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# Originally published in 1950, Some Tame Gazelle was Barbara Pym’s firs

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Originally published in 1950, Some Tame Gazelle was Barbara Pym’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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apache wrote:
Originally published in 1950, Some Tame Gazelle was Barbara Pym’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

(A)correct comparison ' first novel..does not read like an apprentic work.'
(B)changes meaning with 'seem to'
(C)changes meaning with 'seem to'
(D) when you compare actions then use 'as' not 'like'
(E) awkward
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06 Sep 2007, 05:53
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apache wrote:
Originally published in 1950, Some Tame Gazelle was Barbara Pym’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

A.

B is incorrect because it is missing a verb after "as"
C is incorrect because "would" should be "did"
D is incorrect because it should be "as" in stead of "like"
E changes the meaning of the sentence.
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Originally published in 1950, Some Tame Gazelle was Barbara Pym’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

§ B Incorrect usage of “as”—should be used to compare clauses or prepositional phrases. Plus, awkward and poorly styled.

§ C Incorrectly implies that “an apprentice work” can “read.” Plus, awkward and wordy.

§ D “Does” is unnecessary.

§ E Awkward, confusing, and poorly styled.

ANSWER: A
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17 Sep 2007, 13:25
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apache wrote:
Originally published in 1950, Some Tame Gazelle was Barbara Pym’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

I want to say C, but C changes the meaning of the sentence.

does not seem? the original says it does not read like an apprentice work.

So there is no room for ambiguity so seem is out.

I don't like A though b/c arent we comparing how it reads? not the book itself?

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06 Sep 2010, 23:56
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" it does not read" -I think it refers to the quality of the book. Basically, it is saying that the book is of higher quality than that of novice writers. It doesn't have the "flavor" or the "feel" of books written by new writers. "it" refers to "the book". "read" here is a verb. " does not" is used to negate the sentence.
Think of it this way:
The rose smells good-rose does not smell, rather it is being smelled
The cars sell very well- cars do not sell, rather they are being sold
It (the book) does not read...- well, the book obviously does not read, rather it is read by someone.

so, the main point is that " it does not read" qualifies the book as being superior to the book of apprentice writers.
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Explanation from e-gmat blog: https://e-gmat.com/blogs/originally-pub ... 6gmatprep/

WHAT DOES THE SENTENCE MEAN?

This sentence talks about the first novel of Barbara Pym. Its title is Some Tame Gazelle. It was published in 1950. The author states that even though this was her first novel, it does not read like a work of someone who just started writing – an apprentice.What are the errors in the original sentence?The original choice has no errors. It is grammatically correct sentence that conveys logical meaning.

ANSWER CHOICE ANALYSIS

Choice B – Meaning Error: This choice changes the intended meaning of the sentence. The author per original choice is certain that this novel does not read like a beginner’s work. This is regardless of who reads the book. But this choice by using the word “seems” communicates a sense that to the author this novel does not to read like a beginner’s work. But if someone else reads this novel, he/she may consider it a beginner’s work.
Choice C – Meaning Error as in Choice B
Choice D – Idiom Error: This choice uses “like” to begin a clause. Per idiomatic usage, “like” cannot be used to start a clause. In contrast, “as” can be used to begin a clause.
Choice E – Meaning Error: This choice changes the intended meaning of the sentence. Consider the original sentence in its entirety. As we discussed above in the meaning analysis, this sentence states that even though this novel was the first work of the author, it does not read like a beginner’s work. The first part of the sentence and the use of “but” sets the context of this sentence. This sentence implies that the novel reads much better than an apprentice work.
Now lets review the meaning of the sentence per choice E. This choice states this first novel reads unlike an apprentice work. This implies that the novel may read worse than an apprentice work or it may read better than one. Thus, this sentence communicates different meaning from the intended meaning.

Thus, choice A is the correct answer.
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