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DUET

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Bengali
Source:
Official Guide to the GRE

The condition of scholarship devoted to the history of women in photography is confounding. Recent years have witnessed the posthumous inflation of the role of the hobbyist Alice Austen into that of a pioneering documentarian while dozens of notable senior figures — Marion Palfi, whose photographs of civil-rights activities in the South served as early evidence of the need for protective legislation, to name one — received scant attention from scholars.


"that of" in the following sentence is refering to the environment of that place. What is beinh refererd by "that of" in the above passage?

The environment of this place is more beautiful than that of that place.
 
  • Biffo

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    English - England
    I agree with the others.

    "Recent years have witnessed the posthumous inflation of the role of the hobbyist Alice Austen into that of a pioneering documentarian."

    The basic sentence structure is: "Years have witnessed the inflation of the [hobbyist] role into the role of a documentarian."

    It is an unnecessarily flowery way of saying, "Alice Austen used to be a hobbyist but now she's a documentarian." (Unfortunately some people prefer the sound of their own words over the comprehension of the reader.)
     
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    Edinburgher

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    German/English bilingual
    "that of" in the following sentence is refering to the environment of that place.
    No, it refers only to "the environment of".
    Short form: The environment of this place is more beautiful than that of that place.
    Long form: The environment of this place is more beautiful than the environment of that place.
     
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