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Mark Twain's biography and his unconventional career path−from printer's apprentice, to steamboat pilot, to journalist and writer−were as significant in shaping his inimitable humor as was his innate sense of the absurd.


A. were as significant in shaping his inimitable humor as was

B. was as significant in shaping his inimitable humor and so was

C. shaped his inimitable humor as significant as did

D. were as significant in shaping his inimitable humor as were his

E. was a significant shaping of his inimitable humor as it was

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Stumped with A/ C

Clearly tense and number agreement seems correct in both.

Rest of PoE:
B: Was significant , out since AND requires PLURAL verb form
D: WERE his innate sense, Out , we need singular verb for subject: innate sense
E: Out because of incorrect 'it' . Placeholder pronoun does not make sense and I do not see a need of pronoun here.
Also we need two 'as' in comparison.
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Mark Twain's biography and his unconventional career path−from printer's apprentice, to steamboat pilot, to journalist and writer−were as significant in shaping his inimitable humor as was his innate sense of the absurd.


A. were as significant in shaping his inimitable humor as was --> correct

B. was as significant in shaping his inimitable humor and so was --> plural subject "Mark Twain's biography and his unconventional career path"

C. shaped his inimitable humor as significant as did --> adverb "significantly" should be used to modify the verb "shaped"

D. were as significant in shaping his inimitable humor as were his --> singular subject "his innate sense"

E. was a significant shaping of his inimitable humor as it was -->same as B
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C. shaped his inimitable humor as significant as did --> adverb "significantly" should be used to modify the verb "shaped"


And that's why I dislike grammar :lol: .

Nice point, did you take did as a sort of pronoun referring back to action verb - shaped?

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Mark Twain's biography and his unconventional career path−from printer's apprentice, to steamboat pilot, to journalist and writer−were as significant in shaping his inimitable humor as was his innate sense of the absurd.


In (A) you took in shaping as a modifier to modify : were significant?
Were significant (main verb) : in what?
in shaping his inimitable humor.

Is your line of thinking same?
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Mark Twain's biography and his unconventional career path−from printer's apprentice, to steamboat pilot, to journalist and writer−were as significant in shaping his inimitable humor as was his innate sense of the absurd.


A. were as significant in shaping his inimitable humor as was

B. was as significant in shaping his inimitable humor and so was

C. shaped his inimitable humor as significant as did

D. were as significant in shaping his inimitable humor as were his

E. was a significant shaping of his inimitable humor as it was



Dear GMATGuruNY

Can you please share your thoughts on this question? Why C is wrong and A is correct?

If adverb "significantly' used, would C be correct?

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A is the answer. C isn't parallel. And I don't think 'as significant as' did is correct. Hence C is out.
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Mark Twain's biography and his unconventional career path−from printer's apprentice, to steamboat pilot, to journalist and writer−were as significant in shaping his inimitable humor as was his innate sense of the absurd.


A. were as significant in shaping his inimitable humor as was

B. was as significant in shaping his inimitable humor and so was

C. shaped his inimitable humor as significant as did

D. were as significant in shaping his inimitable humor as were his

E. was a significant shaping of his inimitable humor as it was


Mark Twain's biography is an account of Mark Twain's life -- an account written AFTER Mark Twain's death.
The OA here implies the following:
An account written after Mark Twain's death was significant in shaping his humor.
This meaning is nonsensical.
I would ignore this SC.
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GMATGuruNY wrote:
Mark Twain's biography is an account of Mark Twain's life -- an account written AFTER Mark Twain's death.
The OA here implies the following:
An account written after Mark Twain's death was significant in shaping his humor.
This meaning is nonsensical.
I would ignore this SC.


Dear GMATGuruNY

Regardless of the meaning, which is really strange, is the grammar of the comparison of choice A correct? Why not?

I just want to know from grammar pint of view.

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is the grammar of the comparison of choice A correct?


The OA is semantically problematic but grammatically sound.
It is modeled after the OA for following official SC:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/thomas-eakin ... 74313.html
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Bunuel wrote:
Mark Twain's biography and his unconventional career path−from printer's apprentice, to steamboat pilot, to journalist and writer−were as significant in shaping his inimitable humor as was his innate sense of the absurd.


A. were as significant in shaping his inimitable humor as was

B. was as significant in shaping his inimitable humor and so was

C. shaped his inimitable humor as significant as did

D. were as significant in shaping his inimitable humor as were his

E. was a significant shaping of his inimitable humor as it was


small Doubt : can any one clarify the usage of the "from....... to idiom" here : it says From X .............to y,to z and P
as far as I think shouldn't it be: from X .....to y,to z and to p
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small Doubt : can any one clarify the usage of the "from....... to idiom" here : it says From X .............to y,to z and P
as far as I think shouldn't it be: from X .....to y,to z and to p


Proposed rewrite:
his unconventional career path -- from printer's apprentice, to steamboat pilot, to journalist and to writer --
Here, the phrase in red implies that Mark Twain was a journalist and THEN a writer.
Not the intended meaning.
The intended meaning is that he was a journalist and writer AT THE SAME TIME.
In other words, Mark Twain's career path was composed of three stages:

Stage 1: He worked as a printer's apprentice.
Stage 2: He worked as a steamboat pilot.
Stage 3: He worked as a journalist and writer.

The result is the portion between the dashes:
from printer's apprentice, to steamboat pilot, to journalist and writer
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Can I say that , option C can be eliminated because it has no verb ?

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GMATGuruNY wrote:
StrugglingGmat2910 wrote:
small Doubt : can any one clarify the usage of the "from....... to idiom" here : it says From X .............to y,to z and P
as far as I think shouldn't it be: from X .....to y,to z and to p


Proposed rewrite:
his unconventional career path -- from printer's apprentice, to steamboat pilot, to journalist and to writer --
Here, the phrase in red implies that Mark Twain was a journalist and THEN a writer.
Not the intended meaning.
The intended meaning is that he was a journalist and writer AT THE SAME TIME.
In other words, Mark Twain's career path was composed of three stages:

Stage 1: He worked as a printer's apprentice.
Stage 2: He worked as a steamboat pilot.
Stage 3: He worked as a journalist and writer.

The result is the portion between the dashes:
from printer's apprentice, to steamboat pilot, to journalist and writer


then according to this shouldn't it be :from printer's apprentice, to steamboat pilot, and to journalist and writer without the and mentioned how can we connect the list .
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Bunuel wrote:
Mark Twain's biography and his unconventional career path−from printer's apprentice, to steamboat pilot, to journalist and writer−were as significant in shaping his inimitable humor as was his innate sense of the absurd.


A. were as significant in shaping his inimitable humor as was

B. was as significant in shaping his inimitable humor and so was

C. shaped his inimitable humor as significant as did

D. were as significant in shaping his inimitable humor as were his

E. was a significant shaping of his inimitable humor as it was



The subject
biography and his unconventional career path
is a compound subject , made by joining two singular subjects.

Compound subjects take plural verb-were
B and E out
C changes the meaning as significant as did

We now look at the other end of the underlined part.

was his is correct -singular !!

Therefore A
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