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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
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2006, 09:17
I'd say E.

Don't forget to underline changeable fragment - enclose it in [U][/U].
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2006, 12:42
Yes E , we should use comparitive form when comparing two things .

the more recently discovered is the larger, but it is the smaller one
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2006, 13:28
Yes we should use comparative to compare two things.

so A,B,C are out.

Between D and E, I would say D.

I think but it is in E refers to what smaller one or bigger one ?
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2006, 03:50
B.

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.
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2006, 05:07
I pick B as well. E changes the meaning of the first sentence
Of the twin supernovas... ( i guess it refers other "twin" supernovas)
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2006, 06:27
Paul once explained this one perfectly:

When comparing only two things use the comparative ---> ~er

When comparing three or more things use the superlative ---> ~est
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2006, 11:34
GMATT73 wrote:
Paul once explained this one perfectly:

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.
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2006, 18:29
karlfurt wrote:
GMATT73 wrote:
Paul once explained this one perfectly:

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.


Karlfurt,

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!)
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2006, 23:31
GMATT73 wrote:
karlfurt wrote:
GMATT73 wrote:
Paul once explained this one perfectly:

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.


Karlfurt,

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!
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2006, 00:14
One more for E with the same explanation (comparative form)
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2006, 02:36
I have the same understanding of Karl. I thought the original sentence refers to multiple "twins"
How can we be sure , it refers to a pair of twin only, not multiple pairs of twins?
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Re: SC- supernovas -alimad [#permalink] New post 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


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Re: SC- supernovas -alimad [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2007, 11:25
just wanted to point out there is an ellipsis here.

Of the twin supernovas, the more recently discovered [supernova] is the larger [one], but it is the smaller one that has irrevocably altered astronomists ideas about the origins of the universe.
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Re: SC- supernovas -alimad [#permalink] New post 26 May 2008, 23:41
The prelude in the sentence compares only two things. It does not reveal anything about the number of supernovas in the universe. In such case, it is well apt to choose the answer E.
Re: SC- supernovas -alimad   [#permalink] 26 May 2008, 23:41
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