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Dirt roads may evoke the bucolic simplicity of another

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Dirt roads may evoke the bucolic simplicity of another century, but financially strained townships point out that dirt roads cost twice as much as maintaining paved roads.
(A) dirt roads cost twice as much as maintaining paved roads
(B) dirt roads cost twice as much to maintain as paved roads do
(C) maintaining dirt roads costs twice as much as paved roads do
(D) maintaining dirt roads costs twice as much as it does for paved roads
(E) to maintain dirt roads costs twice as much as for paved roads

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 [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2005, 08:25
B for correct S-V agreement.

C makes an illogical comparison.
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Re: SC: Dirt roads [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2005, 16:27
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Dirt roads may evoke the bucolic simplicity of another century, but financially strained townships point out that dirt roads cost twice as much as maintaining paved roads.
(B) dirt roads cost twice as much to maintain as paved roads do

B is correct for llism and proper comparision. B is read as under:

Dirt roads may evoke the bucolic simplicity of another century, but financially strained townships point out that dirt roads cost twice as much to maintain as paved roads do (means cost too).
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2005, 23:41
B is the correct answer.

I choose between B and D as B was shorter.
Any explainations why it cannot be 'D'
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2005, 04:07
OA is B

D and E don't make any sense. In C the meaning is confusing. What do paved roads do?. to maintain themselves?. Only A and B remain. The intended meaning of the sentence is to compare the cost of maintaining dirt roads to the cost of maintaining paved roads. This is only correctly introduced in B.
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