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The European Economic Community exported just under $400 [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2004, 21:16
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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

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

OA: C
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quick notes..

1. We are talking European Economic community, United States and yes it should be Japan or Japanese. NOT Japan's - the possesive form. With this we have b, c and e in our first pass

2. do we need 'what' - I dont think so. 'what' is intrusive and does not add value. We now have b and c in our second pass

3. look at C. 'as much as' - right idiom, OK. Next 'DID'. Yes we need 'DID' - its a keyword, when comparing actions. Does b have it. NO. Also, b sounds very awkward - read it..'....sixty percent more than the United States...'. The sentence is dying for a logical completion 60% more than US - US What. Is it US imports or exports or what is it? Thus, "DID" becomes a keyword.

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 [#permalink] New post 04 Nov 2004, 10:56
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Double should be used as verb whereas twice/thrice, etc shud be used as nouns.
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Re: SC - EU, US and Japan [#permalink] New post 04 Nov 2004, 14:47
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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



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

OA: C


crackgmat04,

Please so not post the answer with the question. Take some time, hang around in the club and get few responses and then post the answer. C should be it and welcome to the Club.
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The European Economic Community exported just under $400 [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2005, 20:06
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
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2005, 21:12
One more for D.

more than what the united states is correct.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2005, 05:27
OA is C.

bsarora, can you explain your choice? Thanks!
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2005, 11:17
I had a difficult decision between B or E but I choose B. But I don't feel comfortable with my choice.

I just don't like "did" in any of the sentence. "...twice as much as the Japanese did" or "...what the United States did..." B and E both refrain from that so that is why I selected those....but I could be dead wrong I'm confused on this one...OA?
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2005, 11:20
Iam confused by the OA.

In C , we are comparing european union, united states and japanese?

Gayathri,
Can you double check the source? I did a quick google search and found this post on the test magic forum where the person claims OA is D

http://www.testmagic.com/forums/showthr ... e=threaded

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 [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2005, 11:25
talk2sunder@gmail.com wrote:
Iam confused by the OA.

In C , we are comparing european union, united states and japanese?

Gayathri,
Can you double check the source? I did a quick google search and found this post on the test magic forum where the person claims OA is D

http://www.testmagic.com/forums/showthr ... e=threaded

Thanks!
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Sunder, I saw that too. I checked the OA given, it is C.

I found this question also discussed here
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=11272

I would definitely welcome some more discussion on this tough :?
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C it is

tests parallelism of the phrases
in c we have
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 the Japanese did


E comes close by phrase after and is wrong
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2005, 11:44
praveen_rao7 wrote:
C it is

tests parallelism of the phrases
in c we have
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 the Japanese did


E comes close by phrase after and is wrong


shouldn'y it be "more than what the United States exported"?
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The European Economic Community exported just under $400 [#permalink] New post 08 May 2005, 13:16
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
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 [#permalink] New post 08 May 2005, 23:30
I'll go with 'E'.

'what' is required as 60% of (exports) the US did. Of D and E, double the Japanese exports sounds better.

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 [#permalink] New post 08 May 2005, 23:38
the vs. what -> I'll go with the latter. (it just sounds better to me with the 'what' in the sentence)

In (D), 60% more than what the united states did (export) and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports <-- Japan's exports makes it sound like we're comparing a volume to type of export from Japan

I'll go with E on this one.
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 [#permalink] New post 09 May 2005, 03:29
I go with C because "the United States exported and nearly twice as much as the Japanese did" is perfect parallel
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Re: SC : PT : Economic Community [#permalink] New post 09 May 2005, 03:39
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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


Read somewhere that instead of using "two times" "twice " is concise....so would go with E
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 [#permalink] New post 09 May 2005, 04:20
This is a clear "C"....we r comparing action of european community with US and Japan....only "C" keeps it all in ||.


the United States exported and nearly twice as much as the Japanese did
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 [#permalink] New post 09 May 2005, 06:56
Come on guys, it`s A. We can compare Americans to Japanese, but NOT the United States to Japanese. Being an American and living in Japan, I can bet my life savings (not much) on this one. :done
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 [#permalink] New post 09 May 2005, 09:24
My pick is C.
Double is a verb so E might be wrong.
B and D are out for obvious reasons.
A might be out because it is not parallel.

C it is because of concise comparison of the 3 countries' export.
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