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More [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2005, 10:20
Brain teaser

Pick your choice and justify


A. Proposed measure is more to prevent nuisence than to prevent crime

B Proposed measure is more to prevent nuisence than crime

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 [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2005, 10:47
I pick "A".

Seems like "B" is comparing prevention with "crime". "A " correctly compares prevention of crime and prevention of nuisance.
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2005, 11:11
seconf thought..........

i think it is a comparision problem, not a paralle structure, between nuisence and crime. prefer B.
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2005, 11:20
I would agree with Banerjee. A..
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2005, 11:30
(A) is right. (B) sounds like the proposed method could be a crime.
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2005, 11:37
This is something ETS loves to test.

here is a hint
more X than Y

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 [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2005, 12:09
I guess it's (B) then. But truth be told i would have picked (A) on the test . Parallelism is definitely not what is being tested here. I stand corrected
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2005, 12:39
OA and OE ?
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2005, 13:25
I go for B.

As nuisence and crime are being compared.
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B seems good to me on the basis of ellipsis

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 [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2005, 18:30
My initial thoughts:
(B) sounds strange reading it. It seems to compare prevention against an action (crime)

(A) is clearer in its meaning. Prevention to prevention.


Until i read on in the thread and remebered the idiom more x than y. Good one.
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OA ?
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(B) seems fine
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can somebody explain why B?
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2005, 20:34
This is something that popped up in my mind when I was having a normal conversation other day. So, I don't really have a OA or OE. After thinking about this, I realized this concept gets tested a lot in GMAT. Here is my 2 cents. Please feel free to critique.

you apply parallel structure only to ensure flow of though among various phrases/clauses. Here in this case we are comparing two things in one phrase. Even though choice A is not gramatically wrong in real world, we can concisely express the same thought in choice B . Hence choice B is prefered in GMAT world.

Look at it this way:

more to do X than Y

structure here to follow is more ( verb/adjective/adverb) Noun than Noun.

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 [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2005, 16:09
So are you guys implying that parallelism is only tested when a phrases and clauses are involved. When things (nouns) are compared, then parallelisms are not neccesarily tested?

Please correct me if i am wrong.
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Re: More [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2005, 19:12
I think A is the right answer.

Though B is also grammatically correct, B could mean something like the following:
proposed measure is more (1) "to prevent nuisance" than "crime is to prevent nuisance".
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Re: More [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2005, 19:14
I think A is the right answer.

Though B is also grammatically correct, B could mean something like the following:
proposed measure is more (1) "to prevent nuisance" than "crime is to prevent nuisance".
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