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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 that is has been

Please explain by giving reasons for refuting each choice.
It has been discussed before but I am still not clear.
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02 May 2005, 22:02
going with A

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 that is has been

A. "it" is clear referent to spending
B. missing pronoun
C. pronoun disagreement. "they" and "spending" dont go together
D. which refers to the "presidential campaign"
E. which refers to the "presidential campaign"
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03 May 2005, 00:35
OA is not A. I aswell had picked A.
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03 May 2005, 00:47
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 that is has been

A,B,C are all out. 'A greater propotion' is not idiomatic in the context of this sentence.
E has a awkward phrasing - 'that is has been'

I'll go with D.
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03 May 2005, 02:36
B)...

D) and E) is out because "which" seems to refer to 1992

C) is out because of present perfect

A) is out because "it" is singular and plural is required, because of the reference to "costs"
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03 May 2005, 03:51
I also think it is B.

a. a greater proportion than it was >refers to all spending, not just television costs
b. a greater proportion than OK
c. a greater proportion than they have been >incorrect use of the pronoun
d. which is greater than was so >incorrect use of is
e. which is greater that is has been >incorrect use of is and has been
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03 May 2005, 03:52
sonaketu wrote:
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 that is has been

Please explain by giving reasons for refuting each choice.
It has been discussed before but I am still not clear.

I would pick B...

I think "it was" is redundant as "previous election" says that the comparision is done with elections in past
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03 May 2005, 04:06
I think it is C, they for television costs. I feel unsure about the present perfect too, but I think it is the best
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03 May 2005, 04:19
I will go with 'B'
In 'D' & 'E', 'which' refers to the campaign
A - no antecedent for 'it'
C - 'they' should be used to refer to people and not to costs
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03 May 2005, 07:20
I choose B. I agree with rthothad that A is wrong because "it" has no antecedent.
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03 May 2005, 07:30
Thanks OA is B.
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03 May 2005, 09:00
sonaketu wrote:
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 that is has been

Please explain by giving reasons for refuting each choice.
It has been discussed before but I am still not clear.

First off, E is clearly wrong "that is has been" is unheard of. Eliminate

Eliminate B, one cannot compare "costs" to "election", a violation of parallelism.

Eliminate D: "greater than was so" is unidiomatic.

Betw A and C, I choose C because costs is plural.
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04 May 2005, 01:45
Yes C is better choice than B. Not sure how B is the OA
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04 May 2005, 14:46
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Soaring television costs accounted for more than half the spending in the presidential campaign of 1992, a greater proportion than in any previous election.
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There's nothing wrong here with official answer B. There is not a comparison problem. The phrase "a greater proportion" is modifying "half" . This is an eliptical construction (some words are assumed, not given explicitly).

... costs accounted for more than half the spending in the 1992 election, [which is] a greater proportion than [was spent] in any previous election.

This is perfectly OK.

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04 May 2005, 14:46
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