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sales of united states manufactured goods to nonindustrialized countries rose to $167 billion in 1992, which is 14 percent more than the previous year and largely offsets weak demand from europe and japan.

(A) which is 14 percent more than the previous year
(B) which is 14 percent higher than it was the previous year
(C) 14 percent higher than the previous yearтАЩs figure
(D) an amount that is 14 percent more than the previous year was
(E) an amount that is 14 percent higher than the previous yearтАЩs figure

i say - C, they say - E.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2003, 23:57
I'd have chosen (B)

maybe (E) is right because it addresses us clearly to "an amount" avoiding any ambiguity.

But still it is too long and contains a phrase "previous yearтАЩs figure" which is inappropriate.
It sounds more correctly when you say "the figure of a previous year"

Anyway, we have to wait for our guru AkamaiBrah to explain this answer choise.

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 [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2003, 02:48
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I'd have chosen (B)

maybe (E) is right because it addresses us clearly to "an amount" avoiding any ambiguity.

But still it is too long and contains a phrase "previous yearтАЩs figure" which is inappropriate.
It sounds more correctly when you say "the figure of a previous year"

Anyway, we have to wait for our guru AkamaiBrah to explain this answer choise.


E is necessary to maintain a parallel construction:

...., an amount that: 1) is 14% higher than the previous year and: 2) largely offsets weak demand from Europe and Japan.

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 [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2003, 03:41
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Thanks!

yes, you are right, but the answer is so well hidden that I am not sure whether I find it on a test day :?

By the way, what is your atitude to using "previous [b]yearтАЩs[/b] figure"?

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AkamaiBrah

Thanks!

yes, you are right, but the answer is so well hidden that I am not sure whether I find it on a test day :?

By the way, what is your atitude to using "previous yearтАЩs figure"?


I like it better.

Which do you like better:

"Bill's coat is dirty"

or

"the coat that belongs to Bill is dirty" ?

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 [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2003, 04:32
of course the first one :lol:

but the question is whether we can apply this rule to inanimate things, e.g. project's goal vs. the goal of a project

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 [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2003, 09:25
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of course the first one :lol:

but the question is whether we can apply this rule to inanimate things, e.g. project's goal vs. the goal of a project


Why not. Possessives are not limited to people.

"O say can you see,
By the dawn's early light...
What so proudly we hail'd
At the twilight's last gleaming..."

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 [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2003, 21:19
AkamaiBrah wrote:
Why not. Possessives are not limited to people.

"O say can you see,
By the dawn's early light...
What so proudly we hail'd
At the twilight's last gleaming..."


akamai, are you speaking in english? :-D

i remember my student years in college, we learnt poems of some english and american poets, robert burns etc.. very complicated language. even with dictionary we could hardly understand, what's going on. :cry:
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Re: series of sc questions_4 [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2003, 21:22
OG also has 1 question like that "the figure last year..."

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