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A large rise in the number of housing starts in the coming [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2009, 07:33
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10. A large rise in the number of housing starts in the coming year should boost new construction dollars by several billion dollars, making the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than five years ago.
(A) making the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than five years ago
(B) and make the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than five years ago
(C) making the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than it was five years ago
(D) to make the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than five years ago
(E) in making the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than it as five years ago

I picked correct answer C, but I need to understand why A is wrong here. can some one explain it for me?

I was left with choices A and C, but I thought comparision in A is also correct. "it was" is not automatically implied here?
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Re: A large rise in the number of housing [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2009, 07:47
wrong comparisons with five yrs ago.... it has to be " than it was five...
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Re: A large rise in the number of housing [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2009, 08:48
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wrong comparisons with five yrs ago.... it has to be " than it was five...

chetan2u,

is 'it was' not implied here? some of the comparisions after 'than' imply these kinda structures right? definitely C is clear for this question, but what if I have some really bad option for C and A stays as it is, can 'A' be eligible?
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Re: A large rise in the number of housing [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2009, 14:07
B; why not?
should, and make... the argument is speculative not certain.
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Re: A large rise in the number of housing [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2009, 14:23
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B; why not?
should, and make... the argument is speculative not certain.


you have a comma before the 'and make..' ,so you need a subject after the 'and'. So this option is wrong.
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Re: A large rise in the number of housing [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2009, 17:16
Wrong comparison.
Five years ago vs industry's health
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Re: A large rise in the number of housing [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2010, 14:06
C is best for the correct comparison of economic health with the economic health five years ago.
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Re: A large rise in the number of housing [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2010, 10:47
I would go with A.

For C - don't you think it is violating 'possessive poison' rule? Pronoun 'it' cannot go inside the 'industry's economic health'. Hence incorrect referent.

Can someone please explain why still C is correct and not A. Thanks.
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Re: A large rise in the number of housing [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2010, 09:48
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I would go with A.

For C - don't you think it is violating 'possessive poison' rule? Pronoun 'it' cannot go inside the 'industry's economic health'. Hence incorrect referent.

Can someone please explain why still C is correct and not A. Thanks.


It actually does refer to the industry's economic health.. (you are thinking it to intend to industry).. C compares the health now to health 5 years ago... So correct...
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Re: A large rise in the number of housing [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2010, 20:55
i m still not sure why not option 'B'
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Re: A large rise in the number of housing [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2010, 23:53
wrong comparison in everyone except C.
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Re: A large rise in the number of housing [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2010, 01:10
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i m still not sure why not option 'B'


Let me try to explain this to you..

10. A large rise in the number of housing starts in the coming year should boost new construction dollars by several billion dollars, making the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than five years ago.
(A) making the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than five years ago
(B) and make the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than five years ago
(C) making the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than it was five years ago

If you analyse choice C, you can notice that the first part of the sentence (A large rise in the number of housing starts in the coming year should boost new construction dollars by several billion dollars) seem to be a cause leading to the effect which is later part of the sentence ( making the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than it was five years ago) , in short the answer choice C is the outcome of what has happened in the non underlined part. so , the second part of sentence ( answer choice ) is an outcome of the first part but not an purposefully intended outcome.

Whereas , if you see the choice B , the answer choice starts with AND , and this suggests that the first part of the sentence is done with an intention to achieve the objective (answer choice ) and the answer choice has to be an intended outcome not a natural outcome.

I know it's very thin line between both.. but if you actually read the same 2/3 times .. you will get the gist of it.

I could be wrong in my explanation.. .and if anyone feels my understanding is wrong.... i am open to suggestions.
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Re: A large rise in the number of housing [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2010, 01:29
I picked A too, but here goes:

Idiomatic usage --
"making it much more robust than before" (sounds okay)
"making it much more robust than yesterday" (doesn't sound right)
"making it much more robust than it was yesterday" (sounds okay here)

Hence I see why C is correct.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but that's just how my tongue reads it.
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Re: A large rise in the number of housing [#permalink] New post 01 Jan 2011, 06:24
(C)

(A) making the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than five years ago
(B) and make the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than five years ago
(C) making the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than it was five years ago
(D) to make the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than five years ago
(E) in making the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than it as five years ago
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Re: A large rise in the number of housing starts in the coming [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2013, 22:35
Can some one help me to understand the comparison why it is needed? Even without it meaning is properly conveyed.. can anyone point the two logical ways in which you can make the comparison?
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Re: A large rise in the number of housing starts in the coming [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2013, 23:16
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Can some one help me to understand the comparison why it is needed? Even without it meaning is properly conveyed.. can anyone point the two logical ways in which you can make the comparison?

The comparison is needed because the sentence is comparing the present health of the construction industry to what it was 5 years ago. usually comparison question have markers like :more then...X greater then y etc..you wil start to pick them as you practice more....
Now in comparison the most common type of error seen is the comparison of wrong things. Ex in this passage the economy is compared with time 5 years ago. that's not corrects you need to mention the subject to have the correct comparison . So, that's why A is incorrect.
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Re: A large rise in the number of housing starts in the coming [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2013, 23:18
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Can some one help me to understand the comparison why it is needed? Even without it meaning is properly conveyed.. can anyone point the two logical ways in which you can make the comparison?


A large rise in the number of housing starts in the coming year should boost new construction dollars by several billion dollars, making the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than five years ago.

In C you are comparing the economic healts with the economic health 5 years ago.
In A you are comparing the economic healts with 5 years ago.

(A) making the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than five years ago

(C) making the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than it (economic health) was five years ago
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Re: A large rise in the number of housing starts in the coming [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2013, 22:11
only C compares the rise that is now with the rise which occured five years ago
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Re: A large rise in the number of housing starts in the coming [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2014, 23:40
Clearly 'C'
making in C tells about the result when construction dollar increases, so no need to change the construction: "making the construction..".
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Re: A large rise in the number of housing starts in the coming [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2014, 23:41
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10. A large rise in the number of housing starts in the coming year should boost new construction dollars by several billion dollars, making the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than five years ago.
(A) making the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than five years ago
(B) and make the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than five years ago
(C) making the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than it was five years ago
(D) to make the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than five years ago
(E) in making the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than it as five years ago

I picked correct answer C, but I need to understand why A is wrong here. can some one explain it for me?

I was left with choices A and C, but I thought comparision in A is also correct. "it was" is not automatically implied here?



I think that A is also correct but because C is clearer so we should choose C. If the answer choices didn't have C, we could choose A.
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