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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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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


I was between A and D. Has to be D since you've clarified it's not A.

Do you have an OA?

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amitdgr 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


I was between A and D. Has to be D since you've clarified it's not A.

Do you have an OA?


OA is D. Can you explain why you had D in your options ???

Thanks :)
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dwivedys wrote:
amitdgr 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


I was between A and D. Has to be D since you've clarified it's not A.

Do you have an OA?


Ok. A & B are similar except for the THAT/WHICH difference. Since I had already chosen A earlier - B was out.
C is plain awkward.

E has a tense issue; the same defiance welcoming among other things implies that the defiance is still welcoming the alcohol probition that took places ages ago.

The only other choice that made sense was D.

The problem with A is that it lacks the object of comparison. This is because it is understood from the context what SIMILAR DEFIANCE is being talked about. But technically we need the OTHER DEFIANCE stated explicitly for the comparison to be made unequivocally.

You can search the forum for alternate explanations as well.

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dwivedys wrote:
amitdgr 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


I was between A and D. Has to be D since you've clarified it's not A.

Do you have an OA?


Ok. A & B are similar except for the THAT/WHICH difference. Since I had already chosen A earlier - B was out.
C is plain awkward.

E has a tense issue; the same defiance welcoming among other things implies that the defiance is still welcoming the alcohol probition that took places ages ago.

The only other choice that made sense was D.

The problem with A is that it lacks the object of comparison. This is because it is understood from the context what SIMILAR DEFIANCE is being talked about. But technically we need the OTHER DEFIANCE stated explicitly for the comparison to be made unequivocally.

You can search the forum for alternate explanations as well.



Thanks :) your explanation suffices.
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dwivedys wrote:
dwivedys wrote:
amitdgr 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


I was between A and D. Has to be D since you've clarified it's not A.

Do you have an OA?


Ok. A & B are similar except for the THAT/WHICH difference. Since I had already chosen A earlier - B was out.
C is plain awkward.

E has a tense issue; the same defiance welcoming among other things implies that the defiance is still welcoming the alcohol probition that took places ages ago.

The only other choice that made sense was D.

The problem with A is that it lacks the object of comparison. This is because it is understood from the context what SIMILAR DEFIANCE is being talked about. But technically we need the OTHER DEFIANCE stated explicitly for the comparison to be made unequivocally.

You can search the forum for alternate explanations as well.



also I think 'similar' should be followed by 'to' which only answer D has.

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also I think 'similar' should be followed by 'to' which only answer D has.


That is a nice little observation. Thanks ALD
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dwivedys wrote:
dwivedys wrote:
amitdgr 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


I was between A and D. Has to be D since you've clarified it's not A.

Do you have an OA?


Ok. A & B are similar except for the THAT/WHICH difference. Since I had already chosen A earlier - B was out.
C is plain awkward.

E has a tense issue; the same defiance welcoming among other things implies that the defiance is still welcoming the alcohol probition that took places ages ago.

The only other choice that made sense was D.

The problem with A is that it lacks the object of comparison. This is because it is understood from the context what SIMILAR DEFIANCE is being talked about. But technically we need the OTHER DEFIANCE stated explicitly for the comparison to be made unequivocally.

You can search the forum for alternate explanations as well.


also I think 'similar' should be followed by 'to' which only answer D has.




similar to is correct usage but somehow i dont like usage of that which together ,this is almost always wrong !!!
again i chose C ,somehow i found C logical.
we are comparing two scenarios here measues outlawing polygamy and prohibition of alcohol!!!
hence defiance similar to or similar defiance to are equally good ,A,B,E are out then and there itself.

Between C and D ,similar to usage is a poin to be noted but ome how that which is redundant usage in D .
Whats the source of this question !!!do we expect such questions in actual GMAT .
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New post 09 Oct 2008, 20:07
I came across this question on some forum. That which is not wrong usage.

Erin(from TestMagic) wrote:

In English, instead of saying something like "that that" we say "that which." For example:

The number we recorded this week is greater than that which we recorded last week.

is preferable to

The number we recorded this week is greater than that that we recorded last week.

In this sentence

The number we recorded this week is greater than that which we recorded last week.

that = number

and

which = number

Notice that this sentence equals

The number we recorded this week is greater than the number that we recorded last week.

So in our sentence here, we want to say:

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

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