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Merchandisers reported mild profits in their December

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Merchandisers reported mild profits in their December [#permalink]  24 Jun 2013, 02:33
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Merchandisers reported mild profits in their December business, as much because of their top line revenue of a year earlier being so weak as that customers were gaining a new beginning on purchasing their Christmas present.

(A) of their top line revenue of a year earlier being so weak as that
(B) of their top line revenue of a year earlier having been as weak as because
(C) of their a top line revenue of the year before being as weak as because
(D) their top line revenue a year before had been so weak as because
(E) of their top line revenue of the year before were as weak as that

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Re: Merchandisers reported mild profits in their December bus [#permalink]  24 Jun 2013, 02:44
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Lets begin by looking at the overall structure of the sentence:

Merchandisers reported mild profits in their December business, as much because of their top line revenue of a year earlier being so weak as that customers were gaining a new beginning on purchasing their Christmas present.

"as much" is an unfinished idiom so we must complete it keeping the parallel strcuture: as much because (...) as because. Only B C D have "because" in the final part, so lets keep them.

(B) of their top line revenue of a year earlier having been as weak as because
(C) of their a top line revenue of the year before being as weak as because
(D) their top line revenue a year before had been so weak as because

However the parallelism in B and C is flawed at the beginning: as much because of (...) as because. Only D has the perfect parallelism hence is the correct answer.
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Re: Merchandisers reported mild profits in their December bus [#permalink]  24 Jun 2013, 10:22
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@abhinav11 : Here goes an easy explanation...As we can see from the non-underlined part the idiom "as much as " is used in the sentence.
The correct ans would contain as much X.......as Y......

Option A: as much because of....as that -> not parallel
B: as much because of ....as because (of is missing)customers-> not parallel
C: as much because of....as because( of is missing)customers- >not parallel
D: as much because their .....as because customers ->parallel
E: as much because of ...as that customers -> not parallel
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Re: Merchandisers reported mild profits in their December bus [#permalink]  25 Jun 2013, 19:00
abhinav11 wrote:
Merchandisers reported mild profits in their December business, as much because of their top line revenue of a year earlier being so weak as that customers were gaining a new beginning on purchasing their Christmas present.

(A) of their top line revenue of a year earlier being so weak as that
(B) of their top line revenue of a year earlier having been as weak as because
(C) of their a top line revenue of the year before being as weak as because
(D) their top line revenue a year before had been so weak as because
(E) of their top line revenue of the year before were as weak as that

106. Merchandisers reported mild profits in their December business, as much because of their top line revenue of a year earlier being so weak as that customers were gaining a new beginning on purchasing their Christmas present.
(A) of their top line revenue of a year earlier being so weak as that
(B) of their top line revenue of a year earlier having been as weak as because
(C) of their a top line revenue of the year before being as weak as because
(D) their top line revenue a year before had been so weak as because – as much because X as because Y
(E) of their top line revenue of the year before were as weak as that
Re: Merchandisers reported mild profits in their December bus   [#permalink] 25 Jun 2013, 19:00
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