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The European Economic Community exported just under $400 [#permalink] ### Show Tags 03 Nov 2004, 21:16 3 This post received KUDOS 57 This post was BOOKMARKED The European Economic Community exported just under$400 billion in goods in 1988, sixty percent more than the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports.

A) the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports
B) the United States and nearly double what the Japanese exports were
C) the United States exported and nearly twice as much as the Japanese did
D) what the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports
E) what the United States exported and nearly double the Japanese exports

Can someone explain the errors in the 4 wrong answers .....

OA: C
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12 May 2011, 07:25
Confused between C and E. Went with E. What's wrong with E?
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Logical comparison:
EU exported vs. US exported vs. Japan did

In E, you are comparing countries vs. Japan's exports; it is not parallel.
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The European Economic Community exported just under $400 [#permalink] ### Show Tags 08 Aug 2011, 01:05 The European Economic Community exported just under$400 billion in goods in 1988, sixty percent more than the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports.

(A) the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports
(B) the United States' and nearly double what the Japanese exports were
(C) the United States exported and nearly twice as much as the Japanese did
(D) what the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports
(E) what the United States exported and nearly double the Japanese exports

I chose E but now I see the faulty Parallelism.

I find questions such as this, involving comparisons of numbers, particularly challenging. How should I tackle such questions?

I saw the Thursdays with Ron video on this topic but it was under a different context. Can any expert elaborate and tell me an effective way to solve these kind of questions?

Please reply ASAP my test date is very near.
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There are three countries, EEC, the US and Japan whose exports are being compared. So we need three verbs overall and two in the underlined portion to keep their actions parallel. You will notice only choice C exhibits three verbs(they must be equal in form and function)
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The European Economic Community exported just under $400 billion in goods in 1988, sixty percent more than the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports. It is very important to identify the parallel list in the sentence (if it has any) and then to ascertain the nature if the entities in the parallel list. In this sentence, parallelism has been introduced as a way of comparison. The entities compared here are the “verb” entities EEC “exported”… more than the US “did”. Till here the parallelism is fine because these two entities are parallel. But, the third entity “Japan’s exports” violates this rule because this entity is a noun phrase. Since the first entity is that is in “verb” lies in the non-underlined portion of the sentence, we need all the three entities in the “verb” form. With this understanding, when we perform the PoE, choices A, D, and E are eliminated. In choice B, the second and the third entities are now the noun phrases and hence choice B is incorrect. This leaves us with choice C which is the correct answer because it maintains the parallelism as all the three entities in the list are verb now. Hope this helps. Shraddha _________________ | '4 out of Top 5' Instructors on gmatclub | 70 point improvement guarantee | www.e-gmat.com Manager Joined: 27 Apr 2010 Posts: 122 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 78 [0], given: 61 Re: The European Economic Community exported just under$400 [#permalink]

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The European Economic Community exported just under $400 billion in goods in 1988, sixty percent more than the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports. (A) the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports (B) the United States' and nearly double what the Japanese exports were (C) the United States exported and nearly twice as much as the Japanese did (D) what the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports (E) what the United States exported and nearly double the Japanese exports Posted earlier in Oct 2008 Lets discuss Source : GMAT Paper test 42 we need to make sure anything dealing with Japan and United States is the same "tier" level (same thing being compared) as "European Economic Community." cross out a, d, b there is a parallelism issue with E ("japanese exports") leaves C. Manager Joined: 21 Feb 2012 Posts: 115 Location: India Concentration: Finance, General Management GMAT 1: 600 Q49 V23 GPA: 3.8 WE: Information Technology (Computer Software) Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 118 [0], given: 15 Re: The European Economic Community exported just under$400 [#permalink]

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The European Economic Community exported just under $400 billion in goods in 1988, sixty percent more than the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports. (A) the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports (B) the United States' and nearly double what the Japanese exports were (C) the United States exported and nearly twice as much as the Japanese did (D) what the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports (E) what the United States exported and nearly double the Japanese exports I chose E but now I see the faulty Parallelism. I find questions such as this, involving comparisons of numbers, particularly challenging. How should I tackle such questions? I saw the Thursdays with Ron video on this topic but it was under a different context. Can any expert elaborate and tell me an effective way to solve these kind of questions? Please reply ASAP my test date is very near. Can anyone please explain this in detail..Thanks in advance. Intern Joined: 05 Jun 2011 Posts: 18 Location: Dhaka,Bangladesh Schools: HBS,Yale, British Columbia Business School, Wharton Business School Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 30 [0], given: 0 Re: The European Economic Community exported just under$400 [#permalink]

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14 May 2012, 23:53
when you are going to make any sort of comparison, we should compare something with exactly the same generic type, for e.g. Noun with noun, verb with verb, person with person.

But, most often, we do the opposite.

