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# Unlike the steam locomotive, which required an hour or two

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Unlike the steam locomotive, which required an hour or two of firing up before it was possible to move under its own power, nearly full power could be summoned almost instantly from the cold engine of a diesel locomotive.

(A) it was possible to move under its own power, nearly full power could be summoned almost instantly from the cold engine of a diesel locomotive
(B) it was possible to move under its own power, the diesel locomotive's engine, when cold, could produce nearly full power almost instantly
(C) it could move under its own power, the diesel locomotive could summon nearly full power from a cold engine almost instantly
(D) moving under its own power, the cold engine of the diesel locomotive could produce nearly full power almost instantly
(E) moving under its own power, almost instantly a diesel locomotive could summon nearly full power from a cold engine
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Unlike the steam locomotive, which required an hour or two of firing up before it was possible to move under its own power, nearly full power could be summoned almost instantly from the cold engine of a diesel locomotive.

(A) it was possible to move under its own power, nearly full power could be summoned almost instantly from the cold engine of a diesel locomotive
(B) it was possible to move under its own power, the diesel locomotive's engine, when cold, could produce nearly full power almost instantly
(C) it could move under its own power, the diesel locomotive could summon nearly full power from a cold engine almost instantly
(D) moving under its own power, the cold engine of the diesel locomotive could produce nearly full power almost instantly
(E) moving under its own power, almost instantly a diesel locomotive could summon nearly full power from a cold engine

Rashed12 wrote:
Why E is not correct? Kindly help on the regard.

Hi Rashed12,

The comparison starts with "Unlike the steam locomotive, ...", followed by a modifier, which can be ignored in our consideration of the basic sentence structure.
The next part is the main clause. Because the comparison is to the steam locomotive, you MUST start the main clause with "the diesel locomotive". You shouldn't precede that with anything - such as the adverb (almost instantly) in choice (e).
In order for the comparison to be clear, you MUST begin the main clause with the item that provides the other half of the comparison.

Hope this helps!
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Hi Experts / sayantanc2k / @e-gmat / GMATNinja,

Can you tell me what's wrong with choice E? My understanding is that adverb/adjectives can come before a Noun in 'Like/Unlike + comma' construction. Is the adverb almost instantly wrong here? I even remember seeing an official question similar to this (can't seem to find now). Please advise.

Thanks!

I had the same issue of choosing between C and E. The deal-breaker was the split "the locomotive" in C, and "a/the locomotive" in E. So I have decided that in both parts of the sentence it has to be the same the/the or a/a, which is the case of option C.
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16 Dec 2014, 19:29
Hi,
Is there anyone know why D is wrong?
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06 Sep 2017, 09:37
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Is there anyone know why D is wrong?

The comparison is not correct. 'Steam locomotive' is compared with 'engine'.
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27 May 2018, 12:36
Hi Experts / sayantanc2k / @e-gmat / GMATNinja,

Can you tell me what's wrong with choice E? My understanding is that adverb/adjectives can come before a Noun in 'Like/Unlike + comma' construction. Is the adverb almost instantly wrong here? I even remember seeing an official question similar to this (can't seem to find now). Please advise.

Thanks!
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28 May 2018, 01:55
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sdlife wrote:
Hi Experts / sayantanc2k / @e-gmat / GMATNinja,

Can you tell me what's wrong with choice E? My understanding is that adverb/adjectives can come before a Noun in 'Like/Unlike + comma' construction. Is the adverb almost instantly wrong here? I even remember seeing an official question similar to this (can't seem to find now). Please advise.

Thanks!

I had the same issue of choosing between C and E. The deal-breaker was the split "the locomotive" in C, and "a/the locomotive" in E. So I have decided that in both parts of the sentence it has to be the same the/the or a/a, which is the case of option C.

great explanation.
this is a lession that minor grammartical error come when two choices are left. at first, we can eliminate 3 choices, using meaning logic. latter, grammartical error come into play. this grammatical error is subtle and minor. only when two choices are left, we can see the error.

look for grammartical minor error when two choices are left.
so order of looking for error is MEANING GRAMMAR APPROACH.
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28 May 2018, 07:38
monirjewel wrote:
Unlike the steam locomotive, which required an hour or two of firing up before it was possible to move under its own power, nearly full power could be summoned almost instantly from the cold engine of a diesel locomotive.

(A) it was possible to move under its own power, nearly full power could be summoned almost instantly from the cold engine of a diesel locomotive
(B) it was possible to move under its own power, the diesel locomotive's engine, when cold, could produce nearly full power almost instantly
(C) it could move under its own power, the diesel locomotive could summon nearly full power from a cold engine almost instantly
(D) moving under its own power, the cold engine of the diesel locomotive could produce nearly full power almost instantly
(E) moving under its own power, almost instantly a diesel locomotive could summon nearly full power from a cold engine

Correct Idiomatic Usage : Unlike X, Y

Unlike the steam locomotive, which required an hour or two of firing up before it could move under its own power, the diesel locomotive could summon nearly full power from a cold engine almost instantly.

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28 May 2018, 10:17
monirjewel wrote:
Unlike the steam locomotive, which required an hour or two of firing up before it was possible to move under its own power, nearly full power could be summoned almost instantly from the cold engine of a diesel locomotive.

(A) it was possible to move under its own power, nearly full power could be summoned almost instantly from the cold engine of a diesel locomotive
(B) it was possible to move under its own power, the diesel locomotive's engine, when cold, could produce nearly full power almost instantly
(C) it could move under its own power, the diesel locomotive could summon nearly full power from a cold engine almost instantly
(D) moving under its own power, the cold engine of the diesel locomotive could produce nearly full power almost instantly
(E) moving under its own power, almost instantly a diesel locomotive could summon nearly full power from a cold engine

We are comparing Steam locomotive with diesel locomotive. When we use like/unlike, it must be followed by only a "noun" or "noun phrase".

Straight option C.
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17 Feb 2019, 22:45
Why E is not correct? Kindly help on the regard.
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20 Feb 2019, 09:18
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monirjewel wrote:
Unlike the steam locomotive, which required an hour or two of firing up before it was possible to move under its own power, nearly full power could be summoned almost instantly from the cold engine of a diesel locomotive.

(A) it was possible to move under its own power, nearly full power could be summoned almost instantly from the cold engine of a diesel locomotive
(B) it was possible to move under its own power, the diesel locomotive's engine, when cold, could produce nearly full power almost instantly
(C) it could move under its own power, the diesel locomotive could summon nearly full power from a cold engine almost instantly
(D) moving under its own power, the cold engine of the diesel locomotive could produce nearly full power almost instantly
(E) moving under its own power, almost instantly a diesel locomotive could summon nearly full power from a cold engine

Rashed12 wrote:
Why E is not correct? Kindly help on the regard.

Hi Rashed12,

The comparison starts with "Unlike the steam locomotive, ...", followed by a modifier, which can be ignored in our consideration of the basic sentence structure.
The next part is the main clause. Because the comparison is to the steam locomotive, you MUST start the main clause with "the diesel locomotive". You shouldn't precede that with anything - such as the adverb (almost instantly) in choice (e).
In order for the comparison to be clear, you MUST begin the main clause with the item that provides the other half of the comparison.

Hope this helps!

Thanks a lot for the explanation.It is really helpful to understand why I have made mistake.
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02 Oct 2019, 05:34
Comparison Steam locomotive to Diesel locomotive

Option C
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