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Because the Earth's crust is more solid there and thus better able to transmit shock waves, an earthquake of a given magnitude typically devastates an area 100 times greater in the eastern United States than it does in the West.

(A) of a given magnitude typically devastates an area 100 times greater in the eastern United States than it does in the West

(B) of a given magnitude will typically devastate 100 times the area if it occurs in the eastern United States instead of the West

(C) will typically devastate 100 times the area in the eastern United States than one of comparable magnitude occurring in the West

(D) in the eastern United States will typically devastate an area 100 times greater than will a quake of comparable magnitude occurring in the West

(E) that occurs in the eastern United States will typically devastate 100 times more area than if it occurred with comparable magnitude in the West
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2004, 11:35
E twice use of will - parall'ism, there refered in the first clause refers to Eastern US.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2004, 08:05
I think the ans is D. "greater" in D is better than "more" in E

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 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2004, 08:30
Sorry I meant D but wrongly put E. Reasons remain same as mentioned in previous post.
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Actually, the OA and the consensual answer (D) does not appear to be correct. First of all, one of the reasons given for not accepting, say, A is that the earthquake appears to be the same earthquake happening in both the regions.

Wrong. This is the general procedure of referring to a noun when you're talking about a common noun. It's a bit unclear but it doesn't at all confuse the meaning of the sentence. Compare with the following:

"Driving in the countryside is much less stressful than it is in a city."

You're not transporting the "same driving experience" from countryside to a city. You're simply referring to a common noun: a phenomenon.

The biggest problem with D is that it refers to an earthquake in the eastern US and then switches to a "quake" in the West. If you look up "quake" at, say, Webster, you'll notice that the word can apply to anything from a shock or instability to cold or fever. In D, I'm not sure anymore if I'm comparing an earthquake with, indeed, an earthquake?

The best answer would be D if you were to change the word quake to something clearer (noun or pronoun).
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