners throughout the world, and also Much Depends on Dinner, a more specific look at four elements of common meals, is an expert specialist on etiquette throughout history.

A. also of Much Depends on Dinner, a more specific look at four elements of common meals, is an expert specialist on

B. also Much Depends on Dinner, a more specific look at four elements of common meals, is an expert specialist about

C. of Much Depends on Dinner, a more specific look at four elements of common meals, is a specialist in

D. of Much Depends on Dinner, a more specific look at four elements of common meals, is an expert specialist about

E. Much Depends on Dinner, a more specific look at four elements of common meals, is an expert on

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As a policy, we must first remove choices A, B, and D for using the redundant expression an expert specialist.
The correct correlative conjunction parallelism demands that we use both X and Y, in which X and Y are the names of books. C is wrong because it unnecessarily adds the preposition 'of' after 'and'.

It's E.
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Re: Margaret Visser, the well-known writer of both The Rituals of Dinner  [#permalink]

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UNDERSTANDING THE INTENDED MEANING

Let’s see the structure of the sentence:-

Margaret Visser, the well-known writer
of both
The Rituals of Dinner, an exhaustive book on the history of table manners throughout the world,
and also Much Depends on Dinner, a more specific look at four elements of common meals,
is an expert specialist on etiquette throughout history.


We are talking about an author, Margaret Visser.
She is the famous writer of two books,
The Rituals of Dinner which is an exhaustive book on the history of table manners throughout the world.
And
Much Depends on Dinner which is a more specific look at four elements of common meals.
She is an expert specialist on etiquette throughout history


Here we can see “of both” has been placed before the names of the two books.

So two things need to be taken care of to maintain parallelism–

1. The “of” should not be repeated as it has been taken as “common”. Had it not been placed before “both” then the structure would have been “both of X and of Y”
2. There should be an “and” joining the names of the two books, keeping in mind the idiomatic expression “both X and Y” – no “also” or “as well as”
a. Correct version: “of both X and Y”

ANSWER CHOICE ELIMINATION

Choices A and B can be ruled out because of the use of “also”
Choices C and D can be ruled out because of the redundant “of”.


Correct Choice E
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OFFICIAL EXPLANATION



After we've read through the whole sentence, we might notice that our answer choices offer us several ways to begin the marked phrase. The overall sentence is a little long, but rereading it carefully, we see that the two book titles are connected by the phrase "both...and...," so the addition of "also" or "of" is unnecessary and possibly confusing. Eliminating choices that add those words, we are left only with choice (E). This choice also replaces the redundant phrase "expert specialist" with the simpler "expert."


The correct answer is Choice (E).

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Re: Margaret Visser, the well-known writer of both The Rituals of Dinner   [#permalink] 19 Jan 2020, 08:19

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