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One student at the school was not yet 15, yet he was already a master in both chess and in bridge.

A) master in both chess and in bridge.

B) master of both chess and in bridge.

C) master of both chess and of bridge.

D) master both chess and bridge.

E) master of both chess and bridge.

Originally posted by riderofthestorm on 20 Aug 2013, 06:49.
Last edited by riderofthestorm on 20 Aug 2013, 07:06, edited 1 time in total.
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riderofthestorm wrote:
One student at the school was not yet 15, yet he was already a master in both chess and in bridge.

A) master in both chess and in bridge.

B) master of both chess and in bridge.

C) master of both chess and of bridge.

D) master both chess and bridge.

E) master of both chess and bridge.


IDIOM TESTED:

BOTH X and Y.
X and Y must be parallel.

A) master in both chess and in bridge.==>NOT PARALLEL

B) master of both chess and in bridge.==>NOT PARALLEL

C) master of both chess and of bridge.==>NOT PARALLEL

D) master both chess and bridge.==>preposition OF is missing after MASTER.

E) master of both chess and bridge.===>CORRECT

HENCE E
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One student at the school was not yet 15, yet he was already a master in both chess and in bridge.

A) master in both chess and in bridge.
B) master of both chess and in bridge.
C) master of both chess and of bridge.
D) master both chess and bridge.
E) master of both chess and bridge.


Answer choice is E, as indicated above by riderofthestorm. One of the important things in parallel structure is to ensure that the structure is consistent within the sentence. For example, this could have easily been "master both of chess and of bridge", because the "of" comes after the "both". As it is, some people might be tempted by C, but you have to ensure the parallel structure is maintained either with or without the preposition "of". D also could work if the non-underlined part were different. As is the answer must be E.

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Here the parallel marker is ' both X and Y '
So the correct answer should have the elements of parallel marker(X and Y) of the same type.
Option E has correct parallelism . X and Y both are nouns .
Other options do not have parallel elements.
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