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A large rise in the number of housing starts in the coming year should

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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

Originally posted by ugimba on 23 Dec 2009, 07:33.
Last edited by Bunuel on 19 Dec 2018, 03:01, edited 2 times in total.
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23 Dec 2009, 17:16
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Wrong comparison.
Five years ago vs industry's health
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02 Oct 2010, 20:55
i m still not sure why not option 'B'
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03 Oct 2010, 01:10
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i m still not sure why not option 'B'

Let me try to explain this to you..

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

If you analyse choice C, you can notice that the first part of the sentence (A large rise in the number of housing starts in the coming year should boost new construction dollars by several billion dollars) seem to be a cause leading to the effect which is later part of the sentence ( making the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than it was five years ago) , in short the answer choice C is the outcome of what has happened in the non underlined part. so , the second part of sentence ( answer choice ) is an outcome of the first part but not an purposefully intended outcome.

Whereas , if you see the choice B , the answer choice starts with AND , and this suggests that the first part of the sentence is done with an intention to achieve the objective (answer choice ) and the answer choice has to be an intended outcome not a natural outcome.

I know it's very thin line between both.. but if you actually read the same 2/3 times .. you will get the gist of it.

I could be wrong in my explanation.. .and if anyone feels my understanding is wrong.... i am open to suggestions.
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01 Jan 2011, 06:24
(C)

(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
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16 Jun 2013, 22:35
Can some one help me to understand the comparison why it is needed? Even without it meaning is properly conveyed.. can anyone point the two logical ways in which you can make the comparison?
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16 Jun 2013, 23:16
skamal7 wrote:
Can some one help me to understand the comparison why it is needed? Even without it meaning is properly conveyed.. can anyone point the two logical ways in which you can make the comparison?

The comparison is needed because the sentence is comparing the present health of the construction industry to what it was 5 years ago. usually comparison question have markers like :more then...X greater then y etc..you wil start to pick them as you practice more....
Now in comparison the most common type of error seen is the comparison of wrong things. Ex in this passage the economy is compared with time 5 years ago. that's not corrects you need to mention the subject to have the correct comparison . So, that's why A is incorrect.
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skamal7 wrote:
Can some one help me to understand the comparison why it is needed? Even without it meaning is properly conveyed.. can anyone point the two logical ways in which you can make the comparison?

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.

In C you are comparing the economic healts with the economic health 5 years ago.
In A you are comparing the economic healts with 5 years ago.

(A) making 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 (economic health) was five years ago
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03 Feb 2015, 23:41
[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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22 Sep 2017, 12:56
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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11 Jul 2018, 19:49
chetan2u wrote:
wrong comparisons with five yrs ago.... it has to be " than it was five...

Hi chetan2u

According to MGMAT:
"The sentence implies the comparison than now. Right: I will have HIGHER bills THAN last year."

What do you think?

(A) making 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
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11 Jul 2018, 20:48
daagh please elaborate on option A and C

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