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Unlike the lives of Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoi, and Dostoevski, subjects of other Troyat biographies, Chekhov belongs to the twentieth century, an age of fretfulness and melancholy skepticism.


(A) Unlike the lives of Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoi, and Dostoevski, subjects of other Troyat biographies, Chekhov belongs

(B) Chekhov, unlike the other Troyat biographies of Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoi, and Dostoevski, belongs

(C) The life of Chekhov, unlike the lives of the subjects of other Troyat biographies, Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoi, and Dostoevski, belongs

(D) Chekhov and his life, unlike that of the other Troyat biographies--- Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoi, and Dostoevski, belong

(E) The life of Chekhov, unlike that of other Troyat biographies of Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoi, and Dostoevski, belongs

Originally posted by batliwala on 19 Apr 2004, 01:44.
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A - Compares the lives of ... to Chekhov (illogical)
B - Claims Chekhov belong to the twentieth century (illogical)
D - Compares Chekhov's life to biographies (illogical)
E - Compares Chekhov;s life to biographies (illogical)

Only C makes the correct comparison
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Unlike the lives of Pushkin,Gogol,Tolstoi and Detoevski,subjects of other Troyat biographies, Chekhov belongs to the twentieth century, an age of fretfulness and melancholy skepticism.

A. Unlike the lives of Pushkin,Gogol,Tolstoi and Detoevski,subjects of other Troyat biographies, Chekhov belongs
B. Chekhnov, unlike the other Troyat biographies of Pushkin,Gogol,Tolstoi, and Dostoevski, belongs
C. The life of Chekhnov,unlike the lives of the ubjects of other Troyat biographies Puskin,Gogol,Tolstol and Dostoevski,belongs
D. chekov and his life, unlike that of the other Troyat biographies-Puskin,Gogol,Tolstoi, and Dostoevski,belong
E. The life of Chekov , unlike that of other Troyat biographies of Puskin,Gogol,Tolstoi,and Dostoevski,belongs

I thought the answer to be "E". Can anyone explain this question?



A falsely compares lives of Pushkin, Gogol~ to Chekhov.
B compares Chekhov to the other biographies. wrong!

C correctly compares the life of Chekhov to the lives of the subjects (people).
D Chekhov and his life? unlike that of biographies? This doesn't even make sense.
E is incorrect because 'the life of Chekhov' is compared to the life of biographies'

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Unlike the lives of Pushkin,Gogol,Tolstoi and Detoevski,subjects of other Troyat biographies, Chekhov belongs to the twentieth century, an age of fretfulness and melancholy skepticism.

A. Unlike the lives of Pushkin,Gogol,Tolstoi and Detoevski,subjects of other Troyat biographies, Chekhov belongs -lives compared to Chekhov
B. Chekhnov, unlike the other Troyat biographies of Pushkin,Gogol,Tolstoi, and Dostoevski, belongs - Chekhov compared to biographies
C. The life of Chekhnov,unlike the lives of the subjects of other Troyat biographies Puskin,Gogol,Tolstol and Dostoevski,belongs - correct, The life of Chekhnov is compared to the lives of the subjects of other Troyat biographies Puskin,Gogol,Tolstol
D. chekov and his life, unlike that of the other Troyat biographies-Puskin,Gogol,Tolstoi, and Dostoevski,belong - funny but seems that chekhov and his life are separate things, that is singular which is wrong, becauыe lives of Puskin,Gogol,Tolstoi,and Dostoevski are compared
E. The life of Chekov , unlike that of other Troyat biographies of Puskin,Gogol,Tolstoi,and Dostoevski,belongs - that is singular which is wrong, becauыe lives of Puskin,Gogol,Tolstoi,and Dostoevski are compared

that - singular
those - prular.

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Before we delve, let us appreciate that five arms of the lives of some people are being compared with one arm namely the life of Chekhov and not just four arms as many seem to interpret. The five arms of the first part are 1. the lives of the subjects of other Troyat biographies 2. the life of Pushkin 3. the life of Gogoi 4. the life of Tolstoy and 5. the life of Dostoevsky. The first four arms have to be separated by ‘a comma’ and conjunction ‘and’ from the last arm.
If you want to just refer to only four arms, then there is no need to say other Troyat biographies. Secondly if you intended only four arms, then the right way to say that is: The life of Chekhov, unlike those of Troyat biographies of people such as Pushkin, Gogoi, Tolstoy, and Dostoevsky, belongs


(A) Unlike the lives of Pushkin, Gogoi, Tolstoy, and Dostoevsky, subjects of other Troyat biographies, Chekhov belongs ….. Both serial //ism and comparison are wrong

B) Chekhov, unlike the other Troyat biographies of Pushkin, Gogoi, Tolstoy, and Dostoevsky, belongs …. Wrong: comparing a person with biographies

(C) The life of Chekhov, unlike the lives of the subjects of other Troyat biographies, Pushkin, Gogoi, Tolstoy, and Dostoevsky, belongs….. Life compared with lives. Right choice.

