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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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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.


Explanation:
When we say that,
Japan's exports saw a record plunge in February OR
Japanese exports saw a record plunge in February
we are referring to the goods and not to the amount (in figures).

The original sentence tries to compare the amount of total exports, which is correctly stated in option C.
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(A) the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports ---> Usage of the words Japan's exports is wrong. Changes the original meaning of the sentence.

(B) the United States' and nearly double what the Japanese exports were ---> Usage of the words Japanese exports is wrong. Changes the original meaning of the sentence.

(C) the United States exported and nearly twice as much as the Japanese did ---> Correct

(D) what the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports ---> Same explanation as that stated in option A.

(E) what the United States exported and nearly double the Japanese exports ---> Same explanation as that stated in option B.
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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.

Hence C.
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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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Source : GMAT Paper test 42

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


good one.

Will go with C for parallelsim.

X exported.., 60% more than Y exported and nearlytwice as much as the Z did <exported>
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+1 C

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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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.

(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 --- Parallel and correct (exported and 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 know the answer, but I am not clear why it is so. Can someone answer & give the exp.

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My choice is (C). C has parallel construction.

the United States exported and nearly twice as much as the Japanese did is parallel with European Economic Community exported
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Re: The European Economic Community exported just under $400 [#permalink] New post 13 Apr 2012, 10:04
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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.

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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.

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Eliminate the options that have "double" as much as, the right form is "twice as much as"

We are left with 3 options.

Of these the split is "Japanese did/Japan's exports"

To maintain parallel structure you need a verb after Japan and after United States

Clearly only one option describes this.

Pick this option

Option C


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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.

Answer is C.
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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


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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 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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 [#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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