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# The art of Michelangelo, the inventions of Edison, and Shakespeare's

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Re: The art of Michelangelo, the inventions of Edison, and Shakespeare's [#permalink]
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The art of Michelangelo, the inventions of Edison, and Shakespeare's plays all represent great achievements in human history.

A. The art of Michelangelo, the inventions of Edison, and Shakespeare's plays all represent great achievements in human history.

B. Michelangelo, Edison, and Shakespeare all represent great achievements in human history.

C. All great achievements in human history are represented by the art of Michelangelo, the inventions of Edison, and the plays of Shakespeare.

D. The art of Michelangelo, the inventions of Edison, and the plays of Shakespeare all represent great achievements in human history.

E. Michelangelo’s art, Edison’s inventions, and Shakespeare's plays represent all great achievements in human history.

A - not parallel (3 element is not || with the first 2)
B - The artists don't represent great achievements, their works do
C - All great achievements are not restricted to these works (i am sure! )
D - Correct.
E - Same as C
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The art of Michelangelo, the inventions of Edison, and Shakespeare's plays all represent great achievements in human history.

A. The art of Michelangelo, the inventions of Edison, and Shakespeare's plays all represent great achievements in human history. - Not parallel

B. Michelangelo, Edison, and Shakespeare all represent great achievements in human history. - Meaning changed. These people don't represent great achievements, their art, inventions, and plays do.

C. All great achievements in human history are represented by the art of Michelangelo, the inventions of Edison, and the plays of Shakespeare. - Meaning changed. It means that only these 3 things are achievements in human history. The intended meaning was that these 3 things are part of the great achievements in human history.

D. The art of Michelangelo, the inventions of Edison, and the plays of Shakespeare all represent great achievements in human history. - CORRECT. Retains original meaning and is perfectly parallel.

E. Michelangelo’s art, Edison’s inventions, and Shakespeare's plays represent all great achievements in human history. - Distorts meaning. Same as in C

Originally posted by vaibhav1221 on 12 Jul 2018, 04:30.
Last edited by vaibhav1221 on 12 Jul 2018, 05:16, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: The art of Michelangelo, the inventions of Edison, and Shakespeare's [#permalink]
The art of Michelangelo, the inventions of Edison, and Shakespeare's plays all represent great achievements in human history.

A. The art of Michelangelo, the inventions of Edison, and Shakespeare's plays all represent great achievements in human history.

B. Michelangelo, Edison, and Shakespeare all represent great achievements in human history.

C. All great achievements in human history are represented by the art of Michelangelo, the inventions of Edison, and the plays of Shakespeare.

D. The art of Michelangelo, the inventions of Edison, and the plays of Shakespeare all represent great achievements in human history. --> correct

E. Michelangelo’s art, Edison’s inventions, and Shakespeare's plays represent all great achievements in human history.
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Re: The art of Michelangelo, the inventions of Edison, and Shakespeare's [#permalink]
Had it been "Michelangelo’s art, Edison’s inventions, and Shakespeare's plays all represent great achievements in human history"?
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Re: The art of Michelangelo, the inventions of Edison, and Shakespeare's [#permalink]
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Had it been "Michelangelo’s art, Edison’s inventions, and Shakespeare's plays all represent great achievements in human history"?

That should be as correct as option D. But I doubt you will ever see both the options in GMAT together, for both of them are correct and mean exactly the same.
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Re: The art of Michelangelo, the inventions of Edison, and Shakespeare's [#permalink]
OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:
The great achievements are presented in a list. "The art of Michelangelo" and "the inventions of Edison" are parallel to each other, but "Shakespeare's plays" must be changed to "the plays of Shakespeare" to make the third achievement parallel to the first two.

(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.

(B) This choice has parallel structure, but uses an illogical reference. While Michelangelo, Edison, and Shakespeare are great people, they, by themselves, do not represent great achievements; their achievements do.

(C) This choice has parallel structure, but it has been rewritten in the passive voice which is usually less preferred than the active voice of the original sentence. A more critical error, however, is that the meaning of the sentence has been changed to make the assertion that the achievements of the three men somehow represent all great achievements in human history.

(D) CORRECT. This choice has parallel structure, which corrects the only error of the original sentence.

(E) While this choice uses correct parallel structure, the meaning of the sentence has
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