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# Cynics charge that Major League Baseball lobbied for

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Cynics charge that Major League Baseball lobbied for [#permalink]  27 Feb 2011, 10:44
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Cynics charge that Major League Baseball lobbied for stadiums with fewer seats to reduce supply and increase ticket prices.

A. lobbied for stadiums with fewer seats to reduce supply and increase ticket prices.
B. lobbied for stadiums with less seats to reduce supply and increase ticket prices.
C. lobbied for stadiums that had fewer seats to reduce supply and increase ticket prices.
D. lobbied for stadiums that had less seats to reduce supply and increase ticket prices.
E. lobbied for stadiums that had less seats as a means of reducing supply so they could increase ticket prices.
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Re: cynics charge [#permalink]  27 Feb 2011, 11:34
seats = countable. fewer > less
Only A and C left.

C : second "that" is nonsensical construction. There are two "that" in the same sentence - hence suspect.

A remains. Btw what is the source?

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Cynics charge that Major League Baseball lobbied for stadiums with fewer seats to reduce supply and increase ticket prices.

A. lobbied for stadiums with fewer seats to reduce supply and increase ticket prices.
B. lobbied for stadiums with less seats to reduce supply and increase ticket prices.
C. lobbied for stadiums that had fewer seats to reduce supply and increase ticket prices.
D. lobbied for stadiums that had less seats to reduce supply and increase ticket prices.
E. lobbied for stadiums that had less seats as a means of reducing supply so they could increase ticket prices.
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Re: cynics charge [#permalink]  28 Feb 2011, 02:34
fine, (fewer > less) that narrows down the choices. if 'that' is repeated twice should we eliminate C because of awkward construction ?
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Re: cynics charge [#permalink]  28 Feb 2011, 05:07
100% elimination.
2 that
2 which
2 it
2 them --------- suspect but do not eliminate
2 they --------- suspect but do not eliminate
2 their --------- suspect but do not eliminate

But 2 that -----------> ANNIHILATE !

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fine, (fewer > less) that narrows down the choices. if 'that' is repeated twice should we eliminate C because of awkward construction ?
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Re: cynics charge [#permalink]  28 Feb 2011, 05:13
Sorry. gmat Critical Reasoning tell me, I cannot generalize anything 100%. So there has to be an exception to this "2 that" -

The exception is "that" parallelism. -----> here 'that' is a gift from benign Gods.
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Re: cynics charge [#permalink]  28 Feb 2011, 05:15
Also 2nd 'that' unnecessarily brings in the 'tense' too. IMO
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Re: cynics charge [#permalink]  09 Mar 2011, 08:10
IMO C is wrong because it uses past perfect tense in the second clause as if stadium increased seats later on.

Thus, A is correct.
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Re: cynics charge [#permalink]  09 Mar 2011, 09:26
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C is wrong because it changes the meaning of the text. C means to imply that the MLB lobbied for stadiums that had (already possessed) fewer seats, while the text implies that MLB lobbied for new stadiums to be built with fewer seats. Why would a body lobby for something already existing? So C is wrong for twisting the original intent.
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Re: cynics charge [#permalink]  09 Mar 2011, 12:43
+1 A

Seats: countable noun. It requires "fewer".
"THAT HAD": Wrong tense. The original sentence doesn't mention that the studiums don't have fewer stadiums in the present.
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Re: Cynics charge that Major League Baseball lobbied for [#permalink]  17 Jun 2014, 01:53
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Re: Cynics charge that Major League Baseball lobbied for [#permalink]  17 Jun 2014, 03:59
First check the speech of the sentence, it is in indirect speech. Authors is stating what Cynics claim.

Charge is in present tense, thus we can restate what Cynics say in the same tense.. no need to use past perfect.

Second split is fever vs less. Seats are countable thus we must use fewer. Eliminate B,D and E.

Between A and C. I rejected C because of reason explained above. It is using past perfect, but in original sentence no such tense sequence is presented.

Cynics charge that Major League Baseball lobbied for stadiums with fewer seats to reduce supply and increase ticket prices.

A. lobbied for stadiums with fewer seats to reduce supply and increase ticket prices.
B. lobbied for stadiums with less seats to reduce supply and increase ticket prices.
C. lobbied for stadiums that had fewer seats to reduce supply and increase ticket prices.
D. lobbied for stadiums that had less seats to reduce supply and increase ticket prices.
E. lobbied for stadiums that had less seats as a means of reducing supply so they could increase ticket prices.
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