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# To compare the thunderous brilliance of Beethoven with the bubble-gum

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Re: To compare the thunderous brilliance of Beethoven with the bubble-gum [#permalink]
Would also opt for A.

The comparision seems correct and the parallel structure is kept as well.
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Re: To compare the thunderous brilliance of Beethoven with the bubble-gum [#permalink]
Bunuel wrote:
To compare the thunderous brilliance of Beethoven with the bubble-gum pop tunes of Britney Spears is to compare the value of diamonds with that of plastic baubles.

(A) To compare the thunderous brilliance of Beethoven with the bubble-gum pop tunes of Britney Spears is to compare the value of diamonds with that of plastic baubles.

(B) To compare the thunderous brilliance of Beethoven with the bubble-gum pop tunes of Britney Spears is comparing the value of diamonds with that of plastic baubles.

(C) Comparing the thunderous brilliance of Beethoven with the bubble-gum pop tunes of Britney Spears is to compare the value of diamonds with plastic baubles.

(D) Comparing the thunderous brilliance of Beethoven with the bubble-gum pop tunes of Britney Spears is like comparing the value of diamonds with plastic baubles.

(E) To compare the thunderous brilliance of Beethoven with the bubble-gum pop tunes of Britney Spears is to compare diamonds’ value with plastic baubles’ value.

MANHATTAN REVIEW OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:

This is clearly a question of parallel structure. Choices B and C are incorrect because they have ‘to compare’ and ‘comparing’. Choice E is not parallel. It has ‘the brilliance of Beethoven’ and ‘diamonds’ value’, rather then ‘the value of diamonds’. Choice D uses the word like, which is distinctly different from saying something is something else. That is the main point of this question: to see if you can differentiate a comparison from a statement of equality. Choice A is the correct answer, not only because it has the correct parallel structure, but also because it adheres strictly to the sense of sameness: that to do a is to do b, not merely ‘like’ it. D also has an incorrect comparison by comparing the value of diamonds with plastic baubles, rather then with the value of plastic baubles.
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