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Elizabeth Barber, the author of both Prehistoric Textiles, a comprehensive work on cloth in the early cultures of the Mediterranean, and also of Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority on textiles in ancient societies.

(A) also of Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority on
(B) also Women's Work, a more general account of cloth manufacture, is an expert authority about
(C) of Women's Work, a more general account about early cloth manufacture, is an authority on
(D) of Women's Work, a more general account about early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority about
(E) Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an authority on

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Good to see that this one isn't causing much trouble! Part of why we chose this question is that it's another great example of an official GMAT question with a pair of idiom "splits." It looks like you have to choose between "general account of" and "general account about." And then there's another choice between "expert authority on" and "expert authority about."

And guess what? The idiom splits really don't matter. And that's not unusual at all on SC questions: if you're not sure how to deal with a certain idiom, the best thing you can do is look for other issues. In this example, you'll find one gigantic parallelism issue that is really the only thing you'll need to worry about.

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Elizabeth Barber, the author of both Prehistoric Textiles, a comprehensive work on cloth in the early cultures of the Mediterranean, and also of Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority on textiles in ancient societies.

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(A) also of Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority on

The word "both" jumps out at me right away. "Both" is followed by a book title ("Prehistoric Textiles"), but the and is followed by "also of." That's not parallel. Eliminate (A).

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(B) also Women's Work, a more general account of cloth manufacture, is an expert authority about

It's awfully redundant to say "both... and also." And if that isn't enough for you, the phrase "expert authority about" is redundant and doesn't use the correct preposition ("authority on X", not "authority about X.") So plenty of reasons to eliminate (B).

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(C) of Women's Work, a more general account about early cloth manufacture, is an authority on

Parallelism error again with the "both Prehistoric Textiles... and of Women's Work." (C) is gone.

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(D) of Women's Work, a more general account about early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority about

Exactly the same problem as (C), so (D) is out, too.

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(E) Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an authority on

This is the only choice that gets the parallelism correct, so (E) is our answer.
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Elizabeth Barber, the author of both Prehistoric Textiles, a comprehensive work on cloth in the early cultures of the Mediterranean, and also of Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority on textiles in ancient societies.

(A) also of Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority on
(B) also Women's Work, a more general account of cloth manufacture, is an expert authority about
(C) of Women's Work, a more general account about early cloth manufacture, is an authority on
(D) of Women's Work, a more general account about early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority about
(E) Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an authority on

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Parallelism..Both X & Y.
Option E is correct
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Elizabeth Barber, the author of both Prehistoric Textiles, a comprehensive work on cloth in the early cultures of the Mediterranean, and also of Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority on textiles in ancient societies.

(A) also of Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority on - Both Prehistoric Textiles and also of - Not parallel
(B) also Women's Work, a more general account of cloth manufacture, is an expert authority about - Both Prehistoric Textiles and also - Not parallel
(C) of Women's Work, a more general account about early cloth manufacture, is an authority on - Both Prehistoric Textiles and of - Not parallel
(D) of Women's Work, a more general account about early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority about - Both Prehistoric Textiles and of - Not parallel
(E) Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an authority on - Correct

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Elizabeth Barber, the author of both Prehistoric Textiles, a comprehensive work on cloth in the early cultures of the Mediterranean, and also of Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority on textiles in ancient societies.

(A) also of Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority on
(B) also Women's Work, a more general account of cloth manufacture, is an expert authority about
(C) of Women's Work, a more general account about early cloth manufacture, is an authority on
(D) of Women's Work, a more general account about early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority about
(E) Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an authority on

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My Answer - E
Original Sentence/A - Parallelism broken - of both prehistoric Textiles, ...... , and also of women's work.....
B - Same as A - Parallelism broken with the use of also. Authority about is wrong, it should be authority on.
C - Parallelism Broken - of both Prehistoric Textiles, ...... , and of women's work.....
D - Same as C - Parallelism broken with the use of "of". Authority about is wrong, it should be authority on.
E - Correct answer
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idiomatic usage: of both X and Y -

Only option E has the correct form

expert authority is redundant - authority would suffice.

Hence, option E
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Option E.

Parallelism.

Both X & Y would be the correct structure.
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expert authority - redundant usage - so ABD eliminated.

in option C of Women's Work - usage of 'of' doesn't comply with parallel structure. Hence eliminated.
Anwer is E
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Imo E
Both X and Y
Option E has the correct idiom.


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Elizabeth Barber, the author of both Prehistoric Textiles, a comprehensive work on cloth in the early cultures of the Mediterranean, and also of Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority on textiles in ancient societies.

(A) also of Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority on
(B) also Women's Work, a more general account of cloth manufacture, is an expert authority about
(C) of Women's Work, a more general account about early cloth manufacture, is an authority on
(D) of Women's Work, a more general account about early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority about
(E) Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an authority on

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Elizabeth Barber, the author of both Prehistoric Textiles, a comprehensive work on cloth in the early cultures of the Mediterranean, and also of Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority on textiles in ancient societies.

(A) also of Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority on
(B) also Women's Work, a more general account of cloth manufacture, is an expert authority about
(C) of Women's Work, a more general account about early cloth manufacture, is an authority on
(D) of Women's Work, a more general account about early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority about
(E) Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an authority on

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I misread the positioning of both.
I read it as 'the author both of' instead of 'the author of both'.
However, if the question were as Eliazbeth Barber, the author both of......, would Option C be the better and correct choice? souvik101990
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This question tests the concept of idioms. Both X and Y is the idiom. Also and of can't be used here ! Hence the only option we are left with is option E.
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I misread the positioning of both.
I read it as 'the author both of' instead of 'the author of both'.
However, if the question were as Eliazbeth Barber, the author both of......, would Option C be the better and correct choice? souvik101990



Hello sonikavadhera,

I would be glad to help you resolve your doubt. :-)

The expression the author both of is incorrect. The preposition of has to placed after author to clearly convey that certain books have been written by a particular author. The correct expression is author of both X and Y.


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Hi GMATNinja,

just a quick Q: Do expert and authority mean the same in original sentence?

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just a quick Q: Do expert and authority mean the same in original sentence?

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Here's my obviously very very hilariously miserably embarrassingly slow answer :oops:: yup, "expert" and "authority" are basically synonyms here, so "expert authority" could be considered redundant. I just paid very little attention to that issue in my explanation, since the parallelism thing is something that you'll see WAY more often on the GMAT in general.

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Let's try to analyze this with the meaning of sentence rather than grammar, parallelism or any other trick.

Elizabeth Barber, the author of both Prehistoric Textiles (Book A), a comprehensive work on cloth in the early cultures of the Mediterranean (details of Book A), and also of Women's Work (Book B), a more general account of early cloth manufacture (details of Book B), is an expert authority on textiles in ancient societies (details about author).

Clearly, Elizabeth is the author of BOTH Book A AND Book B
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