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2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.

A. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.

B. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since 1988 when Limca, a market research firm, began tracking this data.

C. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than in any year since 1988 when Limca, a market research firm, began tracking this data.

D. 2009 had lesser new buyers of individual life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.

E. 2009 had lesser new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.

Can anyone please explain this problem ?

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Originally posted by voodoochild on 28 Apr 2011, 18:05.
Last edited by broall on 26 Jul 2017, 20:54, edited 1 time in total.
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29 Apr 2011, 00:50
Ok.. I know the answer is B and I don't agree with aristotle explanation (C) of using "in" is wrong. I'm sure this not the right way of POE.
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29 Apr 2011, 06:43
39. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a
market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.
A. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.
B. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since 1988 when Limca, a market research firm, began tracking this data.
C. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than in any year since 1988 when Limca, a market research firm, began tracking this data.
D. 2009 had lesser new buyers of individual life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.
E. 2009 had lesser new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.

C - not ||
D,E - Lesser.
A,B - B is more simple and clear.
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29 Apr 2011, 08:34
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I will rule out Choices B and C on the single count that they are using a singular demonstrative pronoun this to modify a plural noun data. A demonstrative pronoun is used when you can physically point your fingers at rather than when you report. Of course D and E are out for obvious reasons. This leaves A. Any response?
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29 Apr 2011, 08:41
yup. missed that.. good job! +1
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02 May 2011, 09:46
2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a
market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.

A. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.
B. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since 1988 when Limca, a market research firm, began tracking this data.
C. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than in any year since 1988 when Limca, a market research firm, began tracking this data.
D. 2009 had lesser new buyers of individual life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.

B. I think it represents fact in a better chronological way. 2009-->less buyer--->than any year since 1998--->when limca began tracking.

 C. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than in any year since 1988 when Limca, a market research firm, began tracking this data.

Also, if option C were, " In 2009, there were fewer buyers of life insurance than in any year" would that have been correct?
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03 May 2011, 03:28
voodoochild wrote:
39. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a
market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.
A. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.
B. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since 1988 when Limca, a market research firm, began tracking this data.
C. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than in any year since 1988 when Limca, a market research firm, began tracking this data.
D. 2009 had lesser new buyers of individual life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.
E. 2009 had lesser new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.

Can anyone please explain this problem ?

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A,D and E are out. Between B and C the difference is of "in"...C would have been correct if it were:

In 2009 there were......than in any year ....

Choice B does not seem to be obvious but its the one that is better among the provided choices.

2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since 1988 [had] when Limca, a market research firm, began tracking this data.
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19 Jul 2011, 13:17
i dont agree with the OA here . comparison is not right in B
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19 Jul 2011, 13:26
garimavyas wrote:
i dont agree with the OA here . comparison is not right in B

Which answer should be correct in your opinion? I think B is the best among all.
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19 Jul 2011, 19:18
I came across an article In NY times when i googled this question!! (Check out the 4th para) I think the answer is indeed B
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19 Jul 2011, 20:02
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I will rule out Choices B and C on the single count that they are using a singular demonstrative pronoun this to modify a plural noun data. A demonstrative pronoun is used when you can physically point your fingers at rather than when you report. Of course D and E are out for obvious reasons. This leaves A. Any response?

Data is a mass noun..
http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/is ... lural.aspx
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19 Jul 2011, 20:40
daagh wrote:
I will rule out Choices B and C on the single count that they are using a singular demonstrative pronoun this to modify a plural noun data. A demonstrative pronoun is used when you can physically point your fingers at rather than when you report. Of course D and E are out for obvious reasons. This leaves A. Any response?

i dont think data is plural... its collective noun. so B is indeed best of all.
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21 Jul 2011, 01:36
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i dont think data is plural... its collective noun. so B is indeed best of all.

data is grammatically plural of the word datum. Though it depends on usage whether data is treated as singular or plural, GMAT treats data as plural.
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21 Jul 2011, 03:53
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Ok.. I know the answer is B and I don't agree with aristotle explanation (C) of using "in" is wrong. I'm sure this not the right way of POE.

I think to use "in" is not parallel to "2009"
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09 Oct 2012, 23:20
2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.

A. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.
B. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since 1988 when Limca, a market research firm, began tracking this data.
C. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than in any year since 1988 when Limca, a market research firm, began tracking this data.
D. 2009 had lesser new buyers of individual life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.
E. 2009 had lesser new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.
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10 Oct 2012, 00:46
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2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.

A. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.
B. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since 1988 when Limca, a market research firm, began tracking this data.--correct
C. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than in any year since 1988 when Limca, a market research firm, began tracking this data.
D. 2009 had lesser new buyers of individual life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.
E. 2009 had lesser new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.

IMO B

Why is "in any year" incorrect. Please enlighten me.

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Comparison is between 2009, ( a year) and another year and not between a year and in any year.
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23 Nov 2012, 14:08
Doesn't this mean: 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than the buyers in any year?
or 2009 had fewer buyers when compared to those in any year?

daagh wrote:
Comparison is between 2009, ( a year) and another year and not between a year and in any year.
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12 Jan 2013, 21:32
daagh wrote:
Comparison is between 2009, ( a year) and another year and not between a year and in any year.

Hi Daagh,

I have slightly different view on this. I think the comparison is between "No of New Policy holder in 2009" & "No of New Policy holder in any other year" instead of two different years as pointed out by you.

Kindly let me know, If this is incorrect.
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13 Jan 2013, 02:23
Dear fameatop,
The comparison here is between 'year 2009' and 'any year since 1988'. These years are being compared 'for' number of new individual buyers. This problem tests understanding of both comparison and parallelism.

Lets compare below two choices concerning above discussions:

B. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since 1988 when Limca, a market research firm, began tracking this data.
-- This choice is correct. year 2009 is compared with year (any year since 1988). Also 'Since' is correctly followed by 1988, instead of Limca.

C. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than in any year since 1988 when Limca, a market research firm, began tracking this data.
-- This construction violates parallelism. Year 2009 is compared with "in any year" is not in parallel. Year 2009 is acting as a subject here. However if you alter the sentence by making Limca as subject, then you can use 'in year' construction, as below:
e.g. Limca had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance in year 2009 than in any year since 1988.
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