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Re: The Gyrfalcon Bird [#permalink]
11 Oct 2010, 04:51
56% (01:59) correct
44% (00:55) wrong based on 25 sessions
The subject is gyrfalcon, a singular. So their numbers in C and they in D are wrong, not withstanding the grammar of using the comma itself in these cases. In addition five folds are not the same as five times greater. Five folds are 5x (original x + four folds) while five times greater is 6x (original x+ five times). This subtle point adds a significant alteration to the intent.
In E, the intent is altered by using the preposition with, as if the bird of prey has survived the close brush with extinction because of the five fold numbers now. On the contrary the original passage implies that five time greater number is the result of the survival rather than the cause of the survival.
B is dumped for using the inappropriate comparison term more to denote a countable plural subject numbers.
This leaves the original one as the right choice, which uses the correct description greater than for the countable plural subject of numbers.
If somebody claims Answer is E, I am bound to repudiate.
is it ok to say its numbers are.. ???