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Today's technology allows manufacturers to make small cars [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2004, 14:28
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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 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

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 [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2004, 14:47
C.

1) Today and now are redundant. So, A and E are gone.
2) In the rest, "than they were" is a wrong comparision - it compares car's action. Actually, the comparision is between cars of today and cars (those) of anytime. So, B goes off.
3) Stuck b/w C and D. I'll go with C, since
- C does not have "their prodn history". Prodn history is common and not possesed (is this arg valid?).
- "to make small cars that more fuel efficient that small cars at any time" seems okay for comparision.
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2004, 15:22
Hardworker,
'their' is a possessive pronoun refering to the manufacturers. 'their' is the possesive form of the plural pronoun 'they'.

D and E alters the intent/meaning to some extent when compared to what is meant in A, B and C.

A and E are out - reason as already outlined by you.
B is clumsy

I would like to lean towards C - smoother than D.

P.S: Edited the original content...exchanged C and D by mistake after all the good reasoning :drunk

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 [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2004, 16:23
C it is. 1 min.
To me, D and E are out because they convey the idea that the manufacturers are making more fuel efficient small cars while the comparison should really be between yesterday's to today's small cars which are more fuel efficient.
A is redundant with Today's - now
B improperly compares the same cars throughout time which is illogical
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2004, 18:14
Yes, it is C. Nice explanation hardworker_indian
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2004, 17:24
OA is C
Thanks every one for his or her explanation.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Aug 2004, 15:40
OlegC wrote:
I like A

Why did you all reject A?


I dismissed A b/c A says that they make small cars now that are more efficient that at any time in their history. Phrase "at any time" means that today's cars are even more efficient than the ones they make now, which is bogus. Hence A is out.

you see this trap in SC now and then
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