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# Originally published in 1950, Some Tame Gazelle was Barbara

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Originally published in 1950, Some Tame Gazelle was Barbara [#permalink]

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Originally published in 1950, Some Tame Gazelle was Barbara Pymâ€™s first novel, but it does not read like an apprentice work.
(A) does not read like an apprentice work
(B) seems not to read as an apprentice work
(C) does not seem to read as an apprentice work would
(D) does not read like an apprentice work does
(E) reads unlike an apprentice work

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03 Feb 2005, 08:20
(A)

"does not read" means that the book does not seem like the work of an apprentice.

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03 Feb 2005, 08:50
Thanx Maaverick, my problem is (A) sounds better to the ear. I would have even chosen (A) right away. But after studying the grammar rules I get even more confused. Was stuck between (A) and (C). Can you explain why the "would" is unneccessary,

The more I study the more I get confused can somebody help......

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03 Feb 2005, 11:59
(A) is better than (C) because it's more concise?

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03 Feb 2005, 16:45
swath20 wrote:
Thanx Maaverick, my problem is (A) sounds better to the ear. I would have even chosen (A) right away. But after studying the grammar rules I get even more confused. Was stuck between (A) and (C). Can you explain why the "would" is unneccessary,

The more I study the more I get confused can somebody help......

Sorry, it took me a while to get back to you on this, but my explaination for (C) is as follows:

Originally published in 1950, Some Tame Gazelle was Barbara Pymâ€™s first novel, but it does not seem to read as an apprentice work would.

What (C) conveys, reads as follows: the first novel does not seem to read as an apprentice work would read. It effectively ends up conveying that the novel is trying to read something (i.e. the action is being performed by the novel) and apparently, the novel cannot read as an apprentice work would read. I know, the sentences above hardly make any sense, but that's the point - it does not convey a consistent meaning.

Of course, this is my opinion. The OA and OE would explain this better.

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06 Feb 2005, 02:46
I narrowed down to (A) and (E)... Picked (E) for less wording.

Please explain what is wrong with (E)???

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08 Feb 2005, 05:17
I was stuck between A and C, chose C and moved on. WRONG!!! Ans should be 'A'.

A simple sentence analogy will look like this:

1. The dog does not bark like a dobberman (correct)
2. The dog does not bark as a dobberman would (wrong)

we are comparing actions (bark) in this example, and (read, which means conveying thought) in the question. so, 'like' does the trick.
i hope i am right.

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08 Feb 2005, 13:00
Arsene_Wenger wrote:
I was stuck between A and C, chose C and moved on. WRONG!!! Ans should be 'A'.

A simple sentence analogy will look like this:

1. The dog does not bark like a dobberman (correct)
2. The dog does not bark as a dobberman would (wrong)

we are comparing actions (bark) in this example, and (read, which means conveying thought) in the question. so, 'like' does the trick.
i hope i am right.

Arsene:

if you want to compare actions, you should use "as" instead of "like".

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08 Feb 2005, 14:07
Arsene_Wenger wrote:
2. The dog does not bark as a dobberman would (wrong)

He was using as in his second example. I wonder if the last word is "does" instead of "would", would it be correct?

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09 Feb 2005, 00:54
HongHu wrote:
Arsene_Wenger wrote:
2. The dog does not bark as a dobberman would (wrong)

He was using as in his second example. I wonder if the last word is "does" instead of "would", would it be correct?

Thanks DLMD........copied.
Hong, you are correct. i actually meant 'does' not 'would'.

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09 Feb 2005, 08:53
So "The dog does not bark as a dobberman does." is wrong?

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