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# A decade after initiating the nation's most comprehensive

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10 Jun 2006, 17:03
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A decade after initiating the nation's most comprehensive and aggressive antismoking program, per capita consumption of cigarettes in California declined from over 125 packs annually per person to about 60, a drop more than twice as great as in the nation as a whole.

B. annual per capita consumption of cigarettes in California declined from over 125 packs to about 60, more than twice as great as that

C. California's annual per capita consumption of cigarettes declined from over 125 packs per person to about 60, more than twice as great as the drop

D. California has seen per capita consumption of cigarettes decline from over 125 packs annually to about 60, a drop more than twice as great as that

E. California has seen annual per capita consumption of cigarettes decline from over 125 packs per person to about 60, more than twice as great as that
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10 Jun 2006, 19:34
buckkitty wrote:
A decade after initiating the nation's most comprehensive and aggressive antismoking program, per capita consumption of cigarettes in California declined from over 125 packs annually per person to about 60, a drop more than twice as great as in the nation as a whole.

B. annual per capita consumption of cigarettes in California declined from over 125 packs to about 60, more than twice as great as that

C. California's annual per capita consumption of cigarettes declined from over 125 packs per person to about 60, more than twice as great as the drop

D. California has seen per capita consumption of cigarettes decline from over 125 packs annually to about 60, a drop more than twice as great as that

E. California has seen annual per capita consumption of cigarettes decline from over 125 packs per person to about 60, more than twice as great as that

It cant be A and B as the modifier being modified and talked about "California" is not there.
In C ,the modifer talks about California's pc income which is wrong.
Between D and E,choose annual per capita income which is "E".
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11 Jun 2006, 08:02
Is "per capita consumption" and "per person" in E redundant?
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11 Jun 2006, 08:08
buckkitty wrote:
Is "per capita consumption" and "per person" in E redundant?

Yes , it does look like .But I chose E over D as I thought annual per capita income was better than per capita income ... annually.What is the OA?
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11 Jun 2006, 08:11
buckkitty wrote:
A decade after initiating the nation's most comprehensive and aggressive antismoking program, per capita consumption of cigarettes in California declined from over 125 packs annually per person to about 60, a drop more than twice as great as in the nation as a whole.

D. California has seen per capita consumption of cigarettes decline from over 125 packs annually to about 60, a drop more than twice as great as that

E. California has seen annual per capita consumption of cigarettes decline from over 125 packs per person to about 60, more than twice as great as that

D is it.

E has redundancy in red marked phrases above.
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11 Jun 2006, 14:20
very tricky because I too preferred "annual per capita consumption" in E.

I think the error in E is the redundancy as Professor pointed out. OA is D.
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11 Jun 2006, 16:28
hmm..yea it is tricky, totally missed it
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11 Jun 2006, 22:37
Will go with D.
A/B have modifier problem.
C/E per capita and per person is redundant
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13 Jun 2006, 02:25
'D' here..totally with jaynayak percapita/per person is reduntant.
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13 Jun 2006, 02:37
Among 'D' and 'E', I go for 'D'.
Check out this part of the sentence in (E), ".....over 125 packs per person to about 60, more than twice...." a case of misplaced modifier.
Choice (D), "......over 125 packs annually to about 60, a drop more than twice...."sounds better.
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13 Jun 2006, 03:08
Between 'D' & 'E'

'D' seems to be the winner..

'E' - more than twice as great as that is not the right modifier. It contradicts the original clause
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13 Jun 2006, 03:18
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14 Jul 2006, 08:08
Clear (D)

A, C, E use "per capita" together with "per person", even though both expressions mean exactly the same.

In B, it would be neccessary to include to include the "drop"
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09 Aug 2006, 08:17
Expect an SC like this right off the bat on G-Day. Classic modifier + correct comparison (we need the second "drop"). Two rules are being tested here. Reads like a V35 level SC.

Good one!

(D)

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13 Aug 2006, 05:54
A,C and E can be eliminated due to redundancy "per capita" and "per person".

Between B and D, "drop" after comma in D makes more sense.

go with D too..
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05 Jun 2008, 06:05
I went with D E
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