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Local reporters investigating the labor dispute reported [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2013, 19:46
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Local reporters investigating the labor dispute reported that only half of the workers in the plant were covered by the union health plan; at least as much as a hundred and more others had not any health insurance whatsoever.

(A)at least as much as a hundred and more others had not any
(B) at least as much as more than a hundred others had no
(C)more than a hundred others had no
(D)much more than a hundred others had no
(E)more than a hundred others did not have
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Re: had no / did not have ??? [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2013, 20:15
A, B and D are out because of much.

Between C and E, I would go with E. I don't see any reason for past perfect since the sentence does not require any sequencing of events. The report is showing who all are covered under insurance and who all are not. The former reference uses simple past and the later can also use simple past.

IMO answer is E
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Re: had no / did not have ??? [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2013, 21:29
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A, B and D are out because of much.

Between C and E, I would go with E. I don't see any reason for past perfect since the sentence does not require any sequencing of events. The report is showing who all are covered under insurance and who all are not. The former reference uses simple past and the later can also use simple past.

IMO answer is E


Hi nt2010

"had no" in C is NOT past perfect tense. This is simple past tense.
Simple past tense form of "have no" is "had no".

In American English (not British English), you can say:
I DO NOT HAVE any money.
--OR--
I HAVE NO money.

Both of them are correct. You can refer to GmatClub grammar book - page 85 - Negation Part I.

As you did, I eliminated A, B, D because the usage of "much" is not correct. Between C and E, I would say there are not grammar problems with both C and E, but I picked C because it's more concise than E.

Hence, C is correct.

Hope it helps.
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Re: Local reporters investigating the labor dispute reported tha [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2013, 22:32
Hi pqhai ,

Thanks for quick reply, but my basic question is : had no / didn't have .

Are we rejecting E only because it is not concise ?
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Re: Local reporters investigating the labor dispute reported tha [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2013, 22:46
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Hi pqhai ,

Thanks for quick reply, but my basic question is : had no / didn't have .

Are we rejecting E only because it is not concise ?


Hi prinkashar

If your question is "which one is correct between "had no" and "didn't have", I would say both are correct.

According to Manhattan GMAT, if you have run out of grammar or meaning issues to apply, and you are down to two choices, then choose the more concise option. Otherwise, do not think about concision.

C & E have no grammar or meaning issues, so C is better (I do not mean E is wrong). However, I think the possibility that this kind of question (just about concision) appears in GMAT is quite rare.

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Re: Local reporters investigating the labor dispute reported tha [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2013, 20:40
It's very clearly C.

eliminate all the answers with "much" in them.

Then, Make the verb tense in the answer parallel to "were covered" which is past tense. "had no" is also past tense, but "did not have" isn't.
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