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A booming population center, the Asian continent is home to over 3.5billion people, about equivalent to the residents of all the other areas of the world combined.


(a) equivalent to the residents of
(b) the equivalent of those residing in
(c) equal to those who reside in
(d) as many as the residents of
(e) as many as reside in


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Re: Booming population [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2010, 20:07
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equal / equivalent usage -

2 + 2 = 4 ( equal ). Equal is reserved keyword - highly restricted.

SGD 1.5 is equivalent to USD 1.0. Equivalent is not as restricted as equal.

Both keywords are used against the exact number. When you use approx numbers you CANT use these keywords.

Hence answer is E "as many as" defines "over 3.5billion people" ----> which is not a exact number.
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Re: Booming population [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2010, 01:27
I think it can't be D because if you remove the words "as many as" you can see that "3.6 billion people reside in all the other areas of the world combined" makes sense but "3.6 billion people the residents of all the other areas of the world combined" doesn't make sense.
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Re: Booming population [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2010, 08:35
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I think it can't be D because if you remove the words "as many as" you can see that "3.6 billion people reside in all the other areas of the world combined" makes sense but "3.6 billion people the residents of all the other areas of the world combined" doesn't make sense.



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Re: Booming population [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2010, 17:12
was between E and D and picked the wrong one :(
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Re: A booming population center, the Asian continent is home to [#permalink] New post 24 Apr 2012, 02:07
Still a bit confused on why not D
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Re: A booming population center, the Asian continent is home to [#permalink] New post 21 May 2012, 11:38
I too picked the wrong one i.e. D instead of E

But after reading the sentence multiple times I feel that use of the verb "reside" makes more sense than using the noun "residents" :roll:
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Re: A booming population center, the Asian continent is home to [#permalink] New post 21 May 2012, 14:09
I feel like E is awkwardly worded. It sounds like "resides" lacks a subject. I answered D as first. Still have a hard time justifying why E is a better choice.
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Re: A booming population center, the Asian continent is home to [#permalink] New post 21 May 2012, 20:11
confused between E&D picked the former! my bad!
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Re: A booming population center, the Asian continent is home to [#permalink] New post 04 Jun 2012, 01:37
i am also stuck between D and E. but hetalcs perfectly explain the matter
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Re: A booming population center, the Asian continent is home to [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2013, 04:09
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A booming population center, the Asian continent is home to over 3.5billion people, about equivalent to the residents of all the other areas of the world combined.
(a) equivalent to the residents of
(b) the equivalent of those residing in
(c) equal to those who reside in
(d) as many as the residents of
(e) as many as reside in

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Re: A booming population center, the Asian continent is home to [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2013, 10:40
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A booming population center, the Asian continent is home to over 3.5 billion people, about equivalent to the residents of all the other areas of the world combined.
(a) equivalent to the residents of
(b) the equivalent of those residing in
(c) equal to those who reside in
(d) as many as the residents of
(e) as many as reside in

Can you kindly explain what are the things compared & what are errors in incorrect options because I am completely confused in this question. Waiting for expert's explanation.

I'm happy to help. :-)

First, let me say --- I don't think this is a very good question. I don't think it's particularly GMAT like. This is a question that turns on one particular, somewhat obscure trick ---- exceedingly few GMAT SC questions are one-trick ponies, and those that are do not depend solely on something as arcane as does this question.

The modifying clause that appears after the word "about" touches the word "people" and therefore should modify "people".

The word "equivalent" is a word for talking about qualitative relationships ----
Among American WWII general there was no equivalent to Pershing, the supreme Allied commander in WWI.
The word "equivalent" is not appropriate for numerical relationships --- 2 + 3 is NOT "equivalent" to 5 --- rather, 2 + 3 EQUALS 5. Do not use "equivalent" for numbers. Choices (A) & (B) are trainwreck wrong.

The problem with (C) is more subtle. Technically, the "people" in Asia are not "equal" to anything --- rather, the number of people in Asia is equal to something. As it stands, (C) is illogical and wrong. We could correct version (C) by writing ....

... to over 3.5 billion people, a number about equal to those who reside in ....

This is now grammatically & logically correct, but it's very indirect and wordy, so even this probably would not be correct on the GMAT SC.

I believe (D) & (E) are both grammatically & logically correct, and it's just that (E) is sleek and efficient, and (D) is longer, clunkier, and more awkward --- that's what makes (E) better than (D). To give credit where credit is due --- I don't like this SC question overall, but the OA sentence is a very elegantly constructed sentence.

Does all this make sense?

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Re: A booming population center, the Asian continent is home to [#permalink] New post 21 Jun 2013, 23:29
Does the last part not make this a run-on?

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Re: A booming population center, the Asian continent is home to [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2014, 08:38
How is E correct? Can there be a verb after "as many as"?
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How is E correct? Can there be a verb after "as many as"?

Dear radi,
I am happy to respond. :-) The short answer is: yes! A verb can come after "as many as," precisely because words have been omitted in the parallel structure.

Here's version (E) with all the extra words:
A booming population center, the Asian continent is home to over 3.5 billion people, about as many as the people who reside in all the other areas of the world combined.
As many people as people --- that's a logical correct comparison, but phrasing it this way is wordy and awkward. In parallelism, we can drop repeated or implied words in the second branch. That gives us the true version of (E), the OA:
A booming population center, the Asian continent is home to over 3.5 billion people, about as many as reside in all the other areas of the world combined.
Recognizing what has been dropped legitimately from the second branch of parallelism is one of the hardest things to appreciate about parallelism. See this blog:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/dropping-c ... -the-gmat/

Does all this make sense?
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Re: A booming population center, the Asian continent is home to [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2014, 21:01
Thanks Mike! It makes more sense now
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