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31 Oct 2003, 10:45
Sales of US goods to non-industrialized countries rose to $167 billion in 1992, which is 14% more than previous year and largely offsets weak demand from EU. A. which is 14% more than previous year B. which is 14% higher than it was in previous year C. 14% higher than the previous yearтАЩs figure D. an amount that is 14% more than the previous year was E. an amount that is 14% higher than the previous yearтАЩs figure have fun the key is E. I wonder why "the amount" is appropriate in this sentence. Moreover, by the end of E, we see "previous year's FIGURE" Any idea _________________ I have 2 month for gmat. Manager Joined: 15 Sep 2003 Posts: 73 Location: california Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 9 [0], given: 0 [#permalink] ### Show Tags 31 Oct 2003, 18:19 are you sure that you didn't leave out words from your answer choices?? for example: B. which is 14% higher than it was in previous year clearly makes no sense b/c it is missing "the" and the same goes for A. which is 14% more than previous year so just given that, A and B are out D is out b/c it has to have "figure" in there somewhere...it wasn't 14% more than the previous year...it was 14% more than the previous year's FIGURE.... and finally C is incorrect...it is incorrect for precisely the same reason that E is correct....C is missing something very important...the remaining part of the sentence "and largely offsets weak demand from EU" forces the underlined portion of the sentence to use "an amount"....think about it....if "an amount" isn't in there somewhere, then what would largely offset weak demand from EU???...it has to be something...ie a number, and in this case "an amount".... furthermore, the part of the sentence before the underlined portion also gives a huge clue....since it ends with a number "$167 billion" the most logical continuation of the sentence would have to refer to that amount or number....that is why E is correct... hppe that makes sense

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01 Nov 2003, 02:00
yeah... I think there are typos. Likewise, two verbs are in different forms: Sales... rose ... and offsets...

E uses an appositive and so has to mark it with commas.

I think the correct sentence should read:

Sales of US goods to non-industrialized countries rose to $167 billion in 1992, an amount that is 14% higher than the previous year’s figure, and largely offset weak demand from EU. Manager Joined: 19 Oct 2003 Posts: 72 Location: USA Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0 Re: Sale [#permalink] ### Show Tags 01 Nov 2003, 22:02 hnguyen wrote: Sales of US goods to non-industrialized countries rose to$167 billion in 1992, which is 14% more than previous year and largely offsets weak demand from EU.
A. which is 14% more than previous year
B. which is 14% higher than it was in previous year
C. 14% higher than the previous yearтАЩs figure
D. an amount that is 14% more than the previous year was
E. an amount that is 14% higher than the previous yearтАЩs figure

have fun

Thank you.
It is completly no typo.
Even though I don't like amount but here, E is ok.
We need subject for "offsets.."
Noted that, rose and offests are for different subjects. Otherwise, C is nice (with commas)

the key is E.
I wonder why "the amount" is appropriate in this sentence.
Moreover, by the end of E, we see "previous year's FIGURE"
Any idea

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Re: Sale   [#permalink] 01 Nov 2003, 22:02
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