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Written in ink or engraved by stylus, more than 2,000 letters and documents on wooden tablets excavated at the site of the old roman fort at vindolanda in northern England are yielding a historical account of the military garrison in the first and second centuries that are so vivid in their details about personal life as they are from Pompeii

A. are so vivid in their details about personal life as they are
B. are as vivid in their details of personal life as those gathered
C. is as vivid in their detail about personal life as that gathered
D. is as vivid in its details of personal life as that gathered
E. is so vivid in its details of personal life as is that

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Written in ink or engraved by stylus, more than 2,000 letters and documents on wooden tablets excavated at the site of the old roman fort at vindolanda in northern England are yielding a historical account of the military garrison in the first and second centuries that are so vivid in their details about personal life as they are from Pompeii

A. are so vivid in their details about personal life as they are
B. are as vivid in their details of personal life as those gathered
C. is as vivid in their detail about personal life as that gathered
D. is as vivid in its details of personal life as that gathered
E. is so vivid in its details of personal life as is that
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This is a really good example of how you must be focused one hundred % on each question and really aggressive all the time. In fact I read it without enough attention and I picked it wrong. However, a good lesson that reminds me and this is the good news.

Back to question: so as is wrong so A and E out.

Eliminate the filler (good question because is really long and convoluted in its construction) so the subject is account then singular.

Between C and D : is doesn't agree with their so we have D as definitive answer.

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A. are so vivid in their details about personal life as they are verb must be singular; pronoun reference must be singular; verb in comparison clause compares letters to Pompeii
B. are as vivid in their details of personal life as those gathered verb must be singular; pronoun must be singular
C. is as vivid in their detail about personal life as that gathered their must be singular
D. is as vivid in its details of personal life as that gathered OK
E. is so vivid in its details of personal life as is that Trap answer because the comparison is between the letters of the military garrison and the letters from Pompeii; not letters and Pompeii
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This is a really good example of how you must be focused one hundred % on each question and really aggressive all the time. In fact I read it without enough attention and I picked it wrong. However, a good lesson that reminds me and this is the good news.

Back to question: so as is wrong so A and E out.

Eliminate the filler (good question because is really long and convoluted in its construction) so the subject is account then singular.

Between C and D : is doesn't agree with their so we have D as definitive answer.

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Is the use of "so ... as" always wrong?. can you please share the rules for use of "so...as" construction

I eliminated A because of Subject Verb # -> use of "are" and E because : 1. "that" refers to? 2. that must be followed by a clause.

Option E : historical account is so vivid in its details of personal life as (historical account) is that from Pompeii


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A. are so vivid in their details about personal life as they are verb must be singular; pronoun reference must be singular; verb in comparison clause compares letters to Pompeii
B. are as vivid in their details of personal life as those gathered verb must be singular; pronoun must be singular
C. is as vivid in their detail about personal life as that gathered their must be singular
D. is as vivid in its details of personal life as that gathered OK
E. is so vivid in its details of personal life as is that Trap answer because the comparison is between the letters of the military garrison and the letters from Pompeii; not letters and Pompeii



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Can you please explain in details the reason for eliminating option E

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mejia401 wrote:
A. are so vivid in their details about personal life as they are verb must be singular; pronoun reference must be singular; verb in comparison clause compares letters to Pompeii
B. are as vivid in their details of personal life as those gathered verb must be singular; pronoun must be singular
C. is as vivid in their detail about personal life as that gathered their must be singular
D. is as vivid in its details of personal life as that gathered OK
E. is so vivid in its details of personal life as is that Trap answer because the comparison is between the letters of the military garrison and the letters from Pompeii; not letters and Pompeii



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Can you please explain in details the reason for eliminating option E

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Two mistakes.
1.so...as is illogical. Vindolanda and Pompeii are two cities, using as...as in order to state that the historical account(vivid in their details about personal life) from Vindolanda is same as from Pompeii,much better than so...as.
2.Two predicate "is" exist,wrong. "is" shouldn't exists before that.
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1.a historical account of the military garrison,use singular form “is". A,B out

2.as...as correct usage. E out

3.As a historical account of the military garrison before, again singular form "its". C out.

