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# A large rise in the number of housing starts in the coming

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04 Feb 2015, 00:41
[quote="ugimba"]10. A large rise in the number of housing starts in the coming year should boost new construction dollars by several billion dollars, making the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than five years ago.
(A) making the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than five years ago
(B) and make the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than five years ago
(C) making the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than it was five years ago
(D) to make the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than five years ago
(E) in making the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than it as five years ago

is this question from og or gmatprep? I dont think so.
look at A and C

A means
the rise makes the health more robust than the rise make the health robust five year ago
this is not the intended meaning, which is "the rise makes the health more robust than the healthe is robust five year ago"

but the choice C also has problem
in ellipsis pattern, the cut off part must be infered from the paralellism. "it was..." is an ellipsis. we need to infer the cut off part, "robust", from the parallelism. but there is no parallelism here so we can not infer "the robust". the first part has no form of "to be" , so, we can not infer any word for the second part.

this is wrong answer, I think. maybe I think wrongly

pls, discuss.
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04 Feb 2015, 22:54
+1 for C. Good question. The sentence requires the usage of 'it was'

ugimba wrote:
10. A large rise in the number of housing starts in the coming year should boost new construction dollars by several billion dollars, making the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than five years ago.
(A) making the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than five years ago
(B) and make the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than five years ago
(C) making the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than it was five years ago
(D) to make the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than five years ago
(E) in making the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than it as five years ago

I picked correct answer C, but I need to understand why A is wrong here. can some one explain it for me?

I was left with choices A and C, but I thought comparision in A is also correct. "it was" is not automatically implied here?

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22 Sep 2017, 13:56
ugimba wrote:
10. A large rise in the number of housing starts in the coming year should boost new construction dollars by several billion dollars, making the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than five years ago.

(A) making the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than five years ago
(B) and make the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than five years ago
(C) making the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than it was five years ago
(D) to make the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than five years ago
(E) in making the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than it as five years ago

Clearly, C - Others are out because of incorrect comparison
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