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# The Parthenon is larger than usual for a Doric temple, with

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The Parthenon is larger than usual for a Doric temple, with eight columns on the short sides and seventeen on the long ones rather than the typical six and thirteen.

(a) usual
(b) is usual
(c) has been usual
(d) one usually is
(e) it is usual

Can someone please break down the grammar errors for each answer choice, in addition, explain why (B) is a preferred answer choice over (D).

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17 Dec 2010, 12:26
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tonebeeze wrote:
The Parthenon is larger than usual for a Doric temple, with eight columns on the short sides and seventeen on the long ones rather than the typical six and thirteen.

(a) usual
(b) is usual
(c) has been usual
(d) one usually is
(e) it is usual

Can someone please break down the grammar errors for each answer choice, in addition, explain why (B) is a preferred answer choice over (D).

Thanks all!

Hi,

short sentence correction options may seem easier at first glance, but the correct answer often reflects a minor grammar or style issue, so we need to be extra careful on these.

B is superior to A for parallelism reasons: "IS larger than IS usual" maintains parallelism.

C changes the tense, which changes the meaning of the sentence.

D has the ambiguous pronoun "one", which technically refers to the closest preceding legal parent noun. In this sentence, the only preceding legal parent noun is "the Parthenon", so D actually reads:
Quote:
The Parthenon is larger than the Parthenon usually is

which makes absolutely no sense - we want to compare the Parthenon to other Doric temples, not to itself.

E introduces "it", which is grammatically and stylistically wrong.

Hope that helps!
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Perfect explanation! My trip up was surely the pronoun "one." Thanks!
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17 Jun 2011, 21:27
+1 B

The rest changes the meaning.
In E, "it" doesn't have an antecedent.
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15 Sep 2015, 20:24
tonebeeze wrote:
The Parthenon is larger than usual for a Doric temple, with eight columns on the short sides and seventeen on the long ones rather than the typical six and thirteen.

(a) usual
(b) is usual
(c) has been usual
(d) one usually is
(e) it is usual

Can someone please break down the grammar errors for each answer choice, in addition, explain why (B) is a preferred answer choice over (D).

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pls, help

what is the difference between E and B.
what is the subject of "is usual" in choice B.
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20 Oct 2015, 07:45
Hi,

I still cannot understand why the grammar in B is good.

This is my reasoning:

Tom is taller than David - Here we are comparing Tom and David

The Parthenon is larger than the usual Doric style - Here we are comparing the Parthenon and the usual Doric style building. I don't think that there is an option that presents a correct comparison. What are the flaws in my reasoning?

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20 Oct 2015, 22:37
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tonebeeze wrote:
The Parthenon is larger than usual for a Doric temple, with eight columns on the short sides and seventeen on the long ones rather than the typical six and thirteen.

(a) usual
(b) is usual
(c) has been usual
(d) one usually is
(e) it is usual

Can someone please break down the grammar errors for each answer choice, in addition, explain why (B) is a preferred answer choice over (D).

Thanks all!

Hi,

short sentence correction options may seem easier at first glance, but the correct answer often reflects a minor grammar or style issue, so we need to be extra careful on these.

B is superior to A for parallelism reasons: "IS larger than IS usual" maintains parallelism.

C changes the tense, which changes the meaning of the sentence.

D has the ambiguous pronoun "one", which technically refers to the closest preceding legal parent noun. In this sentence, the only preceding legal parent noun is "the Parthenon", so D actually reads:
Quote:
The Parthenon is larger than the Parthenon usually is

which makes absolutely no sense - we want to compare the Parthenon to other Doric temples, not to itself.

E introduces "it", which is grammatically and stylistically wrong.

Hope that helps!

I am sorry , i did not get your point "we want to compare the Parthenon to other Doric temples, not to itself." My understanding says we are comparing to other Parthenon not to "other Doric temples",
Even if we consider B , which is perfect question of ellipses

the Parthenon is larger than (Parthenon) is usual for a Doric temple

i agree D is problematic "one"
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27 Oct 2015, 07:53
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Hi all,

My 2 cents on this:
I have noticed, at least on official SC questions, that when we find something unusual it normally crops up from ambiguous meaning.

Here, C can be eliminated because it changes the tense and thus the intended meaning.
D and E both can be eliminated because they contain pronouns, one and it, that refer back to Parthenon and thus makes the sentence nonsensical by repeating Parthenon.

Now, to choose between A and B we have to look for meaning (ambiguity).
A says, The Parthenon is larger than usual for a Doric temple - it could mean two things:
1. The Parthenon is larger than an usual Doric temple (this is probably the intended meaning)
2. The Parthenon is larger than usually the Parthenon should be (this is the ambiguous meaning, making A wrong)
So, B comes on rescue and discards the ellipsis present in A. (Ellipsis: practice of omitting the understood words)

B says, The Parthenon is larger than is usual for a Doric temple - Note that the ambiguous meaning cannot be derived from B.

I hope this helps,

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27 Oct 2015, 09:06
If we think problem in terms of "X is larger than Y". X & Y must be of same type right?
X--> Parthenon and Y--> should make sense for comparison. I choose D btw.
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If we think problem in terms of "X is larger than Y". X & Y must be of same type right?
X--> Parthenon and Y--> should make sense for comparison. I choose D btw.

Hi rakeshpai1,

D is incorrect because of one - the pronoun. 'One' has to replace some noun, right? That noun is The Parthenon. So, we have:
The Parthenon is larger than the Parthenon usually is for a Doric temple - does that makes sense?

