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More than have any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, is staking its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic and energy-hungry nations like India and China.

a)More than have any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, is staking its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic and energy-hungry nations like India and China.
b)More than has any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, has staked its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic to energy-hungry nations like India and China.
c)More so than any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, is staking its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic and energy-hungry nations such as India and China.
d)More than any of its competitors have, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, staked its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic and energy-hungry nations such as India and China.
e)More than any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, is staking its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic to energy-hungry nations like India and China.
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Re: More than have any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will [#permalink] New post 04 May 2013, 14:08
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IMO, E is correct.

At first, we split between "like" and "such as". Which one is better in this case. IMO, "like" is better because if we say countries like India and China, we do NOT mention that these countries are exactly India and China, just countries that have the same characteristics as those of India and China.
For example:
(1) I have a couple of tablets like ipad and Amazon kindle ==> my tablets just like ipad and kindle in terms of functions, design, etc.., they are not ipads or kindles
(2) I have a couple of tablets such as ipad and kindle ==> my tablets are ipad and kindle.

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a)More than have any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, is staking its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic and energy-hungry nations like India and China.
Wrong.. Any of its competitors is singular ==> "Has" is correct

b)More than has any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, has staked its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic to energy-hungry nations like India and China.
Wrong.. "has" is not main verb. Moreover, "has staked" changes meaning.

c)More so than any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, is staking its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic and energy-hungry nations such as India and China.
Wrong.. Not parallel, and a little bit vague as I mentioned above.

d)More than any of its competitors have, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, staked its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic and energy-hungry nations such as India and China.
Wrong. Any of its competitors is singular ==> "Has" is correct

e)More than any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, is staking its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic to energy-hungry nations like India and China.
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Re: More than have any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will [#permalink] New post 04 May 2013, 18:28
I thought this was pretty tricky. I was caught between A and E.

Has vs Have -

An example to arrive at the right answer

My boss has hired more people than any of his peers.

In the same vein,
Dyncorp is staking its future ... more than any of its competitors.

E is the right answer it seems.

Aliter - a choice starting with more than any of its competitors has, Dynacorp has ... would also make a good choice..
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Re: More than have any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will [#permalink] New post 05 May 2013, 06:07
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More than have any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, is staking its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic and energy-hungry nations like India and China.

a)More than have any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, is staking its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic and energy-hungry nations like India and China.
b)More than has any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, has staked its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic to energy-hungry nations like India and China.
c)More so than any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, is staking its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic and energy-hungry nations such as India and China.
d)More than any of its competitors have, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, staked its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic and energy-hungry nations such as India and China.
e)More than any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, is staking its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic to energy-hungry nations like India and China.


No matter whether by have or has, introducing perfect tense is wrong because Dynacorp "is staking sh".
Thus we are down to C and E. In C the "More so than" is incorrect. In E everything is right: more than, which + preceding noun, have + is staking.

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Re: More than have any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will [#permalink] New post 05 May 2013, 07:07
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In addition to what HumptyDumpty wrote , I would like to add that in C, the fact that the company intends to bring shale gas from Arctic and energy hungry countries such as India and China, is antithetical to the intended meaning. Countries like India and China are consumers, but not suppliers of shale gas. The idiomatic expression is from ... to and not from .... and. So C is out. This leaves E.

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Re: More than have any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will [#permalink] New post 05 May 2013, 13:30
Can someone explain me More than have any of its competitors is singular or plural?

Please explain with some exmples

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Re: More than have any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will [#permalink] New post 05 May 2013, 18:06
The use of has or have depends on what its referring to. The sentence refers to "any of its competitors". Simply put it is referring to any one of its competitors at a point. This means that we need has which is singular usage.

If the sentence was like - " All the competitors have deserted XYZ" then have is correct as its referring to a plural subject.
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Re: More than have any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2013, 09:52
Here is the official explanation from Veritas.

Answer E - The dominant decision point in this question is "and" vs. "to" in the back half of the sentence. Because of construction "bringing X from...", "to" is required to create a logical meaning, so the "and" choices (A, C, and D) are incorrect. Furthermore, the choices that include a verb ("has" or "have") in the beginning of the sentence in the modifier do not offer a direct verb for "has done what?", and so they are also incorrect.

Choice E uses a proper modifier and the correct "to" connection, so it is correct.

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Re: More than have any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2013, 10:02
For this question there are only two steps:

1) First the idiom: "from...to" you narrow down to B and E
2) Second,look at B first, see that it is not parallel "More than has X, Y has blablabla..."

Answer E

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Re: More than have any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2013, 11:09
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For this question there are only two steps:

1) First the idiom: "from...to" you narrow down to B and E
2) Second,look at B first, see that it is not parallel "More than has X, Y has blablabla..."

Answer E


Can you please explain the point number 2 in detail, I did not understand which ||sm went wrong here ? Thanks
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Re: More than have any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2013, 11:11
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IMO, E is correct.


b)More than has any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, has staked its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic to energy-hungry nations like India and China.
Wrong.. "has" is not main verb. Moreover, "has staked" changes meaning.


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Could you please explain in detail, how does "has staked" change the meaning of the original sentence? I am not able to figure it out. Thanks
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Re: More than have any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2013, 11:58
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Paris75 wrote:
For this question there are only two steps:

1) First the idiom: "from...to" you narrow down to B and E
2) Second,look at B first, see that it is not parallel "More than has X, Y has blablabla..."

Answer E


Can you please explain the point number 2 in detail, I did not understand which ||sm went wrong here ? Thanks


Sorry, should have been more precise.

Look at B:

b)More than has any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, has staked its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic to energy-hungry nations like India and China.

Here it is like this: "More than has X, Y, which Z, has staked..." And it is not correct. It should have been, "More than has any of its competitors, Y staked..."

You need to have a logical construction here, otherwise it does not make any sense. The parrallel structure is also necessary when you use like (or such as) at the end of the sentence.

e)More than any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, is staking its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic to energy-hungry nations like India and China.

Here, the structure is correct "More than any of X, Y is staking..."

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