Correct Answer: D
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Written in ink or engraved by stylus, more than 2,000 letters and documents on wooden tablets excavated at the site of the old roman fort at vindolanda in northern England are yielding a historical account of the military garrison in the first and second centuries that are so vivid in their details about personal life as they are from Pompeii

A. are so vivid in their details about personal life as they are
B. are as vivid in their details of personal life as those gathered
C. is as vivid in their detail about personal life as that gathered
D. is as vivid in its details of personal life as that gathered
E. is so vivid in its details of personal life as is that

Edited : corrected the underlining and typos. Thanks carcass


First of all, we can rule out A and E because so...as is clearly wrong, we're left with B,C,D. Now you have to see, that the comparison in the underlined part refers to "a historical account.." and not the letters, documents and so on. So it must be singular.
Hence, since it's the only answer where all forms are in singular, answer D is correct.
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Written in ink or engraved by stylus, more than 2,000 letters and documents on wooden tablets excavated at the site of the old roman fort at vindolanda in northern England are yielding a historical account of the military garrison in the first and second centuries that are so vivid in their details about personal life as they are from Pompeii

A. are so vivid in their details about personal life as they are
B. are as vivid in their details of personal life as those gathered
C. is as vivid in their detail about personal life as that gathered
D. is as vivid in its details of personal life as that gathered
E. is so vivid in its details of personal life as is that

Edited : corrected the underlining and typos. Thanks carcass


In option D

As vivid in its details of personal life as that gathered

as per my understanding the elements X and Y in the expression "as X as Y" should be parallel, but here the two elements are not parallel

Is the construction "as X as that Y" correct?
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In option D

As vivid in its details of personal life as that gathered

as per my understanding the elements X and Y in the expression "as X as Y" should be parallel, but here the two elements are not parallel

Is the construction "as X as that Y" correct?

This construction is similar to:

jrashish has a car that is as new as that of srashish.

This is equivalent to saying:

jrashish has a car that is as new as that (car) of srashish (is).

Similarly, in this sentence, that in that gathered refers to account.
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is subject in this sentence (1)"more than 2000 letters" or (2)"the military garrison"?
if subject is (1) why we use "is" instead of "are", if subject is (2) why we compare military garrison with letters from Pompeii?
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Written in ink or engraved by stylus, more than 2,000 letters and documents on wooden tablets excavated at the site of the old roman fort at vindolanda in northern England are yielding a historical account of the military garrison in the first and second centuries that are so vivid in their details about personal life as they are from Pompeii

Be aware the OF-phrase.

A. are so vivid in their details about personal life as they are
Wrong. "account" is singular --> "are" is wrong. Remember the OF-phrase "X OF Y" <-- X is the main subject, NOT Y.

B. are as vivid in their details of personal life as those gathered
Wrong. Same problem as in A.

C. is as vivid in their detail about personal life as that gathered
Wrong. "account" is singular --> "their" is wrong.

D. is as vivid in its details of personal life as that gathered
CORRECT.
S-V agreement ok.
"as...as" is good comparison.
"it" - singular vs. "that". OK

E. is so vivid in its details of personal life as is that
Wrong. "so....as" is used for negative comparison.

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Written in ink or engraved by stylus, more than 2,000 letters and documents on wooden tablets excavated at the site of the old roman fort at vindolanda in northern England are yielding a historical account of the military garrison in the first and second centuries that are so vivid in their details about personal life as they are from Pompeii

Be aware the OF-phrase.

A. are so vivid in their details about personal life as they are
Wrong. "account" is singular --> "are" is wrong. Remember the OF-phrase "X OF Y" <-- X is the main subject, NOT Y.

Actually this beware of of-phrase is true only in its own clause. Here, that is/are so vivid in their details.... is a different clause altogether, and so, Y (in the structure X of Y) can definitely be the subject of that is/are so vivid in its/their details.... depending on what makes logical and grammatical sense.

In this case, logically what makes sense is that historical account is vivid; clearly from the context of the sentence, neither military garrison nor centuries are vivid.
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Written in ink or engraved by stylus, more than 2,000 letters and documents on wooden tablets excavated at the site of the old roman fort at vindolanda in northern England are yielding a historical account of the military garrison in the first and second centuries that are so vivid in their details about personal life as they are from Pompeii

Gist: Written in ink or engraved by stylus, more than 2,000 letters and documents are yielding a historical account that [color=#ff0000]are so vivid in their details about personal life as they are from Pompeii[/color]

A. are so vivid in their details about personal life as they are – Wrong verb and pronoun.
B. are as vivid in their details of personal life as those gathered - Wrong verb and pronoun
C. is as vivid in their detail about personal life as that gathered – wrong pronoun.

