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Although She Was Considered Among Her Contemporaries to Be the Better Poet than Her Husband, Later Kassia Was Overshadowed by His Success. - English Language

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MCQ

The following question has a sentence, part or all of which is underlined. Four sentences are given in the options. Choose the sentence which is correct grammatically. Make sure the sentence is clear, exact and free from redundancy, ambiguity, and awkwardness.
Although she was considered among her contemporaries to be the better poet than her husband, later Kassia was overshadowed by his success.

Options

  • Although she was considered among her contemporaries to be the better poet than her husband, later Kassia was overshadowed by his success. 

  • Later overshadowed by the success of her husband, Kassia’s poetry had been considered among her contemporaries to be better than that of her husband. 

  • Although Kassia’s success was later overshadowed by that of her husband, among her contemporaries she was considered the better poet.

  • Kassia’s poetry was considered among her contemporaries as better than her husband, but her success was later overshadowed by his.

Solution

(a) The sentence 'Although she was considered among her contemporaries to be the better poet than her husband, later Kassia was overshadowed by his success. ' misuses the phrase “the better poet.” It is acceptable to say ‘a better poet than’ but not “the better poet than.” If you have already mentioned two poets X and Y, and you want to say that X is better than Y, you can either say X is a better poet than Y, or simply X is the better poet.

(b) In the sentence 'Later overshadowed by the success of her husband, Kassia’s poetry had been considered among her contemporaries to be better than that of her husband.' The subject here is Kassia’s poetry, not Kassia. So, “her husband” makes no sense. Also, “had been considered” and “later overshadowed” do not go well with each other.

(c) This sentence 'Although Kassia’s success was later overshadowed by that of her husband, among her contemporaries, she was considered the better poet.' is grammatically correct while being clear, exact and free from redundancy, ambiguity, and awkwardness.

(d) In this sentence 'Kassia’s poetry was considered among her contemporaries as better than her husband, but her success was later overshadowed by his.' compares Kassia’s poetry to her husband, not to her husband’s poetry. Thus, it makes no sense.

Therefore, "Although Kassia’s success was later overshadowed by that of her husband, among her contemporaries she was considered the better poet." is the correct sentence.

Concept: Incorrect/Correct Sentences (Entrance Exams)
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