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Most citizens of nineteenth-century London believed that remaining respectable was more important and more difficult than to question the virtues of the age.



(A) to question

(B) questioning

(C) the question of

(D) a question over

(E) all

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Most citizens of nineteenth-century London believed that remaining respectable was more important and more difficult than to question the virtues of the age.


(A) to question

(B) questioning

(C) the question of

(D) a question over

(E) almost citizens of nineteenth-century London believed that remaining respectable was more important and more difficult than to question the virtues of the age


The right answer is B. This is a relatively straightforward question that primarily tests your knowledge of parallelism and comparisons. The rule you're looking out for here is that two entities being compared must be grammatically similar to each other. We can see from the non-underlined portion that one of the things being compared is "remaining respectable". Remaining should therefore be compared to "questioning".

Immediately, this helps us eliminate all options but the correct answer B.

Remember, no matter how easy a question appears, the right way to solve it is still to eliminate all the other answers.

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Most citizens of nineteenth-century London believed that remaining respectable was more important and more difficult than to question the virtues of the age.



(A) to question --> not parallel w/ "remaining"

(B) questioning --> correct

(C) the question of--> same as A

(D) a question over--> same as A

(E) all--> same as A
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New post 25 May 2019, 13:14
Comparision and Parrallelism goes hand in hand, always keep an hawk eye for the Parallelism and Comparison Indicators, as soon as you see it find the two item which are being talked about and make sure that they are parallel.

E.g:
I love doing X and Y. here and is a parralelism indicator and thus both X and Y should be parallel to each other.
I love doing X more than doing Y. Here than is a comparision indicator, therefore first find out which two elements are being compared and then make sure that they are parallel. here the action of doing one thing is getting compared to action of doing another thing. therefore the action should be parallel to the other action

That being said:

Most citizens of nineteenth-century London believed that remaining respectable was more important and more difficult than to question the virtues of the age.


So what is being compared here?
Remaining X is more important than _________ so the no-underlined part is a gerund therefore we need a gerund to make it parallel. therefore answer will be B

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