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# The new sports car is heavier than usual for a performance

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VP
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The new sports car is heavier than usual for a performance [#permalink]  04 Nov 2006, 00:22
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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
VP
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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
Senior Manager
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I think A is correct. We are comparing NOUN here not the action

Example

X is heavier than Y
VP
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burningskulls wrote:
I assume you mean D...I would bet on D also

Oooooops

I meant D
Manager
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I go with D

Reason
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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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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A ?

Edit: After reading the ans's i think it is D, 'it' is eclipsed in choice D
VP
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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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One can follow a general rule that
use heavier than is usual for things
and heavier than usual for humans
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