D. is as vivid in its details of personal life as that gathered – Correct. A is As vivid As B
E. is so vivid in its details of personal life as is that – So-As is wrong idiom on GMAT, it is So-as-to for showing purpose of action. Second ‘is’ redundant. Wrong idiom: A is So vivid As is B..

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Written in ink or engraved by stylus, more than 2,000 letters and documents on wooden tablets excavated at the site of the old roman fort at vindolanda in northern England are yielding a historical account of the military garrison in the first and second centuries that are so vivid in their details about personal life as they are from Pompeii

A. are so vivid in their details about personal life as they are--just awkward and incorrect (use singular for historical account, not the plural are and are)
B. are as vivid in their details of personal life as those gathered--looked correct at first, but again, we're dealing with the singular historical account (are and those are incorrect)
C. is as vivid in their detail about personal life as that gathered--incorrect for using is (singular and correct) but following up with their (plural and not referring to historcal account)
D. is as vivid in its details of personal life as that gathered--correctly uses is and that (both singular and correctly modifying/describing historical account)--if we had a plural, then B would be correct
E. is so vivid in its details of personal life as is that--incorrectly trying to describe two similar things

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Written in ink or engraved by stylus, more than 2,000 letters and documents on wooden tablets excavated at the site of the old roman fort at vindolanda in northern England are yielding a historical account of the military garrison in the first and second centuries that are so vivid in their details about personal life as they are from Pompeii

A. are so vivid in their details about personal life as they are
B. are as vivid in their details of personal life as those gathered
C. is as vivid in their detail about personal life as that gathered
D. is as vivid in its details of personal life as that gathered
E. is so vivid in its details of personal life as is that
Historical account is singular so eliminate A and B. "C" is incorrect since "their" is plural and subject "account" is singular. D is correct. "as vivid" is parallel to "as that gathered" E is incorrect since verb "is" is redundant. Hope it helps
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Written in ink or engraved by stylus, more than 2,000 letters and documents on wooden tablets excavated at the site of the old roman fort at vindolanda in northern England are yielding a historical account of the military garrison in the first and second centuries that are so vivid in their details about personal life as they are from Pompeii

A. are so vivid in their details about personal life as they are
B. are as vivid in their details of personal life as those gathered
C. is as vivid in their detail about personal life as that gathered
D. is as vivid in its details of personal life as that gathered
E. is so vivid in its details of personal life as is that


The original sentence has sub verb disagreement for the dependent clause. 'that' refers to 'account' - hence, a singular 'is' is required
So, A and B are out.

C is out because it uses plural 'their' to refer to 'account'

D = correct ans. It uses the comparison idiom 'as X as Y' properly.

E uses the idiom 'so X as Y' . It does not express the comparison properly.
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Meaning analysis –
more than 2,000 letters and documents on wooden tablets are yielding a historical account of military garrison ,
military garrison are vivid and it vividness is compared to the historical account found in pompeii.

Sentence analysis:

Written in ink or engraved by stylus – Modifies – “more than 2,000 letters and documents on wooden tablets” – correct

“Excavated at … England” – Ved modifier modifies – “more than 2,000 letters and documents on wooden tablets”” - Correct

“more than 2,000 letters and documents on wooden tablets” Compound subject (plural) – Plural verb are (plural verb) – correct

….historical account of the military garrison in the first and second centuries that are so vivid in their details about personal life as they are from Pompeii – relative pronoun that refers to singular preceding noun “Historical account of Military garrison” (Singular),
Singular Subject “That” (Historical account of Military garrison) does not agree with Plural Verb “Are” – Incorect
“Their/They” – Plural Pronoun, is referring to Singular antecedent “historical account of the military garrison”






A. are so vivid in their details about personal life as they are
Incorrect – Reasons discussed above.

B. are as vivid in their details of personal life as those gathered
Incorrect – “are” does not agree with singular subject “That” (Historical account of Military garrison)

C. is as vivid in their detail about personal life as that gathered
Incorrect - “Their” – Plural Pronoun, is referring to Singular antecedent “historical account of the military garrison”


D. is as vivid in its details of personal life as that gathered
Correctt

E. is so vivid in its details of personal life as is that
Incorrect construction – “so vivid” and that does not make sense
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