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# The gyrfalcon, an Arctic bird of prey, has survived a close

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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 when the use of DDT was sharply restricted in the early 1970's.

A) extinction; its numbers are now five times greater than

B) extinction; its numbers are now five times more than

C) extinction; their numbers are now fivefold what they were

D) extinction; now with fivefold the numbers they had

E) extinction; now with numbers five times greater than
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23 Jun 2006, 09:02
C) extinction; their numbers are now fivefold what they were
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23 Jun 2006, 09:21
Will go with B here.

THough C makes more sense as the number of not one single word but entire population has increased
But I tend to think that its refers to the one single species of artic bird prey (singular).

Lets wait for the OA
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23 Jun 2006, 09:27
jaynayak wrote:
Will go with B here.

THough C makes more sense as the number of not one single word but entire population has increased
But I tend to think that its refers to the one single species of artic bird prey (singular).

Lets wait for the OA

I thought about that; if that was the case,

A) extinction; its numbers are now five times greater than

would fit better due to "greater" which is appropriate for number comparisons (more is not usually quantifiable).

I agree that we are talking about a single species...
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23 Jun 2006, 09:37
A

Agree with haas_mba07

ie GMAT quant: greater is usually used when discussing numbers; "The gyrafalcon....has survived" indicates the pronoun to be single
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23 Jun 2006, 09:51
A. "greater" makes sense to use for quantifiable nouns
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23 Jun 2006, 14:04
A) extinction; its numbers are now five times greater than

B) extinction; its numbers are now five times more than

C) their numbers? since when birds are "they"

D) they again

E) "now with numbers five times greater than" isn't a clause... doesn't have a verb and subject

A is the only possible choice... "greater than" is grammatically correct
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24 Jun 2006, 09:27
OA is A

both reasonings need to be applied here - gyrfalcon is singular and 'greater than' is more appropiate than 'more than'
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30 Jul 2007, 23:53
The last two choice should have commas instead of semicolons.

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

A) extinction; its numbers are now five times greater than
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B) extinction; its numbers are now five times more than

C) extinction; their numbers are now fivefold what they were

D) extinction, now with fivefold the numbers they had

E) extinction, now with numbers five times greater than
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