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# A decade after initiating the nation's most comprehensive

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02 Jun 2009, 10:54
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５． 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

I'm confused between choices D and E? Pl. discuss......

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02 Jun 2009, 18:07
This is tricky. I think D and E are both gramatically correct but that (E) is more precise (yet it also doesn't have a drop which makes it sound a bit strange). I'll go with E and hope that I'm right.

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02 Jun 2009, 20:34
gmatprep09 wrote:
５． 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

I'm confused between choices D and E? Pl. discuss......

Man you made hell of the question

a drop is more precise than starting with more than.

I will go with D, it correctly modifies decline.

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03 Jun 2009, 07:23
Both C and E are wrong, becoz percapita already means per person.. wrong for redundancy.
A is wrong for the improper comparision..

now btw B and D,

though D is more direct, it has the appositive written correctly..

i will go with D..

whats the OA ?

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28 Aug 2009, 11:31
Neochronic wrote:
Both C and E are wrong, becoz percapita already means per person.. wrong for redundancy.
A is wrong for the improper comparision..

now btw B and D,

though D is more direct, it has the appositive written correctly..

i will go with D..

whats the OA ?

You are absolutely right!! I had the same reason of redundancy for "E" but you highlighted the appositive part in "D" too. Thanks for that!

OA is "D"
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