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# The inhabitants of Somalia greeted the measures outlawing

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The inhabitants of Somalia greeted the measures outlawing [#permalink]

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01 Aug 2006, 23:29
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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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01 Aug 2006, 23:38
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C 71% If someone can explain what the meaning of sentence is
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02 Aug 2006, 01:31
Also picking D.

For Example :
The temperature we recorded this month is greater than that which we recorded last month.
Here "that" refers to defiance.

Another Way of writing :
The temperature we recorded this month is greater than the temperature that we recorded last month.
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02 Aug 2006, 02:06
"similar" makes things complicated here... in A, B and C it is definitely used wrong
A says "a similar defiance that welcomed" sounds like defiance that welcomed... but what about "similar"? similar to what? unclear

B same problem as A

C defiance is compared to not defiance but something else

E is out of the ballpark completely

Thus, it's D... D also makes sense "defiance similar to defiance"

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02 Aug 2006, 21:05
The choice is between A and D.

D is better. Comparison is correct.

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02 Aug 2006, 21:25
OA is D.

Usage of "that which" is better than "that that"
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31 Jul 2008, 23:01
The OA is D apparently.

"a defiance similar to" is preferred to "a similar defiance", but I don't understand why.

Also, why did you pick "which" over "that"?

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01 Aug 2008, 01:56
A. a similar defiance that welcomed

B. a similar defiance which welcomed
== WRONG – “which” cannot be used in restrictive clause

C. a similar defiance to what welcomed

D. a defiance similar to that which welcomed

E. the same defiance welcoming
== WRONG – changed the meaning.

(A) has the correct idiom

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01 Aug 2008, 07:11
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This is a comparison Q.

Similar defiance in somalia does not exist.

defiance in somalia is similar to the defiance at XYZ location.

Has to be D.

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01 Aug 2008, 10:51
icandy wrote:
This is a comparison Q.

Similar defiance in somalia does not exist.

defiance in somalia is similar to the defiance at XYZ location.

Has to be D.

THAT'S what I was trying to understand! Great, thanks so much!

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01 Aug 2008, 21:52
thinkblue wrote:
Can someone please explain why A is wrong?

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 -> this wrongly says that inhibitants greeted XYZ with a similar defiance that MNO -> similar defiance to what is missing => with defiance is correct usage here => similar defiance appears to be a noun and is misleading
B. a similar defiance which welcomed -> same as above
C. a similar defiance to what welcomed -> same as above
D. a defiance similar to that which welcomed -> perfect with defiance is correct then explanation of defiance follows
E. the same defiance welcoming -> incorrect as above A,B,C
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