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She was less successful after she had emigrated to New York compared to her native Germany, photographer Lotte Jacobi nevertheless earned a small group of discerning admirers, and her photographs were eventually exhibited in prestigious galleries across the United States.

A) She was less successful after she had emigrated to New York compared to

B) Being less successful after she had emigrated to New York as compared to

C) Less successful after she emigrated to New York than she had been in

D) Although she was less successful after emigrating to New York when compared to

E) She had been less successful after emigrating to New York than in

Can someone explain this in detail?

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Why is A,E wrong?
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26 Jun 2011, 04:20
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Please hide all hints in the spoiler tag.

You wrote:
Why is A,E wrong?

Now, that straightaway rules out 2 options from the 5, making the question less attractive for the solver.

Just hide these hints. I usually hide anything other than the question in spoiler tag.

All you have to do is this:
[Reveal] Spoiler: My query
Why is A,E wrong?

So, just select the text you want to hide and click the button "spoiler=". Should not be too difficult.
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26 Jun 2011, 04:22
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siddhans:
Please hide all hints in the spoiler tag.

You wrote:
Why is A,E wrong?

Now, that straightaway rules out 2 options from the 5, making the question less attractive for the solver.

Just hide these hints. I usually hide anything other than the question in spoiler tag.

All you have to do is this:
[Reveal] Spoiler: My query
Why is A,E wrong?

So, just select the text you want to hide and click the button "spoiler=". Should not be too difficult.

There you go ! The things is that if i dont put that explicitly some people just put random answers and dont bother to explain in detai even if i have asked...so i usually dont prefer hiding that...
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She was less successful after she had emigrated to New York compared to her native Germany, photographer Lotte Jacobi nevertheless earned a small group of discerning admirers, and her photographs were eventually exhibited in prestigious galleries across the United States.

A) She was less successful after she had emigrated to New York compared to

B) Being less successful after she had emigrated to New York as compared to

C) Less successful after she emigrated to New York than she had been in

D) Although she was less successful after emigrating to New York when compared to

E) She had been less successful after emigrating to New York than in

Can someone explain this in detail?

[Reveal] Spoiler: I Wonder
Why is A,E wrong?

It is better to use "than" if there is a comparative word in the sentence. Here, "less" is comparative, so we need to use "than".

Rules out A, B and D.

E: messes up the verb sequence. "Had been" (past perfect) is used for describing the older event from the two events in the past.

Understand the meaning of the sentence:
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Lotte Jacobi was quite famous in Germany.
Then she moved to New York.
And in New York, she became less famous.
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Older event: Her being more famous when she was in Germany.
Later event: Her being less famous when she moved to New York.

Had been- should be associated with the older event; i.e. her fame when she was in Germany.

E: uses had been with New York; it says after moving to New York, she had been less successful. Wrong.

C: corrects all these errors.

C) Less successful after she emigrated to New York than she had been in
It uses "than" and eliminates all confusing comparator phrases such "as compared to" etc.
Less successful after she moved to New York -- had been is NOT used here, which is good.
she had been in Germany- had been is used for the time when she was in Germany; also good.

Ans: "C"
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26 Jun 2011, 04:59
A brilliant explanation by fluke.
I would like to add another point to prove A is incorrect.
The comparison (as shown in A) is between the level of success and "native germany", an idea which is nonsensical.
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26 Jun 2011, 05:10
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A brilliant explanation by fluke.
I would like to add another point to prove A is incorrect.
The comparison (as shown in A) is between the level of success and "native germany", an idea which is nonsensical.

I cannot agree more...Brilliant explanation by fluke...Kudos to fluke
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26 Jun 2011, 06:39
@siddhans, what is the source of this question?

IMV, it should be D. There seems to be a comparison, though she was not initally famous in NY, but eventually she was.... Using 'Although', makes more sense.

Any explanation why D would be wrong?
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She was less successful after she had emigrated to New York compared to her native Germany, photographer Lotte Jacobi nevertheless earned a small group of discerning admirers, and her photographs were eventually exhibited in prestigious galleries across the United States.

A) She was less successful after she had emigrated to New York compared to

B) Being less successful after she had emigrated to New York as compared to

C) Less successful after she emigrated to New York than she had been in

D) Although she was less successful after emigrating to New York when compared to

E) She had been less successful after emigrating to New York than in

Can someone explain this in detail?

[Reveal] Spoiler: I Wonder
Why is A,E wrong?

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that A & E are run-on sentences
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26 Jun 2011, 20:41
Agree with the run-on comment. Need to be careful about illogical comparisons in this question as well.
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She was less successful after she had emigrated to New York compared to her native Germany
photographer Lotte Jacobi nevertheless earned a small group of discerning admirers, and her photographs were eventually exhibited in prestigious galleries across the United States.
The two parts of the sentence are separated by a comma and not a semi colon - which directly implies that the first part of the sentence cannot be an independent clause- but a subordinate cluase, and we know from the context and structure of second part that it acts as a modifer to the subject "photographer Lotte Jacobi"
Any correct answer choice cannot therefore have a complete working verb in it - so A,D (was) and E ( had been) are all wrong because here the first fragment of the sentence are complete clauses
Between B & C:
as compared to should be followed by in. C is comparing how successful she was in New York to her native germany - it should be 'as compared to (when) IN Germany' Also, being is not preferred- it's redundant when compared to construction in C
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She was less successful after she had emigrated to New York compared to her native Germany, photographer Lotte Jacobi nevertheless earned a small group of discerning admirers, and her photographs were eventually exhibited in prestigious galleries across the United States.

A) She was less successful after she had emigrated to New York compared to

B) Being less successful after she had emigrated to New York as compared to

C) Less successful after she emigrated to New York than she had been in

D) Although she was less successful after emigrating to New York when compared to

E) She had been less successful after emigrating to New York than in

Can someone explain this in detail?