(D) Chekhov and his life, unlike that of the other Troyat biographies -Pushkin, Gogoi, Tolstoy, and Dostoevsky, -belong …. 1. ‘[color=#0040FF]Unlike that of’ is wrong – you need to say ‘unlike those of’ 2. ‘The other biographies’ seems to describe the four others. This is wrong representation.
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(E) The life of Chekhov, unlike that of other Troyat biographies of Pushkin, Gogoi, Tolstoy, and Dostoevsky, belongs ….. [color=#0000FF]‘Unlike that of’ is wrong as in D.


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Your lucid explanation made me to look through this SC differently.

But doesn't that change the meaning intended in original sentence? In the original sentence, the placement of "lives of Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoi, and Dostoevski," just next to "subjects of other Troyat biographies" intends that the first 4 fingers(lives of Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoi, and Dostoevski) specified category of fingers "subjects of other Troyat biographies"

From your perspective, the sentence C looks good to me now.

Also one more thing, if I need to correct B and I go by your last comments on B, then will it seem something like::>
B) The biography of Chekhov, unlike the other Troyat biographies of Pushkin, Gogoi, Tolstoy, and Dostoevsky, belongs

Please let me know your version for B
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A major correction: I would like to present a major correction in my stand. I had not known what a Troyat biography was. When I googled for Troyat biographies, I learnt that the phrase stands for the biographies on the lives of famous Russian celebrities including Chekhov written by the French author Troyat. So I agree that the word ‘other’ simply stands for differentiating Chekhov from other similar Russians. Therefore the second part comprises only four arms, which are all Troyat biographies. I thoroughly agree with ‘joshnsit’ on both his points. (‘joshnsit’ :Your revised B choice is perfectly amended)
I mistook Troyat biographies as if they are some special kind of literary pieces that differed from other ordinary biographies. Wouldn’t it have been better to call them biographies by Troyat?

That ignored, this is simply a question of comparing similar things and so there is no change in the answer choice C. My comments on individual choices stand good except for the muddled thinking on Troyat biographies.

About the contention that in C, the life of Chekhov is being compared with biographies may not be right. Look at the wordings: “The life of Chekhov, unlike the lives of” C just compares life with lives. Life is being compared neither with subjects nor with biographies. Perfect
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Unlike the lives of Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoi, and Dostoevski, subjects of other Troyat biographies, Chekhov belongs to the twentieth century, an age of fretfulness and melancholy skepticism.

(A) Unlike the lives of Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoi, and Dostoevski, subjects of other Troyat biographies, Chekhov belongs
--> wrong comparison

(B) Chekhov, unlike the other Troyat biographies of Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoi, and Dostoevski, belongs =======================
--> wrong comparison Chekov is compared to biographies

(C) The life of Chekhov, unlike the lives of the subjects of other Troyat biographies, Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoi, and Dostoevski, belongs
--> CORRECT

(D) Chekhov and his life, unlike that of the other Troyat biographies—Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoi, and Dostoevski, belong
--> WRONG COMPARISON

(E) The life of Chekhov, unlike that of other Troyat biographies of Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoi, and Dostoevski, belongs
--> wrong comparison

I will go with C .
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Let me take a hack at this :):

First off, anticipate many false comparisons. That is we want to be comparing Pushkin to other authors or the life of Pushkin to those of other authors -----> author vs. authors; life of author vs. life of authors

Unlike the lives of Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoi, and Dostoevski, subjects of other Troyat biographies, Chekhov belongs to the twentieth century, an age of fretfulness and melancholy skepticism.

(A) Unlike the lives of Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoi, and Dostoevski, subjects of other Troyat biographies, Chekhov belongs

Chekhov is being compared to the 'lives of' -----> Incorrect

(B) Chekhov, unlike the other Troyat biographies of Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoi, and Dostoevski, belongs

Chekhov is being compared to biographies ------> Incorrect

(C) The life of Chekhov, unlike the lives of the subjects of other Troyat biographies, Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoi, and Dostoevski, belongs

Life of Chekhov is being compared to 'the lives of subjects' (life vs. lives) so we have a valid comparison. ANSWER

(D) Chekhov and his life, unlike that of the other Troyat biographies—Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoi, and Dostoevski, belong

A couple of things wrong here. First off, Chekhov AND his life are being compared to other biographies. Secondly, the dashes should enclose. Here, instead of a second dash we have a comma. ------> Incorrect

(E) The life of Chekhov, unlike that of other Troyat biographies of Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoi, and Dostoevski, belongs

Here it is being implied that all of Troyat biographies have one life, "unlike THAT of other Troyat biographies..." where THAT refers to 'life.' -----> Incorrect
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Comparisons must be between "like" things. So the "kind/nature" of the things being compared, and not the number, matters.
For example, you cannot say:
Jack's house is bigger than Jill.
But you can say:
Jack's house is bigger than his friends' (houses).

If the latter comparison weren't allowed, then you would need to write a separate sentence for each "life" comparison!


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I think C is the best choice.It has the correct comparison between life of Chekhov and the lives of subjects in other novels.
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