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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.. _________________ "When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.” - Eric Thomas Intern Joined: 12 Oct 2012 Posts: 1 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0 Re: The Dancing Doll line sold slightly more than$3.5 million [#permalink]

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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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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] Show Tags 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] Show Tags 23 Aug 2013, 03:14 rajnikant47 wrote: 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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05 Sep 2013, 20:28
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] Show Tags 05 Sep 2013, 23:48 english_august wrote: 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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Re: The Dancing Doll line sold slightly more than $3.5 million [#permalink] Show Tags 26 Sep 2015, 01:16 Can someone please explain whats wrong with A? Not convinced with E Re: The Dancing Doll line sold slightly more than$3.5 million   [#permalink] 26 Sep 2015, 01:16

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