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The gyrfalcon, an arctic bird of prey, has survived a close brush with extinction; its numbers are now five times greater than what they were when the use of DDT was sharply restricted in the early 1970's.
(A) its numbers are now five times greater than what they were when
(B) its numbers now fivefold what they were when
(C) its numbers now five times more than when
(D) now with fivefold the numbers it had when
(E) now with its numbers five greater since
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Though (A) is the best choice, it still looks like something is wrong with (A)
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OA is (A)
I don't know how to choose between (A) and (B).
I thought the use of "times" and "-er than" is always wrong. By what I know, "times" goes with "as [blank] as". So in (A),

"five times greater than what" mean "its numbers are now five times as much as what they were..." because the "five times" is

addition to "one" already.
However, in (B), it means "its numbers now" equal five multiply by "what they were". (B) means
"its numbers now" = 5 x "what they were"
And (C) means
"its numbers now" = 6 x "what they were"
How can I possibily know what the sentence supposed to mean?
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Notice the semicolon. The next sentence needs to be a complete sentence. Only A fits this criteria.
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B's problem is not the use of "fivefold". It is missing a verb.
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Got it! I thought "fivefold" is a verb. I was wrong. Thanks.
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Can someone explain the question?


Hi Moniriewel

I'm glad to help.

Note 1: for abstract numbers such as "numbers" ==> we must use "greater than". We mean the quantity is greater, not the number itself. We CAN'T count 1 quantity, 2 quantity :)
Note 2: After the semicolon, we must use a clause that has its own subject and own verb. The clause after the semicolon is a dependent clause.

The gyrfalcon, an arctic bird of prey, has survived a close brush with extinction; its numbers are now five times greater than what they were when the use of DDT was sharply restricted in the early 1970's.

(A) its numbers are now five times greater than what they were when
Correct.

(B) its numbers now fivefold what they were when
Wrong. "fivefold" is NOT a verb. The sentence is incomplete.

(C) its numbers now five times more than when
Wrong. "five times more than when" is wrong comparison.

(D) now with fivefold the numbers it had when
Wrong. awkward sentence.

(E) now with its numbers five greater since
Wrong. "five greater" is wrong. In addition, we need "than" after "greater".

Hope it helps.
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monirjewel wrote:
Can someone explain the question?


Hi Moniriewel

I'm glad to help.

Note 1: for abstract numbers such as "numbers" ==> we must use "greater than". We mean the quantity is greater, not the number itself. We CAN'T count 1 quantity, 2 quantity :)
Note 2: After the semicolon, we must use a clause that has its own subject and own verb. The clause after the semicolon is a dependent clause.

The gyrfalcon, an arctic bird of prey, has survived a close brush with extinction; its numbers are now five times greater than what they were when the use of DDT was sharply restricted in the early 1970's.

(A) its numbers are now five times greater than what they were when
Correct.

(B) its numbers now fivefold what they were when
Wrong. "fivefold" is NOT a verb. The sentence is incomplete.

(C) its numbers now five times more than when
Wrong. "five times more than when" is wrong comparison.

(D) now with fivefold the numbers it had when
Wrong. awkward sentence.

(E) now with its numbers five greater since
Wrong. "five greater" is wrong. In addition, we need "than" after "greater".

Hope it helps.


@pghai --> what is the the noun for "they " here?? They refers to nothing.
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