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photographer Lotte Jacobi

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photographer Lotte Jacobi

Post Sun Jun 11, 2017 3:33 am
She was less successful after she had emigrated to New York compared to her native Germany, photographer Lotte Jacobi nevertheless earned a small group of discerning admirers, and her photographs were eventually exhibited in prestigious galleries across the United States.

A) She was less successful after she had emigrated to New York compared to

B) Being less successful after she had emigrated to New York as compared to

C) Less successful after she emigrated to New York than she had been in

D) Although she was less successful after emigrating to New York when compared to

E) She had been less successful after emigrating to New York than in

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Post Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:20 am
When looking at SC questions, it's important to assess what's OUTSIDE of the underlined portion as well as what's in the underlined portion.

She was less successful after she had emigrated to New York compared to her native Germany, photographer Lotte Jacobi nevertheless earned a small group of discerning admirers, and her photographs were eventually exhibited in prestigious galleries across the United States.

David effectively ruled out other answer choices based on comparison issues. but you should also have noticed the CLAUSE issues in the original sentence. The non-underlined portion contains a full independent clause (in blue), but answer choice A also contains a full independent clause (red). This is a run-on sentence (or comma-splice).

The portion of the sentence before the comma must be change to either a DEPENDENT clause, or a MODIFYING phrase. We can eliminate A and E because they contain independent clauses rather than modifiers.

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Post Sun Jun 11, 2017 5:11 am
rsarashi wrote:
She was less successful after she had emigrated to New York compared to her native Germany, photographer Lotte Jacobi nevertheless earned a small group of discerning admirers, and her photographs were eventually exhibited in prestigious galleries across the United States.

A) She was less successful after she had emigrated to New York compared to

B) Being less successful after she had emigrated to New York as compared to

C) Less successful after she emigrated to New York than she had been in

D) Although she was less successful after emigrating to New York when compared to

E) She had been less successful after emigrating to New York than in

OAC
First, if Lotte Jacobi was a native of Germany, she had to have emigrated to New York after she'd resided in her native country. The use of the past perfect "had" with "emigrated" makes it sound as though she emigrated to New York first. This is illogical. Eliminate A, B, and E.

D: Although she was less successful after emigrating to New York when compared to
her native Germany


There's no logical way to interpret this construction. Are we comparing a person to native Germany? Are we comparing her experience emigrating to New York to her experience emigrating to her native Germany? Either interpretation is incoherent. D is out.

That leaves us with C

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