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SC:Meaning [#permalink]  02 Feb 2010, 20:38
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Hi Experts,

Could anyone look into the following question and explain the rules applied:

Q: 50. The automobile company announced that the average price of next year’s models would decrease four-tenths of one percent, amounting to about \$72, as compared with comparably equipped cars and trucks this year.

A. The automobile company announced that the average price of next year’s models would decrease four-tenths of one percent, amounting to about \$72, as compared with comparably equipped cars and trucks this year.
B. The automobile company announced that the average price of next year’s cars and trucks would decrease four-tenths of one percent, or about \$72, from that of comparably equipped models this year.
C. The automobile company announced that there would be a decrease of four-tenths of one percent in next year’s models price, or about \$72, below this year’s comparably equipped cars and trucks.
D. Compared to comparably equipped models this year, the automobile company announced that the average price of next year’s cars and trucks would decrease about \$72, less by four-tenths of one percent.
E. Contrasted with comparably equipped cars and trucks of this year, the automobile company announced that the average price of next year’s models would decrease about \$72, or four-tenths of one percent.

Specifically why E is not correct?

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Re: SC:Meaning [#permalink]  02 Feb 2010, 20:52
Option E is having modifier problem.

Contrasted with seemd to modify the automobile companies.

I would go for A. What is OA ?
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Re: SC:Meaning [#permalink]  02 Feb 2010, 21:19
Guys,
It would be great if you justify your reasoning for either A or B?

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Re: SC:Meaning [#permalink]  02 Feb 2010, 22:02
IMO B .. amounting to about ..seems awkward
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Re: SC:Meaning [#permalink]  02 Feb 2010, 22:54
OA is B..

Thanks for the explanation guys..
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Re: SC:Meaning [#permalink]  03 Feb 2010, 20:25
A: usage of compared with is wrong.Compared with is used when we are comparing different things of same type.For example you can compare Skipping and running with jogging.All are different forms of the same type that is an Exercise.

B: from that is a clearer form of comparison.

Hence B is a clear winner.

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Re: SC:Meaning [#permalink]  03 Feb 2010, 23:32
amitanand wrote:
Guys,
It would be great if you justify your reasoning for either A or B?

Thanks
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Well, I can point why (D) and (E) are out, though I cannot choose the correct answer from (A), (B) and (C)

Quote:
D. Compared to comparably equipped models this year, the automobile company announced that the average price of next year’s cars and trucks would decrease about \$72, less by four-tenths of one percent.

Incorrect, meaningless comparison - Automobile company vs comparably equipped models

Quote:
E. Contrasted with comparably equipped cars and trucks of this year, the automobile company announced that the average price of next year’s models would decrease about \$72, or four-tenths of one percent.

Same goes here - How can one contrast "comparably equipped cars and trucks" with "the automobile company"?

There are meaning errors in both of these sentences.
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Re: SC:Meaning [#permalink]  19 Sep 2011, 19:11
+1 for B.

A very good question indeed

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Re: SC:Meaning [#permalink]  20 Sep 2011, 00:53
I would go for A. Gud question though.
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Re: SC:Meaning [#permalink]  20 Sep 2011, 00:59
amit2k9 wrote:
A: usage of compared with is wrong.Compared with is used when we are comparing different things of same type.For example you can compare Skipping and running with jogging.All are different forms of the same type that is an Exercise.

B: from that is a clearer form of comparison.

Hence B is a clear winner.

Thank you.

B doesnt looks gud when it says:

'would decrease four-tenths of one percent, or about \$72 ' which implies that the prices would decrease either by four-tenths of one percent or about \$ 72. The original question meant like they were the same amount.

Pls clarify.
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Re: SC:Meaning [#permalink]  20 Sep 2011, 04:59
amitanand wrote:
Hi Experts,

Could anyone look into the following question and explain the rules applied:

Q: 50. The automobile company announced that the average price of next year’s models would decrease four-tenths of one percent, amounting to about \$72, as compared with comparably equipped cars and trucks this year.

