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The new ski resort is much larger than is usual for a [#permalink] New post 21 May 2013, 06:47
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The new ski resort is much larger than is usual for a recreational facility in the area, with two hundred canons and twelve passenger gondola lifts.

A)is usual
B) Being usual
c)One usually is
D)it is usual
E)Usual


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Re: The new ski resort is much larger than [#permalink] New post 21 May 2013, 08:09
E seems correct. Pls post the OA.
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Re: The new ski resort is much larger than [#permalink] New post 21 May 2013, 08:44
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The new ski resort is much larger than is usual for a recreational facility in the area, with two hundred canons and twelve passenger gondola lifts.

A)is usual
B) Being usual
c)One usually is - one who ?
D)it is usual
E)Usual

E is clearly the winner
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Re: The new ski resort is much larger than [#permalink] New post 21 May 2013, 10:17
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I think that E would have been write , had it been written "Usually"...
I would like to know the source...

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Re: The new ski resort is much larger than [#permalink] New post 21 May 2013, 11:11
Zarrolou wrote:

A)is usual
B) Being usual
c)One usually is - one who ?
D)it is usual
E)Usual

E is clearly the winner


Hi Zarrolou -- this is about "usual" Vs "is usual" . "Usual" is used to compare a noun to itself and "Is usual" is used to compare a noun to other but similar noun(s). Here we 're comparing The new ski resort to other recreational facility in the area,so , we 're comparing an object to other similar objects. Per the OA "is Usual" is the the correct idiomatic use . Could you please clarify ?
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Re: The new ski resort is much larger than [#permalink] New post 21 May 2013, 11:30
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Hi Zarrolou -- this is about "usual" Vs "is usual" . "Usual" is used to compare a noun to itself and "Is usual" is used to compare a noun to other but similar noun(s). Here we 're comparing The new ski resort to other recreational facility in the area,so , we 're comparing an object to other similar objects. Per the OA "is Usual" is the the correct idiomatic use . Could you please clarify ?


The new ski resort is much larger than is usual for a recreational facility in the area, with two hundred canons and twelve passenger gondola lifts.

A)is usual
E)usual

What is the subject of "is usual"? For sure it's not an "other recreational facility" because it follows the verb, we cannot have the structure VERB+SUBJ
Could be the sky resort itself?
The new ski resort is much larger than (the ski resort) is usual... so this means that the resort changes size somehow? If now is bigger than usual, it must have grown
I eliminated A because of this problem with the subject

I agree that a sentence like "The new ski resort is much larger than an usual recreational facility" would be better because this compares clearly the resort to an other facility, but the option "much larger than is usual" is wrong.

May I ask you what is the source?
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Re: The new ski resort is much larger than [#permalink] New post 23 May 2013, 19:09
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guerrero25 wrote:
Hi Zarrolou -- this is about "usual" Vs "is usual" . "Usual" is used to compare a noun to itself and "Is usual" is used to compare a noun to other but similar noun(s). Here we 're comparing The new ski resort to other recreational facility in the area,so , we 're comparing an object to other similar objects. Per the OA "is Usual" is the the correct idiomatic use . Could you please clarify ?


The new ski resort is much larger than is usual for a recreational facility in the area, with two hundred canons and twelve passenger gondola lifts.

A)is usual
E)usual

What is the subject of "is usual"? For sure it's not an "other recreational facility" because it follows the verb, we cannot have the structure VERB+SUBJ
Could be the sky resort itself?
The new ski resort is much larger than (the ski resort) is usual... so this means that the resort changes size somehow? If now is bigger than usual, it must have grown
I eliminated A because of this problem with the subject

I agree that a sentence like "The new ski resort is much larger than an usual recreational facility" would be better because this compares clearly the resort to an other facility, but the option "much larger than is usual" is wrong.

May I ask you what is the source?


Hi Zarrolou -- I just got a response from Jim @ statusPrep ( BTG expert ) with following explanation :

The reason 'is usual' is correct and not 'usual' is because the latter would imply that the ski resort is bigger than it is normally; however, 'is usual' compares the size to other resorts in the area.
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