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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 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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Sentence has following issues:
1. Two similar thoughts are constructed without any conjunction – eliminate D and E
2. “Their” cannot refer non-possessive subject of the sentence – eliminate C
3. Numbers modifier – more vs. greater – when two numbers are compared, it is more appropriate to use grater than – eliminate B


(A) extinction; its numbers are now five times greater than
(B) extinction; its numbers are now five times more than
(C) extinction, their numbers now fivefold what they were
(D) extinction, now with fivefold the numbers they had
(E) extinction, now with numbers five times greater than

Answer: A
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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 ****Correct***
(B) extinction; its numbers are now five times more than ***'More' is not preferred to 'greater' when the numbers are compared****
(C) extinction, their numbers now fivefold what they were ****run on senetence***
(D) extinction, now with fivefold the numbers they had ******Run on sentence***
(E) extinction, now with numbers five times greater than
***'with five timew greater' is unidiomatic***
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