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# A new hair-growing drug is being sold for three times the

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23 May 2008, 12:22
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A new hair-growing drug is being sold for three times the price, per milligram, as the drug’s maker charges for another product with the same active ingredient.

A. as
B. than
C. that
D. of what
E. at which

Folks, this one's been discussed before with conflicting OAs and inconclusive discussions, lets see what you guys think
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23 May 2008, 12:39
How do they refute D?

D. X is being sold for 3 times the price of what the drug’s maker charges for another product...
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22 Aug 2008, 15:45

A new hair-growing drug is being sold for three times the price + the drug’s maker charges the price for another product with the same active ingredient.

therefore,
A new hair-growing drug is being sold for three times the price that the drug’s maker charges for another product with the same active ingredient.
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22 Aug 2008, 19:41
C for me as well

A and B are clearly unidiomatic.

D - "of what" ; "......twice the price of what the drug maker charges....." sounds awkward and wordy (looks like an indirect form of speech)

E - same as D

C - that ; this is clear and direct
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22 Aug 2008, 21:10
A new hair-growing drug is being sold for three times the price, per milligram, as the drug’s maker charges for another product with the same active ingredient.

A. as
B. than
C. that
D. of what
E. at which

Folks, this one's been discussed before with conflicting OAs and inconclusive discussions, lets see what you guys think

C and D both grammatically sounds good.

Will chose C for concise.

What is OA.
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23 Aug 2008, 01:21
Is C. We don't have a comparison as in A and B, and E is wrong because of which. I don't like D. C is correct and short.
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23 Aug 2008, 01:42
A new hair-growing drug is being sold for three times the price, per milligram, as the drug’s maker charges for another product with the same active ingredient.

A. as
B. than
C. that
D. of what
E. at which

Folks, this one's been discussed before with conflicting OAs and inconclusive discussions, lets see what you guys think

It can be written in two ways

.. three times the price that the drug's maker charges for the other drug

AND

.. three time the price of that of the other drug.

Now, choice D states

of what the drug’s maker charges for another product .

Both choice C and D are right. But C is better than D since in D, the price of the other drug is defined as "what the drug's maker charges for another product". This makes the sentence unnecessarily long.
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23 Aug 2008, 11:45
should be that because than is part of more than, which would be good if three times more was there instead of three times the price. it helps to see it if you take out per milligram and just say "three times the price ... the drug makers charge", that is clearly most effective.

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25 Aug 2008, 21:36
Three times the price ......

price of what?

"C"
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