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# Some may argue that the classical masterpieces Beethoven composed

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Project SC Butler: Day 62: Sentence Correction (SC2)

Some may argue that the classical masterpieces Beethoven composed towards the end of his life, when he was deaf and could only feel the vibrations of the piano's pedals, were greater than his earlier years.

(A) were greater than his earlier years

(B) which are greater than those of earlier years

(C) are greater than earlier years

(D) are greater than those of his earlier years

(E) had to be greater than in those earlier years

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07 Jan 2019, 10:58
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These are my two cents:

(A) were greater than his earlier years:
1- 'were': using the past tense infers that they were once greater, but not anymore in the present. the context is talking about a belief or opinion which is still extended to the present time.
2- The noun of the main sentence is 'masterpieces', so the comparison is between his late and earlier masterpieces, not between his later and earlier years.

(B) which are greater than those of earlier years
1- 'which' started a dependent clause while the main clause still lacking a verb. 'Beethoven composed towards the end of his life' is a subordinate clause that modifies the noun 'masterpieces'

(C) are greater than earlier years
1- compared to A, it used a correct tense, but wrong agreement as it compares irrelevant aspect (as if comparing masterpieces against earlier life)

(D) are greater than those of his earlier years
correct

(E) had to be greater than in those earlier years
1- Although grammatically correct, it conducts a completely different meaning compared to A. 'Had to' expresses a necessity or obligation which is not meant in the main paragraph.

So I think it is D.
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07 Jan 2019, 11:20
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Some may argue that the classical masterpieces Beethoven composed towards the end of his life, when he was deaf and could only feel the vibrations of the piano's pedals, were greater than his earlier years.

Meaning analysis: If we follow intended meaning of the sentence, there is comparison between masterpieces of Beethoven composed towards the end of his life and masterpieces composed in his earlier years. But original sentence fails to convey this meaning. Further, People may argue that 1st one was greater than 2nd. And we have some description of Beethoven’s physical condition towards the end of his life.

Error analysis: pure comparison error.
Sentence structure looks like:

Some may argue that
………… the classical masterpieces (our main subject - plural)
………………...Beethoven composed towards the end of his life (n+nm that modifies the main subject)
………………………when he was deaf and could only feel the vibrations of the piano's pedals, (modifies “the end of his life” and gives additional information about Beethoven’s physical condition)
…………… were greater than his earlier years. (our main verb – plural – hence agrees in number with our subject, but our comparison is illogical)

masterpieces of Beethoven composed towards the end of his life and masterpieces composed in his earlier years compared to his earlier years ??? doesn't make any sense
Verb tense – were – past simple tense is fine when we describe events happened in the past, but Beethoven’s classical masterpieces are still the GREATES CLASSICAL MASTERPIECES, so we need Simple Present tense here.

Let’s go for POA

(A) were greater than his earlier years

(B) which are greater than those of earlier years
(“which” – seems to modify preceding noun, it’s nonsensical, moreover now we don’t have any verb for our subject – SV agreement error, comparison error)

(C) are greater than earlier years
(“are” is fine, but comparison fails, masterpieces of Beethoven composed towards the end of his life and earlier years)

(D) are greater than those of his earlier years
(“are” is fine, “those of” correctly refers to plural “classical masterpieces”, and we have good logical comparison)

(E) had to be greater than in those earlier years
(“had to be” – there is nothing here for masterpieces have to be greater or something, it is illogical and changes intended meaning, “those” refers to what? – demonstrative pronounce – those – has to ? be followed by the noun that it refers to, here “those” seems to refer to “earlier years”, we still have illogical comparison error)

D is the winner
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07 Jan 2019, 11:25
(A) were greater than his earlier years - Here masterpieces are compared to years - WRONG

(B) which are greater than those of earlier years - Usage of which, even though correct comparison - WRONG

(C) are greater than earlier years -Error same as Option A - WRONG

(D) are greater than those of his earlier years - Correct comparison

(E) had to be greater than in those earlier years - Unnecessary had - WROMG
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07 Jan 2019, 23:30
Some may argue that the classical masterpieces Beethoven composed towards the end of his life, when he was deaf and could only feel the vibrations of the piano's pedals, were greater than his earlier years.

(A) were greater than his earlier years - illogical comparison - classical masterpieces towards the end of his life and his earlier years; tense issue - usage of past tense 'were' is incorrect

(B) which are greater than those of earlier years - not a sentence- no verb

(C) are greater than earlier years - illogical comparison - same as A

(D) are greater than those of his earlier years - Correct

(E) had to be greater than in those earlier years - illogical meaning - in this context "had to" means "be obliged or find it necessary to do the specified thing"

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08 Jan 2019, 10:53
Official Explanation :

The parallelism error in this sentence is the lack of a reference to masterpieces in the underlined phrase were greater than his earlier years.

Eliminate (A) and (C) because they do not have any reference to the masterpieces.

Choice (B) introduces an unnecessary relative pronoun which, so it can be eliminated.

Choice (D) correctly changes the tense of were to are and introduces those to refer back to the masterpieces earlier in the sentence.

Choice (E) changes the verb were to had to be and introduces an incorrect prepositional phrase in those earlier years, so (E) can be eliminated. The correct answer is (D).
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