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The recent surge in the number of airplane flights has clogged the nation's air-traffic control system, to lead to 55 percent more delays at airports, and prompts fears among some officials that safety is being compromised.

(A) to lead to 55 percent more delays at airports, and prompts
(B) leading to 55 percent more delay at airports and prompting
(C) to lead to a 55 percent increase in delay at airports and prompt
(D) to lead to an increase of 55 percent in delays at airports, and prompted
(E) leading to a 55-percent increase in delays at airports and prompting

Plz explain.
What is difference between "55 percent more delays" and "a 55-percent increase in delays"
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19 Aug 2005, 17:02
Between B and E, I selected E..I think plural delays is the right usage..WIll appreciate if somebody explains more.
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19 Aug 2005, 17:16
Ranga, You got it right. This problem is big. Sentence requires delays, rather than delay.
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19 Aug 2005, 18:06
saurya_s wrote:
The recent surge in the number of airplane flights has clogged the nation's air-traffic control system, to lead to 55 percent more delays at airports, and prompts fears among some officials that safety is being compromised.
(B) leading to 55 percent more delay at airports and prompting
(E) leading to a 55-percent increase in delays at airports and prompting

What is difference between "55 percent more delay" and "a 55-percent increase in delays"

delays are increased by a given percentage not by more or less. So between B and E, E wins.
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20 Aug 2005, 01:09
HIMALAYA wrote:
saurya_s wrote:
The recent surge in the number of airplane flights has clogged the nation's air-traffic control system, to lead to 55 percent more delays at airports, and prompts fears among some officials that safety is being compromised.
(B) leading to 55 percent more delay at airports and prompting
(E) leading to a 55-percent increase in delays at airports and prompting

What is difference between "55 percent more delay" and "a 55-percent increase in delays"

delays are increased by a given percentage not by more or less. So between B and E, E wins.

Himalaya, can you plz explain the meaninng of these two plz. Why 55 percent more delay" is wrong. say there are 100 delays; 55% more makes them to 155.
Is not E more verboose than B.
I know B had delay instead of delays. If it has been delays, won't it be right?
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The answer tries to answer "how many" rather than "how much" of delays...
When you are using 55 percent more delay then it means that if you used to have 100 hours of delay earlier then now you are having 155 hours of delay.
But when you say 55 percent increase in delays as in E, it clearly brings in the quantitative number of flights into picture. This basically means if earlier there were 100 flight delays earlier, now there would be 155 late flights.

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The recent surge in the number of airplane flights has clogged the nation's air-traffic control system, to lead to 55 percent more delays at airports, and prompts fears among some officials that safety is being compromised.
(B) leading to 55 percent more delay at airports and prompting
(E) leading to a 55-percent increase in delays at airports and prompting

What is difference between "55 percent more delay" and "a 55-percent increase in delays"

delays are increased by a given percentage not by more or less. So between B and E, E wins.

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The answer tries to answer "how many" rather than "how much" of delays...
When you are using 55 percent more delay then it means that if you used to have 100 hours of delay earlier then now you are having 155 hours of delay.
But when you say 55 percent increase in delays as in E, it clearly brings in the quantitative number of flights into picture. This basically means if earlier there were 100 flight delays earlier, now there would be 155 late flights.

this explanation makes much more senses than the OG's !
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21 Apr 2014, 23:52
saurya_s wrote:
The recent surge in the number of airplane flights has clogged the nation's air-traffic control system, to lead to 55 percent more delays at airports, and prompts fears among some officials that safety is being compromised.
(A) to lead to 55 percent more delays at airports, and prompts
(B) leading to 55 percent more delay at airports and prompting
(C) to lead to a 55 percent increase in delay at airports and prompt
(D) to lead to an increase of 55 percent in delays at airports, and prompted
(E) leading to a 55-percent increase in delays at airports and prompting
Plz explain.
What is difference between "55 percent more delays" and "a 55-percent increase in delays"

I have doubt between choice B and E.

Exact doubt : How to understand the real meaning of the sentence when as illustrated in this question both cases ( Increase in delay times and increase in flights getting delayed can both happen.
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saurya_s wrote:
The recent surge in the number of airplane flights has clogged the nation's air-traffic control system, to lead to 55 percent more delays at airports, and prompts fears among some officials that safety is being compromised.
(A) to lead to 55 percent more delays at airports, and prompts
(B) leading to 55 percent more delay at airports and prompting
(C) to lead to a 55 percent increase in delay at airports and prompt
(D) to lead to an increase of 55 percent in delays at airports, and prompted
(E) leading to a 55-percent increase in delays at airports and prompting
Plz explain.
What is difference between "55 percent more delays" and "a 55-percent increase in delays"

I have doubt between choice B and E.

Exact doubt : How to understand the real meaning of the sentence when as illustrated in this question both cases ( Increase in delay times and increase in flights getting delayed can both happen.

your doubt might have cropped up after u must have read some of the explanations in this thread (which largely are misleading !!)
the fact is that expression "55 percent more delay" is a wrong expression
u always have to use "more" with "than" in a correct construction ---->for this reason u can straight way strike out option B
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22 Apr 2014, 03:28
purnima wrote:
saurya_s wrote:
The recent surge in the number of airplane flights has clogged the nation's air-traffic control system, to lead to 55 percent more delays at airports, and prompts fears among some officials that safety is being compromised.
(A) to lead to 55 percent more delays at airports, and prompts
(B) leading to 55 percent more delay at airports and prompting
(C) to lead to a 55 percent increase in delay at airports and prompt
(D) to lead to an increase of 55 percent in delays at airports, and prompted
(E) leading to a 55-percent increase in delays at airports and prompting
Plz explain.
What is difference between "55 percent more delays" and "a 55-percent increase in delays"

I have doubt between choice B and E.

