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The Parthenon is larger than usual for a Doric temple, with eight columns on the short sides and seventeen on the long ones rather than the typical six and thirteen.

(A) usual

(B) is usual

(C) has been usual

(D) one usually is

(E) it is usual
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Re: Parthenon [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2009, 04:26
I would go for A.
'as usual' is an idiom e.g. 'As usual she forgot her admit card' , or we simply use 'usual' e.g 'The usual things' or ' There were the usual crowds at the celebrations'.
'is usual' is incorrect.
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Re: Parthenon [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2009, 09:31
Its between A and B...

I went for B.....

Verbal experts .. what do you think ???
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Re: Parthenon [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2009, 10:01
The Parthenon is larger than usual for a Doric temple, with eight columns on the short sides and seventeen on the long ones rather than the typical six and thirteen.

(A) usual - this looks good for spoken english. But I think somehow grammar rules dont like this usage.

(B) is usual - definitely wrong

(C) has been usual definitely wrong

(D) one usually is -this is correctly comparing the Parthenon to 'one' (the parthenon here is implied)

(E) it is usual - wrong

I would go with D. What is the OA???
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Re: Parthenon [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2009, 19:13
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The OA is (B)..

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

Here Parthenon is within a group.

Example :

1. He is nicer than usual

2. He is faster than is usual for any human being.
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