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The exhibition of ancient Egyptian funerary art — imposing statues, intricately painted coffins, and numerous accoutrements, drew hundreds of people each day, equivalent to the number of visitors to last year’s Impressionist show.

A. equivalent to the number of visitors to
B. the equivalent of those that visited
C. equal to those who visited
D. as many as the visitation to
E. as many as visited
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17 Dec 2012, 01:31
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The exhibition of ancient Egyptian funerary art — imposing statues, intricately
painted coffins, and numerous accoutrements, drew hundreds of people each day,
equivalent to the number of visitors to last year’s Impressionist show.
A. equivalent to the number of visitors to last year's Impressionist show.
B. the equivalent of those that visited last year's Impressionist show.
C. equal to those who visited
D. as many as the visitation to
E. as many as visited

In the above quoted, green modifies the idea present in the blue.
Green says:"equivalent to the number of visitors to last year’s Impressionist show."
Blue says : "hundreds of people each day".
This is incorrect.
"Hundreds of people each day" is NOT EQUIVALENT to the NUMBER of visitors.

The correct logic is to compare the # of people/day in one show with the # of people/day in the other show.

In B, "hundreds of people each day" are being made EQUIVALENT TO THOSE present at the other show. It compares the RATE with the people. (Rate= hundreds of people each day). Also uses "that" to address people instead of "who".

In C, again the same issue. "Hundreds of people each day" is being compared to the people .

In D, compares "hundreds of people each day" to the "visitaion". Illogical

E is the one that is clear with the intended meaning, and is logical.

Hope that helps.
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17 Dec 2012, 05:29
IMO, GMAT considers the use of the word equal or equivalent as one that cannot used just to compare a single factor or phenomenon. You may use them only to compare all - round personality, involving a gamut of features. That is the reason the first three choices are rejected as not using proper diction. Between D and E, of course, there may not be a problem to discard D for its wordiness and clumsiness. E is the proper chocie. .

If I remember correct, the given example is a similar one that you may find in GMAT.
According to a study by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, companies in the United States are providing job training and general education for nearly eight million people, about equivalent to the enrollment of the nation's four-year colleges and universities.

(A) equivalent to the enrollment of
(B) the equivalent of those enrolled in
(C) equal to those who are enrolled in
(D) as many as the enrollment of
(E) as many as are enrolled in

E is the OA here also.
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30 Jan 2014, 09:53
This is bad question. The problem with it is that it attempts to draw a comparison between two nouns, but an adverb intervenes in the middle. This is a no-no on the GMAT.

Modifiers cannot jump over things they don't modify (even a ", -ing" is actually modifying the entire preceding clause). In this case, we see:

Quote:
The exhibition .... drew hundreds of people each day, MODIFIER.

The modifier is intended to draw a comparison between the number of people drawn by the exhibition and the number of people who visited the impressionist show last year. However, the frequency modifier "each day" is not part of the noun phrase involving the people; instead, it describes how frequently the exhibition "drew" people. Thus, we have:

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The exhibition .... drew (verb) hundreds of people (object) each day (verb modifier), MODIFIER

The modifier in the underlined part cannot jump over the adverbial phrase "each day" and describe the noun phrase "hundreds of people", so it must instead describe something closer. Therefore, the following comparison would actually attach to the noun "day" in the adverbial phrase. In other words, the structure forces the meaning to be that the number of days on which the exhibition drew is equivalent to the number of people that attended the impressionist show last year. This is grammatically correct, but the meaning is butchered (days compared to people).

See this-lesson-covers-a-portion-of-gmat-pill-s-sc-framework-154137.html if you want more information.

It appears that the author of this question failed in his or her attempt to mimic an official GMAT question and the rule it tests. Only rely on questions from GMAT Prep (tests, exam pack, or question packs), GMAT OG's (any version, including verbal), or GMAT Paper Tests. (Even those have problems sometimes, but it happens much less frequently.)
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Very good question. Even I got confused between C and E, until I spotted the word "hundreds".
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The exhibition of ancient Egyptian funerary art — imposing statues, intricately painted coffins, and numerous accoutrements, drew hundreds of people each day, equivalent to the number of visitors to last year’s Impressionist show.

Question's construction is not fine, ending hyphen is required instead of comma.

The exhibition of ancient Egyptian funerary art — imposing statues, intricately painted coffins, and numerous accoutrements — drew hundreds of people each day as many as (people ellipse) visited last year’s Impressionist show.
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