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Though Castrov's prose proved less popular than Dostoevsky's

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Though Castrov's prose proved less popular than Dostoevsky's is and less influential than Tolstoy's is, it is no less important.

A. Dostoevsky's is and less influential than Tolstoy's is, it
B. Dostoevsky's and less influential than Tolstoy's, it
C. Dostoevsky's and less influential than Tolstoy's, he
D. Dostoevsky and not as influential as Tolstoy, he
E. Dostoevsky and not as influential as Tolstoy, it

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Though Castrov's prose proved less popular than Dostoevsky's is and less influential than Tolstoy's is, it is no less important.

A. Dostoevsky's is and less influential than Tolstoy's is, it

B. Dostoevsky's and less influential than Tolstoy's, it
C. Dostoevsky's and less influential than Tolstoy's, he
D. Dostoevsky and not as influential as Tolstoy, he
E. Dostoevsky and not as influential as Tolstoy, it


Split #1: We compare Castrov's prose with proses of two other writers. Hence, we need a possesion form for both these writers. To be more specific, we require "Doestoevsky's and Tolstoy's" for the comparison to make sense. Consequently, we can preclude D and E.

Split #2: it vs. he after the comma: As the subject of the sentence is "Castrov's prose" the pronoun should refer to the prose itself, not the writer. Therefore, we can preclude C.

This leaves us with A and B. A is way smoother because we don't require another verb form in this comparison. Simplified it looks like this: "Prose A proved less popular than prose B and less influential than prose C". We can conclude that the two uses of "is" in B are unnecessary.

In conclusion, A is the correct answer.

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The only reason to not chose A is due to redundant 'is'?
Some one please confirm
Bcz meaning wise it is very clear as per me

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New post 24 Mar 2018, 00:08
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The only reason to not chose A is due to redundant 'is'?
Some one please confirm
Bcz meaning wise it is very clear as per me

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Yes B should be the right option in my opinion.

A is wrong because of the redundancy.

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