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# The inhabitants of Somalia greeted the measures

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The inhabitants of Somalia greeted the measures outlawing polygamy with a similar defiance that welcomed the
prohibition of alcohol in the United States in the nineteen-twenties.

a. a similar defiance that welcomed

b. a similar defiance which welcomed

c. a similar defiance to what welcomed

d. a defiance similar to that which welcomed

e. the same defiance welcoming
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16 Apr 2016, 11:37
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lotrgandalf wrote:
Why is (A) incorrect? Isn't A expressing the same meaning as (D)?

The intended meaning is:

The Somalians greeted a law with defiance which is similar to some other defiance. This other defiance occurred in USA in the 19th century.

There has to be two occurrences of "defiance" in the sentence - one for the Somalian incident and the other for the USA incident (to which the Somalian incident is compared.)

In option D, the pronoun "that" creates the second copy of defiance - the defiance that occurred in USA.

However in option A "defiance" occurs only once. One instance of defiance cannot refer to both the Somalian incident and the USA incident. Hence option D is better than option A.

The following example will clarify further why option A is wrong:

I made a similar drawing that depicted the true condition of the nature. Here the drawing I made shows the true condition of nature. To what my drawing is similar is not known.... (similar to option A above)

I made a drawing which is similar to a drawing that showed the true condition of nature. Here the other drawing showed the true condition of nature- I made a drawing similar to that other drawing. (similar to option D above)
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15 Apr 2016, 03:06
Why is (A) incorrect? Isn't A expressing the same meaning as (D)?
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16 Apr 2016, 12:21
Thanks sayantanc2k

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17 Oct 2016, 11:51
sayantanc2k wrote:
lotrgandalf wrote:
Why is (A) incorrect? Isn't A expressing the same meaning as (D)?

The intended meaning is:

The Somalians greeted a law with defiance which is similar to some other defiance. This other defiance occurred in USA in the 19th century.

There has to be two occurrences of "defiance" in the sentence - one for the Somalian incident and the other for the USA incident (to which the Somalian incident is compared.)

In option D, the pronoun "that" creates the second copy of defiance - the defiance that occurred in USA.

However in option A "defiance" occurs only once. One instance of defiance cannot refer to both the Somalian incident and the USA incident. Hence option D is better than option A.

The following example will clarify further why option A is wrong:

I made a similar drawing that depicted the true condition of the nature. Here the drawing I made shows the true condition of nature. To what my drawing is similar is not known.... (similar to option A above)

I made a drawing which is similar to a drawing that showed the true condition of nature. Here the other drawing showed the true condition of nature- I made a drawing similar to that other drawing. (similar to option D above)

Hi sayantanc2k,

It seems from this question that which can be used without comma('). Is it valid usage? If 'that that' had been used, it would be correct?

Thanks
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03 Mar 2019, 23:58
In A a single use of ‘defiance’ is meant to refer to two separate instances of defiance. Same error in E.
In B ‘which’ is used incorrectly.
In C ‘what’ is used incorrectly.

So D is the right answer.
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04 Mar 2019, 02:47
divhin wrote:
The inhabitants of Somalia greeted the measures outlawing polygamy with a similar defiance that welcomed the
prohibition of alcohol in the United States in the nineteen-twenties.

a. a similar defiance that welcomed

b. a similar defiance which welcomed

c. a similar defiance to what welcomed

d. a defiance similar to that which welcomed

e. the same defiance welcoming

Actually none of the answer choices seem correct to me. D says a defiance similar to defiance which welcomed prohibition of alcohol. It doesn't makes sense to say that defiance welcomed prohibition of alcohol.
As per the meaning, it should say a defiance similar to the defiance to the measures which welcomed prohibition of alcohol..
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