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Re: Tough One!! Dancing Dolls [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2009, 09:35
IMO E is correct considering parallelism..but i have a quesiton.

If option B is restated as:

B. the Teeny Tiny Trucks line did and nearly 3 times what the Basic Blocks line were

Could it be the answer?
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Re: Tough One!! Dancing Dolls [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2009, 11:19
I know that after OA is given, everyone will get the correct answer.
Is anyone there to provide reasoning along? 8-) :lol:
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Re: Tough One!! Dancing Dolls [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2009, 14:37
Why E because.

more than a and more than B .

b and a are wrong because of Did .. that is past tense..
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Re: Tough One!! Dancing Dolls [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2009, 16:01
Hi Ritesh,

Would you please provide the explanation?

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Re: Tough One!! Dancing Dolls [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2009, 16:48
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The Dancing Doll line sold slightly more than $3.5 million worth of toys last year, 40% mroe than the Teeny Tiny Trucks line did and newarly 3 times as much as the Basic Blocks line's sales.

chose E because I was looking at the sentence as the follows:

The Dancing Doll line sold 40% more than the Teeny Tiny Trucks line; The Dancing Doll line sold nearly 3 times more than the Basic Blocks line.

we need two clean noun here, without the verbs following them, I.E. Basic Blocks line & Teeny Tiny Trucks line. without the (did/sales)

I did hesitate a little because the original sentence mentioned nearly 3 times as much as....so that's about 2 times more than? but again this is a sentence correction...i guess this can be ignored.
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Re: Tough One!! Dancing Dolls [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2009, 17:05
Thanks Sprtng! Your explanation is logical!
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Re: Tough One!! Dancing Dolls [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2009, 02:46
sprtng is correct in his explanation..to add to it as much as is normally used incase of the non-coutable and here it is mentioned 3 times, so more than is correct.. Happy to get this right at the first, offcourse without looking at the OA.. :)
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Re: Tough One!! Dancing Dolls [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2009, 04:54
The Q really was a tough one! Congrats to you Abhi758!
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Re: Tough One!! Dancing Dolls [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2009, 22:57
I can't buy E..it certainly looks like a comparison error.

What's the kaplan explanation anyway..
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Re: SC: The Dancing Doll line [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2011, 06:13
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The Dancing Doll line sold slightly more than $3.5 million worth of toys last year, 40% more than the Teeny Tiny Trucks line did and nearly 3 times as much as the Basic Block line's sales.
A. the Teeny Tiny Trucks line did and nearly 3 times as much as the Basic Block line's sales
B. the Teeny Tiny Trucks did and nearly 3 times what the Basic Blocks' sales were
C. the Teeny Tiny Trucks line sold and nearly 3 times as much as Basic Blocks' sales
D. the Teeny Tiny Trucks line and nearly 3 times more than the Basic Blocks' sales
E. the Teeny Trucks line and nearly 3 times more than the Basic Blocks line


Now, my first instinct was to pick E - which is also the OA. But then I thought, hey what's being compared in E? sales of the Dancing Doll line are being compared with the Teeny Trucks line and Basic Blocks line. Shouldn't the comparison be between their sales? So that made me eliminate both D and E and I picked A, which was of course, the wrong answer.

Can someone please explain to me why E is correct and why it is ok to exclude the verbs for sale later in the sentence?


Chose E
reasoning: Its not "the dancing doll line" that SOLD something. The DDL in itself got sold (by some co.). . thus it being sold has to be compared with other two lines that is TTTL and BBL .

A) & B) is wrong. as 'did' means TTL did somthing. but its isnt the case
C) could have been right if we had (1) many in place of much (2) 'sold' was repeated after BBL too
D) "more" is ok. but we needed Basic Books "line"
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Re: Tough One!! Dancing Dolls [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2011, 11:09
I think A is wrong because of the use of "much". Sales are countable. E uses " more than"

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Re: Tough One!! Dancing Dolls [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2011, 22:21
can some expert explain this please . i went with B which is not the OA. So can any expert explain how E maintains parallel structure ?
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Re: Tough One!! Dancing Dolls [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2011, 20:31
I picked B :(

I am concerned about "3 times more than", can anyone help me clear this? thanks
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Re: Tough One!! Dancing Dolls [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2011, 21:03
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I picked B :(

I am concerned about "3 times more than", can anyone help me clear this? thanks



Hi.

we use 'more' for countable nouns. in this case 'sales' is countable
we use 'much' for un-countable nouns. e.g. too much water (we cant count water)

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Re: Tough One!! Dancing Dolls [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2011, 10:32
I chose A .

