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Soaring television costs accounted for more than half the spending in the presidential campaign of 1992, a greater proportion than it was in any previous election.


A. a greater proportion than it was

B. a greater proportion than

C. a greater proportion than they have been

D. which is greater than was so

E. which is greater than it has been
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2004, 04:08
can it be (B)?

it compares the porportion (TV cost/campaign cost) in 1992 versus the porportion (TV cost/campaign cost) before.

I think it is needless to repeat "they have been" in (C)

any advice? thank you
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2004, 09:31
I would say C.

Of the total spending the TV cost was half. So we need a choice which makes a this proportional comparision between some other elections. C does this. I think they here referd to the TV cost/Total cost.
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2004, 09:59
can somebody explain why it is C and not B... when C has "they" :?:
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2004, 10:51
I think ‘they’ in ‘C’ is wrong. I would go with ‘E’
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2004, 11:20
can somebody explain why it is C and not B... when C has "they" :?:
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2004, 14:11
vprabhala wrote:
can somebody explain why it is C and not B... when C has "they" :?:


lets look at choices B & C

Soaring television costs accounted for more than half the spending in the presidential campaign of 1992, a greater proportion than it was in any previous election.

B. a greater proportion than
Lacks a pronoun to accurately compare two spending. a greater proportion than what?, is it the who campain cost?

C. a greater proportion than they have been

Correctly compare two costs using relative pronoun they. Here you would use they because you are comparing costs which is a plural.

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 [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2004, 15:19
I vote for C too.
Proportion is important here so D & E are out.
As very well explained above C is the sole answer, where the relation between proportion and the soaring costs they are related to is visible
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2004, 18:34
praveen_rao7 wrote:
vprabhala wrote:
B. a greater proportion than
Lacks a pronoun to accurately compare two spending. a greater proportion than what?, is it the who campain cost?

C. a greater proportion than they have been

Correctly compare two costs using relative pronoun they. Here you would use they because you are comparing costs which is a plural.





For C, the present perfect tense is inappropriate here. A past perfect would be needed if it was the answer.
For B, a pronoun can be ommitted in this case.
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Re: SC: A tricky question! Help! [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2004, 20:10
a: missing verb
b: correct, accounted for more .. a greater proportion than (verb can be skipped in this case)
c: cannot be used, improper use of tense, "have been" must be moved to had been because the previous time is in the past
d: missing noun
e: ackward

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Soaring television costs accounted for more than half the spending in the presidential campaign of 1992, a greater proportion than it was in any previous election.


A. a greater proportion than it was

B. a greater proportion than

C. a greater proportion than they have been

D. which is greater than was so

E. which is greater than it has been
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2004, 20:37
I agree with answer B

However, i want to pose a question here, Is there a general rule on ocassions where a verb has to be repeated or should not be repeated [like in this case?]

Furthur, while comparing nouns
Butterflies in the north are more pretty than those in the south
here u have to repeat "those"

So is there a general rule as to when to repeat and when to not

Can someone help ???
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2004, 21:24
taklu wrote:
I agree with answer B

However, i want to pose a question here, Is there a general rule on ocassions where a verb has to be repeated or should not be repeated [like in this case?]

Furthur, while comparing nouns
Butterflies in the north are more pretty than those in the south
here u have to repeat "those"

So is there a general rule as to when to repeat and when to not

Can someone help ???


IMHO, as to repeat or not speat the verb or the like, it is really optional, depending on the context of question and its answer choices.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2004, 14:23
OA is B.
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