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Why is A,E wrong?

my take is
A) She was less successful after she had emigrated to New York compared to
lacks correct comparison
B) [highlight]Being[/highlight] less successful after she had emigrated to New York as compared to
lacks correct comparison + passive construction
C) Less successful after she emigrated to New York than she had been in
she was less successful ........new york than she had been in her native..... (perfect + simple comparison )
D) Although she was less successful after emigrating to New York when compared to
redundancy although + nevertheless together in a sentence
E) She had been less successful after emigrating to New York than in
passive construction

I hope it helps for some atleast..........
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27 Jun 2011, 11:00
Less - than -- better construction.

Choice C.
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Go with C. It uses proper comparison. Her success was less in NYC as compared to her success in Germany.
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Nice question.. good explanations.. Helped!
I chose D.. but it is C.. did not know the comparison usage of than with less..
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She was less successful after she had emigrated to New York compared to her native Germany, photographer Lotte Jacobi nevertheless earned a small group of discerning admirers, and her photographs were eventually exhibited in prestigious galleries across the United States.

A) She was less successful after she had emigrated to New York compared to

B) Being less successful after she had emigrated to New York as compared to

C) Less successful after she emigrated to New York than she had been in

D) Although she was less successful after emigrating to New York when compared to

E) She had been less successful after emigrating to New York than in
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She was less successful after she had emigrated to New York compared to her native Germany, photographer Lotte Jacobi nevertheless earned a small group of discerning admirers, and her photographs were eventually exhibited in prestigious galleries across the United States.

A) She was less successful after she had emigrated to New York compared to

B) Being less successful after she had emigrated to New York as compared to

C) Less successful after she emigrated to New York than she had been in

D) Although she was less successful after emigrating to New York when compared to

E) She had been less successful after emigrating to New York than in

theory:

Compared to/with” is redundant in a comparison that already includes the word more/less; in such an instance, more than/less than should be used
AS COMPARED TO/WITH and WHEN COMPARED TO/WITH ===>these two are wrong constructions.

A) She was less successful after she had emigrated to New York compared to

B) Being less successful after she had emigrated to New York as compared to

C) Less successful after she emigrated to New York than she had been in===>correct

D) Although she was less successful after emigrating to New York when compared to

E) She had been less successful after emigrating to New York than in==>incorrect use of HAD...as she emigrated later to new york.

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She was less successful after she had emigrated to New York compared to her native Germany, photographer Lotte Jacobi nevertheless earned a small group of discerning admirers, and her photographs were eventually exhibited in prestigious galleries across the United States.

A) She was less successful after she had emigrated to New York compared to
Wrong comparison, success in New York is compared to Germany.
B) Being less successful after she had emigrated to New York as compared to
Being is used
C) Less successful after she emigrated to New York than she had been in
Correct comparision
D) Although she was less successful after emigrating to New York when compared to
Although and nevertheless ... redundency
E) She had been less successful after emigrating to New York than in
Wrong comparison.
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She was less successful after she had emigrated to New York compared to her native Germany, photographer Lotte Jacobi nevertheless earned a small group of discerning admirers, and her photographs were eventually exhibited in prestigious galleries across the United States.

A) She was less successful after she had emigrated to New York compared to

B) Being less successful after she had emigrated to New York as compared to

C) Less successful after she emigrated to New York than she had been in

D) Although she was less successful after emigrating to New York when compared to

E) She had been less successful after emigrating to New York than in

Can someone explain this in detail?

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Why is A,E wrong?

A This is a run on sentence. This clause as a modifier will serve the sentence better.
B Being - enough said.
C correctly compares the level of success after emigrating to New York than in Germany. It acts as a modifier and not a clause.
D Less than
E The subject of the sentence is photographer Lotte Jacobi and the sentence should be built around it. This sentence will be better served with a modifier and not a clause with subject she.
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She was less successful after she had emigrated to New York compared to her native Germany, photographer Lotte Jacobi nevertheless earned a small group of discerning admirers, and her photographs were eventually exhibited in prestigious galleries across the United States.

A) She was less successful after she had emigrated to New York compared to

B) Being less successful after she had emigrated to New York as compared to

C) Less successful after she emigrated to New York than she had been in

D) Although she was less successful after emigrating to New York when compared to

E) She had been less successful after emigrating to New York than in

Can someone explain this in detail?

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Why is A,E wrong?

Don't forget to pay attention to the meaning here - specifically the order of events.

She was originally in Germany. Then she went to New York.

So any usage of HAD -- must be associated with GERMANY -- since thas was further int he past.;;

Notice in (A) - we have "She was less successful after she had emigrated to NY" -- you cannot use HAD in the context of New York - so (A) is no good. Same with (B) and (E).

Only (C) uses regular past tense "emigrated" in context of New York and then "had been" in the context of Germany. This makes it clear that she emigrated to New York. But further into the past, she HAD BEEN in Germany.

So do pay attention to the MEANING and use the correct verb-tense accordingly.

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siddhans wrote:
She was less successful after she had emigrated to New York compared to her native Germany, photographer Lotte Jacobi nevertheless earned a small group of discerning admirers, and her photographs were eventually exhibited in prestigious galleries across the United States.

A) She was less successful after she had emigrated to New York compared to

B) Being less successful after she had emigrated to New York as compared to

C) Less successful after she emigrated to New York than she had been in

D) Although she was less successful after emigrating to New York when compared to

E) She had been less successful after emigrating to New York than in

Can someone explain this in detail?

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Why is A,E wrong?

"compared to" is incorrect, you don't compare her success to the country Germany. A/B/D gone

E) "emigrating" is not correct, we need past participle because the event is clearly over. C is correct.
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