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Of the people who brought about the Reformation, the religious revolution that grew out of objections to the doctrines of the medieval church, Martin Luther is the best known of them.

(A) Martin Luther is the best known of them
(B) the best known is Martin Luther
(C) the better known of them was Martin Luther
(D) Martin Luther is better known
(E) the best known one was Martin Luther

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New post 16 Nov 2005, 23:21
Take out the chunk of rubbish in segregated out by commas to leave just:

Of the people who brought about the Reformation, Martin Luther is the best know of them.

A - 'best know' (assuming no typo error) is bad english. The same for E.
D changest the meaning of the sentence.
C is plain awkward.

B is the best choice.

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Of the people who brought about the reformation, the religious reformation that grew out of objections to the doctrines of the medieval church, Martin Luther King is the best known of them.

A. Martin Luther King is the best known of them
B. the best known is Martin Luther King
C. the better known of them is Martin Luther King
D. Martin Luther King is better known
E. the best known one was Martin Luther King


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-> B. I just don't understand why it is B. Shouldn't Martin Luther King come after the comma (,) "The best known" is not "of the people." Martin Luther King is part of the people.

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New post 17 Jun 2007, 10:21
Note that the sentence starts with 'Of the people' means from among a group,MLK was the best.
'of them' in A seems wordy.
'better' is wrong-this is used in case of comparison b/w 2 things.
E changes the tense.

B is the correct answer.

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I chose 'B' as well.

The first phrase refers to 'people' and MLK is only one person. To reference him among these people, answer B has "the best known..." to reference back to 'people'.

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New post 17 Jun 2007, 22:44
I will choose B as well.

In A and D the second phrase is modifying MLK!

C. Better known is comparative. We should be using superlative in this case.
E. The tense is wrong. Hence B.

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Of the people who brought about the Reformation, the religious revolution that grew out of objections to the doctrines of the medieval church, Martin Luther is the best known of them.
a) Martin Luther is the best known of them
b)the best known is Martin Luther
c) the better known of them was Martin Luther
d) Martin Luther is better known
e) the best known one was Martin Luther

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I think it is B.

The scentence starts with "of the people" - so the correction scentence should start with Martin Luther and so on..

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why not D?

i just noticed that it has better than best, and therefore changes the meaning of the sentence :roll:
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After seeing your reply, I think better fits well.

Any comments on when to use better and when to use best?

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New post 25 Nov 2010, 19:49
oh la-la :-D

This is what Kaplan says:

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After you read the sentence, always scan the choices quickly to spot differences. Two choces here use "better"; three use "best." "Better" is used when you compare two people or things. "Best" is used when you compare one person or thing to a whole group. Since you're comparing Martin Luther to ALL the people who brought about the Reformation, you have to use "best." "Them" and "one" in (A) and (E) are ambiguous and unnecessary.

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I found that q there. :wink:
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+1 B

Better, more, -er, are used when you compare two things. (e.g. Metallica is better than AC/DC).

In the sentence of your post, the sentence refers to a group of people, therefore there are more than two people. You need words such as best, most, -st. (e.g. Metallica is the BEST heavy metal band). (You are comparing Metallica with the rest of heavy metal bands in the world).

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Of the people who brought about the Reformation,the religious revolution that grew out of objections to the doctrines of the medieval church,Martin Luther is the best known of them.

(A)Martin Luther is the best known of them.

(B)the best known is Martin Luther

(C)the better known of them was Martin Luther

(D)Martin Luther is better known

(E)the best known one was Martin Luther

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Of the people who brought about the Reformation,the religious revolution that grew out of objections to the doctrines of the medieval church,Martin Luther is the best known of them.

(A)Martin Luther is the best known of them.
>>> WRONG. "of them" is redundant, because there is "of the people" at the beginning.

(B)the best known is Martin Luther
>>> WRONG. "The best known" is not a subject, it is adjective. We need a real subject, like "the best known person".


(C)the better known of them was Martin Luther
>>> WRONG. "of them" is redundant. Also, "better" is wrong, we must use superlative comparison form here because there is "OF the people"

(D)Martin Luther is better known
>>> WRONG. we must use superlative comparison here because of "OF the people"

(E)the best known one was Martin Luther.
>>> CORRECT.
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This question is from kaplan`s verbal wordbook.Their explanation is :-

Two choices here use "better",three use "best"."Better" is used when compare two people or things. best is used when compare one person os thing to a whole group .Since here Martin Luther is compared to all the people who brought about the reformation,you have to use best.Them and one in A and E are ambiguous and unnecessary.B is the correct answer.

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Dang I totally got this wrong!

I picked A, yet my logic in picking A was completely incorrect. I think concision works well considering that if we place, "the best known" (which is a modifier) right after people (because it modifies people...), we won't need to clarify that Martin is the best known of them (which is wordy)..which I selected originally!

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The answer is B! It is clear and concise....
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Of the people who brought about the Reformation, the religious revolution that grew out of objections to the doctrines of the medieval church, Martin Luther is the best known of them.

(A) Martin Luther is the best known of them
Pronoun Error - Then is referring to what, it does not have any clear antecedent
Also "Know of" is not correct idiom in this case (Comparison of Martin Luther with rest of the world)
Incorrect

(B) the best known is Martin Luther
"Of the people", best know is X. It is perfect in all sense.

(C) the better known of them was Martin Luther
Incorrect - Use of past tense to present general truth. Also "Better known of them", is not correct idiom. Better should followed by than (In my view)

(D) Martin Luther is better known
"Better known of them", is not correct idiom. Better should followed by than (In my view)

(E) the best known one was Martin Luther
Use of past tense to present general truth

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Of the people who brought about the Reformation, the religious revolution that grew out of objections to the doctrines of the medieval church, Martin Luther is the best known of them.

(A) Martin Luther is the best known of them
OF the people ........ Martin Luther is .... of them(People). Here of the people in the choice sounds redundant. it got repeated twice.
(B) the best known is Martin Luther
(C) the better known of them was Martin Luther
I strongly feel that the tense used should be the present tense not past tense. coz still ML is the best known among them is a fact.
(D) Martin Luther is better known
(E) the best known one was Martin Luther
Here also issue with past tense.
this boils down to B & D. I chose B because best sounded better than better in option D.

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