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07 Sep 2016, 01:25
Not very convinced why A is wrong.
We normally write X is larger than Y.
Here the pantheon is larger than Usual (pantheon) for a doric Building.
Is it wrog because of the missing the after than?
Need more explanation.
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08 Sep 2016, 02:22
tonebeeze wrote:
The Parthenon is larger than usual for a Doric temple, with eight columns on the short sides and seventeen on the long ones rather than the typical six and thirteen.

(a) usual
(b) is usual
(c) has been usual
(d) one usually is
(e) it is usual

Can someone please break down the grammar errors for each answer choice, in addition, explain why (B) is a preferred answer choice over (D).

Thanks all!

The meaning of the sentence conveys that certain size of animal is usual for a Doric temple but pantheon is larger than that.So answer should be B
POE:
A.Changes meaning -Doric temple is not being compared
B.Correct as per meaning
C.than has been -Unnecessary usage of present perfect
D.One usually is- wrong
E.ambiguous "it"
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The use of ellipses in the sentence is what makes it difficult …

Consider the following sentence :

Joe is afraid of ghost more than his wife ..

Can you make out about what this comparison is ??

Is Joe more afraid of ghost than he is afraid of his wife ??…or

Is joe more afraid of ghost that his wife is ??

In such cases, a repetition of “preposition” or “main verb” can clear the picture ..
For example :
Joe is afraid of ghost more than IS his wife …(notice the addition of “IS”)
Or Joe is afraid of ghost more than of his wife …(notice the addition of “OF”)…

Both are acceptable …so we need to understand the meaning and chose the option …

Now coming to the current question :

The Parthenon is larger than usual for a Doric temple, with eight columns on the short sides and seventeen on the long ones rather than the typical six and thirteen.

Currently, the sentence means that the Parthenon is larger than “USUAL” …but usual of what is not clear from the sentence …
The sentence is actually trying to convey that the Parthenon is larger than a usual Parthenon for a Doric temple..

This meaning can be clearly conveyed if we just repeat the “is”

The Parthenon is larger than “IS” usual for a doric temple ….which is OPTION B

Option D : one usually is :
As explained above, “one” is ambiguous and hence wrong…

Kudos if you like the concept explanation !!!
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Both A and B seem fine. What's the source of this question?

Is it really an official question? Can someone confirm?
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23 Sep 2017, 05:53
mihir0710 wrote:
The use of ellipses in the sentence is what makes it difficult …

Consider the following sentence :

Joe is afraid of ghost more than his wife ..

Can you make out about what this comparison is ??

Is Joe more afraid of ghost than he is afraid of his wife ??…or

Is joe more afraid of ghost that his wife is ??

In such cases, a repetition of “preposition” or “main verb” can clear the picture ..
For example :
Joe is afraid of ghost more than IS his wife …(notice the addition of “IS”)
Or Joe is afraid of ghost more than of his wife …(notice the addition of “OF”)…

Both are acceptable …so we need to understand the meaning and chose the option …

Now coming to the current question :

The Parthenon is larger than usual for a Doric temple, with eight columns on the short sides and seventeen on the long ones rather than the typical six and thirteen.

Currently, the sentence means that the Parthenon is larger than “USUAL” …but usual of what is not clear from the sentence …
The sentence is actually trying to convey that the Parthenon is larger than a usual Parthenon for a Doric temple..

This meaning can be clearly conveyed if we just repeat the “is”

The Parthenon is larger than “IS” usual for a doric temple ….which is OPTION B

Option D : one usually is :
As explained above, “one” is ambiguous and hence wrong…

Kudos if you like the concept explanation !!!

I dont think we can infer so much from an option. As said, Usual is not really clear from the sentence. We definitely need a noun in place of usual. X larger than Y. X and y both be nouns.
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tonebeeze wrote:
The Parthenon is larger than usual for a Doric temple, with eight columns on the short sides and seventeen on the long ones rather than the typical six and thirteen.

(a) usual
(b) is usual
(c) has been usual
(d) one usually is
(e) it is usual

Can someone please break down the grammar errors for each answer choice, in addition, explain why (B) is a preferred answer choice over (D).

Thanks all!

Option A- Wrong comparison. comparison is being done between parthenon and usual.
Option B-Close option KEep it
Option C-No need of using present perfect in passive form infact present perfect is not at all required.
Option D- Close option Keep it
Option E-It is ambiguous referrring to whom not clear.

Now between b& D B is better for the reason crisp and precise and one in option D is referring to what thing( we do not know), my observation- GMAT usually do not uses one though there might be exceptions..
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24 Sep 2017, 10:24
Can an expert please comment on why the OA is B.
Option B seems a bit odd to me.
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27 Nov 2017, 00:28
Hello Experts,,Can you help me understand the comparison in option B and why it is better than E
HOw do we eliminate options a,e
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Hello Experts,,Can you help me understand the comparison in option B and why it is better than E
HOw do we eliminate options a,e

E is wrong because the pronoun "it" does not have an antecedent. ("It" cannot be a placeholder, since you would not find the group of words whose place "it" is holding.)

The difficult part here is the difference between A and B: "usual" or "is usual".

The key here is to understand that only "usual" or "the usual" is used when the word "usual" replaces a concrete noun (comparison between two nouns). Example,

The car he brought today is bigger than the usual... correct ("usual" = the CAR he generally brings.)
I ran faster than usual.. wrong (the word "usual" does not replace a concrete noun.)
I ran faster than is usual... correct.

Similarly,

The Parthenon is larger than (the) usual....wrong (implies that there is another temple which is the usual.. wrong meaning).
The Parthenon is larger than is usual ... correct.
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