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Re: SC-Local Residents Claim that [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2011, 02:13
Agree with b

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Re: Local residents claim that San Antonio, Texas, has more good [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2012, 05:06
Straight B.

Ensures parallelism "San Antonio has ...than does any other city."
Also, B is more crisp than other options, if you are a native speaker.

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Re: Local residents claim that San Antonio, Texas, has more good [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2012, 12:07
B for me too. good posts on the explanations!
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Re: Local residents claim that San Antonio, Texas, has more good [#permalink] New post 06 Jul 2012, 03:19
Although I am new to this forum, I agree with user SARAIGMAX .
The idea of the sentence is to compare the San Antonio to the other cities in the US. The use of the word "more" shows that the comparison to be followed, has to be done in the Superlative...

For me the Answer is (B).
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Re: Local residents claim that San Antonio, Texas, has more good [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2013, 08:17
When comparing an object to a group objects to which that object also belongs to, "other" is necessary to exclude itself from the group of things. Also, "any" is required as intended by the sentence to compare Texas to "any other cities"

Only B contains "any other city"

Also, we must preserve the verb.
Object A has more Thingies than Object B has/does.

Answer: B
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Re: Local residents claim that San Antonio, Texas, has more good [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2013, 14:08
Another question: is the "does" in answer b necessary ?

(B) does any other city

I thought that a "helping" verb such as does should be added only if this is necessary to clarify the meaning and otherwise it is "wordy". In this case, it does not seem that the meaning could be unclear without does :

Local residents claim that San Antonio, Texas, has more good Mexican American restaurants than any other city in the United States.

looks fine to me
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Re: Local residents claim that San Antonio, Texas, has more good [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2013, 06:38
Local residents claim that San Antonio, Texas, has more good Mexican American restaurants than any city does in the United States.
(A) any city does
(B) does any other city
(C) other cities do
(D) any city
(E) other cities

The use of verb -has- does not connote present perfect. In fact, this sentence uses the verb -to have- for to possess.
San Antonio does have more something than any other city does.
So, D and E are not parallel.

Take a note that any other sets up the contrast correctly. So eliminate A and C.
B is the correct answer.
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Re: Local residents claim that San Antonio, Texas, has more good [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2013, 11:32
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Local residents claim that San Antonio, Texas, has more good Mexican American restaurants than any city does in the United States.

(A) any city does
(B) does any other city
(C) other cities do
(D) any city
(E) other cities


You can't say any city because you have to exclude San Antonio. Since it is a parallelism error :

Local residents claim that San Antonio, Texas, has more good Mexican American restaurants than any city does in the United States.

X more than Y.
X = Texas, has more good Mexican American restaurants
Y = does any other city

Note that in Y Verb comes first but it is still a correct choice because X is a clause so shall Y.

hence b.
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Re: SC-Local Residents Claim that [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2013, 19:59
SaraiGMAXonline wrote:
To recap the issues that were raised here:

1) Use 'other'/'else' to compare an item to the group to which that item belongs.

Can you tell which of the following 2 sentences is false?

Alaska is bigger than any state in the U.S.

Russia is bigger than any state in the U.S.

The first is false because 'any state' includes Texas, in which case the first sentence says that Texas is bigger than itself.

Correction: Texas is bigger than any other state.

Likewise, "My mother is nicer than anyone I have met," indicates that I have not met my own mother. A cheerier sentence would be, "My mother is nicer than anyone else I have met."

2. The second verb in comparisons:

Tip: In your head, complete the verb at the end of a comparison.

Correct: Bob eats more than Joe does (eat).

This is correct because the word "eat" appears elsewhere in the sentence, so it is o.k. to leave it off at the end.

Incorrect: Bob has eaten more than Joe did (eat).

This sentence is incorrect because the word "eat" does not appear anywhere in the sentence, so it is not o.k. to leave it off at the end.

Correction: Bob has eaten more than Joe ate.

So try this one:

Bob will eat as much as Joe has.

This is incorrect. The word 'eaten' is implied by the 'has', but never shows up in the sentence.

The main idea is that the reader should not have to invent words that never appear on the page-- the sentence should be self-sufficient. Everything implied should be there.

(More on this issue and other ellipses can be found in the Comparisons lesson and the Small Details lesson at gmaxonline!)



I still think the order of words in the OA is not appropriate. The answer B should be corrected as follows: "any other city does". Correct me if I'm wrong, please!
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Re: SC-Local Residents Claim that [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2013, 20:57
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I still think the order of words in the OA is not appropriate. The answer B should be corrected as follows: "any other city does". Correct me if I'm wrong, please!


Hi haihai89

You have a good question. I think I can help you a bit.

