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# To compare the lightning-fast genius of playwright Tom

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867. To compare the lightning-fast genius of playwright Tom Stoppard with the pedestrian efforts of some of his contemporaries is to compare the exquisite bouquet of a fine wine with that of ordinary grape juice.

(A) To compare the lightning-fast genius of playwright Tom Stoppard with the pedestrian efforts of some of his contemporaries is to compare the exquisite bouquet of a fine wine with that of ordinary grape juice.
(B) To compare the lightning-fast genius of playwright Tom Stoppard with the pedestrian efforts of some of his contemporaries is comparing the exquisite bouquet of a fine wine with that of ordinary grape juice.
(C) Comparing the lightning-fast genius of playwright Tom Stoppard with the pedestrian efforts of some of his contemporaries is to compare the exquisite bouquet of a fine wine with ordinary grape juice.=====
(D) Comparing the lightning-fast genius of playwright Tom Stoppard with the pedestrian efforts of some of his contemporaries is like comparing the exquisite bouquet of a fine wine with ordinary grape juice.
(E) To compare the lightning-fast genius of playwright Tom Stoppard with the pedestrian efforts of some of his contemporaries is to compare a fine wine’s bouquet with ordinary grape juice’s bouquet.

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In A comparison is made between a person and efforts of his contemporaries...How can it be true.???
Infact none of the options make a correct comparison..
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22 Apr 2012, 10:29
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In A comparison is made between a person and efforts of his contemporaries...How can it be true.???
Infact none of the options make a correct comparison..

To compare the lightning-fast genius of playwright Tom Stoppard with the pedestrian efforts of some of his contemporaries is to compare the exquisite bouquet of a fine wine with that of ordinary grape juice.

So the comparison is made between the "lightening-fast genius of Tom Stoppard" to the "pedestrian efforts of his contemporaries." Much simpler, it is comparing Stoppard's genius to the contemporaries efforts.
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22 Apr 2012, 10:49
(A) To compare the lightning-fast genius of playwright Tom Stoppard with the pedestrian efforts of some of his contemporaries is to compare the exquisite bouquet of a fine wine with that of ordinary grape juice. Correct comparison.
(B) To compare the lightning-fast genius of playwright Tom Stoppard with the pedestrian efforts of some of his contemporaries is comparing the exquisite bouquet of a fine wine with that of ordinary grape juice. II-ism error
(C) Comparing the lightning-fast genius of playwright Tom Stoppard with the pedestrian efforts of some of his contemporaries is to compare the exquisite bouquet of a fine wine with ordinary grape juice.=====
(D) Comparing the lightning-fast genius of playwright Tom Stoppard with the pedestrian efforts of some of his contemporaries is like comparing the exquisite bouquet of a fine wine with ordinary grape juice.
(E) To compare the lightning-fast genius of playwright Tom Stoppard with the pedestrian efforts of some of his contemporaries is to compare a fine wine’s bouquet with ordinary grape juice’s bouquet. exquisite is missing
Nice one, I must say 750+ level.
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28 Apr 2012, 21:26
This sentence deals primarily with parallelisms. To compare at the beginning of the sentence must parallel the clause after the linking verb.
The second half of the question should be equal in comparison meaning it must compare fine wine to grape juice.

side question. in answer choice C if the comparison was correct of fine wine and grape juice. Would using the word "LIKE" be still incorrect?
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30 Apr 2012, 01:13
shikhar wrote:
867. To compare the lightning-fast genius of playwright Tom Stoppard with the pedestrian efforts of some of his contemporaries is to compare the exquisite bouquet of a fine wine with that of ordinary grape juice.

(A) To compare the lightning-fast genius of playwright Tom Stoppard with the pedestrian efforts of some of his contemporaries is to compare the exquisite bouquet of a fine wine with that of ordinary grape juice.
(B) To compare the lightning-fast genius of playwright Tom Stoppard with the pedestrian efforts of some of his contemporaries is comparing the exquisite bouquet of a fine wine with that of ordinary grape juice.
(C) Comparing the lightning-fast genius of playwright Tom Stoppard with the pedestrian efforts of some of his contemporaries is to compare the exquisite bouquet of a fine wine with ordinary grape juice.=====
(D) Comparing the lightning-fast genius of playwright Tom Stoppard with the pedestrian efforts of some of his contemporaries is like comparing the exquisite bouquet of a fine wine with ordinary grape juice.
(E) To compare the lightning-fast genius of playwright Tom Stoppard with the pedestrian efforts of some of his contemporaries is to compare a fine wine’s bouquet with ordinary grape juice’s bouquet.

confused about A, how is it parallel when we compare EXQUISITE bouquet of a fine wine to the EXQUISITE bouquet of ordinary grape juice? Isn't exquisite of ordinary grape juice contradictory? Wouldn't E work better in terms of meaning and parallel?
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confused about A, how is it parallel when we compare EXQUISITE bouquet of a fine wine to the EXQUISITE bouquet of ordinary grape juice? Isn't exquisite of ordinary grape juice contradictory? Wouldn't E work better in terms of meaning and parallel?[/quote]

to compare a fine wine’s bouquet with ordinary grape juice’s bouquet is wordy and redundant
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24 Oct 2017, 22:04
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confused about A, how is it parallel when we compare EXQUISITE bouquet of a fine wine to the EXQUISITE bouquet of ordinary grape juice? Isn't exquisite of ordinary grape juice contradictory? Wouldn't E work better in terms of meaning and parallel?[/quote]

to compare a fine wine’s bouquet with ordinary grape juice’s bouquet is wordy and redundant[/quote]

The use of "that of" in answer choice A accomplishes what E does - "that of" and "those of" are common constructions on the GMAT- often in high level comparison questions with these constructions the concise answer is not necessarily the correct answer.
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