Exact doubt : How to understand the real meaning of the sentence when as illustrated in this question both cases ( Increase in delay times and increase in flights getting delayed can both happen.

your doubt might have cropped up after u must have read some of the explanations in this thread (which largely are misleading !!)
the fact is that expression "55 percent more delay" is a wrong expression
u always have to use "more" with "than" in a correct construction ---->for this reason u can straight way strike out option B

Thank you so much . I wonder how I missed this point.
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22 Apr 2014, 12:08
This is the exact logical explanation.
purnima wrote:
saurya_s wrote:
The recent surge in the number of airplane flights has clogged the nation's air-traffic control system, to lead to 55 percent more delays at airports, and prompts fears among some officials that safety is being compromised.
(A) to lead to 55 percent more delays at airports, and prompts
(B) leading to 55 percent more delay at airports and prompting
(C) to lead to a 55 percent increase in delay at airports and prompt
(D) to lead to an increase of 55 percent in delays at airports, and prompted
(E) leading to a 55-percent increase in delays at airports and prompting
Plz explain.
What is difference between "55 percent more delays" and "a 55-percent increase in delays"

I have doubt between choice B and E.

Exact doubt : How to understand the real meaning of the sentence when as illustrated in this question both cases ( Increase in delay times and increase in flights getting delayed can both happen.

your doubt might have cropped up after u must have read some of the explanations in this thread (which largely are misleading !!)
the fact is that expression "55 percent more delay" is a wrong expression
u always have to use "more" with "than" in a correct construction ---->for this reason u can straight way strike out option B
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24 Apr 2014, 01:08
purnima wrote:
saurya_s wrote:
The recent surge in the number of airplane flights has clogged the nation's air-traffic control system, to lead to 55 percent more delays at airports, and prompts fears among some officials that safety is being compromised.
(A) to lead to 55 percent more delays at airports, and prompts
(B) leading to 55 percent more delay at airports and prompting
(C) to lead to a 55 percent increase in delay at airports and prompt
(D) to lead to an increase of 55 percent in delays at airports, and prompted
(E) leading to a 55-percent increase in delays at airports and prompting
Plz explain.
What is difference between "55 percent more delays" and "a 55-percent increase in delays"

I have doubt between choice B and E.

Exact doubt : How to understand the real meaning of the sentence when as illustrated in this question both cases ( Increase in delay times and increase in flights getting delayed can both happen.

Dear Purnima,

I see that your doubt has been addressed. Please do let me know if you need any other clarification on this question.

Regards,

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u always have to use "more" with "than" in a correct construction ---->for this reason u can straight way strike out option B

Hello aditya8062, this recommendation looks a bit extreme to me. I just checked OG and there are questions that have "more" without "than" (question number 56 in official guide).

If you are saying that if we have a "choice" between options, one of which uses "more than", other uses only "more", then we should choose "more than", it might perhaps be true (I am not sure about it)..but to say that we must "always" have "more" with "than" might not be entirely correct...
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Hello aditya8062, this recommendation looks a bit extreme to me. I just checked OG and there are questions that have "more" without "than" (question number 56 in official guide).

kindly quote the problem as i dont have OG 13
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Elizabeth Barber, the author of both Prehistoric Textiles, a comprehensive work on cloth in the early cultures of the Mediterranean, and also of Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority on textiles in ancient societies.
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Elizabeth Barber, the author of both Prehistoric Textiles, a comprehensive work on cloth in the early cultures of the Mediterranean, and also of Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority on textiles in ancient societies.

Dear VerbalHow,

The usage of more in the OG13 question and the usage of more in the airplane flights question is different. More used in the airplane question is used for comparison, and thus it should be accompanied by that. On the other hand, more in the Elizabeth Barber question is an intensifier or a modifier and thus it might not call for the usage of 'that'

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27 Jul 2016, 00:58
purnima wrote:
saurya_s wrote:
The recent surge in the number of airplane flights has clogged the nation's air-traffic control system, to lead to 55 percent more delays at airports, and prompts fears among some officials that safety is being compromised.
(A) to lead to 55 percent more delays at airports, and prompts
(B) leading to 55 percent more delay at airports and prompting
(C) to lead to a 55 percent increase in delay at airports and prompt
(D) to lead to an increase of 55 percent in delays at airports, and prompted
(E) leading to a 55-percent increase in delays at airports and prompting
Plz explain.
What is difference between "55 percent more delays" and "a 55-percent increase in delays"

I have doubt between choice B and E.

Exact doubt : How to understand the real meaning of the sentence when as illustrated in this question both cases ( Increase in delay times and increase in flights getting delayed can both happen.

your doubt might have cropped up after u must have read some of the explanations in this thread (which largely are misleading !!)
the fact is that expression "55 percent more delay" is a wrong expression
u always have to use "more" with "than" in a correct construction ---->for this reason u can straight way strike out option B

Just wanted to clarify: as long as the context states or at least implies what the comparison is to, you can use more without than!

This is wrong because delay can't be more or less. There can only be increases and decreases.
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