The grammar of B is correct. This is "inversion" used in comparison. You can put auxiliary verb before noun, if want to emphasize the verb.
For example:
CORRECT: You speak English better than I speak/do.
CORRECT: You speak English better than do I.
WRONG: You speak English better than speak I (speak is not auxiliary verb)

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Re: SC-Local Residents Claim that [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2013, 21:44
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I still think the order of words in the OA is not appropriate. The answer B should be corrected as follows: "any other city does". Correct me if I'm wrong, please!


Hi haihai89

You have a good question. I think I can help you a bit.

The grammar of B is correct. This is "inversion" used in comparison. You can put auxiliary verb before noun, if want to emphasize the verb.
For example:
CORRECT: You speak English better than I speak/do.
CORRECT: You speak English better than do I.
WRONG: You speak English better than speak I (speak is not auxiliary verb)

Hope it helps.


Dear Pqhai,
Thank you for your explanation. So there are still some inversions that I should learn more.
In fact, I have just found this useful article about 18 types of subject/verb inversion.
Hope that it's helpful for people like me ;)


1. neg intro
Never do I sleep.
Only at night can I study.
In no way could I help you with your Japanese grammar question.
I believe that only rarely will I need your help.
Not until I got home did I realize that my shoes were untied.

2. intro adverbial
Into the room ran the lady.
First comes love, then comes marriage.
After A comes B, then comes C, next comes D.
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.

3. intro –ed
Found in San Francisco is Lombard Street, the so-called crookedest street in the world.
Lost among the old tables and chairs was the priceless Victorian desk.
Located between San Francisco and Marin County is the Golden Gate Bridge.

4. comparatives
Cheetahs run faster than do antelopes.
You speak Chinese better than do I.
Jessica is more interested in Computer Science than is Benjamin.

5. intro comparative
Bigger than an apatosaur is the blue whale.
More important than your personal statement is your GPA.
No less impressive than the invention of the laser was the development of the wheel.

6. as
Megumi is from Japan, as is Sato.
So-eun wants to leave early today, as does Oi.
If thrown into the water, camels can swim, as can cats.

7. so… that…
So happy was I that I bought flowers for everybody in class.
So quickly did she leave that we did not even realize was gone.
So rarely does a comet appear visible to the naked eye that when one does, it is considered a major event.

8. had, should, were for if-clauses
Had I remembered Tomomi's birthday, she wouldn’t be mad at me now.
Note that the word if does NOT appear in the clause when inversion is used:
Had I remembered = If I had remembered
Should you need a hand, I will be more than happy to help you.
Should you need a hand = If you should need a hand
Were I you, I think I would study more for your exam tomorrow.
Were I you = If I were you

9. there is, there are, there exists, there comes, etc.
There is a good restaurant nearby.
There comes a time in every person’s life when she realizes that she is responsible for her own happiness, not other people.
Scientists hypothesize that there exists a certain type of particle that can travel faster than the speed of light.

10. here is, here are, here comes, here come
Here is some good food for you to try.
Here are the books that I don’t need anymore.
Here comes the bus!

11. intro -ing
Burning out of control was the forest located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Coming in last in the race was Joe "Elephant Legs" Blow.
Not helping the situation was little Susie, who was throwing newspaper on the spreading fire.

12. emphasis
Boy am I hungry.
Is it ever hot in here!
Do you know how to cook!

13. the bigger, the better
The closer an object is to another object, the greater is the gravity between the two objects.

14. questions
Is this the last example?
Do you enjoy reading these lists?
Are we finished yet?

15. "story speech"
“I think it’s time to go,” said Susan.
“It’s time for you, but not for me,” replied Gary.
“Maybe we should collect our thoughts for a moment,” commented Lany.


16. nor
No one has volunteered for the job, nor do we expect anyone to volunteer in the future.
Hok-ming cannot speak Portuguese, nor can José speak Cantonese.
The zoo regulations will not permit you to touch the animals, nor would most people advise you to do so.

17. "so do I"/ "neither do I."
“So do I.”
“So can Terry.”
“Neither do most people I know.”

18. intro adjective
Beautiful beyond belief was my baby daughter.
Happy about their acceptance into their dream schools were Lany and Tomo.
Quick and painless will be your medical procedure.

(Source: Testmagic)

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Re: Local residents claim that San Antonio, Texas, has more good [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2013, 21:51
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Re: Local residents claim that San Antonio, Texas, has more good [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2013, 09:50
some person have said that C is wrong because we compare singular with plural.

Can we not compare the singular and the plural?
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Re: Local residents claim that San Antonio, Texas, has more good [#permalink] New post 04 Jul 2013, 05:43
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Guys!!! in A, "does " is usead as a VERB. D & E at the first go at the lack of the verb. But why not A. I was stuck between A n B.
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Re: Local residents claim that San Antonio, Texas, has more good [#permalink] New post 04 Jul 2013, 12:07
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"any city" in choice A implies that it also includes San Antonio, Texas and it will be wrong to compare San Antonio city with itself. So proper comparison will be compairing San Antonio with "any other city" in the United States.

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