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A recent national study of the public schools shows that there are now one microcomputer for every thirty-two pupils, four times as many than there were four years ago.
(A) there are now one microcomputer for every thirty-two pupils, four times as many than there were
(B) there is now one microcomputer for every thirty-two pupils, four times as many than there were
(C) there is now one microcomputer for every thirty-two pupils, four times as many as there were
(D) every thirty-two pupils now have one microcomputer, four times as many than there were
(E) every thirty-two pupils now has one microcomputer, four times as many as
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 [#permalink] New post 21 May 2006, 13:38
^ C ^

(A) "are" & "as many than" are wrong

(B) "as many than" is wrong as in A

(D) same as B

(E) we need "there were" after "as many as" for a correct comparison
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 [#permalink] New post 21 May 2006, 14:34
I have a question about the selection C . looking at following
thirty-two pupils, four times as many
does four times as many refer to the pupils or supercomputers.

thats why I am confused about the Answer C.

The right answer is C.
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 [#permalink] New post 21 May 2006, 22:15
C it is. National Study is singular so is Shows hence it should be “there isâ€
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 [#permalink] New post 21 May 2006, 22:34
A - 'are' is wrong
B - 'as many than' is not idiomatic
D - 'as many than' is not idiomatic
E - 'every 32 pupils now has one micro-comp...' --> awkward phrasing

C is the best choice
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Re: SC - microcomputer [#permalink] New post 22 May 2006, 08:56
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A recent national study of the public schools shows that there are now one microcomputer for every thirty-two pupils, four times as many than there were four years ago.
(A) there are now one microcomputer for every thirty-two pupils, four times as many than there were
(B) there is now one microcomputer for every thirty-two pupils, four times as many than there were
(C) there is now one microcomputer for every thirty-two pupils, four times as many as there were
(D) every thirty-two pupils now have one microcomputer, four times as many than there were
(E) every thirty-two pupils now has one microcomputer, four times as many as


"C". Correct 'Subject-Verb agreement' and correct usage of idiom 'as...as'
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Jun 2006, 16:54
can some one please explain why four time as many does not refer back to pupils pleasE?

i am confused.. if i did not know about modifiers, i would have picked C, but now after learning about modifiers, it looks i am making right answers to wrong....

can some one please tell when the word next to comma does not refer to the previous word vs refering back to the previous phrase!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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