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Success in school, according to many of the more cynical critics of public education, is like playing marbles: Distinguished achievement depends not upon talent but upon luck.

A. Success in school, according to many of the more cynical critics of public education, is like playing marbles:

B. Criticizing success in public education cynically, many compare successful schooling to a
successful marble game:

C. School is a game of marbles, according to many of the more cynical critics of public education

D. The more cynical critics of public education say that success in schools is like playing marbles:

E. Many of the more cynical critics of public education say that succeeding in school is like playing marbles:
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New post 03 Apr 2019, 06:33
D and E are close

D is missing 'Many more'

So E is most suitable

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What makes A incorrect?


Doer01 A is incorrect because the clause "according to many of the more cynical critics" is set into the sentence as an inessential clause. However, the whole meaning of the sentence depends on the fact that this is the ideology of cynical critics.
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I actually chosed an incorrect answer, but I guess the explanation would be that the phrase is comparing 2 things: succeeding in school is like playing marbles. Thus, the 2 verbs have to be parallel: succeeding and playing. In the other answers we do not have this parallel form.
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Success in school, according to many of the more cynical critics of public education, is like playing marbles: Distinguished achievement depends not upon talent but upon luck.[/b]


A. Success in school, according to many of the more cynical critics of public education, is like playing marbles:
The "according to many...." clause is essential to the sentence meaning and cannot be set off by commas.

B. Criticizing success in public education cynically, many compare successful schooling to a
successful marble game
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Who is "many"? This sentence completely removes the "cynical critics" part. Also, changes the sentence meaning...."successful schooling" to "successful marble game". This is not what the original sentence intended.

C. School is a game of marbles, according to many of the more cynical critics of public education
This makes school a metaphor for "game of marbles" when the intention is to compare the "succeeding in schools" to "playing a marble game." Also, we try to precede the colon with whatever needs further explanation. Usually the closer, the better.

D. The more cynical critics of public education say that success in schools is like playing marbles:
I don't think this is completely wrong in everyday speech, but we're incorrectly comparing an action "playing marbles" to "success".

E. Many of the more cynical critics of public education say that succeeding in school is like playing marbles:
This sentence adequately compares the action of succeeding in school to playing marbles.



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Success in school, according to many of the more cynical critics of public education, is like playing marbles: Distinguished achievement depends not upon talent but upon luck.

A. Success in school, according to many of the more cynical critics of public education, is like playing marbles:-> “success in school” is not parallel with “playing marbles”

B. Criticizing success in public education cynically, many compare successful schooling to a successful marble game: -> who are “many”?
C. School is a game of marbles, according to many of the more cynical critics of public education -> missing conjunction

D. The more cynical critics of public education say that success in schools is like playing marbles: -> “success in school” is not parallel with “playing marbles”
E. Many of the more cynical critics of public education say that succeeding in school is like playing marbles: -> correct: “succeeding in school” is parallel with “playing marbles”

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New post 13 Apr 2019, 13:00
mikemcgarry Would you like to make some comment on this question ?

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