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# A common misconception is that if a GMAT test taker does not have supe

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A common misconception is that if a GMAT test taker does not have superb math skills, he or she will not score as much points as someone who does.

A. GMAT test taker does not have superb math skills, he or she will not score as much points as someone who does

B. GMAT test taker does not have superb math skills, he or she will not score as many points as someone who does have such skills

C. person taking the GMAT does not have superb skills in math, he or she will not score as much points as someone who does

D. GMAT test taker does not have superb math skills, he or she will not score as many points as someone who does.

E. person taking the GMAT does not have superb math skills, he or she cannot score as much points as someone who does

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26 Feb 2020, 02:45
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D.

Compare the last parts: as many points vs as much points. Points is countable, so use many. Eliminate A, C,E. Also, going by the if conditions rule, if X(present), then Y (will).
Thus E is wrong because it states
if a gmat test taker doesn’t have ... he cannot

B/w B and D, B is wordier..
Important tip- for comparisons, the verb need not be repeated in the second part. .

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26 Feb 2020, 03:24
A common misconception is that if a GMAT test taker does not have superb math skills, he or she will not score as much points as someone who does.

A. GMAT test taker does not have superb math skills, he or she will not score as much points as someone who does

B. GMAT test taker does not have superb math skills, he or she will not score as many points as someone who does have such skills

C. person taking the GMAT does not have superb skills in math, he or she will not score as much points as someone who does

D. GMAT test taker does not have superb math skills, he or she will not score as many points as someone who does.

E. person taking the GMAT does not have superb math skills, he or she cannot score as much points as someone who does

I would go with B.

First we need "as many as" instead of "as much as" - - A, C and E OUT

In D, as many points as someone who does seems ambiguous - Since there are 2 verbs before comparison marker - score and have skills. The sentence can say he or she will not score as many points as someone who does score

B puts it concisely by explicitly expressing as many points as someone who does have such skills

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I chose (D). I spend 1 minute and 18 seconds on this question.

(A) Because 'point' is countable noun, we should use "as many points" instead.
(B) "does have such skills" uses "does" for emphasis, which is uncalled for.
(C) Because 'point' is countable noun, we should use "as many points" instead.
(E) Same as above.
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26 Feb 2020, 13:30
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In this sentence, it compares two people: one who has superior math skill and one who has not.
Only B clearly indicates the later person
B. GMAT test taker does not have superb math skills, he or she will not score as many points as someone who does have such skills

GMAT test taker does not have superb math skills,he or she will not score as many points as someone who does.
In this sentence we do not know if someone who does refers to someone who scores many points or someone who has math skills.

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26 Feb 2020, 23:04

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A common misconception is that if a GMAT test taker does not have superb math skills, he or she will not score as much points as someone who does.

A. GMAT test taker does not have superb math skills, he or she will not score as much points as someone who does

Incorrect.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The article much can describe only non-count nouns whereas the noun points is a count noun.

What helps us identify this mistake is the following Stop Sign: much, (a) little, less, the amount of

B. GMAT test taker does not have superb math skills, he or she will not score as many points as someone who does have such skills

Incorrect.

Although this answer choice corrects the original Parts of Speech mistake, it is still stylistically flawed. The use of the phrase have such skills is unnecessary and creates redundancy.

C. person taking the GMAT does not have superb skills in math, he or she will not score as much points as someone who does

Incorrect.

This answer choice repeats the original Parts of Speech mistake. The article much can describe only non-count nouns whereas the noun points is a count noun

D. GMAT test taker does not have superb math skills, he or she will not score as many points as someone who does.

This answer choice corrects the original Parts of Speech mistake by changing the article much, which describes only non-count nouns, with many, which describes count nouns and agrees with points.

E. person taking the GMAT does not have superb math skills, he or she cannot score as much points as someone who does

Incorrect.

This answer choice repeats the original Parts of Speech mistake. The article much can describe only non-count nouns whereas the noun points is a count noun.

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14 Mar 2020, 04:07
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A common misconception is that if a GMAT test taker does not have superb math skills, he or she will not score as much points as someone who does.

A. GMAT test taker does not have superb math skills, he or she will not score as much points as someone who does

B. GMAT test taker does not have superb math skills, he or she will not score as many points as someone who does have such skills

C. person taking the GMAT does not have superb skills in math, he or she will not score as much points as someone who does

D. GMAT test taker does not have superb math skills, he or she will not score as many points as someone who does.

E. person taking the GMAT does not have superb math skills, he or she cannot score as much points as someone who does

I would go with B.

First we need "as many as" instead of "as much as" - - A, C and E OUT

In D, as many points as someone who does seems ambiguous - Since there are 2 verbs before comparison marker - score and have skills. The sentence can say he or she will not score as many points as someone who does score

B puts it concisely by explicitly expressing as many points as someone who does have such skills

I also have the same doubt. generis can you please elaborate.
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