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Chicago, where industrial growth in the nineteenth century [#permalink] New post 08 Dec 2007, 15:10
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Chicago, where industrial growth in the nineteenth century was more rapid than any other American city, was plagued by labor troubles like the Pullman Strikes of 1894.


a) where industrial growth in the nineteenth century was more rapid than any other American city

b) which had industrial growth in the nineteenth century more rapid than that of other American cities

c) which had growth industrially more rapid than any other American city in the nineteenth century

d) whose industrial growth in the nineteenth century was more rapid than any other American city

e) whose industrial growth in the nineteenth century was more rapid than that of any other American city


please provide an explanation to this question cause i find it confusing. i'd really appreciate it!
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2007, 01:13
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would be my answer.

B is a grammatical possibility but it has a different, irrelevant meaning than the other 4 ("than that of other American cities" - could apply to almost any city)

C is awkward

D and E, referring to a city as a person is not ideal
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2007, 02:20
OA is E actually. "whose" can be used to refer to ownership of either people or things. for example:

This is the book whose cover is torn


This is perfectly acceptable
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Re: SC: [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2007, 02:33
a) where industrial growth in the nineteenth century was more rapid than any other American city
comparing growth to cities... wrong

b) which had industrial growth in the nineteenth century more rapid than that of other American cities
awkward

c) which had growth industrially more rapid than any other American city in the nineteenth century
same as a

d) whose industrial growth in the nineteenth century was more rapid than any other American city
same as a

e) whose industrial growth in the nineteenth century was more rapid than that of any other American city

tarek, when's your test? I kind of remember you said something about it being pretty soon... good luck!
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2007, 03:15
i will have my D-day on thursday! december 13th! :s
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2007, 16:31
The problem with option A is that it is comparing "industrial growth" to "any other American City." wrong comparison.

As for E, "industrial growth" is compared to "THAT of any other American city." This is a proper and similar comparison.
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