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The peregrine falcon, which was added to the U.S. Fish and [#permalink] New post 04 Jun 2012, 21:58
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The peregrine falcon, which was added to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Endangered Species List in the 1970's, has made a startling comeback, largely in cities, and is now off the list; its numbers in New York City alone are now many times greater than when it was added to the list.

A.list; its numbers in New York City alone are now many times greater than
B.list; its numbers in New York City alone are now many times more than
C.list, their numbers now many times what they were
D.list, now with many times the numbers they had
E.list, now with numbers being many times greater than
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Re: The peregrine falcon, which was added to the U.S. Fish and W [#permalink] New post 05 Jun 2012, 00:57
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The peregrine falcon, which was added to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Endangered Species List in the 1970's, has made a startling comeback, largely in cities, and is now off the list; its numbers in New York City alone are now many times greater than when it was added to the list.

A.list; its numbers in New York City alone are now many times greater than
B.list; its numbers in New York City alone are now many times more than
C.list, their numbers now many times what they were
D.list, now with many times the numbers they had
E.list, now with numbers being many times greater than

IMO A as:
a)Correct
b) more is used with uncountable stuff
c)"they" should be its... moreover","
d)"they" should be its... moreover","
e)"," is not correct, "being"..
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Re: The peregrine falcon, which was added to the U.S. Fish and W [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2012, 05:49
Is GREATER THAN applicable for comparing numbers? please clarify.
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Re: The peregrine falcon, which was added to the U.S. Fish and W [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2012, 06:34
I went with A but can someone help eliminate B.
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Re: The peregrine falcon, which was added to the U.S. Fish and W [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2012, 07:14
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I went with A but can someone help eliminate B.


grammar-greater-vs-more-48664.html

Here's an old thread from gmatclub that I digged up. The issue with B is "greater than" vs. "more than." You use greater/fewer than when referring to countable nouns, which in this case are the falcons.

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Re: The peregrine falcon, which was added to the U.S. Fish and W [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2012, 08:58
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Is GREATER THAN applicable for comparing numbers? please clarify.


H there,

Yes, "greater than" is used for comparing numbers. We do say that 54 is greater than 51 or 51 is less than 54. 1 is greater than 1/2 (half).
"Greater than" is used for uncountable nouns. Now birds are countable entities. We can say there were 2 birds, 17 birds or many birds. However, we cannot say there were 2 numbers of birds or 17 numbers of birds. Hence, to comapre numbers, we should use "greater than".

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Re: The peregrine falcon, which was added to the U.S. Fish and [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2013, 10:37
This question is from Kaplan. It appeared recently as one of its questions of the day. Here is the official explanation.

Answer (A)
correctly uses the singular pronoun "its" to refer to the singular antecedent "peregrine falcon". It also uses the proper "numbers are greater than".

The two issues are (i) pronoun-antecedent agreement and (ii) whether to use "greater than" or "more than" or some other construction to express the comparison. Since the antecedent is the singular "peregrine falcon", the pronoun must be in singular form. Thus we eliminate (C) and (D) which use the plural "their" and "they". That leaves choices (A), (B) and (E).

Scanning (A) and (B), we see that the choice is between "greater than" and "more than". The proper usage is "numbers are . . . greater than". There are more peregrine falcons, not more numbers. It would be proper to say either "there are more peregrine falcons" or "the number of peregrine falcons is greater"; it would not be proper to say "the number of peregrine falcons is more". Thus, we eliminate (B).

(E) attempts to fix the pronoun-antecedent problem by eliminating the pronoun. Sometimes that is a valid strategy. However, in this case the resulting sentence is awkward. (E) also uses an awkward "-ing" construction which is unnecessary. That leaves (A) as the best answer.
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Re: The peregrine falcon, which was added to the U.S. Fish and [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2013, 14:17
macjas wrote:
The peregrine falcon, which was added to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Endangered Species List in the 1970's, has made a startling comeback, largely in cities, and is now off the list; its numbers in New York City alone are now many times greater than when it was added to the list.

A.list; its numbers in New York City alone are now many times greater than
B.list; its numbers in New York City alone are now many times more than
C.list, their numbers now many times what they were
D.list, now with many times the numbers they had
E.list, now with numbers being many times greater than


Numbers ??? =====> RED FLAG

A and B two possible choices only! B is wordy, because many times more than is not correct!

leaves only A!
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