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6. Because the Earthâ€™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 the 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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21 Oct 2005, 20:59
Sentence seems fine as it is. All other choices lack llism.

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21 Oct 2005, 21:10
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6. Because the Earthâ€™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 the 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

I eliminate B,C,D,E as I don't think we need to use future tense here; the second clause describes a scientific fact.
B,C, D and E also contain false parallelism.
A it is.
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22 Oct 2005, 08:57
OA is not A. I will leave it open for further discussion and then post the OA.
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22 Oct 2005, 10:58
Yes. It should be D then.
Because of X, soemthing WILL happen. We need a future tense to qualify the subsequent events here.
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23 Oct 2005, 19:33
OA is D. Good job.
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16 Mar 2006, 16:32
I have a problem with this SC and I found it on the forum with the above discussion.
Did somebody notice that the use of 'area 100 times greater' versus '100 times more area' changes the meaning of the sentence and I think the latter is correct.
Can somebody explain the choice D?
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16 Mar 2006, 17:32
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I have a problem with this SC and I found it on the forum with the above discussion.
Did somebody notice that the use of 'area 100 times greater' versus '100 times more area' changes the meaning of the sentence and I think the latter is correct.
Can somebody explain the choice D?

In gmat if greater than and more than is given, prefer greater than.
Also b/w A and D A

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

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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

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17 Mar 2006, 12:37
Because the Earthâ€™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 the 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

Guys correct me if I am wrong. "100 times greater" or "100 times more" both are redundant. 100 times has to be greater or more (in common language,not in math when multiplying negative numbers).
So the redundancy eliminates : A,D,E.

Now that leaves us with B & C.
B suggests that same earthquake can occur in east as well as west.
C is suggesting that different earthquakes of same magnitude will occur in east and west.
I say it is C , just based on logical deduction not based on any gramatical rules.
** I started reading the argument, only to realize this is SC not CR when I saw the answer choices.
17 Mar 2006, 12:37
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