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The guiding principles of the tax plan released by the Treasury Department could have even a greater significance for the economy than the particulars of the plan.

(A) even a greater significance for the economy than
(B) a significance that is even greater for the economy than
(C) even greater significance for the economy than have
(D) even greater significance for the economy than do
(E) a significance even greater for the economy than have
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03 Nov 2005, 21:14
All,

The source is 1000SC. Who generated this document? I still don't think the comparison is correct.
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08 Jan 2006, 09:10
The guiding principles of the tax plan released by the Treasury Department could have even a greater significance for the economy than the particulars of the plan.
(A) even a greater significance for the economy than
(B) a significance that is even greater for the economy than
(C) even greater significance for the economy than have
(D) even greater significance for the economy than do
(E) a significance even greater for the economy than have

I thought A was fine. What are the thoughts of this forum? I am not sure why A is not good enough.
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08 Jan 2006, 09:37
It should be 'D'.

'A' is wrong because it fails in comparison.

We need to compare "a greater significance for the economy" by "the particulars of the plan", but 'A' compares "the particulars of the plan" itself.

I hope this is clear. Please post the OA too.
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09 Jan 2006, 13:01
Guys...I need help. Can someone explain to me the diff b/w C and D?

(C) even greater significance for the economy than have
(D) even greater significance for the economy than do
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14 Aug 2007, 07:45
The guiding principles of the tax plan released by the Treasury Department could have even a greater significance for the economy than the particulars of the plan.

A. even a greater significance for the economy than

B. a significance that is even greater for the economy than

C. even greater significance for the economy than have

D. even greater significance for the economy than do

E. a significance even greater for the economy than have
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14 Aug 2007, 10:13
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D it is.
This is the explanation given in the SC tips by anandnk:

The guiding principles of the tax plan released by the Treasury Department could have even a greater significance for the economy than the particulars of the plan.

(A) even a greater significance for the economy than
(B) a significance that is even greater for the economy than
(C) even greater significance for the economy than have
(D) even greater significance for the economy than do
(E) a significance even greater for the economy than have

D is indeed best in SAE.

In SAE, we generally use do to replace regular verbs, i.e., verbs that are not linking verbs, verbs that use modals, etc.

For example:

Megumi speaks Japanese better than I do.

But you already knew that, I'm sure.

Look at the following examples for something (perhaps) new:

Megumi has visited more countries than I have.

We can use have again because have is an auxiliary verb here.

Megumi has more skirts than I do.

Here, has is NOT an auxiliary verb, and in SAE, we cannot use the verb have in the second bit.
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23 Aug 2007, 21:00
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D it is.
This is the explanation given in the SC tips by anandnk:

The guiding principles of the tax plan released by the Treasury Department could have even a greater significance for the economy than the particulars of the plan.

(A) even a greater significance for the economy than
(B) a significance that is even greater for the economy than
(C) even greater significance for the economy than have
(D) even greater significance for the economy than do
(E) a significance even greater for the economy than have

D is indeed best in SAE.

In SAE, we generally use do to replace regular verbs, i.e., verbs that are not linking verbs, verbs that use modals, etc.

For example:

Megumi speaks Japanese better than I do.

But you already knew that, I'm sure.

Look at the following examples for something (perhaps) new:

Megumi has visited more countries than I have.

We can use have again because have is an auxiliary verb here.

Megumi has more skirts than I do.

Here, has is NOT an auxiliary verb, and in SAE, we cannot use the verb have in the second bit.

Could you please explain why C is wrong ? Why 'do' scores over 'have' ?
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25 Aug 2007, 04:18
have ....have makes the sentence parallel and lures to choose C.

But have is not correctly placed. The sentence means "The principles COULD have a greater significance than the particulars DO (already) have".

But have in the option has been placed before particulars. Not making correct sense.

but if we use Do. Then it will come like ' than do the particulars (already have ).

So i will go with D.

Had the question been something like this

blah blah... the Treasury Department (could removed) have even a greater significance for the economy than the particulars of the plan.

then we would have said "than have blah blah blah"
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The guiding principles of the tax plan released by the Treasury Department could have even a greater significance for the economy than the particulars of the plan.

A. even a greater significance for the economy than

B. a significance that is even greater for the economy than

C. even greater significance for the economy than have

D. even greater significance for the economy than do

E. a significance even greater for the economy than have
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12 May 2008, 00:31
Straight D.

