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# Last year, medical schools in the United States received

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Last year, medical schools in the United States received only about half as much applications for admission as they had 25 years ago.

C. only about half of the applications for admission that they did

D. about only half as many applications for admission as they did

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11 Mar 2010, 02:29
rohityes wrote:
Last year, medical schools in the United States received only about half as much applications for admission as they had 25 years ago.

C. only about half of the applications for admission that they did

D. about only half as many applications for admission as they did

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I would go with E for reasons marked in red.
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11 Mar 2010, 07:25
Tricky.

Im tempted to select B.

What the OA?
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Last year, medical schools in the United States received only about half as much applications for admission as they had 25 years ago.

C. only about half of the applications for admission that they did

D. about only half as many applications for admission as they did

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This should not end with 'had'. 'As they had' 25 years ago, doesn't make any sense. 'Received' gets compared to 'had'. Hence A and B are out. Moreover A has 'much'.
'That they did' in C incorrect.
'About only half' in D incorrect usage.
Hence, will go with E.

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11 Mar 2010, 13:25
IMO: E

as many is the right idiom...and "had received" refers correctly to the subject.
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11 Mar 2010, 22:38
Confused between B and E.

my vote goes for B as in E the 'received' word is unnecessarily repeated.

whats the OA?
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11 Mar 2010, 23:38
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kanhaiya wrote:
Confused between B and E.

my vote goes for B as in E the 'received' word is unnecessarily repeated.

whats the OA?

Dear Kanhaiya....I believe that usage of past perfect tense "had" in this sentence where clear time frames like last year, 25 years ago are already given is incorrect.

What do you say???
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OA is E right?

The issue with B should be the wrong use of past participle. "Recieved" cannot be omitted to complete the past participle "had received" as it is the first time the part participle appears. For E, "received" can be omitted as its simple past tense form has appeared earlier.
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08 Apr 2010, 06:53
between D and E, I choose E because of the unique word order in "about only half as many applications."
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08 Apr 2010, 15:16
I'll go with E. Past perfect is appropriate in this example. Only refers to the verb received, not to the word "about."
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08 Apr 2010, 20:59
Only B & E are close enough
But I think B is better bet than E because the two events are not in the same time frame so past perfect is required to contrast an event last year with that 25 years ago.
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