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A recent survey regarding the use of the Internet by the nation’s top business leaders found that nearly ninety-five percent of them are subscribed to business-related RSS feeds, almost the same as the number of those who have subscriptions to The Wall Street Journal.

A:...
B: similar to the number who subscribe to
C: equivalent to those who have subscriptions for
D: as much as the number of those who subscribe to
E: as much as are subscribed to

I did not pay attention to answer "% of what (count /non-count)"
to establish my response.
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Re: A recent survey regarding the use of the Internet [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2010, 05:39
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A recent survey regarding the use of the Internet by the nation’s top business leaders found that nearly ninety-five percent of them are subscribed to business-related RSS feeds, almost the same as the number of those who have subscriptions to The Wall Street Journal.

A:...
B: similar to the number who subscribe to
C: equivalent to those who have subscriptions for
D: as much as the number of those who subscribe to
E: as much as are subscribed to

I did not pay attention to answer "% of what (count /non-count)"
to establish my response.


notice the "subscribed to" from first part so you need subscribed to for second part - so E. Also, you are comparing to uncountable things (cant "count" percent) so you use much - if it were 95 subscribers you use as many. But the key here is subscribed to
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Re: A recent survey regarding the use of the Internet [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2010, 07:25
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Re: A recent survey regarding the use of the Internet [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2010, 07:40
E because of correct idiom usage 'as much as' and correct tense.Subscriptions to and for can be eliminated.'Similar to the number' in B is incorrect usage.D is wordy and unclear.hence E.
Moreover the best catch is parallelism.Refer to the usage of subscribed in third line.
A definite E.Hope my explanation is correct.
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Re: A recent survey regarding the use of the Internet [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 05:23
Bit confused between D and E :(
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Re: A recent survey regarding the use of the Internet [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2010, 09:59
E is parallel and is using the correct idiom. (as mush as).
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Re: A recent survey regarding the use of the Internet [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2010, 14:15
gmatbull wrote:
A recent survey regarding the use of the Internet by the nation’s top business leaders found that nearly ninety-five percent of them are subscribed to business-related RSS feeds, almost the same as the number of those who have subscriptions to The Wall Street Journal.

A:...
B: similar to the number who subscribe to
C: equivalent to those who have subscriptions for
D: as much as the number of those who subscribe to
E: as much as are subscribed to


in this comparison, the first phrase has are subscribed to. So to make || with it we need to have are subscribed to.

Only E has that. Again we are comparing non countable noun(%of something)so we are using as much as

A- the same as the number of those is wordier.
B as we are comparing the % of people, it cannot be similar
C same for equivalent to. numbers cannot be equivalent. either same or not.
D has tense issue hence not ||
Re: A recent survey regarding the use of the Internet   [#permalink] 09 Sep 2010, 14:15
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