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The Dancing Doll line sold slightly more than $3.5 million

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Re: The Dancing Doll line sold slightly more than $3.5 million [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2012, 15:35
I think the only time when a verb needs to be repeated is when their is ambiguity in meaning. Ex :
I know Akash more than my sister.

One meaning is : I know more about Akash than my I know about brother.
Another meaning : I know more about Akash than my brother knows about him.

In such cases we use verbs to remove the ambiguity. Having said that we dont need any helping verb here as it is clear we are talking about the sales figures of different lines.

That takes sold/did out. So A,B and C are out.

In between D and E. E wins as D is breaking the parallelism or introducing error by using sales as if something else is being compared before.

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Re: The Dancing Doll line sold slightly more than $3.5 million [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2012, 10:20
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

In the original sentence , DID after tiny truck line isnt required because we are comparing ... ABC line sold more than the XYC line . sounds more correct than ABC line sold more than the XYC line did , or ABC line sold more than the XYC line scored. The third part of this comparison is also awkward, the passage should try to convey , that ABC line sold 40% more than XYZ line and nearly 3 times as much as the basic blocks line .. (no need to mention sales again and again ) ...

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



E removes the DID or sales at the end of Teeny trucks line , and also removes sales from the third comparison point. .I do not think that by removing those we loose the meaning whereby we can think that we are comparing TT line's sales to the other two products rather than the sales of those products..
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Re: The Dancing Doll line sold slightly more than $3.5 million [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2012, 17:10
I have another question if E is the correct answer, is it ok to use "3 times more than" instead of "3 times as much as"? According to Manhattan GMAT SC, "3 times more than" is wrong.
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Re: The Dancing Doll line sold slightly more than $3.5 million [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2012, 20:57
I guess we are comparing sales .

A. the Teeny Tiny Trucks line did and nearly 3 times as much as the Basic Block line's sales. ( Parallel)
..i chose A

B. the Teeny Tiny Trucks did and nearly 3 times what the Basic Blocks' sales were (Comparing sales, concise, but use of "trucks did" not parallel)

C. the Teeny Tiny Trucks line sold and nearly 3 times as much as Basic Blocks' sales ( Not parallel)

D. the Teeny Tiny Trucks line and nearly 3 times more than the Basic Blocks' sales ( Not parallel)

E. the Teeny Trucks line and nearly 3 times more than the Basic Blocks line ( They forgot the tiny part, if its a noun how can u modify noun ? )
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Re: The Dancing Doll line sold slightly more than $3.5 million [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2012, 08:31
In the original sentence , DID after tiny truck line isnt required because we are comparing ... ABC line sold more than the XYC line . sounds more correct than ABC line sold more than the XYC line did , or ABC line sold more than the XYC line scored. The third part of this comparison is also awkward, the passage should try to convey , that ABC line sold 40% more than XYZ line and nearly 3 times as much as the basic blocks line .. (no need to mention sales again and again ) ...


E offers the best parallel structure ... Above is the best explanation i can offer, and E meets both the "GRAMMAR" test as well as the " EAR " Test (according to me) .. I got (E) by first reading the original passage and comming up with my own version of what the correct sentence should be , which conveys the same message, is better grammatical, and is concise ..
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The Dancing Doll line sold slightly more than$3.5 million [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2013, 02:17
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 three times as much as the Basic Blocks line's sales.

A. Same as underlined above
B. the Teeny Tiny Trucks did and nearly three times what the Basic Blocks sales were
C. the Teeny Tiny Trucks line sold and nearly three times as much as Basic Blocks' sales
D. the Teeny Tiny Trucks line and nearly three times as much as Basic Blocks' sales
E. the Teeny Tiny Trucks line and nearly three times as much as Basic Blocks' line
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Re: The Dancing Doll line sold slightly more than$3.5 million [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2013, 03:14
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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 three times as much as the Basic Blocks line's sales.

A. Same as underlined above
B. the Teeny Tiny Trucks did and nearly three times what the Basic Blocks sales were
C. the Teeny Tiny Trucks line sold and nearly three times as much as Basic Blocks' sales
D. the Teeny Tiny Trucks line and nearly three times as much as Basic Blocks' sales
E. the Teeny Tiny Trucks line and nearly three times as much as Basic Blocks' line

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Re: The Dancing Doll line sold slightly more than $3.5 million [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2013, 06:51
I went with B. Here is my analysis.

A. the Teeny Tiny Trucks line did and nearly 3 times as much as the Basic Block line's sales
Does not have ||ism. left part has main verb 'did' but the right has no main verb.

B. the Teeny Tiny Trucks did and nearly 3 times what the Basic Blocks' sales were
Both the left part and the right part have the main verbs. Correct parallelism. Correct choice.

C. the Teeny Tiny Trucks line sold and nearly 3 times as much as Basic Blocks' sales
left part has main verb sold but the right part has no main verb.

D. the Teeny Tiny Trucks line and nearly 3 times more than the Basic Blocks' sales
Wrong comparison. 3.5 million worth of toys us wrongly compared.

E. the Teeny Trucks line and nearly 3 times more than the Basic Blocks line
Same as above.
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Re: The Dancing Doll line sold slightly more than $3.5 million [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2013, 20:28
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Simply,- By no rationale can we take -three times as much as – materially the same as - three times more than.- On that count alone D and E are instant drops. So A must prevail. I wish Kaplan addresses the glaring meaning foul in its OA.
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Re: The Dancing Doll line sold slightly more than $3.5 million [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2013, 23:48
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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



E is the correct answer because you need to compare apples to apples. Compare all three lines. Not 2 lines and one sale.
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