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The writer opined that, like many other countries that place few restrictions on personal freedom and the exchange of ideas, our national conversation often focuses more on the benefits of self-determination than personal responsibility.

A) our national conversation often focuses more on the benefits of self-determination than personal responsibility
B) our national conversation often focuses more on the benefits of self-determination than on that of personal responsibility
C) our nation often focuses its conversation more on the benefits of self-determination than on those of personal responsibility
D) our nation often focuses its conversation more on the benefits of self-determination than on that of personal responsibility
E) our nation often focuses its conversation more on the benefits of self-determination than personal responsibility

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The writer opined that, like many other countries that place few restrictions on personal freedom and the exchange of ideas, our national conversation often focuses more on the benefits of self-determination than personal responsibility.

A) our national conversation often focuses more on the benefits of self-determination than personal responsibility
B) our national conversation often focuses more on the benefits of self-determination than on that of personal responsibility
C) our nation often focuses its conversation more on the benefits of self-determination than on those of personal responsibility
D) our nation often focuses its conversation more on the benefits of self-determination than on that of personal responsibility
E) our nation often focuses its conversation more on the benefits of self-determination than personal responsibility
The is between C and E..my take is C...A and B are wrong comparisions ..D ..uses that instead of those..and C perfectly uses those..

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dimmak wrote:
The writer opined that, like many other countries that place few restrictions on personal freedom and the exchange of ideas, our national conversation often focuses more on the benefits of self-determination than personal responsibility.

A) our national conversation often focuses more on the benefits of self-determination than personal responsibility
B) our national conversation often focuses more on the benefits of self-determination than on that of personal responsibility
C) our nation often focuses its conversation more on the benefits of self-determination than on those of personal responsibility
D) our nation often focuses its conversation more on the benefits of self-determination than on that of personal responsibility
E) our nation often focuses its conversation more on the benefits of self-determination than personal responsibility


dimmak wrote:
A) our national conversation often focuses more on the benefits of self-determination than personal responsibility


Here we are comparing countries from non-underlined part to national conversation. Incorrect Comparison.

dimmak wrote:
B) our national conversation often focuses more on the benefits of self-determination than on that of personal responsibility


Here also we are comparing countries from non-underlined part to national conversation. Incorrect Comparison.

dimmak wrote:
C) our nation often focuses its conversation more on the benefits of self-determination than on those of personal responsibility


Here comparison is corrected by comparing other countries to our nation. Also More X than Y has correct idiomatic usage where X and Y are parallel as mentioned below.

more on the benefits of self-determination than on those of personal responsibility

Hence Correct

dimmak wrote:
D) our nation often focuses its conversation more on the benefits of self-determination than on that of personal responsibility


Although sentence is parallel and is comparing correct, but that is incorrect usage here.
That refers to singular things, but we need to refer to a plural word that is 'benefits'.
Hence incorrect

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E) our nation often focuses its conversation more on the benefits of self-determination than personal responsibility


Parallelism between X and Y of idiomatic usage More X than Y is not maintained as showcased below -

more on the benefits of self-determination than personal responsibility

Hence Incorrect
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A and B are out because of wrong comparison - like many other countries; needs to be compared with countries and not national conversation. On is required after than. Battle is between C and D.
Those vs That
Those or That would refer back to BENEFITS
We choose THOSE over THAT.

Hence, C.
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My choice is D.

"That of" wins over "Those of" . Because here the comparison is in between " the benefits of self-determination and the benefits of Personal responsibility". Not sure if this is correct analysis :roll: :|

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New post 31 Aug 2018, 01:19
vaibhav1221 is right.

"Like many other countries" needs to modify "our nation," not "our national conversation." A and B are out.

The parallel markers here are more/than. Whatever comes after "more" needs to match what comes after "than."

C) more ON THE BENEFITS than ON THOSE [benefits]
D) more ON THE BENEFITS of self-determination than ON THAT [singular]
E) more ON THE BENEFITS than PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY

Notice that E is missing "on," and that's the main problem. We don't have to mention benefits again. Similarly, we don't have to have plural benefits in D, but if personal responsibility just has one benefit, then "that" has no antecedent, since the singular word "benefit" does not appear in the sentence.
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