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39. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a
market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.
A. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.
B. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since 1988 when Limca, a market research firm, began tracking this data.
C. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than in any year since 1988 when Limca, a market research firm, began tracking this data.
D. 2009 had lesser new buyers of individual life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.
E. 2009 had lesser new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.

Can anyone please explain this problem ?

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28 Apr 2011, 23:50
Ok.. I know the answer is B and I don't agree with aristotle explanation (C) of using "in" is wrong. I'm sure this not the right way of POE.
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29 Apr 2011, 05:43
39. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a
market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.
A. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.
B. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since 1988 when Limca, a market research firm, began tracking this data.
C. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than in any year since 1988 when Limca, a market research firm, began tracking this data.
D. 2009 had lesser new buyers of individual life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.
E. 2009 had lesser new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.

C - not ||
D,E - Lesser.
A,B - B is more simple and clear.
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I will rule out Choices B and C on the single count that they are using a singular demonstrative pronoun this to modify a plural noun data. A demonstrative pronoun is used when you can physically point your fingers at rather than when you report. Of course D and E are out for obvious reasons. This leaves A. Any response?
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29 Apr 2011, 07:41
yup. missed that.. good job! +1
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02 May 2011, 08:46
2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a
market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.

A. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.
B. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since 1988 when Limca, a market research firm, began tracking this data.
C. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than in any year since 1988 when Limca, a market research firm, began tracking this data.
D. 2009 had lesser new buyers of individual life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.

B. I think it represents fact in a better chronological way. 2009-->less buyer--->than any year since 1998--->when limca began tracking.

 C. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than in any year since 1988 when Limca, a market research firm, began tracking this data.

Also, if option C were, " In 2009, there were fewer buyers of life insurance than in any year" would that have been correct?
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03 May 2011, 02:28
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39. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a
market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.
A. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.
B. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since 1988 when Limca, a market research firm, began tracking this data.
C. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than in any year since 1988 when Limca, a market research firm, began tracking this data.
D. 2009 had lesser new buyers of individual life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.
E. 2009 had lesser new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.

Can anyone please explain this problem ?

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A,D and E are out. Between B and C the difference is of "in"...C would have been correct if it were:

In 2009 there were......than in any year ....

Choice B does not seem to be obvious but its the one that is better among the provided choices.

2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since 1988 [had] when Limca, a market research firm, began tracking this data.
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19 Jul 2011, 12:17
i dont agree with the OA here . comparison is not right in B
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19 Jul 2011, 12:26
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i dont agree with the OA here . comparison is not right in B

Which answer should be correct in your opinion? I think B is the best among all.
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19 Jul 2011, 18:18
I came across an article In NY times when i googled this question!! (Check out the 4th para) I think the answer is indeed B
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19 Jul 2011, 19:02
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I will rule out Choices B and C on the single count that they are using a singular demonstrative pronoun this to modify a plural noun data. A demonstrative pronoun is used when you can physically point your fingers at rather than when you report. Of course D and E are out for obvious reasons. This leaves A. Any response?

Data is a mass noun..
http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/is ... lural.aspx
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19 Jul 2011, 19:40
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I will rule out Choices B and C on the single count that they are using a singular demonstrative pronoun this to modify a plural noun data. A demonstrative pronoun is used when you can physically point your fingers at rather than when you report. Of course D and E are out for obvious reasons. This leaves A. Any response?

i dont think data is plural... its collective noun. so B is indeed best of all.
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21 Jul 2011, 00:36
agdimple333 wrote:
i dont think data is plural... its collective noun. so B is indeed best of all.

data is grammatically plural of the word datum. Though it depends on usage whether data is treated as singular or plural, GMAT treats data as plural.
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21 Jul 2011, 02:53
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Ok.. I know the answer is B and I don't agree with aristotle explanation (C) of using "in" is wrong. I'm sure this not the right way of POE.

I think to use "in" is not parallel to "2009"
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21 Jul 2011, 09:20
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agdimple333 wrote:
i dont think data is plural... its collective noun. so B is indeed best of all.

data is grammatically plural of the word datum. Though it depends on usage whether data is treated as singular or plural, GMAT treats data as plural.

As per traditional english, data is treated as plural, so your statement 'gmat treats data as plural' is incorrect. i would take my statement back, its usage is both ways accepted. so i guess GMAT wont test usage of 'data'.

Some examples for your ref, where data is considered singular -

http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/post35386.html - this is a GMAT prep question
http://www.beatthegmat.com/sentence-cor ... 53915.html
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10 Nov 2015, 01:33
Althought answer choice B is the best here, I think there is a wrong comparison that should be pointed out:
By saying that "2009 had fewer [...] than any year since 1988", it is saying that 2009 is not a year. The correct comparison should be "2009 had fewer [...] than any other year since 1988"

Am I right?
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