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The government of county X had a significantly larger increase in infrastructure costs this fiscal year than in any other single area.

(A) increase in infrastructure costs this fiscal year than in any other single area
(B) increase in infrastructure costs this fiscal year than in the costs of any other single area
(C) increase in infrastructure costs this fiscal year than in any other single area`s costs
(D) infrastructure costs increase this fiscal year than in any other single area
(E) infrastructure costs increase this fiscal year than it did in the costs increase in any other single area
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Re: SC Comparisons- Govt. Fiscal Spending [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2005, 03:10
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The government of county X had a significantly larger increase in infrastructure costs this fiscal year than in any other single area.

(A) increase in infrastructure costs this fiscal year than in any other single area
(B) increase in infrastructure costs this fiscal year than in the costs of any other single area
(C) increase in infrastructure costs this fiscal year than in any other single area`s costs
(D) infrastructure costs increase this fiscal year than in any other single area
(E) infrastructure costs increase this fiscal year than it did in the costs increase in any other single area


IMO,I go for B with the best comparison between infrastructure costs and the costs of any other single area.
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2005, 07:25
D and E are out. "larger infrastructure cost increase' is not idiomatic

A - bad comparison
B - 'costs of' is not idiomatic
C is the best choice. We're comparing cost in infrastructure vs cost in other area
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2005, 12:37
Only C correctly compares 'Infrastructure costs' and 'other area's costs'

B is analogous to - 'G has an increase in X's costs this year than in costs of Y --> Comparing 2 unlike things
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2005, 02:14
On exam day, I would have gone with A, but C now, does look better...
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2005, 07:28
OA is B.

Explanation:
Spot the Error ( to learn more about the common error types and how to spot them):
Look for Comparative triggers. The use of "larger...than" indicates that infrastructure costs should be compared to other costs.

Rule and Fix:
A comparison must be of two similar things and must be balanced.

POE:
A and D both improperly compare cost to an area.

Chunk and Compare:
Compare B to C.
C reverses the order of costs and area which makes it not similar to the structure of the first part of the comparison "larger increase in INFRASTRUCTURE COSTS"

Compare B to E.
E unnecessarily uses "it did" and "increase" both of which are unnecessary.

Reread your choice:
Choose B
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