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    Unlike George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other revolutionary heroes, the reputation of Thomas Paine suffered greatly, to the point where no church cemetery would accept Paine for burial when he died in 1809.

    (A) Unlike George Washington, Thomas Jef ferson, and other revolutionary heroes,the reputation of Thomas Paine suffered greatly, to the point where

    (B) Unlike the reputations of George Washington, Thomas Jef ferson, and other revolutionary heroes, Thomas Paine suffered greatly, to the point that, because of his reputation,

    (C) In contrast to George Washington, Thomas Jef ferson, and other revolutionary heroes, the reputation of Thomas Paine suffered greatly, such that

    (D) The reputation of Thomas Paine, unlike those of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other revolutionary heroes, suf fered so greatly that

    (E) Thomas Paineís reputation suffered greatly, so much so that, unlike George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other revolutionary heroes,

    Correct Answer is option D but Isn't reputation singular? In D, shouldn't it be unlike "that of"?
    Also could we compare singular "reputation" with plural "reputations"?

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    Originally posted by kannav View Post
    [U]Unlike George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other revolutionary heroes, the reputation of Thomas Paine suffered greatly, to the point where[/U] no church cemetery would accept Paine for burial when he died in 1809.

    (A) Unlike George Washington, Thomas Jef ferson, and other revolutionary heroes,the reputation of Thomas Paine suffered greatly, to the point where

    (B) Unlike the reputations of George Washington, Thomas Jef ferson, and other revolutionary heroes, Thomas Paine suffered greatly, to the point that, because of his reputation,

    (C) In contrast to George Washington, Thomas Jef ferson, and other revolutionary heroes, the reputation of Thomas Paine suffered greatly, such that

    (D) The reputation of Thomas Paine, unlike those of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other revolutionary heroes, suf fered so greatly that

    (E) Thomas Paine’s reputation suffered greatly, so much so that, unlike George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other revolutionary heroes,

    Correct Answer is option D but Isn't reputation singular? In D, shouldn't it be unlike "that of"?
    Also could we compare singular "reputation" with plural "reputations"?

    Hey Kannav,

    Here's the response to your query...

    A and C are incorrect in that the modifier "Unlike...heroes" refers to reputation rather than
    B does the reverse in comparing 'reputations' with a person
    E is awkward in "Paines", "so much so"

    "Those" in D refers to "reputations of..." hence, the pronoun usage is fine. Yes, comparing one person's reputation with reputations of many (though a bit awkward) is okay as per the meaning as it's not about their collective reputations.

    I agree that their are certain minor issues with D but that's the best choice among the given ones.
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