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Local residents claim that San Antonio, Texas, has more good [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2010, 02:19
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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


Why A is wrong? Can somebody explain?
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Re: SC1000/491 [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2010, 23:08
I think it's B.

A is wrong because -

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

here we are comparing San Antonio with any city in the United States, including San Antonio. But we need to compare it with the rest of the cities in the United States.

hence, option B is correct !

Local residents claim that San Antonio, Texas, has more good Mexican American restaurants than does any other city in the United States.
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Re: SC1000/491 [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2010, 06:05
I knew (B) is correct but could not figure out the issue with (A). Thanks nsp007 for good explanation.
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Re: SC1000/491 [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2010, 09:01
B is the answer.
The sentence should be comparing San Antonio to a city among a group of cities. So yo need "other".
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Re: SC1000/491 [#permalink] New post 14 May 2010, 06:24
A is wrong because "in the US" modifies "cities" so they have to put together.
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Re: SC1000/491 [#permalink] New post 18 May 2010, 21:54
A is wrong because "than any city does" is unidiomatic and wordy ....with idioms you cant clearly identify what is wrong or what is right ....you have to go by the ear
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Re: SC1000/491 [#permalink] New post 19 May 2010, 08:44
Do you really need to repeat the auxiliary do/does? Is that the problem with E or you also need "any"?
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Re: SC1000/491 [#permalink] New post 19 May 2010, 13:46
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the problem with A is that it uses any city ... SA should be compared to rest of the US cities ... so other city is required here
eliminate any answer that uses any city ... A & D are out

more X than Y ... both X and Y should agree in numbers ... they can be both either singular or plural ... SA is just one city, so compare it with only one city
eliminate any answer that uses cities ... C & E are out

the elimination leaves us with B

btw Does/do/did can replace only non-auxiliary verbs has/have/had .. so B is correct
has any other city .... or ... any other city in the US (has) .... both are also correct


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Re: SC1000/491 [#permalink] New post 19 May 2010, 14:07
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Why is E wrong?


E is wrong for two reasons ...
1. it changes the meaning of the original sentence .... debilitating its claim from one of superiority over all other american cities to one of superiority over a selected group of cities (i.e. other cities)
2. it does not maintain the form more X than Y .. X and Y should agree in number ... SA should be compared to one city

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Re: Local residents claim that San Antonio, Texas, has more good [#permalink] New post 14 Jan 2012, 09:48
Could you please explain why is C wrong because

"Other cities do" and "does any other city" seems to be the same thing barring that one is singular and the other is plural.

Is it mandatory that because we are comparing one city (not underlined) to the (underlined) than they should be similar in both being singular or plural?

Please explain.
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Re: Local residents claim that San Antonio, Texas, has more good [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2012, 03:49
Stright B
San Antonio has more restaurants than [strike]WHAT?[/strike] 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
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Re: Local residents claim that San Antonio, Texas, has more good [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2012, 05:20
C is wrong. Notice, comparative degree more than is used in the sentence. This implies two things are compared. If more than two things were compared, superlative degree would have been used.
Hence, this is a clue. We need to compare city X to another city Y(or any other city-singular), not city X to other cities.. Therefore, anything that is plural will not work here.

Hope it helps.
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