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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 slaves 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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12 Aug 2005, 07:28

'B', 'C' & 'E' are out because of comparison problem.

In 'D' & 'A',
'D' seems to compare 'works' & 'study'

'A' is the best choice, it compares 'study of eariler works' & 'Blassingameâ€™s innovative study'.

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12 Aug 2005, 07:45
D is my choice.

A. that of earlier works on slavery, Blassingameâ€™s
- out. Try replacing that with proper noun it is referring.. it becomes
Unlike the innovative study of earlier works on slavery
B. that of earlier works on slavery, Blassingame in his
- OUT wrong comparison, earlier works with Blassingame
C. earlier works on slavery, Blassingame in his
- OUT wrong comparison, earlier works with Blassingame
D. earlier works on slavery, Blassingameâ€™s
- good.. keep this
E. the earlier works on slavery, Blassingame in his
- OUT wrong comparison, earlier works with Blassingame

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12 Aug 2005, 09:20

The other answers are incorrect because
A. is wrong, because "that of" is unnecessary
B. is wrong, for the same reason as choice a, and in addition, "in his" is not required
C. is wrong, because "in his" seems to refer to Blassingame's earlier works, when that is clearly not the case.
E. is wrong, same as C

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12 Aug 2005, 21:39
Somehow I'm not convinced, will still say 'A'. OA please?

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12 Aug 2005, 21:48
Ok, I just searched our forum & found this here...good explaination by paul. I'm happy to see OA as 'A'.

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... ingame%92s

I feel 'that of' is neccessary here, it points to 'the study'.
Would appreciate if anybody can explain in detail.

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12 Aug 2005, 23:56
vivek123 wrote:
Ok, I just searched our forum & found this here...good explaination by paul. I'm happy to see OA as 'A'.

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... ingame%92s

I feel 'that of' is neccessary here, it points to 'the study'.
Would appreciate if anybody can explain in detail.

Yes, 'that of' does points to the study of the 'work' and it parallels with the comparsion 'work of Blassingame's study'. I failed to note that. Too long away from GMAT, I guess.

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13 Aug 2005, 03:29
ywilfred wrote:
vivek123 wrote:
Ok, I just searched our forum & found this here...good explaination by paul. I'm happy to see OA as 'A'.

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... ingame%92s

I feel 'that of' is neccessary here, it points to 'the study'.
Would appreciate if anybody can explain in detail.

Yes, 'that of' does points to the study of the 'work' and it parallels with the comparsion 'work of Blassingame's study'. I failed to note that. Too long away from GMAT, I guess.

I am still not getting it."Unlike that of earlier works on slavery" seems weird to me . I would imagine work itself is study. Will we say 'unlike study of earlier work'? Can somebody plz elaborate on this.
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13 Aug 2005, 05:46
saurya_s wrote:
ywilfred wrote:
vivek123 wrote:
Ok, I just searched our forum & found this here...good explaination by paul. I'm happy to see OA as 'A'.

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... ingame%92s

I feel 'that of' is neccessary here, it points to 'the study'.
Would appreciate if anybody can explain in detail.

Yes, 'that of' does points to the study of the 'work' and it parallels with the comparsion 'work of Blassingame's study'. I failed to note that. Too long away from GMAT, I guess.

I am still not getting it."Unlike that of earlier works on slavery" seems weird to me . I would imagine work itself is study. Will we say 'unlike study of earlier work'? Can somebody plz elaborate on this.
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'that of earlier works' is perfectly fine for English. We need 'that of' to compare the type of work. If we left 'that of', we would be comparing a work (which might be a literature or piece of art etc) against the type of work (study, in this case).

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13 Aug 2005, 06:06
I absolutely do NOT agree with the OA.

The study is a type of work and I don't see a problem in comparing "study" with "work".

If we leave "that of" in the first clause, it just hangs there and does not refer to anything at all. In order for "that of" to have a purpose, we need some characteristic of Blassingameâ€™s study to make the sentence work.

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13 Aug 2005, 18:16
vasild,

Look at it from different angle. Here is how...

Unlike that of earlier works on slavery, Blassingameâ€™s innovative study

We are not talking about the earlier works on slavery but the studies on the works of slavery. Works on slavery might had been in terms of actions of the people such as, what people did.

So, the author is comparing the studies of earlier works on slavery with those of Blassingameâ€™s.

I think A makes sense...

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14 Aug 2005, 01:06
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 slaves 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

I see your point, riteshgupta1, but consider this: "that of earlier works on slavery" implies that there has been a SINGLE study of earlier works on slavery, because we are using "that" instead of "those". I don't think there is a way for Blassingame's study to be innovative, if it is compared to a single other study.

"Unlike that (the study) of earlier works on slavery" implies that Blassingame's study is NOT on earlier works of slavery, but on works from some other period of time. I feel that this also distorts the meaning of the sentence.

I think "works on" and "study of" should be regarded as synonims in this question. (D) is still the best answer for me.

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14 Aug 2005, 17:34
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Because 'Blassingameâ€™s study' is parallel to 'earlier works on slavery'.
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17 Aug 2005, 22:23
riteshgupta1 wrote:
D is my choice.

riteshgupta1 wrote:
I think A makes sense...

ritesh, which is your choice? Confused between A and D. but i am going with A agreeing with ritesh.

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18 Aug 2005, 07:37
Himalya,

I think A is correct.

Earlier works could be anything. They could be protests, flag marches and things of that nature.

We need to compare studies.

And if we go by that A is best.

Although I picked D, A is more plausible than D.

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19 Aug 2005, 04:25
Invert the sentence and you'll see it's a clear (A).

(A) inverted says......Blassingame's innovative study, unlike that (the study) of earlier works on slavery, relies not...... (appropriate comparison)

(D) transforms as.......Blassingame's innovative study, unlike earlier works on slavery, relies not..... (wrong comparison. comparing Works of slavery to someone's study).

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