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# Because the Earths crust is more solid there and thus better

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168. 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 ... and also Why A is wrong?

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23 Mar 2009, 14:27
I think D is the best among these.(but i think its not the ideal)

IMO A is wrong because the first clause is modifying a place and not earthquake so it should be D.
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24 Mar 2009, 11:36
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I think D is the best among these.(but i think its not the ideal)

IMO A is wrong because the first clause is modifying a place and not earthquake so it should be D.

Agree with D. D introduces "the place" very early in the sentence, thereby making sense that we are comparing eastern part of the US with the western part.
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25 Mar 2009, 09:23
OA is D. Thanks.
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25 Apr 2012, 02:13
(A) of a given magnitude typically devastates an area 100 times greater in the eastern United States than it does in the West
( "It" has no clear referent)
(B) of a given magnitude will typically devastate 100 times the area if it occurs in the eastern United States instead of the West
( "It" has no clear referent, here it refers area)
(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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25 Jul 2012, 07:12
Hi,

As per Manhattan SC guide, following usage is wrong:

"The man is five times older than his grandson."

And the right usage is:

"The man is five times as old as his grandson."

Keeping this rule in mind, I had rejected D option..

Can anyone explain?
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Two things to note here:

The pronoun ‘it’ referring to the earthquake in the east, creates muddle. It looks as though the said earthquake traveled from the east to the west and then we are comparing the devastations. This is wrong. The comparison is between the damage of one earthquake of a magnitude on one side and the damage of another earthquake of a similar magnitude on the other. That is the reason, we should drop A, B and E, which have the vexing pronoun ‘it’

Which is the appropriate one? 100 times the area or 100 times greater area? Both are correct, though mean different things. Therefore, context is the decider. Be concerned about what the original text says. If it says 100 times, then take 100 times. If it says 100 times grater than, then take 100 times greater than. Now you can confidently drop C. C also says 100 times …. than, which is a grammatical flaw. D is the pick
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