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# Freedman's survey showed that people living in small towns

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Freedman's survey showed that people living in small towns [#permalink]  27 May 2008, 04:43
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Freedman's survey showed that people living in small towns and rural areas consider
themselves no happier than do people living in big cities.
( A) no happier than do people living
( B) not any happier than do people living
( C) not any happier than do people who live
( D) no happier than are people who are living
( E) not as happy as are people who live
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Re: SC Question [#permalink]  27 May 2008, 04:51
Nothing wrong with A its parallel and uses comparisons correctly.

vdhawan1 wrote:
Freedman's survey showed that people living in small towns and rural areas consider themselves no happier than do people living in big cities.
( A) no happier than do people living
( B) not any happier than do people living
( C) not any happier than do people who live
( D) no happier than are people who are living
( E) not as happy as are people who live
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Re: SC Question [#permalink]  27 May 2008, 06:14
bsd_lover wrote:
Nothing wrong with A its parallel and uses comparisons correctly.

vdhawan1 wrote:
Freedman's survey showed that people living in small towns and rural areas consider themselves no happier than do people living in big cities.
( A) no happier than do people living
( B) not any happier than do people living
( C) not any happier than do people who live
( D) no happier than are people who are living
( E) not as happy as are people who live

I think it's D
The problem with A is the "do", which repeat the verb "to consider". People in the city do not consider themselves happy (or unhappy). They just are happy (or unhappy)

To me, the meaning of the sentence is the following:
People in the city are unhappy. People in small towns consider themselves no happier than people are in the city. So, people in small towns consider themselves no happier than are people in the city.

As opposed to:
People in the city consider themselves unhappy. People in small towns consider themselves no happier than people in the city consider themselves happy. So, people in small towns consider themselves no happier than do people in the city.

I am not very sure of my answer though, the "are" seems superfluous.

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Re: SC Question [#permalink]  27 May 2008, 06:19
I agree with bsd_lover. It is parallel. The "do consider" idea is the same in both places of the sentence which is necessary to keep it all parallel.

I think you're reading more into the question than is there with the "people are (un)happy". My advice is don't add verbs to a sentence when you're reading them.

In a sentence like this when the second phrase is "than do people in the city", the verb is implied from the first verb used, (i.e., conisder). By thinking the sentence means people "are" happy in the city gives it new meaning because the verb "are" is neither used nor implied in the sentence.
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**I'm pretty sure I'm right, but then again, I'm just a guy with his head up his a$$. GMAT Club Premium Membership - big benefits and savings Manager Joined: 19 May 2008 Posts: 52 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 4 [0], given: 0 Re: SC Question [#permalink] 27 May 2008, 06:37 jallenmorris wrote: I agree with bsd_lover. It is parallel. The "do consider" idea is the same in both places of the sentence which is necessary to keep it all parallel. I think you're reading more into the question than is there with the "people are (un)happy". My advice is don't add verbs to a sentence when you're reading them. In a sentence like this when the second phrase is "than do people in the city", the verb is implied from the first verb used, (i.e., conisder). By thinking the sentence means people "are" happy in the city gives it new meaning because the verb "are" is neither used nor implied in the sentence. That's the problem, I am not sure whether people from the city "consider" themselves (un)happy or "are" (un)happy. Usually when you say "I consider myself happier than you", you are really saying "I consider myself happier than you are" and not "I consider myself happier than you consider yourself"... SVP Joined: 07 Nov 2007 Posts: 1824 Location: New York Followers: 29 Kudos [?]: 593 [0], given: 5 Re: SC Question [#permalink] 27 May 2008, 07:18 vdhawan1 wrote: Freedman's survey showed that people living in small towns and rural areas consider themselves no happier than do people living in big cities. ( A) no happier than do people living ( B) not any happier than do people living ( C) not any happier than do people who live ( D) no happier than are people who are living ( E) not as happy as are people who live E, C are out because ...people living in small towns should be parallel with ..... peopling living in big cities D is awkward and redudant. Between A and B---> B looks good. I will chose B. _________________ Your attitude determines your altitude Smiling wins more friends than frowning Senior Manager Joined: 29 Aug 2005 Posts: 283 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 31 [0], given: 0 Re: SC Question [#permalink] 27 May 2008, 08:05 OA is A folks _________________ The world is continuous, but the mind is discrete SVP Joined: 30 Apr 2008 Posts: 1889 Location: Oklahoma City Schools: Hard Knocks Followers: 36 Kudos [?]: 485 [0], given: 32 Re: SC Question [#permalink] 27 May 2008, 08:13 Businessman, you're absolutely right. When saying "I consider myself happier/smarter/better looking than you." You mean "than you [are]." The verb [are] is implied in your example. In this instance, we're comparing the results of a survey that apparently asked respondents how happy they consider themselves to be, rather than asking them if they consider themselves happeir than another group of people. In the results of the survey, we are looking at how each person considers their own happiness and comparing those results. I think the question turns on whether the respondents compared themselves to another group (big city people) or if those interpreting the results (and making this statement) compared the respondents to the big city people. businessm wrote: jallenmorris wrote: I agree with bsd_lover. It is parallel. The "do consider" idea is the same in both places of the sentence which is necessary to keep it all parallel. I think you're reading more into the question than is there with the "people are (un)happy". My advice is don't add verbs to a sentence when you're reading them. In a sentence like this when the second phrase is "than do people in the city", the verb is implied from the first verb used, (i.e., conisder). By thinking the sentence means people "are" happy in the city gives it new meaning because the verb "are" is neither used nor implied in the sentence. That's the problem, I am not sure whether people from the city "consider" themselves (un)happy or "are" (un)happy. Usually when you say "I consider myself happier than you", you are really saying "I consider myself happier than you are" and not "I consider myself happier than you consider yourself"... _________________ ------------------------------------ J Allen Morris **I'm pretty sure I'm right, but then again, I'm just a guy with his head up his a$$.

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Re: SC Question [#permalink]  28 May 2008, 15:35
businessm - when the question statement clearly states that people consider themselves happy, then it means they consider themselves happy The GMAT is pedantic that way. Never ever presume a meaning change. Often GMAT throws question where options BCDE all seem correct, the only difference being a subtle change in meaning. Meaning is perhaps the #1 thing you should consider when narrowing down your answer choices. Rule of thumb - never EVER change the meaning of A.
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