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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] New post 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] New post 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] New post 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


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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
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