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# Intended primarily to stimulate family summer travel, the

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433. Intended primarily to stimulate family summer travel, the new airfare, which allows both an adult and a child to fly for the price of one ticket, and also shortens the advance-purchase requirement for family travel to a minimum of seven days rather than fourteen.

(A) and also shortens the advance-purchase requirement for family travel to a minimum of seven days rather than
(B) and also lessens the advance-purchase requirement for family travel to a seven-day minimum from
(C) also shortens the advance-purchase requirement for family travel to a minimum of seven days rather than that of
(D) also lessens the advance-purchase requirement for family travel to a seven-day minimum from
(E) also shortens the advance-purchase requirement for family travel to a minimum of seven days rather than
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27 May 2007, 22:34
Intended primarily to stimulate family summer travel, the new airfare, which allows both an adult and a child to fly for the price of one ticket, and also shortens the advance-purchase requirement for family travel to a minimum of seven days rather than fourteen.

2/3 split .....i go with "also" as "and also" seems wordy !!

(C) also shortens the advance-purchase requirement for family travel to a minimum of seven days rather than that of => "that of" not ||

(D) also lessens the advance-purchase requirement for family travel to a seven-day minimum from

(E) also shortens the advance-purchase requirement for family travel to a minimum of seven days rather than => "rather than" is the correct idiom

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27 May 2007, 23:33
What got me on this question was the use of 'shortens the advance-purchase requirement for family travel.'

Can we 'shorten' the 'requirement?'

Shouldn't we 'lessen' the 'requirement?'
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27 May 2007, 23:38
Intresting thought leeye84 !!
Why dont u look at it in this way ??

Can we lessen a 15 day period ??
or do we need to ....
shorten a 15 day period ??

what is the OA ??
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27 May 2007, 23:42
hmmm.... makes sense... you normally say... "less number of days".. you never say "short number of days"... so i guess.. yes.. "lessen" is the rite choice...
BTW what is the OA ??
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27 May 2007, 23:52
msingh u r correct !!
But
here , are we are not talking about days , or are we talking about a period ?? !!!

short period ??
or
less period ??
which one sounds correct ?
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28 May 2007, 00:26
The OA is E. But I like to stir things up.

D) also lessens the advance-purchase requirement for family travel to a seven-day minimum from

(E) also shortens the advance-purchase requirement for family travel to a minimum of seven days rather than

Chopping off the wordy pieces and ignoring the underlined part of the sentence, the sentence becomes:

D) lessens requirement to X
E) shortens requirement to X

'Lessens and shortens', in this case, apply to requirement and not to X, which is the period of time.
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28 May 2007, 04:26
(A) and also shortens the advance-purchase requirement for family travel to a minimum of seven days rather than
(B) and also lessens the advance-purchase requirement for family travel to a seven-day minimum from
(C) also shortens the advance-purchase requirement for family travel to a minimum of seven days rather than that of
(D) also lessens the advance-purchase requirement for family travel to a seven-day minimum from
(E) also shortens the advance-purchase requirement for family travel to a minimum of seven days rather than

A & B - Can be eliminated - use of "and also" is wrong.

Left with C,D & E

C - Eliminate - "rather than that of" - too long.

Left with D & E comparing them
D- eliminate "minimum from" is not really a great construction.

Hence going with E.
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