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The Hope Diamond is larger than usual for a precious stone,

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The Hope Diamond is larger than usual for a precious stone, [#permalink] New post 21 Jun 2005, 10:30
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The Hope Diamond is larger than usual for a precious stone, but it is prized chiefly because of its clarity and extraordinarily deep blue color.


usual
it is usual
one usually is
is usual
has been usual


Pls explain...
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Jun 2005, 11:21
"it is usual"...

"one usually is" is not correct since one refers to "a stone" so the sentence would be "larger than a stone usually is for a precious stone", which doesn't make sense.
"has been usual", who said it is not usual anymore?

usual/is usual/it is usual
do we need a verb? WHY yes or no? :help2

B if I must give an answer
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Jun 2005, 02:31
cloudz9 wrote:
B is the only one that fits in


I'm at sea on this one :oops: Please could someone take the explanations one by one.
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Jun 2005, 02:49
These ones with short answers usually give me a lot of trouble because there seems to be less information to pick at. :-D

Any tips as to what i can do about that?
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Jun 2005, 07:13
OA IS D....
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Jun 2005, 07:14
OA IS D....
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2005, 05:26
I thought it was C as well, since we are comparing hope diamond with something, like "one" or "it." I just picked C over B because it sounds better...

Can any explain why the OA is D?
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2005, 06:50
I was hoping someone could put in a better explaination...

THe OE is that larger is is being compared with usual so in order to keep em parallel we should use is usual....
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2005, 19:34
difficult question - no doubt...

i would have thought that the "it" and the "one" introduce ambiguity by not referring to anything in specific.

OA sounds best - but any authentic explanation ?
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Maybe I'm having a brain fart, but how do you compare between two larger and usual? Wouldn't that fall under the common GMAT mistake of comparing between comparing between apple and orange? Could someone please explain this? Thanks.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2005, 06:54
Usual v/s. Is Usual: He is faster than is usual for any human being – Is correct.
He is faster than usual today – is correct

A Mercedes is more expensive than usual for a car – Incorrect
A Mercedes is more expensive than is usual for a car – Correct

When something is compared to a subgroup to which it belongs, is usual should be used. When something is compared to itself, usual is fine

e.g. He is nicer than usual.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2005, 15:23
mnutana wrote:
Usual v/s. Is Usual: He is faster than is usual for any human being – Is correct.
He is faster than usual today – is correct

A Mercedes is more expensive than usual for a car – Incorrect
A Mercedes is more expensive than is usual for a car – Correct

When something is compared to a subgroup to which it belongs, is usual should be used. When something is compared to itself, usual is fine

e.g. He is nicer than usual.


Great explanation. I went with the idiom test by speaking out the choices. Thank you.
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