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Today's technology allows manufacturers to make small cars more fuel-efficient now than at any time in their production history.

1) small cars more fuel-efficient now than at any time in their
2) small cars that are more fuel-efficient than they were at any time in their
3) small cars that are more fuel-efficient than those at any other time in
4) more fuel-efficient small cars than those at any other time in their
5) more fuel-efficient small cars now than at any time in
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C (3). Those is the correct pronoun restatement for cars.

S-V agreement cars-are. D and E convolute the word order.
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Today's technology allows manufacturers to make small cars more fuel-efficient now than at any time in their production history.

1) small cars are more fuel-efficient now than at any time in their
2) small cars that are more fuel-efficient than they were at any time in their
3) small cars that are more fuel-efficient than those at any other time in
4) more fuel-efficient small cars than those at any other time in their
5) more fuel-efficient small cars now than at any time in


4 and 5 somehow shifts the meaning of original sentence. The original sentence mentions an improved charactersitic of small cars, whereas 4 and 5 mention the "more " in quantity.
their in 1 and 2 are ambiguous.
I'm left with C.
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C

their is confusing pronoun
now is redundant
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Step 1:
2/3 split between options (A,B,C) and (D,E)

Step 2:
Split between options (A,B) and C (their)

Option C is the correct answer
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C it is...
A can be eliminated because of their..whom does 'their' refer to.. Also now is redundant...
D and E change the meaning of the sentence by introducing 'fuel efficient small cars'..
Between B and C.. B can be eliminated for the same reason as A...
left with C...

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"any other" is required to exclude the present.
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Hi, I was wondering which one of the following two is better? Are they all grammatically correct at least?

(1) Today's technology allows manufacturers to make small cars that are more fuel-efficient than those at any other time in production history. [same as answer choice (C)]

(2) Today's technology allows manufacturers to make small cars that are more fuel-efficient than they were at any other time in production history. ["than they were" instead of "than those"]

Also, is there any difference between "any other time in production history" and "any time in production history"? Seems the correct answer has "other" for a reason, can someone explain?

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Can someone explain why E is wrong?
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Can someone explain why E is wrong?



Hi,
two reasons why E is wrong..

Today's technology allows manufacturers to make small cars more fuel-efficient now than at any time in their production history.
5) more fuel-efficient small cars now than at any time in

1) more fuel efficient small cars means different from 'small cars that are more fuel efficient'...
the comparison shifts from fuel efficiency to more number of fuel efficient small cars, illogically..

2) now is also a time in the production history..
so at any time should change to at any other time..

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Answers A, B and D are out becasue, among other things, the pronoun "their" has not a clear antecedent.
It could refer to Manufacturers or to Small Cars.

So we are left with C and E.
E is wrong because we need to compare today's small cars with small cars from any OTHER time.
If we do not have the word OTHER, we are saying that today's small cars are more fuel-efficient than themselves, which is illogical.

So the correct answer ir C
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Option D and E talks about number of fuel efficient cars but the discussion is about making small cars more fuel efficient.
We are left with Options A,B,C

Option A is irrelevant comparison with time.
Option B : they is ambiguous

Hence Option C is answer
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Today's technology allows manufacturers to make small cars more fuel-efficient now than at any time in their production history.

A) small cars are more fuel-efficient now than at any time in their
B) small cars that are more fuel-efficient than they were at any time in their
C) small cars that are more fuel-efficient than those at any other time in
D) more fuel-efficient small cars than those at any other time in their
E) more fuel-efficient small cars now than at any time in


A) The "are" is unnecessary, and "at any time" should read "at any other time." Otherwise it is an invalid comparison, since now is also a time. That's like saying "Sachin Tendulkar is better than any cricketer," which of course should read, "Sachin Tendulkar is better than any other cricketer."

B) Again, "at any time" should read "at any other time."

C) Correct. "those" is an elegant way of referencing "small cars," and it also preserves the focus and meaning of the original.

D) We cannot compare a verb to a noun. In other words, we cannot compare how many cars are made to the cars themselves.

E) Sounds pretty good other than the "at any time" vs. "at any other time" issue that we should already be aware of, thanks to answers A/B vs. answers C/D. You could also argue that it shifts the meaning slightly from the original, changing the focus from small cars that are fuel efficient to fuel-efficient cars that are small.

You could also argue that all the answer choices with the word "now" (A and E) are redundant because of the reference to "Today's technology".

When confused by a tough SC, don't forget to compare and contrast your answers for inspiration. Omitting the "other" from this expression is a common mistake, but you can catch this mistake by paying close attention to the small differences in each answer choice.
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