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The guiding principles of the tax plan released by the Treas [#permalink] New post 08 Apr 2004, 02:35
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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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 [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2004, 10:02
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2004, 12:36
I would like to know why you chose D over C. If you give the right answer then you can be confident that slight twist in the sentence wont make you guess the answer.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2004, 15:59
the only difference between C and D is than have and than do.
When the same verb is repeated it is better to have DO verbs.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2004, 17:19
Hi Geethu,

You are quite right. "have" is the main verb here. It can also function as a helping verb or auxilary verb. This verb should be in parallel with another verb. That verb is "do"

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than do/have [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2004, 20:59
6.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 am confused between C and D .Can anybody explain clearly when to use do or have or anything after THAN..i mean how to decide .I usually get confused in these types of questions.
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The proper comparison would be:

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

I think C and D distort the picture.
A says that the Treasury Department could have the particulars of the plan. Wrong again.

Finally, I opt for D.
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2004, 01:38
(D) is best.

(Sorry I don't have explanation for usage of "do" and "have", but (D) sounds good to ears)

Anybody who can explain the usage of "do" and "have"
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I also opt for D
"do" is necessary here to compare same actions

could have<< even greater significance for the economy than do >> the particulars of the plan

equivalent to:

could have even greater significance for the economy than the particulars of the plan do [have]
"have" is ellipsed here and "do" ensures that we are not comparing "economy" to "the particulars of the plan".
"do" properly compares
the "significance" of the "guiding principles of the tax plan"
to
the "significance" of the "particulars of the plan"

Let's see how this fits 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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 [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2004, 05:47
Paul wrote:
I also opt for D
"do" is necessary here to compare same actions

could have<< even greater significance for the economy than do >> the particulars of the plan

equivalent to:

could have even greater significance for the economy than the particulars of the plan do [have]
"have" is ellipsed here and "do" ensures that we are not comparing "economy" to "the particulars of the plan".
"do" properly compares
the "significance" of the "guiding principles of the tax plan"
to
the "significance" of the "particulars of the plan"

Let's see how this fits 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


Great explanation Paul! :-D

Can you explain what 'ellipsed' mean? I haven't heard this expression before, however, I've observed that you use it quite a bit.

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The guiding principles of the tax plan released by the [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2004, 13:38
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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 [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2004, 14:26
B it is
"even" should stress "greater", not "significance"
"that" is required to introduce restrictive clause with verb "is". Also, second verb "have" can be ellipsed.
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Re: SC - Treasury department [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2004, 21:41
D for me too. It seems right to the ear!!!

Anyways, can anyone give a grammatical explanation on why D is better than C or why we need "do" instead of "have"

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 [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2004, 11:50
yes if someone could explain the rules of using "do" I would greatly appreciate it.
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The guiding principles of the tax plan released by the [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2005, 14:06
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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 [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2005, 14:26
This is a typical GMAT trap. Answer in my opinion should be D. do is the only verb one can use along with the second part of the sentence.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2005, 14:34
My pick in this case would be B.

do is generally used when first part of the comparison uses action verbs.

Treasury Department people prepare tax plan better than IRS people do.

could have in not-underlined portion indicates we need "have", if at all we need this.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2005, 17:08
The OA is D.

But I don't agree with the answer since the comparison is screwed up. For example:

[guiding principles] + [verb] than [particulars] + [ verb] is correct.

However, option D gives

[guiding principles] + [verb] than [do] + [particulars]
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2005, 18:34
The objects in comparison
1) The guiding principles of the tax plan
2) The particulars of the plan

1) The guiding principles of the tax plan has a significance for the economy.
2) The particulars of the plan have a significance for the economy.
= The particulars of the plan do.

I guess (D) is correct.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2005, 19:49
B,E - Incorrect. Usage of '.....a signifcance....' - Singular.
The sentence starts with 'The guiding principles' - Plural

Out of A,C, D
A,C - Incorrect usage of '.....than have.....'
D - Correct usage of ...than do....'

Hence D is the answer.
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