What did the question really want to expressed?
Think and answer it .
The ans is that EU exported more than that of both Japan and US.
We can re-arrange the sentence as ' EU exported more than the US did or exported and twice as much as the Japan did.

Hope you got it.

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15 May 2012, 04:10
I think one more reason to eliminate options A, B, and D is usage of possessive noun form. EEC exports should be compared with US Exports and Japan Exports. However, the possessive nouns violates this condition. The modifiers should properly modify exports therefore we cannot use US's or Japan's.

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The answer is C because the following marked as bold are parallel(past tense).

The European Economic Community exported just under $400 billion in goods in 1988, sixty percent more than the United States exported and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports did. Here, "exported" is in parallel with "did" and they are interchangeable after the first instance of "exported". Senior Manager Joined: 13 Jan 2012 Posts: 309 Weight: 170lbs GMAT 1: 740 Q48 V42 GMAT 2: 760 Q50 V42 WE: Analyst (Other) Followers: 16 Kudos [?]: 146 [1] , given: 38 Re: The European Economic Community exported just under$400 [#permalink]

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3/2 split right in the beginning. Yes! Eliminate D&E.

A - Eliminate. Not parallel.
B - Eliminate from United States'
C - Well this is all we're left with so let's go with it if we are rushed for time or review it if not. After a review, it seems to work fine.

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Re: The European Economic Community exported just under $400 [#permalink] ### Show Tags 15 Apr 2013, 04:38 The European Economic Community exported just under$400 billion in goods in 1988, sixty percent more than the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports.

(A) the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports
(B) the United States' and nearly double what the Japanese exports were
(C) the United States exported and nearly twice as much as the Japanese did
(D) what the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports
(E) what the United States exported and nearly double the Japanese exports

C for correct parallelism
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The European Economic Community exported just under $400 billion in goods in 1988, sixty percent more than the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports. (A) the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports - US did.. and Japan's export ..not parallel (B) the United States' and nearly double what the Japanese exports were - same as A (C) the United States exported and nearly twice as much as the Japanese did - correct usage of parallelism(D) what the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports - same as A asn what is not required(E) what the United States exported and nearly double the Japanese exports - nearly double change in meaning.. what is not required. Thank you Hacker! That was a very simple clear explanation of the solution- I had chosen E initially because I felt " than what..." was essential to convery the comparison being made. Now it makes a lot more sense, thanks to the above . Regards, Vishnu _________________ Regards, Vishnu Article --> http://www.topmba.com/blog/could-mba-degree-be-way-forward Senior Manager Joined: 16 Dec 2011 Posts: 452 Followers: 11 Kudos [?]: 197 [0], given: 70 Re: The European Economic Community exported just under$400 [#permalink]

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The European Economic Community exported just under $400 billion in goods in 1988, sixty percent more than the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports. A) the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports B) the United States and nearly double what the Japanese exports were C) the United States exported and nearly twice as much as the Japanese did D) what the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports E) what the United States exported and nearly double the Japanese exports Rule tested here is parallelism on export done by 3 countries/communities. Non-underlined part "European Economic Community exported" need to be parallel to those in the underlined part. A) "European Economic Community exported", "United States did", and "Japan's exports" are not parallel. B) "European Economic Community exported", "United States", and "Japanese exports were" are not parallel. Export of EEC is compared with US and not export of US. C) "European Economic Community exported", "United States exported", and "Japanese did" are parallel. Correct. D) "European Economic Community exported", "United States did", and "Japan's exports" are not parallel. E) "European Economic Community exported", "United States exported", and "Japanese exports" are not parallel. Correct answer is C. Senior Manager Joined: 16 Dec 2011 Posts: 452 Followers: 11 Kudos [?]: 197 [0], given: 70 Re: The European Economic Community exported just under$400 [#permalink]

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I will go for C.

The comparison is among exports from European Community, US and Japan. This comparison should come in parallel form. "Japan's export" distorts the parallelism here.

C only maintains the required parallelism.
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Re: The European Economic Community exported just under $400 [#permalink] ### Show Tags 18 Apr 2013, 19:10 crackgmat04 wrote: The European Economic Community exported just under$400 billion in goods in 1988, sixty percent more than the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports.

A) the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports
B) the United States and nearly double what the Japanese exports were
C) the United States exported and nearly twice as much as the Japanese did
D) what the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports
E) what the United States exported and nearly double the Japanese exports

Can someone explain the errors in the 4 wrong answers .....

OA: C

Here is my approach:

the correct idiom as much as is only used in A, C and D so that eliminates B and E.
Also a subtle form of comparison is expressed by the sentence where it compares the "exports" by the EEC to that of the US and Japan. As the sentence uses a passive voice we need a past tense verb that will provide a logical comparison to exported which is correctly indicated by the verb did in C. Also A and E uses Japan's, a possessive form which is incorrect. This indicates that Japan the country exported something and not the Japanese people. So final answer C.

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