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A middleweight black hole weighs in at roughly 500 solar masses, hundreds of times more massive than the lightweight black holes produced by the collapse of individual stars, but thousands or even millions of times less in its mass as the heavyweight giants that lurk in the centers of galaxies.

(A) thousands or even millions of times less in its mass as
(B) it is thousands or even millions of times less massive as
(C) thousands or even millions of times less massive than
(D) yet it is thousands or even millions times less massive than
(E) yet it is thousands or even millions of times less in its mass than
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This is a comparison question. Solving it relies on understanding how the prepositions 'than' and 'as' are used in comparisons.

Comparisons either compare two things that are equal or unequal in respect to a certain trait. We use 'than' for unequal comparisons, and 'as...as' for equal comparisons.

Unequal: London is more expensive than Liverpool.
Equal: London is as expensive as Paris.

As you can see in the question below, the comparison is an unequal comparison: lightweight black holes have less mass than middleweight black holes. The comparison must use than - this eliminates A and B.

What about C, D, and E - all of them use 'than'?

It is easy to see that of the remaining answer choices, C is the most concise. D and E are wordy and create more confusion by introducing the pronoun 'it' unnecessarily.


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A middleweight black hole weighs in at roughly 500 solar masses, hundreds of times more massive than the lightweight black holes produced by the collapse of individual stars, but thousands or even millions of times less in its mass as the heavyweight giants that lurk in the centers of galaxies.

(A) thousands or even millions of times less in its mass as
(B) it is thousands or even millions of times less massive as
(C) thousands or even millions of times less massive than
(D) yet it is thousands or even millions times less massive than
(E) yet it is thousands or even millions of times less in its mass than

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A middleweight black hole weighs in at roughly 500 solar masses, hundreds of times more massive than the lightweight black holes produced by the collapse of individual stars, but thousands or even millions of times less in its mass as the heavyweight giants that lurk in the centers of galaxies.

(A) thousands or even millions of times less in its mass as
(B) it is thousands or even millions of times less massive as
(C) thousands or even millions of times less massive than
(D) yet it is thousands or even millions times less massive than
(E) yet it is thousands or even millions of times less in its mass than


I think in C, the two phrases "hundreds of times more... " and " thousands or..." refer to subject of main clause and modify this clause.

is it right?
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monirjewel wrote:
A middleweight black hole weighs in at roughly 500 solar masses, hundreds of times more massive than the lightweight black holes produced by the collapse of individual stars, but thousands or even millions of times less in its mass as the heavyweight giants that lurk in the centers of galaxies.

(A) thousands or even millions of times less in its mass as
(B) it is thousands or even millions of times less massive as
(C) thousands or even millions of times less massive than
(D) yet it is thousands or even millions times less massive than
(E) yet it is thousands or even millions of times less in its mass than


I think in C, the two phrases "hundreds of times more... " and " thousands or..." refer to subject of main clause and modify this clause.

is it right?


Yes, that is true. Both the clauses are modifying the subject of main clause.
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victory47 wrote:
monirjewel wrote:
A middleweight black hole weighs in at roughly 500 solar masses, hundreds of times more massive than the lightweight black holes produced by the collapse of individual stars, but thousands or even millions of times less in its mass as the heavyweight giants that lurk in the centers of galaxies.

(A) thousands or even millions of times less in its mass as
(B) it is thousands or even millions of times less massive as
(C) thousands or even millions of times less massive than
(D) yet it is thousands or even millions times less massive than
(E) yet it is thousands or even millions of times less in its mass than


I think in C, the two phrases "hundreds of times more... " and " thousands or..." refer to subject of main clause and modify this clause.

is it right?


Yes, that is true. Both the clauses are modifying the subject of main clause.



hi abhi

here could you please tell me that after 2nd clause (,but) what is the subject here , means as you have told me that comma+SANAM pronoun is used when we have separate Independent clauses then what is the subject in that clause i think in the correct option C there should be subject .

please clarify , i am totally confused

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hi abhi

here could you please tell me that after 2nd clause (,but) what is the subject here , means as you have told me that comma+SANAM pronoun is used when we have separate Independent clauses then what is the subject in that clause i think in the correct option C there should be subject .

please clarify , i am totally confused

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Hi nks2611 ,

You got confused man. When we have two independent clauses, they must be joined with comma + SANAM. But it is not true the other way.

What I mean is : if you are saying "we have a comma + SANAM, it MUST have an independent clauses joined together" is not correct.

Let's talk about this question:

IC: A middleweight black hole weighs in at roughly 500 solar masses,

DC 1 : hundreds of times more massive than the lightweight black holes produced by the collapse of individual stars
DC 2 : thousands or even millions of times less massive than the heavyweight giants that lurk in the centers of galaxies.

The two Dependent clauses here are showing the contrast by using the word "but".

Both these Dependent clauses are modifying a middleweight black hole.

I hope that makes sense. :)
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nks2611 wrote:
hi abhi

here could you please tell me that after 2nd clause (,but) what is the subject here , means as you have told me that comma+SANAM pronoun is used when we have separate Independent clauses then what is the subject in that clause i think in the correct option C there should be subject .

please clarify , i am totally confused

thanks


Hi nks2611 ,

You got confused man. When we have two independent clauses, they must be joined with comma + SANAM. But it is not true the other way.

What I mean is : if you are saying "we have a comma + SANAM, it MUST have an independent clauses joined together" is not correct.

Let's talk about this question:

IC: A middleweight black hole weighs in at roughly 500 solar masses,

DC 1 : hundreds of times more massive than the lightweight black holes produced by the collapse of individual stars
DC 2 : thousands or even millions of times less massive than the heavyweight giants that lurk in the centers of galaxies.

The two Dependent clauses here are showing the contrast by using the word "but".

Both these Dependent clauses are modifying a middleweight black hole.

I hope that makes sense. :)


I think you meant usage of comma + FANBOYS(coordinating conjunctions ) for joining 2 independent clauses. :)
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I think you meant usage of comma + FANBOYS(coordinating conjunctions ) for joining 2 independent clauses. :)


Yeah, I meant the same. Got confused. Thanks Skywalker18 :)
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Here is a sub 500 level question from GPREP.
One doesn't even have to look at the stimulus, and one can say A and B are out for indulging in the comparison blunder of 'less…as'.

'But and yet' together in D and E are brazenly redundant, surprising missed, leaving C alone.
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