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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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I think that the responses already given adequately address all the wrong answers, so I'll just clarify a few points about comparison.

(1) If you use "less," "fewer," or "more" to make a comparison, and if both nouns/prepositional phrases/whatever being compared appear after the "less" or "more," then you must use "than" to introduce the second. (This eliminates A, B, and D)

He has fewer cats than dogs.
This is correct, because "fewer" precedes the first noun, "cats," and "than" precedes the second noun, "dogs."
This is the structure you can expect to see on the GMAT.

He has three dogs, but fewer cats.
This is correct. It uses "fewer" without "than," but one of the nouns being compared appears before the "fewer."
Offhand, I don't remember seeing this structure on the GMAT.

(2) All of the words "less," "fewer," and "more" imply comparison, so any additional comparison signal, such as "compared to" or "relative to" is redundant. (This eliminates A, B, and D)

(3) Whatever the elements being compared, they must be both logically comparable and structurally similar. No comparison signal/parallel marker can coordinate two elements unless those elements are the same part of speech. (This eliminates A, B, and D)
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Although Michael has explained it well, I still want to confirm something. In option D, is compared to Germany wrong? is the grammer of comparison correct here?

First, "when compared to" is always wrong. The correct usage is "compared to".

Even if the word "when" were removed, the comparison would be improper. "Germany" is wrongly compared to a complete clause "although she was less successful after emigrating 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
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

A. Success is compared with Native Germany. Also "less" needs "than".
B. Distorts meaning. Implies that her relatively moderate success was somehow linked with her small group of followers. Alo Being as modifier is never correct.
D. "when" denotes a timeline. "less" needs "than"
E. Run On sentence.

C is CORRECT
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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---incorrect comparison
B) Being less successful after she had emigrated to New York as compared to---incorrect comparison
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---incorrect comparison
E) She had been less successful after emigrating to New York than in---incorrect comparison

IMO C---
less successful ----,blah blah blah,---Jacobi
makes sence....comparison is correctly made between the success in the two countries.
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C is the only one which compares her success in NY to her success in Germany.
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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

A. Success is compared with Native Germany. Also "less" needs "than".
B. Distorts meaning. Implies that her relatively moderate success was somehow linked with her small group of followers. Alo Being as modifier is never correct.
D. "when" denotes a timeline. "less" needs "than"
E. Run On sentence.

C is CORRECT
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I would just like to add to whatever is discussed that "had' in Option E is wrongly placed must be placed next to oldest or earliest event i.e next to her emigration to Germany not near 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.

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

As mentined above - Usage of "Compared to" and "less" in the same clause renders it redundant.
Also two independant clauses are connected by a comma , without any conjunctions ( and , but etc) . - "she was less successful, photographer LJ earned "
usage of "had to" is unjustified here , since it sounds like , her emigration to new york happened before germany. Since she was a native of germany , she would be in germany first and then emigrated to NY . According to me , the usage of "had" is incorrect here.

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

Reduandant(less and compared to) as in option A.
same issue with usage of "had" as in A
Also "being" is incorrect/redundant. If the sentence stands the same when you exclude "being" from it , the usage the "being" in such scenarios is almost always wrong. ( compare with C. The sentence without being there stands perfect).

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

Correct. The opening sentnec acts as a modifier modifing phtographer LJ. Also the usage of "had been" indicates that she had been in germany first and then NY. correct depiction of chronology.

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

Same redundancy issues as with other incorrect options. Also the opening modifier in C is concise and conveys clear meaning compared to this choice.

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

Reverse chronology.- Usage of "had been" indicates that she had been in NY first and germany later.
Is a run on sentence , as option A . Need a conjunction to connect two independent clause, rather than just a comma.

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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
"Less" anticipates 'than' not 'compared to'
B) Being less successful after she had emigrated to New York as compared to
Same as (A)
C) Less successful after she emigrated to New York than she had been in
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D) Although she was less successful after emigrating to New York when compared to
Same as (A)
(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

A question about choice D:

Do we also have a redundancy problem in this choice, as it uses both 'Although' and 'nevertheless'?
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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

We'll cross out that option, which give somewhat double comparison.
A) 'less......' and 'compared to' are two distinct comparison, So, cross out A.
B) again 'less.....' and 'compared to' are two distinct comparison tag. So B is out.
C) Correct choice
D) 'less......' and 'compared to.....' are also 2 distinct comparison.
E) 'Less than' is just 1 comparison. So. we can keep it. But, it 'll be cancel out because it use wrong tense. staying is Germany is 1st event and emigrating to New York is 2nd event. Past perfect tense will be used in something related with 'Staying in Germany'. Also, E is a run-on sentence.
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Although Michael has explained it well, I still want to confirm something. In option D, is compared to Germany wrong? is the grammer of comparison correct here?
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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

Hi Expert,
I need to have an exact solution of THIS problem. If the correct answer is C, then the complete sentence will be:
Less successful after she emigrated to New York than she had been in to he native Germany, photographer Lotte Jacobi nevertheless earned a small group discerning admirers, and her photographers were eventually exhibited in prestigious galleries across the United States.
Here, the BOLD is a tag. it works like "not only X...........but also Y" or "either X.............or Y"
I should not write:
He is not only a student but also he is going to USA for his higher education.----->doesn't make any sense.
also, i should not say:
The person is either Stanford student or he is going to ask a question in the forum.------->doesn't make any sense, too.

if we write this correct sentence like below, then it'll be run-on sentence.

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

So for that reason, GMAC technically withdraw red part from the here (may be there is a specific rules to withdraw the subject)
Anyway, in the correct sentence there is a tag (e.g., less XXX........than YYY), THIS tags must show similar ideas like NOT only X.......BUT also Y, right?
But, in the correct option C, there is NO consistency in this TAG, this tags works like my wrong sentences! looks like below:
less SUCCESSFUL (adjective) than COMPLETE SENTENCE
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I need to have an exact solution of THIS problem. If the correct answer is C, then the complete sentence will be:
Less successful after she emigrated to New York than she had been in to he native Germany, photographer Lotte Jacobi nevertheless earned a small group discerning admirers, and her photographers were eventually exhibited in prestigious galleries across the United States.
Here, the BOLD is a tag. it works like "not only X...........but also Y" or "either X.............or Y"
I should not write:
He is not only a student but also he is going to USA for his higher education.----->doesn't make any sense.
also, i should not say:
The person is either Stanford student or he is going to ask a question in the forum.------->doesn't make any sense, too.

if we write this correct sentence like below, then it'll be run-on sentence.

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

So for that reason, GMAC technically withdraw red part from the here (may be there is a specific rules to withdraw the subject)
Anyway, in the correct sentence there is a tag (e.g., less XXX........than YYY), THIS tags must show similar ideas like NOT only X.......BUT also Y, right?
But, in the correct option C, there is NO consistency in this TAG, this tags works like my wrong sentences! looks like below:
less SUCCESSFUL (adjective) than COMPLETE SENTENCE
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Your understanding is alright for not only X but also Y and either X or Y comparison markers. But for the superlative adjective + than comparison marker, you have a slight misunderstanding. The structure is:

X superlative adjective+than Y. ( the complete superlative adjective + than is the comparative marker)

This car is bigger than that car (is).
I am more successful than you (are). (there is no word successfuller, - superlative of successful is more successful (or less successful) - probably that gave rise to your confusion.)
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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

A question about choice D:

Do we also have a redundancy problem in this choice, as it uses both 'Although' and 'nevertheless'?

Here 'Although' and 'nevertheless' in the sentence doesn't change the meaning of the sentence , therefore here usage of both is correct
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