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Two-time Presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan,

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Re: Two-time Presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan  [#permalink]

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warriorguy wrote:
sayantanc2k wrote:
ankujgupta wrote:
Can someone please explain why B is incorrect ?


malavika1 wrote:
Some people in the posts above, have mentioned that B is wordy, when compared to A.

But I am also not totally convinced on this. What does OE say?


The idiom "known as" is used in the sense "named" or "called":

The serial killer is known as Jack the Ripper.... correct
Though my actual name is Sayantan, in GMATclub I am known as sayantanc2k.... correct

In option B, " known as" does not make sense. Jennings Bryan is not called an opponent of evolution.


The above statement is only partially correct.

Though your actual name is Sayantan, in GMATclub you are known as verbal guru


Ha ha, thank you. :-D I am happy that my posts are helpful at least to some in their preparations.
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Official Explanation :



Split #1: active language. This is not definitive, but we suspect that the verb "to oppose" will be preferred over both nouns, "opponent" and "opposition". Choosing the verb form of a word makes a sentence more active.

Split #2: in (B), "an opponent of revolution with religious grounds" is an incorrect idiom. The correct idiom would be "on religious grounds". (B) is wrong.

Split #3: The idioms in (D) & (E), "it is known" or "as is known," suggest something that is common knowledge now. This changes the meaning. The modifiers "known to do X" or "known as Y" suggest that the person was famous in his time for these, but understandably, such things would only be known now to folks familiar with that historical period. Choice (D) & (E) change the meaning and are wrong.

Split #3: (D) also contains a logic error: it changes the meaning. The construction "opposed evolution religiously " comments on the quality of his devotion to his opposition, not the reasons for the opposition, which is the meaning of the prompt sentence. (D) is wrong for this reason as well.

Split #4: Concision. Choices (A) & (C) are all grammatically correct, but whereas (C) is wordy and awkward and indirect, (A) is sleek and elegant and powerful. (A) is the best answer.
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