E cannot be the answer as it modifies the meaning of the sentence.
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Re: Tough One!! Dancing Dolls [#permalink] New post 11 Apr 2011, 00:40
The Dancing Doll line sold slightly more than $3.5 million worth of toys last year, 40% more than the Teeny Tiny Trucks line did and nearly 3 times as much as the Basic Block line's sales.

we can compare the the verb:
The Dancing Doll line sold more than the Teeny Tiny Trucks line did and nearly 3 times as much as the Basic Block line did.

OR we can compare the sales:
The Dancing Doll line's sales is 40% more than the Teeny Tiny Trucks line's sales and nearly 3 times as much as the Basic Block line's sales.

the correct answer should be similar to one of them.
In this case, E is the most likely answer when we ellipse the verb for the truck line and the Basic Block

The Dancing Doll line sold 40% more than the Teeny Tiny Trucks line (did) and nearly 3 times as much as the Basic Block line (did).
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Re: Tough One!! Dancing Dolls [#permalink] New post 11 Apr 2011, 08:15
The Dancing Doll line sold slightly more than $3.5 million worth of toys last year, 40% more than the Teeny Tiny Trucks line did and nearly 3 times as much as the Basic Block line's sales.

E. the Teeny Trucks line and nearly 3 times more than the Basic Blocks line

I see E as || and comparing the correct things:

Re-Writing the sentence like this helped me:

The dancing doll line sold slightly more than $3.5 million worth of toys last year, 40% more [toys sold] than the Teeny Tiny Trucks line and nearly 3 times more [toys sold] than the Basic Blocks line.

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Re: SC: The Dancing Doll line [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2011, 01:25
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The Dancing Doll line sold slightly more than $3.5 million worth of toys last year, 40% more than the Teeny Tiny Trucks line did and nearly 3 times as much as the Basic Block line's sales.
A. the Teeny Tiny Trucks line did and nearly 3 times as much as the Basic Block line's sales
B. the Teeny Tiny Trucks did and nearly 3 times what the Basic Blocks' sales were
C. the Teeny Tiny Trucks line sold and nearly 3 times as much as Basic Blocks' sales
D. the Teeny Tiny Trucks line and nearly 3 times more than the Basic Blocks' sales
E. the Teeny Trucks line and nearly 3 times more than the Basic Blocks line


Now, my first instinct was to pick E - which is also the OA. But then I thought, hey what's being compared in E? sales of the Dancing Doll line are being compared with the Teeny Trucks line and Basic Blocks line. Shouldn't the comparison be between their sales? So that made me eliminate both D and E and I picked A, which was of course, the wrong answer.

Can someone please explain to me why E is correct and why it is ok to exclude the verbs for sale later in the sentence?


In one of the other forum -Thebeatthegmat , The kaplan instructor herself has quentioned the correctness of the problem. So I wouldnt waste too much time on this this.. Its looks bad to me as well
"E changes the meaning. Three times as much as is not the same as three times more than. That leaves out D as well.

A line can in fact sell - note that usage in the not-underlined portion of the sentence.

IF E is the official answer it is a bad question.

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Re: Tough One!! Dancing Dolls [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2011, 06:58
it is perfectly acceptable to say:
A sold ..., more than B (sold) and more than C (sold)

so E is correct, changes the meaning slightly tough but is still the best pick.
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Re: The Dancing Doll line sold slightly more than $3.5 million [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2012, 15:59
Per MGMAT book, "x times as much as" is correct while "x times more than" or "x times greater than" should be avoided. So really doubtful about this question.

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