A. The automobile company announced that the average price of next year’s models would decrease four-tenths of one percent, amounting to about \$72, as compared with comparably equipped cars and trucks this year.
B. The automobile company announced that the average price of next year’s cars and trucks would decrease four-tenths of one percent, or about \$72, from that of comparably equipped models this year.
C. The automobile company announced that there would be a decrease of four-tenths of one percent in next year’s models price, or about \$72, below this year’s comparably equipped cars and trucks.
D. Compared to comparably equipped models this year, the automobile company announced that the average price of next year’s cars and trucks would decrease about \$72, less by four-tenths of one percent.
E. Contrasted with comparably equipped cars and trucks of this year, the automobile company announced that the average price of next year’s models would decrease about \$72, or four-tenths of one percent.

Specifically why E is not correct?

IMHO , B is the answ.

E is bad ,because we need to compare prices of next year with this year. E compares God knows what just look at the words- contracted with cars...., the automobile company announced. cars with automobile company!? announced?!
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Re: SC:Meaning [#permalink]  21 Sep 2011, 11:20
amitanand wrote:
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It would be great if you justify your reasoning for either A or B?

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Compared with Comparably... is unnecessary.

B is clear!
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Re: SC:Meaning [#permalink]  23 Sep 2011, 02:01
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Q: 50. The automobile company announced that the average price of next year’s models would decrease four-tenths of one percent, amounting to about \$72, as compared with comparably equipped cars and trucks this year.

A. The automobile company announced that the average price of next year’s models would decrease four-tenths of one percent, amounting to about \$72, as compared with comparably equipped cars and trucks this year.
B. The automobile company announced that the average price of next year’s cars and trucks would decrease four-tenths of one percent, or about \$72, from that of comparably equipped models this year.
C. The automobile company announced that there would be a decrease of four-tenths of one percent in next year’s models price, or about \$72, below this year’s comparably equipped cars and trucks.
D. Compared to comparably equipped models this year, the automobile company announced that the average price of next year’s cars and trucks would decrease about \$72, less by four-tenths of one percent.
E. Contrasted with comparably equipped cars and trucks of this year, the automobile company announced that the average price of next year’s models would decrease about \$72, or four-tenths of one percent.

A - 'amounting' is wrong.
C - altered meaning. original sentence is concerned with 'average price' and not 'price'.
D - Idiom should be 'Compared with' (As Amit2k9 says, "Compared with is used when we are comparing different things of same type.")
E - Incorrect comparison. Over here, the sentence is comparing average price (next year) with cars and trucks (this year).
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Re: SC:Meaning [#permalink]  27 Sep 2011, 09:36
amitanand wrote:
Hi Experts,

Could anyone look into the following question and explain the rules applied:

Q: 50. The automobile company announced that the average price of next year’s models would decrease four-tenths of one percent, amounting to about \$72, as compared with comparably equipped cars and trucks this year.

A. The automobile company announced that the average price of next year’s models would decrease four-tenths of one percent, amounting to about \$72, as compared with comparably equipped cars and trucks this year.
B. The automobile company announced that the average price of next year’s cars and trucks would decrease four-tenths of one percent, or about \$72, from that of comparably equipped models this year.
C. The automobile company announced that there would be a decrease of four-tenths of one percent in next year’s models price, or about \$72, below this year’s comparably equipped cars and trucks.
D. Compared to comparably equipped models this year, the automobile company announced that the average price of next year’s cars and trucks would decrease about \$72, less by four-tenths of one percent.
E. Contrasted with comparably equipped cars and trucks of this year, the automobile company announced that the average price of next year’s models would decrease about \$72, or four-tenths of one percent.

Specifically why E is not correct?

Tough one - I selected A
Thanks guys for the explanation
A is incorrect for 2 reasons
1. "Amounting to about 72%" is awkward
2. "comparably equipped" - irrelevant
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Re: SC:Meaning [#permalink]  24 Nov 2011, 07:30
Before I go to explanation, I just want to remind that these types of questions used to be very common in SC. Not sure whether it is now the same or not.

You can immediately rule out D and E, because they compare or contrast cars or car models to company, which is always nonsense in GMAT. In GMAT authors usually prefer to compare apples to apples but not to bananas or oranges. These type of errors used to be very common in GMAT SC.

C is out because sentence does not make sense. It says price or \$72 is below cars or trucks...

A is wrong because it is comparing price to cars and trucks... Clearly meaning issue.

So B is left.

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