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There are hopeful signs that we are shifting away from our heavy reliance on fossil fuels: more than ten times as much energy is generated through wind power now than it was in 1990.

A.) generated through wind power now than it was

B). generated through wind power now as it was

C). generated through wind power now as was the case

D). now generated through wind power as it was

E). now generated through wind power than was the case.
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There are hopeful signs that we are shifting away from our heavy reliance on fossil fuels: more than ten times as much energy is generated through wind power now than it was in 1990.

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A.) generated through wind power now than it was

Wrong use of the idiom "as much as".
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B). generated through wind power now as it was

Wrong, because the "as" is followed by a subject pronoun "it". Putting a noun after "as" is confusing by suggesting functional comparison or by turning the "as" into the subordinating conjuntor; here with the possible meaning of "because". For more about that aspect of using "as" see: Manhattan SC, p. 144.
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C). generated through wind power now as was the case

Correct, because the verb "was" after the "as" eliminates the confusion described under B). Correct idiom form is used too. One may suspect wordiness here, but the sentence is very clear, isn't it? I seldom go for patterns in 700+ problems.
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D). now generated through wind power as it was

Wrong for the same reason as B).
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E). now generated through wind power than was the case.

Incorrect use of the idiom "as much as".
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As much............... as

Don't forget it guys...
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I was confused between 'B' and 'D'. Finally chose 'B', which is not the answer

Hi,

Below was the explanation by Ron:

there are two splits you should use to narrow down this problem:

(1) the second half of the construction 'ten times as much ... ____' is as, not than. therefore, you can eliminate answers (a) and (e), which contain 'than'. (i'm assuming that (e) is supposed to say 'than', not 'then'; i don't think the gmat problems would that blatant an error)

(2) the pronoun 'it' is inappropriate, because 'it' must refer to the ENTIRETY of the noun phrase serving as an antecedent.
for instance, the following is an improper sentence: last year's attendance was ten thousand greater than it was this year
in the above sentence, the pronoun 'it' must necessarily refer to last year's attendance, not just attendance.
the problem in this post has the same issue: the pronoun 'it' must refer to more than ten times as much energy, not just energy - an interpretation that makes no logical sense. therefore, all answer choices containing the pronoun 'it' are wrong.

if you don't like '...than was the case', you should learn to like it; this is one of those phrases that the gmat writers use to refer to concepts that don't fit under the usage constraints of traditional pronouns. (another popular one of these constructions is 'do so'.)

Note:when a pronoun stands for a noun to which ESSENTIAL MODIFIERS (i.e., modifiers without commas) are attached, the pronoun must STAND FOR THE NOUN PLUS ALL ESSENTIAL MODIFIERS attached to the noun.
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28 Nov 2006, 23:41
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Obviously between B and D....
I think there is no suprise to you

I choose D...

Clearly expresses the meaning of a sentence. 10 times as much energy is now generated through wind power as it was generated some time ago....

The other option B, has a different meaning.... 10 times as much energy generated through wind power....meaning the use of wind power has not necessarily increased....

A very good SC....
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OA is C.

Tennis - You almost sound twisted revealing that answer

The "it" in our favorite choices B and D doesn't go down well with PVUE folks - this "it" - while we all intuitively understand points to the "energy generated earlier" doesn't have a clear referent and hence incorrect. "As was the case" properly modifies the "Amount of energy generated earlier" and create a PVUEwise PROPER comparison me thinks!
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Why B is wrong and C is right? Can anyone please explain with details?

I do not see a problem with B. Probably other experts could provide their opinions. To me the parallelism seems OK in B:

...more than ten times as much energy is generated through wind power now as it was (generated though wind power) in 1990.

The blue and pink highlighted portions seem to me parallel; moreover it is allowed to omit repeated (even verbs) from the second parallel element.
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There are hopeful signs that we are shifting away from our heavy reliance on fossil fuels: more than ten times as much energy is generated through wind power now than it was in 1990.

A.) generated through wind power now than it was

B). generated through wind power now as it was

C). generated through wind power now as was the case

D). now generated through wind power as it was

E). now generated through wind power than was the case.
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29 Nov 2006, 02:51
C

A.) generated through wind power now than it was

B). generated through wind power now as it was

C). generated through wind power now as was the case

D). now generated through wind power as it was

E). now generated through wind power than was the case.
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29 Nov 2006, 03:23
This is one tough ...

A & E out because of the use of 'than' is repetetive.

I like B for no obvvious reasons.
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29 Nov 2006, 08:59
I think its C

"as is the case" is prefered over "as it was"
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29 Nov 2006, 09:37
I think the answer is D

I choose D...

Clearly expresses the meaning of a sentence. 10 times as much energy is now generated through wind power as it was generated some time ago....

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29 Nov 2006, 22:07
OA is C.
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28 Apr 2013, 03:16
A very good question on comparison.

more than ten times as much energy is generated through wind power now than it was in 1990
Here energy is not compared ....check the below {as much ..as is correct}

more than ten times as much energy is generated through wind power now asenergy was generated through wind power in 1990

to shorten this we wrote

generated through wind power now aswas the case in 1990

Now compare this question with
http://gmatclub.com/forum/the-reasons-for-yesterday-s-sharp-rise-in-the-stock-market-31875.html

where direct noun is compared... so what was is wrong there
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18 Oct 2013, 05:53
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There are hopeful signs that we are shifting away from our heavy reliance on fossil fuels: more than ten times as much energy is generated through wind power now than it was in 1990.

A.) generated through wind power now than it was

B). generated through wind power now as it was

C). generated through wind power now as was the case

D). now generated through wind power as it was

E). now generated through wind power than was the case.

To all experts, could we kindly get a nice explanation for this question? It hasn't been adressed properly yet.
IMO the Answer is D, but I have read somewhere that people are saying Answer is C.

Could we please have a nice debrief?
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tennis_ball wrote:
There are hopeful signs that we are shifting away from our heavy reliance on fossil fuels: more than ten times as much energy is generated through wind power now than it was in 1990.

A.) generated through wind power now than it was

B). generated through wind power now as it was

C). generated through wind power now as was the case

D). now generated through wind power as it was

E). now generated through wind power than was the case.

It can refer to heavy reliance,fossil fuels,energy,wind power
none of the noun is correct here IMO

More than ten times as much energy is generated through wind
power now than wind (heavy reliance/fossil fuels/energy/wind power) was in 1990.
All noun referred are incorrect here as illogical comparison
Hence A,B,D eliminated.
E eliminated because of repeating than again.

Ans C)
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19 Nov 2014, 08:01
It is ususally

...as much as it was
but look at the original sentence, it states...
more than ten times as much energy is generated through wind power now as the energy generated in 1990

or we can say:
more than ten times as much energy is generated through wind power now as it did in 1990

so as much as it was is incorrect

Hence, choice C is correct.
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Why B is wrong and C is right? Can anyone please explain with details?
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