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05 Aug 2006, 07:07
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I have my date with the beast on 8th of August. Wish me luck all

goodluck to you for real 800
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05 Aug 2006, 08:25
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shoonya wrote:
I have my date with the beast on 8th of August. Wish me luck all

Great! Good luck!! You will score 8 shoonya shoonya

Great disussion here guys...I def learnt a lot..

Late...but I also chose D before before reading the posts but was inclined to believe I was wrong till the OA was revealed. so happy I got it right and sad I did not believe that I def was.

by the way shoonya,, I am facing the beast on Aug 8th too.
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05 Aug 2006, 08:32
I think the key to crack this question is to understand "compared to" and "compared with".

Whether "Five pounds of meat" is singular or plural is still dicey when one reads the question for the first time.

http://www.grammarbook.com/grammar/subjectVerbAgree.asp

This set of rules explains some basic fundaes.

Time and sums of money is considered singular.
So "Two million dollars is at stake" is right.
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05 Aug 2006, 12:49
I'll take it to my MGMAT prof, will update you guys in a bit.
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05 Aug 2006, 20:13
Futuristic wrote:
10. Numbers representing a single unit are singular. This applies to the SC being discussed.

Five pounds of meat costs $3.50 NOT Five pounds of meat cost$3.50

A bit late in the game. I thought 'costs' is plural and 'cost' is singular.
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05 Aug 2006, 20:46
Futuristic wrote:
I'll take it to my MGMAT prof, will update you guys in a bit.

http://www.grammarbook.com/grammar/subjectVerbAgree.asp
gives only specific use cases: money and time. Need a general rule. (fleece, rice, water)

Can't wait Futuristic!
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05 Aug 2006, 21:11
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D. The fleece of the alpaca is worth surprisingly little compared to the animal's market value; a top breeding specimen can bring upwards of $100,000 while five pounds of fleece fetch only$80 to $240. E. The worth of the alpaca's fleece is surprisingly little compared to the animal's market value; a top breeding specimen can bring upwards of$100,000 even though five pounds of fleece fetches only $80 to$240.

Please discuss 'The fleece of the alpaca is worth ' in option D and
'The worth of the alpaca's fleece' in option E.

Another difference between D and E is that the former is stated in the active voice. E is unnecessarily wordy and passive.

(D) all the way.

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