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To portray virtue as a function of simplicity by using the "noble savage" image, according to which the nature of a being is naive and, therefore, noble, is following in a long tradition of chroniclers, from Columbus to Steinbeck.

A) and, therefore, noble, is following in
B) and, so, noble, was following
C) and, therefore, noble, is to follow in
D) but also noble, was to follow
E) but is noble as well, is following in
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To portray virtue as a function of simplicity by using the "noble savage" image, according to which the nature of a being is naive and, therefore, noble, is following in a long tradition of chroniclers, from Columbus to Steinbeck.

A) and, therefore, noble, is following in
B) and, so, noble, was following
C) and, therefore, noble, is to follow in
D) but also noble, was to follow
E) but is noble as well, is following in

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OA TO FOLLOW


D is the correct answer... OA please :)

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blueseas wrote:
To portray virtue as a function of simplicity by using the "noble savage" image, according to which the nature of a being is naive and, therefore, noble, is following in a long tradition of chroniclers, from Columbus to Steinbeck.

A) and, therefore, noble, is following in
B) and, so, noble, was following
C) and, therefore, noble, is to follow in
D) but also noble, was to follow
E) but is noble as well, is following in


Well IMO, It should be C....

In C- TO portray something....blah blah...nested modifiers...is to follow in...( Its Parallelism)

If you look in terms stated above rest all will be OUT... for D-'but also' is awkward here moreover in GMAT it is usually used along with NOT ONLY... moreover the preposition 'in' is required which does not lead to ambiguous meaning!

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To portray virtue as a function of simplicity by using the "noble savage" image, according to which the nature of a being is naive and, therefore, noble, is following in a long tradition of chroniclers, from Columbus to Steinbeck.

A) and, therefore, noble, is following in
B) and, so, noble, was following
C) and, therefore, noble, is to follow in
D) but also noble, was to follow
E) but is noble as well, is following in


Confused between C and D .. C has a problem of "follow in" while D has 2 problems.. one is Past (Was) and second is "But Also" without "Not Only"
2 Errors > 1 Error.. Hence, I would vote for C as it maintains parallelism.

"To Potray" in original statement is parallel to "to follow"
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IMO -A

This is a tough n confusing one. OA please?

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OA should C. The underlined portion should start with and, therefore..only 3 options use this A B C

A is wrong as it is.

We need to here to show connectivity and flow..hence C is better among the rest.

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I will go for C, because "follow in" is correct idiom and tense. By the way, what is the parallelism in C?
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To portray virtue as a function of simplicity by using the "noble savage" image, according to which the nature of a being is naive and, therefore, noble, is following in a long tradition of chroniclers, from Columbus to Steinbeck.

A) and, therefore, noble, is following in
B) and, so, noble, was following
C) and, therefore, noble, is to follow in
D) but also noble, was to follow
E) but is noble as well, is following in


LINKING VERBS acts as a parallelism marker.

HERE LINKING VERB IS : IS

THEREFORE both sides should be parallel.
TO PORTRAY ....is TO FOLLOW.... ===>PARALLEL.

Read the Original Sentence Carefully, Looking for Errors:

There is a nonparallel construction in this sentence because two things are being equated, but the two things are not expressed in the same form. The two parts of the sentence that must be parallel are "to portray" and "following in."

Eliminate Wrong Answer Choices:

Answer Choice (C) makes the two parallel by substituting "to follow in" for "following in."

Choice (A) is incorrect, since we identified an error in the sentence in Step 1.

Choices (B) and (E) do not make the construction parallel because they do not change "following" to "to follow."

Choice (D) changes the meaning of the sentence by substituting "but also noble" for "and, therefore, noble."
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To portray virtue as a function of simplicity by using the "noble savage" image, according to which the nature of a being is naive and, therefore, noble, is following in a long tradition of chroniclers, from Columbus to Steinbeck.

A) and, therefore, noble, is following in
B) and, so, noble, was following
C) and, therefore, noble, is to follow in
D) but also noble, was to follow
E) but is noble as well, is following in


LINKING VERBS acts as a parallelism marker.

HERE LINKING VERB IS : IS

THEREFORE both sides should be parallel.
TO PORTRAY ....is TO FOLLOW.... ===>PARALLEL.

Read the Original Sentence Carefully, Looking for Errors:

There is a nonparallel construction in this sentence because two things are being equated, but the two things are not expressed in the same form. The two parts of the sentence that must be parallel are "to portray" and "following in."

Eliminate Wrong Answer Choices:

Answer Choice (C) makes the two parallel by substituting "to follow in" for "following in."

Choice (A) is incorrect, since we identified an error in the sentence in Step 1.

Choices (B) and (E) do not make the construction parallel because they do not change "following" to "to follow."

Choice (D) changes the meaning of the sentence by substituting "but also noble" for "and, therefore, noble."



Thanks. I always found parallelism difficult to spot, though I get the answer right, on the basis of sound.
Also isn't there a tense problem? "To portray" is in present tense and "following" is present continuous?

By the way, is a parallelism error an idiomatic error or grammatical error? Can a sentence have a parallelism error but be grammatically correct? I mean the error being "purely idiomatic" or "usage error"?
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When you remove the modifiers in the middle of the sentence its easier to see the parallelism.

To portray virtue as a function of simplicity by using the "noble savage" image,according to which the nature of a being is naive and, therefore, noble, is following in a long tradition of chroniclers, from Columbus to Steinbeck.

To portay ...is following --- doesn't follow parallelism.

C) and, therefore, noble, is to follow in

To portay ... is to follow in --- correctly present the sentence in a parallel structure.

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To portray virtue as a function of simplicity by using the "noble savage" image, according to which the nature of a being is naive and, therefore, noble, is following in a long tradition of chroniclers, from Columbus to Steinbeck.

A) and, therefore, noble, is following in
B) and, so, noble, was following
C) and, therefore, noble, is to follow in
D) but also noble, was to follow
E) but is noble as well, is following in


Imo C

The correct is "To x is to Y "


A is wrong as it does not use correct idiom

B same as A and past tense is used
C correct
D correct idiom but the sentence is in past and it changes meaning
E wrong idiom
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stuck with C and D.
D is not correct b/c it does not have "not only"
C still keeps the original meaning intact.

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