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Parenting an adolescent child can be challenging; even experts acknowledge it is easy for parents to give up rather than establishing a new relationship with their teenager.

A. it is easy for parents to give up rather than establishing a new relationship with their teenager
B. it is easier for parents to give up than to establish a new relationship with their teenager
C. that it is easy for parents to give up rather than establish a new relationship with their teenager
D. that it is easier for parents to give up rather than establish a new relationship with their teenager
E. that parents’ giving up is easier than establishing a new relationship with their teenager

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New post 28 Jun 2018, 19:03
Is it B ? Because it correctly uses the comparison easier ..... to give up than to establish.

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New post 28 Jun 2018, 21:50
Here we are comparing "give up" with "establish a new relationship". So we must use EASIER in my opinion, but the OA says otherwise.
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Since it is comparing giving up and 'establishing' a new 'relationship', shouldn't it use the comparative form 'easier' instead of 'easy'?

I think D should be the best possible answer to this question. What do you think?
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IMO E

Acknowledge should be followed by that. So eliminate A,B

Among C,D,E:
C, D lacks parallelism 'to give up' should be parallel with ''to establish'; 'to' is missing in options D,E

In option E 'Giving up' is parallel with 'establishing'


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Parenting an adolescent child can be challenging; even experts acknowledge it is easy for parents to give up rather than establishing a new relationship with their teenager.

A. it is easy for parents to give up rather than establishing a new relationship with their teenager --> It is required to use that after acknowledge
B. it is easier for parents to give up than to establish a new relationship with their teenager --> same as A
C. that it is easy for parents to give up rather than establish a new relationship with their teenager --> correct
D. that it is easier for parents to give up rather than establish a new relationship with their teenager
E. that parents’ giving up is easier than establishing a new relationship with their teenager --> pronoun"their" can't refer to possessive noun "parents"
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IMO, a small crosscurrent is seen in the usage of the phrase 'rather than' in the passage. It is a fact that we use 'rather than' in GMAT when we prefer X to Y.
When a preference cannot be established, it will be difficult to justify the use of 'rather than.'

In the given case, it is clear that the parents give up not because they prefer it but because they don't know how to establish a new relationship.
Probably a sentence like--- that it is easy for parents to give up but not establish a new relationship with their teenager ---- would be more relevant in the context.
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I marked D too but now I understand why it is wrong

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D. that it is easier for parents to give up rather than establish a new relationship with their teenager


Easier is already doing the comparison, that's why it is redundant with rather than. D can be eliminated.
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IMO, a small crosscurrent is seen in the usage of the phrase 'rather than' in the passage. It is a fact that we use 'rather than' in GMAT when we prefer X to Y.
When a preference cannot be established, it will be difficult to justify the use of 'rather than.'

In the given case, it is clear that the parents give up not because they prefer it but because they don't know how to establish a new relationship.
Probably a sentence like--- that it is easy for parents to give up but not establish a new relationship with their teenager ---- would be more relevant in the context.


Dear daagh

Is usage of comparative in option D "easier" unjustified? Should we avoid it in constructions with "rather than", but use -er only in constructions with "than"?

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Generally, if there is no comparison involved, the use of the comparative makes no point. If however a comparison is involved, 'easier than' may be sufficient. We don't use 'rather than' in all comparative degree of comparisons, do we?
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daagh wrote:
IMO, a small crosscurrent is seen in the usage of the phrase 'rather than' in the passage. It is a fact that we use 'rather than' in GMAT when we prefer X to Y.
When a preference cannot be established, it will be difficult to justify the use of 'rather than.'

In the given case, it is clear that the parents give up not because they prefer it but because they don't know how to establish a new relationship.
Probably a sentence like--- that it is easy for parents to give up but not establish a new relationship with their teenager ---- would be more relevant in the context.



Hello daagh - Could you please explain - why "easy" - option c is preferred over "easier" option - D. We are doing comparison here , so we should be user comparative form right ???
X is easier than y -

Kindly explain -
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