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Depressed Artists [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2007, 20:43
Some psychiatric studies indicate that among distinguished artists the rates of manic depression and major depression are ten to thirteen times as prevalent as in the population at large.

(A) the rates of manic depression and major depression are ten to thirteen times as prevalent as in

(B) the rates of manic depression and major depression are ten to thirteen times more prevalent than in

(C) the rates of manic depression and major depression are ten to thirteen times more prevalent when compared to

(D) manic depression and major depression are ten to thirteen times as prevalent when compared to

(E) manic depression and major depression are ten to thirteen times more prevalent than in
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Re: Depressed Artists [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2007, 01:51
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Some psychiatric studies indicate that among distinguished artists the rates of manic depression and major depression are ten to thirteen times as prevalent as in the population at large.

(A) the rates of manic depression and major depression are ten to thirteen times as prevalent as in

(B) the rates of manic depression and major depression are ten to thirteen times more prevalent than in

(C) the rates of manic depression and major depression are ten to thirteen times more prevalent when compared to

(D) manic depression and major depression are ten to thirteen times as prevalent when compared to

(E) manic depression and major depression are ten to thirteen times more prevalent than in


will go with E

This case rest on whether "rates of manic depression" is more prevalent or "manic depression " itself is prevalent.... eliminate A, B, and C

in D, compare to is wrong idiom as the comparison is between the same class (population)

Chose E

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Re: Depressed Artists [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2007, 05:42
Skewed wrote:
Some psychiatric studies indicate that among distinguished artists the rates of manic depression and major depression are ten to thirteen times as prevalent as in the population at large.

(A) the rates of manic depression and major depression are ten to thirteen times as prevalent as in

(B) the rates of manic depression and major depression are ten to thirteen times more prevalent than in

(C) the rates of manic depression and major depression are ten to thirteen times more prevalent when compared to

(D) manic depression and major depression are ten to thirteen times as prevalent when compared to

(E) manic depression and major depression are ten to thirteen times more prevalent than in


times....more - redundant. I remember seeing this in one of the recent SC posts..

and 'as prevalent as' is the right usage. So why not 'A'
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Re: Depressed Artists [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2007, 05:53
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Some psychiatric studies indicate that among distinguished artists the rates of manic depression and major depression are ten to thirteen times as prevalent as in the population at large.

(A) the rates of manic depression and major depression are ten to thirteen times as prevalent as in

(B) the rates of manic depression and major depression are ten to thirteen times more prevalent than in

(C) the rates of manic depression and major depression are ten to thirteen times more prevalent when compared to

(D) manic depression and major depression are ten to thirteen times as prevalent when compared to

(E) manic depression and major depression are ten to thirteen times more prevalent than in


I pick E.

Is E taking any meaning away from A? No. Is E more concise? Yes.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2007, 04:03
I'll go for E as well. In A, it says that rates are prevalent? how can rates be prevalent? I chose E instead of D because it's making a comparison between 2 things, therefore the usage of "more....than....." is preferred. Even if "compared to" is appropriate, the comparison is still wrong because D should at least have the construction "as....as." D only uses the construction "as prevalent....." without the second "as."
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2007, 04:12
tarek99 wrote:
I'll go for E as well. In A, it says that rates are prevalent? how can rates be prevalent? I chose E instead of D because it's making a comparison between 2 things, therefore the usage of "more....than....." is preferred. Even if "compared to" is appropriate, the comparison is still wrong because D should at least have the construction "as....as." D only uses the construction "as prevalent....." without the second "as."


In an attempt tp understand that concepts, can I ask that 'ten times more' - is a right usage or not ?? if this usage is always incorrect then we have an situation here..
if it is always correct then we have a solution..
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2007, 13:37
i really think it depends on the context. for example, you could say:

I have ten times more books than you."

This construction is used when comparing 2 things . you see, i can say "I'm faster than you" but I can't say "I'm more fast than you" because the word "fast" is such a short word. You only use the construction "more...than...." with long words such as "appropriate", "prevalent", etc... Although "books" is a short word, there is no such thing as "booker." get my point? hope this helps
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2007, 20:35
tarek99 wrote:
i really think it depends on the context. for example, you could say:

I have ten times more books than you."

This construction is used when comparing 2 things . you see, i can say "I'm faster than you" but I can't say "I'm more fast than you" because the word "fast" is such a short word. You only use the construction "more...than...." with long words such as "appropriate", "prevalent", etc... Although "books" is a short word, there is no such thing as "booker." get my point? hope this helps


Appreciate your efforts to respond, I agree with your explanation it is more on the usage of verbs/nouns during 2nd degree comparison.

My query was more towards the concepts used in the SC below and the current one

http://www.gmatclub.com/forum/t47806
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