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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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Re: Another SC from retired GMAT questions [#permalink] New post 25 May 2007, 23:06
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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


A seems to maintain the correct meaning of the sentence.
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 [#permalink] New post 26 May 2007, 03:27
I would chose B.

In A "it" is ambiguous.
In C I don't like "they have been". First, because I think it should be Past Perfect - had been (before 1992). Second, "the have been a proportion" is awkward.
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 [#permalink] New post 26 May 2007, 04:04
"have been" construction is definitely wrong in C. It would mean that the costs are still accounting..., where as the sentence is talking abt the costs in 1992.

I would vote for B

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 [#permalink] New post 26 May 2007, 04:19
A. a greater proportion than it was – “It” is redundant
B. a greater proportion than
C. a greater proportion than they have been – Verb Tense
D. which is greater than was so – Modifier
E. which is greater than it has been – Modifier, “It” is wrong.

B - correct comparison.

Hence B is the answer.

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 [#permalink] New post 26 May 2007, 08:18
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
it has no clear reference
B. a greater proportion than
bingo :-D
C. a greater proportion than they have been
have been...wrong tense
D. which is greater than was so
which refer to 1992
E. which is greater than it has been
which refer to 1992
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 [#permalink] New post 26 May 2007, 17:53
B as it's the most simple and concise

A ... "was" isn't necessary since elections in the past are already being compared to
C ... who is "they" referring to?
D ... awkward construction
E ... wordy
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Re: Another SC from retired GMAT questions [#permalink] New post 26 May 2007, 18:00
bhaarat 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 than it has been


D and E are clearly wrong because "which" seems to modify the presidential campaign, which is not the correct meaning of the sentence.

A uses, "it", whereas the soaring costs is plural!

C uses correctly "they" but for no reasons uses have been, as if the action started in the past and still continues which is not the case implied by the sentence.

Thus the answer choice is "B". Simple, Concise and Clear.

Could the author please post the OA also?
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 [#permalink] New post 27 May 2007, 16:21
OA is C.
In my opinion, antecedent for "they" is soaring costs. Since spending(costs of television) in 1992 election is compared with spending in previous elections, use of present perfect tense is correct here.
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 [#permalink] New post 28 May 2007, 02:38
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What is wrong with B?


Same here. Can someone explain why B is wrong. I don't think Present Perfect makes sense.

It was in 1992 and we are comparing it with the previous election....How can this be Present Perfect?
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 [#permalink] New post 28 May 2007, 05:46
for me B would correct. C makes no sense since "pronoun number" is not been tested here
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Re: Another SC from retired GMAT questions [#permalink] New post 28 May 2007, 07:58
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bhaarat 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 than it has been



C.


Himalayan, bravo! :)
You are the only one who chose the right answer.
Could you please explain why you chose C and what's wrong with B?

Tahnks a lot!
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 [#permalink] New post 28 May 2007, 11:19
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abhinava wrote:
What is wrong with B?


Same here. Can someone explain why B is wrong. I don't think Present Perfect makes sense.

It was in 1992 and we are comparing it with the previous election....How can this be Present Perfect?


Abhinava,
OA is C,however, i agree with your reasoning.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 May 2007, 08:56
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i vote for B


just a thought came to my mind... was this a question in 1992??lol :-D
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 [#permalink] New post 30 May 2007, 19:54
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 => "it" what ??
B. a greater proportion than
C. a greater proportion than they have been => "they" who ??
D. which is greater than was so => awkward construction
E. which is greater than it has been => "it" what ?? "is" - it still is ??

greater than !!

My Answer : B
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 [#permalink] New post 30 May 2007, 21:13
may be .... it makes sense :lol:
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2007, 07:26
D and E are out for sure for "which"

the reason B is wrong because it seems that it modifies campaign of 92... we can see it is a modifier because there is no subj-verb in it -> not a clause. But if that is a modifier, you must ask what it modifies?

C is correct use of tense because up to this point (in the minds of writers) costs have never represented a greater proportion (even today). But even if you didn't think of that you could find a flaw in B because gramatically it doesn't make sense.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2007, 12:50
i do not care that the answer is C
theres no way this could occur

it has to be B

C: a greater proportion than they have been
i jus tfinished reading that 'they' would have to clearly identify 1 thing.. theres no way this is the case! it could refer to TV costs or presidential compaign

B is clearly, less wordy, and refers to the preceding clause.

who made this question up?? i dont think it was a very good one!
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Re: Another SC from retired GMAT questions [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2007, 01:40
bhaarat 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 than it has been

I really cant understand why the OA is C ?
Shouldn't we compare proportions of spending ? But C compares "costs" with "proportions", no ?
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2007, 09:34
The reason it cannot be B is because the sentence ends with 'in any previous election', hence we need 'costs have been' as shown in C, which is why C should be the correct answer.
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