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# Unlike that of earlier works on slavery, Blassingames

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Unlike that of earlier works on slavery, Blassingameâ€™s innovative study relies not on the records of White slave owners but on the records of the salves themselves, especially the 70 or so autobiographies and memoirs that have been preserved.

A). that of earlier works on slavery, Blassingameâ€™s
B). that of earlier works on slavery, Blassingame in his
C). earlier works on slavery, Blassingame in his
D). earlier works on slavery, Blassingameâ€™s
E). the earlier works on slavery, Blassingame in his

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30 Dec 2004, 08:53
I will go with D. Unlike the early work on slaevery, B's innovative work....
parallel/comparable item. Also, proper modification.
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30 Dec 2004, 10:50
Unlike that of earlier works on slavery, Blassingameâ€™s innovative study relies not on the records of White slave owners but on the records of the salves themselves, especially the 70 or so autobiographies and memoirs that have been preserved.

A). that of earlier words on slavery, Blassingameâ€™s
Oranges to Oranges but that is unnecessary
B). that of earlier works on slavery, Blassingame in his
apples to oranges "work to Blassingame"
C). earlier works on slavery, Blassingame in his
apples to oranges "work to Blassingame"
D). earlier works on slavery, Blassingameâ€™s
perfect
E). the earlier works on slavery, Blassingame in his
apples to oranges "work to Blassingame"

3-2 split makes it very easy
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30 Dec 2004, 11:17
D

The words 'like' and 'unlike' should compare similar things. EArlier work on slavery is compare to innovative study. IMO they are similar thus comparable.
A is close because it means "Unlike the innovative study of earlier works on slavery, Blassingameâ€™s innovative study...." but i think this results in wordiness
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30 Dec 2004, 16:38
D as well, going with the majority here.
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30 Dec 2004, 17:06
I will go with 'A'
'A' compares "somebody else's earlier works on slavery to Blassingame's" while 'D' compares "earlier works on slavery to Blassingame's"
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30 Dec 2004, 22:30
sorry for late

the OA is A

thanks

sorry, there is a typo, the choice A should be works rather than words
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30 Dec 2004, 22:41
can someone explain A with details and examples. thanks.
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31 Dec 2004, 07:46
IMO, A could be right only if it said

that of earlier work not works

I am not sure if you can use that to refer a plural noun. Those would be more appropriate. What is the source of this question?
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31 Dec 2004, 15:50
praveen_rao7 wrote:
IMO, A could be right only if it said

that of earlier work not works

I am not sure if you can use that to refer a plural noun. Those would be more appropriate. What is the source of this question?

"that" refers to "innovative study", a singular noun. Saying "that of earlier works" is like saying the "pack of wolves" or under a more general form "singular+of+plural". Obviously, you are comparing the innovative study of Blassingame to that of earlier works. It is totally normal to compare X to many other Ys.

ie Unlike that of many others, Bergerac's nose was particularly big--> We are comparing Bergerac's nose to the nose of many others. "others" stands for nobody in particular and is fine under its plural form. Hence, the original question should have "s" after works

ie Unlike Richard's, Bergerac's nose was particularly big/Unlike that of Richard, Bergerac's nose was particularly big--> Since we are comparing two defined person's nose, we have to mention the other person's name, in this case Richard
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02 Jan 2005, 18:30
Thanks for the explanations Paul. Looks like I seem to have a problem when the question involves word "work". I got another one wrong too. Can you help me understand the question below?.

The work of mathematician Roger Penrose in the early 1970s, on the geometry of what are called aperiodic tiles, turned out to describe the architecture of a previously unknown class of crystals.

(A) what are called aperiodic tiles, turned out to describe
(B) what is called aperiodic tiles, describes

here why is A using plural verb are correct?. shouldn't work singular subject agree with singulart verb is instead of "are"?
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04 Jan 2005, 09:42
Just trying to keep this alive
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04 Jan 2005, 12:03
praveen_rao7 wrote:
Thanks for the explanations Paul. Looks like I seem to have a problem when the question involves word "work". I got another one wrong too. Can you help me understand the question below?.

The work of mathematician Roger Penrose in the early 1970s, on the geometry of what are called aperiodic tiles, turned out to describe the architecture of a previously unknown class of crystals.

(A) what are called aperiodic tiles, turned out to describe
(B) what is called aperiodic tiles, describes

here why is A using plural verb are correct?. shouldn't work singular subject agree with singulart verb is instead of "are"?

"what" here refers to "aperiodic tiles", so you have to use plural tense.
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04 Jan 2005, 12:23
praveen_rao7 wrote:
Just trying to keep this alive

Hey Praveen, I have not forgotten about you. I'm just waiting for the site to be up again since there was a good post where I discussed this concept of "what" at length. I'll give you the link as soon as the transition to the new server is complete
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04 Jan 2005, 14:30
According to what you guys said above:
that of earlier works = study of earlier works ???
So, if I am correct:
that=study
works=records
??
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22 Mar 2005, 15:47
I am somehow not convinced that the answer is A. D makes more sense to me.
Let us re-examine this one pl.
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23 Mar 2005, 09:19
saurabhmalpani wrote:
agree with Pat.

Saurabh Malpani

Well I tried this question ..again and still picked up D. I never knew that I had already answered this post.

Still think D is the best.

Saurabh Malpani
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23 Mar 2005, 18:48
'that' refers to the methods studies used to produce the earlier work
A is grammtically perefect and is concise.
(B) - same as (A), but lengthy with use of 'in his'
(C), (D), (E) - bad comparison. Comparing completed works with the method Blassingmae used to complete his work (records of ....)

This is a good question. It's quite confusing with things like 'unlike that of... unlike those of... etc' in a Sc question. Maybe we can include these in the proposed ebook.
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23 Mar 2005, 19:02
ywilfred wrote:
'that' refers to the methods studies used to produce the earlier work
A is grammtically perefect and is concise.
(B) - same as (A), but lengthy with use of 'in his'
(C), (D), (E) - bad comparison. Comparing completed works with the method Blassingmae used to complete his work (records of ....)

This is a good question. It's quite confusing with things like 'unlike that of... unlike those of... etc' in a Sc question. Maybe we can include these in the proposed ebook.

how do u get "that" refers to the methods, I don't see any reference to any methods....doesn't sentence seem like that it is comparing earlier studies with Mr. X's study....I am confused ....

If we break the sentence like this....Unlike the earlier works in slavery, (which relied on XYZ), Mr B's work relies not on XYZ but on.....choice "D" comes || to this meaning. Any input plz ?

thx
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23 Mar 2005, 19:09
The questions talks about Blassingame's work on slavery, and his method invovled using records of the slaves themselves, rather than on records of white slave oweners.

So here, it can be inferred that earlier works used records of white slave owners.

If we wanted to compare the works, we would have done away with 'that of', and just said Unlike earlier works on slavery, Blassingame's work... However, by using 'that', we are clearly comparing two different methods used.
23 Mar 2005, 19:09

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