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The new sports car is heavier than usual for a performance

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04 Nov 2006, 01:22
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The new sports car is heavier than usual for a performance automobile, but it is exceptional because of its high-powered engine.

A) usual

B) it is usual

C) one usually is

D) is usual

E) has been usual
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04 Nov 2006, 06:58
kripalkavi wrote:
Can't the second is be ellipsed?

I think it is ellipsed.

The new sports car is heavier than [it] is usual for a performance automobile

I would bet on C
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04 Nov 2006, 11:04
I think A is correct. We are comparing NOUN here not the action

Example

X is heavier than Y
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04 Nov 2006, 11:25
burningskulls wrote:
I assume you mean D...I would bet on D also

Oooooops

I meant D
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04 Nov 2006, 21:13
I go with D

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Usual is used when you compare that with itself
is usual is used when you compare it with it sub group (performance automobile in this case)
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04 Nov 2006, 21:53
Priyah wrote:
Whats wrong with A?

Improper comparison. This sentence is comparing the weight of the new sports car to the weight of conventional sports cars. Whereas the original sounds "colloquially correct," it is in fact grammatically flawed. "is" needsto be infixed to complete the comparison.
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05 Nov 2006, 01:10
A ?

Edit: After reading the ans's i think it is D, 'it' is eclipsed in choice D
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05 Nov 2006, 20:48
GMATT73 wrote:
Priyah wrote:
Whats wrong with A?

Improper comparison. This sentence is comparing the weight of the new sports car to the weight of conventional sports cars. Whereas the original sounds "colloquially correct," it is in fact grammatically flawed. "is" needsto be infixed to complete the comparison.

How does ellipsis work then? I thought the second is could be ellipsed. any particular reason that I can't ellipse it?
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06 Nov 2006, 23:05
One can follow a general rule that
use heavier than is usual for things
and heavier than usual for humans
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