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Because the Earths crust is more solid there and thus better

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Because the Earths crust is more solid there and thus better [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2006, 13:41
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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 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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 [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2006, 16:58
you need "eastern United States" as close to the dependent clause as possible. Now you can eliminate A,B and C.

Out of D and E, D is better because D is using the future tense.
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2006, 18:17
D for right comparison.
'eastern United States' should be as near to the beginning of the second clause as possible.

Because the Earth’s crust is more solid there and thus better able to transmit shock waves, an earthquake 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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Re: SC: East vs. West [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2006, 20:28
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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 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

please explain


Pick D

(A) it ==> (X). Not the same earthquake
(B) ==> the area it will devastate if it occurs (still wordy)
(C) than ==> (X). No comparison
(D) Good
(E) if it occurred ==> if it occurs. Not the opposite of the present
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2006, 07:15
OA is D... and even though I got it, I thought it was a complex comparison
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Jul 2006, 07:16
Late, but (D)

We need to compare earthquake damage, not project damage caused by the same earthquake.
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