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Within the scientific community, the accomplishments of Sir Isaac Newt

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Within the scientific community, the accomplishments of Sir Isaac Newton are referred to
more often than any scientist, living or dead.

A) than any

B) than any other

C) than those of any

D) than are those of any

E) than those of any other

Source: GMAT Sentence Correction by Brandon Royal

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Re: Within the scientific community, the accomplishments of Sir Isaac Newt  [#permalink]

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A) than any
WRONG: accomplishment is compared to scientists. Meaningless

B) than any other
WRONG: same as A

C) than those of any
WRONG: Any includes Sir Newton himself too.

D) than are those of any
WRONG: same as C

E) than those of any other
CORRECT


CORRECT ANSWER IS: E

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Re: Within the scientific community, the accomplishments of Sir Isaac Newt  [#permalink]

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Within the scientific community, the accomplishments of Sir Isaac Newton are referred to
more often than any scientist, living or dead.

A) than any

B) than any other

C) than those of any

D) than are those of any

E) than those of any other

Source: GMAT Sentence Correction by Brandon Royal



The meaning is pretty clear, heart of the comparions is "the accomplishments of Sir Isaac Newton and the accomplishments of other scientists". But the original sentence compares the accomplishments of Sir Isaac Newton to scientists themselves, it is nonsencical and wrong.

A) than any
("any" meaning includes Newton himself, this is not intended meaning. So (A) is out)

B) than any other
(Comparison between the accomplishments of Sir Isaac Newton and other scientists themselves - (B) is out)

C) than those of any
("those of" - plural - correctly refers to the accomplishments, but "any" includes Newton himself, this is not intended meaning. So (C) is out)

D) than are those of any
("those of" - plural - correctly refers to the accomplishments, but "any" includes Newton himself, this is not intended meaning, moreover "are" - can be eclipsed, So (D) is out)

E) than those of any other
(the comparisons between "the accomplishments of Sir Isaac Newton and the accomplishments of other scientists", "any other" is also correct to convey intended meaning)

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