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# The athlete went from also-ran to local hero after scoring

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The athlete went from also-ran to local hero after scoring the decisive points in the championship game.

a. from also-ran to local hero
b. from being an also-run to became a local hero
c. from also-run to became a local hero
d. from what was also-ran status to that of local hero
e. from being an also-run to local hero

This question hit my concepts badly. Its a Kaplan one, I suppose.
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16 Jul 2009, 01:01
I would love if answer is supported by expanation!!!

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16 Jul 2009, 02:05
A.

also-ran (n)

a. from also-ran to local hero --> o.k. parallel
b. from being an also-run to became a local hero --> being/became not parallel , being is awkward, also-run is incorrect vocab
c. from also-run to became a local hero --> also-run (n) /became (v) not parallel , also-run is incorrect
d. from what was also-ran status to that of local hero --> awkard, not parallel
e. from being an also-run to local hero --> being/local hero not parallel .

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16 Jul 2009, 02:43
OA is "A", but I simply can't understand why??

Meaningful only wrote "parallel". I think this is not enough, my initial vote was for "D" but OA is "A"
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16 Jul 2009, 03:43
meaningful wrote:
A.

also-ran (n)

a. from also-ran to local hero --> o.k. parallel
b. from being an also-run to became a local hero --> being/became not parallel , being is awkward, also-run is incorrect vocab
c. from also-run to became a local hero --> also-run (n) /became (v) not parallel , also-run is incorrect
d. from what was also-ran status to that of local hero --> awkard, not parallel
e. from being an also-run to local hero --> being/local hero not parallel .

if you figure out 'also-ran' is noun then rest is easy.
from X to Y ( from 'noun to 'noun') ..parallel so A is the answer .

but how did you know 'also-ran' is noun and what exactly it means?

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16 Jul 2009, 03:51
A.
ok let me explain more

from....to.... (need paralell structure)

a. from also-ran to local hero --> correct because of
(1) also-ran (noun) & local hero (noun) are parallel
(2) also-ran in this sentence includes the meaning of "status" (looser) by itself , the same as hero.

b. from being an also-run to became a local hero --> being(gerund) & became (V) are not parallel
c. from also-run to became a local hero ---> also-run (n) & became (V2) are not parallel / also-run is incorrect vocab
d. from what was also-ran status to that of local hero --> what was also-ran status (noun clauses) & that of local hero (noun phrase) are not parallel , also-ran is not adj which can modify status
e. from being an also-run to local hero --> being (gerund) & local hero (n) are not parallel

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16 Jul 2009, 03:58
sorry for incorrect typing

an also-ran (n) = a loser (not looser)

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16 Jul 2009, 04:18
meaningful wrote:
A.
ok let me explain more

from....to.... (need paralell structure)

a. from also-ran to local hero --> correct because of
(1) also-ran (noun) & local hero (noun) are parallel
(2) also-ran in this sentence includes the meaning of "status" (looser) by itself , the same as hero.

b. from being an also-run to became a local hero --> being(gerund) & became (V) are not parallel
c. from also-run to became a local hero ---> also-run (n) & became (V2) are not parallel / also-run is incorrect vocab
d. from what was also-ran status to that of local hero --> what was also-ran status (noun clauses) & that of local hero (noun phrase) are not parallel , also-ran is not adj which can modify status
e. from being an also-run to local hero --> being (gerund) & local hero (n) are not parallel

Actually the question still stands that how did you know that "also-ran" is noun, what does it actually mean?? I have heard this word for the first time.

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