The guiding principles of the tax plan released by the Treasury Department could have even greater significance for the economy than do the particulars of the plan.
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12 May 2008, 11:37
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The guiding principles of the tax plan released by the Treasury Department could have even a greater significance for the economy than the particulars of the plan.

B,E are straight out -> a signi.... awkward

out A,C,D -> guiding priniciples have greater significance than do the particulars of the tax plan thus D

A,C lack proper comparison

A. even a greater significance for the economy than

B. a significance that is even greater for the economy than

C. even greater significance for the economy than have

D. even greater significance for the economy than do

E. a significance even greater for the economy than have
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12 May 2008, 17:06
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Straight D.

The guiding principles of the tax plan released by the Treasury Department could have even greater significance for the economy than do the particulars of the plan.

Hey, why "do" in D is not "could"? The reason I did not choose D [although it is at risk] is it has not "could" for the parallelism! Thanks!
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24 Sep 2008, 18:02
I need a help to understand the structure of "comparatives...i.e. more ~ than ~" Pls let me know when we need to have a verb (like do or have here) or when not. Thanks in advance.

The guiding principles of the tax plan released by the Treasury Department could have even a greater significance for the economy than the particulars of the plan.

(A) even a greater significance for the economy than
(B) a significance that is even greater for the economy than
(C) even greater significance for the economy than have
(D) even greater significance for the economy than do
(E) a significance even greater for the economy than have
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24 Sep 2008, 18:48

The guiding principles....have even greater significance for the economy than do the particulars of the plan.
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25 Sep 2008, 01:20
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I need a help to understand the structure of "comparatives...i.e. more ~ than ~" Pls let me know when we need to have a verb (like do or have here) or when not. Thanks in advance.

The guiding principles of the tax plan released by the Treasury Department could have even a greater significance for the economy than the particulars of the plan.

(A) even a greater significance for the economy than
(B) a significance that is even greater for the economy than
(C) even greater significance for the economy than have
(D) even greater significance for the economy than do
(E) a significance even greater for the economy than have

See that you have to make the two sides of the than parallel. First you can easily eliminate choices starting with ' a significance'
Left with A, C & D. Identify the two sides of the sentence:
X= have even...economy
Y= particulars of the plan
Are they parallel. Nope. X starts with verb so should Y. That eliminates A.

Now read Y with the common part of the sentence while removing X from in between. What is the common part: The guiding principles... could. Best way to make it simple is remove all the extra info from in between. So the common part now simply reads: "The principles could". Read this with Y: "The principles could have the particulars of the plan" or other option "The principles could do the particulars of the plan". Now which of the two options make sense? You have your answer. Its D.
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25 Sep 2008, 07:44
Even…than : correct idiom, so they have to be //.
Action to action – do is correct

D
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25 Sep 2008, 07:58
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icandy wrote:
Richardson wrote:
I need a help to understand the structure of "comparatives...i.e. more ~ than ~" Pls let me know when we need to have a verb (like do or have here) or when not. Thanks in advance.

The guiding principles of the tax plan released by the Treasury Department could have even a greater significance for the economy than the particulars of the plan.

(A) even a greater significance for the economy than
(B) a significance that is even greater for the economy than
(C) even greater significance for the economy than have
(D) even greater significance for the economy than do
(E) a significance even greater for the economy than have

When you are comparing action to action use "do" if such choice exists.

Agree. Then my second question is are we okay with not having the "a" in front of greater significance? Why A has "a" but D has not? It affects to the answer selection? Thx in advance.

To me, it did not matter. I think a is redundant if we have even.

a significance is ok as in B & E.
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The guiding principles of the tax plan released by the Treasury Department could have even a greater significance for the economy than the particulars of the plan.
(A) even a greater significance for the economy than
(B) a significance that is even greater for the economy than
(C) even greater significance for the economy than have
(D) even greater significance for the economy than do
(E) a significance even greater for the economy than have
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04 Dec 2008, 09:05
IMO E....||ism and also we are comparing a significance with the the particulars.
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04 Dec 2008, 09:09
vivektripathi wrote:
The guiding principles of the tax plan released by the Treasury Department could have even a greater significance for the economy than the particulars of the plan.
(A) even a greater significance for the economy than
(B) a significance that is even greater for the economy than
(C) even greater significance for the economy than have
(D) even greater significance for the economy than do
(E) a significance even greater for the economy than have

X greater than Y

X-The guiding principles; Y-the particulars of the plan

Logically and grammatically comparable

The guiding principles of the tax plan released by the Treasury Department could have even a greater significance for the economy than do the particulars of the plan

Choose D . Option sets the right comparison

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