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The number of women competing in college sports has soared

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The number of women competing in college sports has soared by greater than 500 percent - to 186,000 a year from fewer than 30,000 in 1972

A.The number of women competing in college sports has soared by greater than 500 percent - to 186,000 a year from fewer than 30,000 in 1972
B.The number of women competing in college sports has soared by more than 500 percent - to 186,000 a year from less than 30,000 in 1972
C.The number of women competing in college sports has soared by more than 500 percent - to 186,000 a year from lesser than 30,000 in 1972
D.The number of women competing in college sports has soared by greater than 500 percent - to 186,000 a year from lesser than 30,000 in 1972
E.The number of women competing in college sports has soared by more than 500 percent - to 186,000 a year from fewer than 30,000 in 1972
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Re: Another SC [#permalink] New post 28 Apr 2011, 13:55
Can you please explain the reason?
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The number of women competing in college sports has soared by greater than 500 percent - to 186,000 a year from fewer than 30,000 in 1972

A.The number of women competing in college sports has soared by greater than 500 percent - to 186,000 a year from fewer than 30,000 in 1972
B.The number of women competing in college sports has soared by more than 500 percent - to 186,000 a year from less than 30,000 in 1972
C.The number of women competing in college sports has soared by more than 500 percent - to 186,000 a year from lesser than 30,000 in 1972
D.The number of women competing in college sports has soared by greater than 500 percent - to 186,000 a year from lesser than 30,000 in 1972
E.The number of women competing in college sports has soared by more than 500 percent - to 186,000 a year from fewer than 30,000 in 1972


Here the quite obvious choice seems to be B (in fact I too made that in hurry :( ) But consider the following example:

My salary has increased by more than 500 percent but less than 800 percent.

Here both the comparisons are in terms of percent, but in actual sentence first comparison is in terms of percent and other comparison is with actual numbers rather figures mentioned exclusively (and not percent).

The number of women competing in college sports has soared by more than 500 percent - to 186,000 a year from fewer than 30,000 in 1972

So it is E.
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Re: Another SC [#permalink] New post 29 Apr 2011, 03:32
Good catch contacttoakhil. 8-)

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