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I know the rule that -est is used for several objects, whereas -er is for two objects.
Twin stars contains obviously 2 stars, one big and one small, thus E would be correct.
But why couldn't we consider that the author talks about several twin stars, big and small twin stars?
Not exactly knowing what the text wants to convey, I prefer B, because it seems more // than E : The one ...., but the small one
rather than :
The more ..., but it is the smaller one.
When comparing only two things use the comparative ---> ~er
When comparing three or more things use the superlative ---> ~est
Matt, how can you be sure that we are talking about 2 things only?
If we consider this example, supposing there are 3 couple of twins:
Of the twins that are in my classroom, the oldest are my friend.
Twins are always two identical/similiar objects.
Your example has a flaw.
Of the multiple pairs of twins in my classroom, the oldest are my friends. (Assuming there are three or more pairs of twins in your class---imagine the odds!)
Yes, I forgot an S.
So if we consider the corrected example:
Of the twins in my classroom, the oldest are my friends.
When you read this sentence, can you tell for sure that there is only one couple of twins? I recognize the odds are low.
But if you consider the billions of billions of stars in the universe, we can assume that there are more than one twin star!
Re: SC- supernovas -alimad [#permalink]
12 Oct 2006, 22:44
IF we assume that there are more than one supernovas,
the first part is ok...the one most recently discovered is the largest(clearly identifying the largest of the lot)
but what about he second part? it is the small one ...... to which supernova twin it is referring to???
choice E as per me.
[quote="alimad"]Of the twin supernovas, the most recently discovered is the largest, but it is the small one that has irrevocably altered astronomists ideas about the origins of the universe.
A. the most recently discovered is the largest, but it is the small one
B. the one most recently discovered is the largest, but it is the small one
C. the most recently discovered is larger, but it is the smaller
D. the more recently discovered one is the large one but the small one
E. the more recently discovered is the larger, but it is the smaller one[/quote