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# A new hair-growth drug is being sold for three times the price, per mi

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A new hair-growth 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

In the week or so since Propecia arrived in America's pharmacies, thousands of men have rushed to doctors' offices for prescriptions. Once at the pharmacy, though, they get a dose of cold reality: Merck is selling Propecia for three times the price, per milligram, that it charges for another of its products that uses the same active ingredient, Proscar, a treatment for enlarged prostates.
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08 Oct 2010, 22:21
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Just try reading the sentence without the "per milligram" part. This will make things clearer to you.

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.

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

You are comparing prices here. So when you say, the price of WHAT the drug maker charges, you are referring to a price for the action of the drug maker charging something. This is not true. You need to follow the parallelism closely to understand the direct comparison.

Hope this helps.
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01 Apr 2010, 03:55
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look at the sentence from this point of view:

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

so we need a word that clearly connects two parts, modifying price.
the correct answer here is that (C)

the price that the ....
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01 Apr 2010, 04:01
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A new hair-growth 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

hair-growth drug is being sold for three times the price as the drug’s maker charges(edited)

three times the price as the drug’s maker price

A&B has a similar prob......
is three time more or less than drug makers price?

E is out doesnt even match.

its between

C&D

ill choose C because three times the price of what drug makers are selling (would be more better and apt)

ANS:C
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13 Jul 2010, 10:24
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I found some real good explanation on another forum. The OA is C.

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this one isn't that bad if you get down to the "skeleton" of the sentence. to do that, you should kill intervening prepositional phrases that don't affect the grammar of the main sentence.
to this end, you can simply get rid of the following:
"per milligram"
"for another product"
"with the same active ingredient"
and you're left with:
a new drug is being sold for three times the price ____ the drug's maker charges.
once you see this, it should be more clear that (c) is the correct answer. if you're a non-native speaker and you can't recognize "that" as the word belonging in that blank, then here's the reason: it's because "price" is the direct object of "charges". when you turn around such constructions, you use "that":
i hit the ball --> the ball that i hit
she delivered the baby --> the baby that she delivered
etc.

The reason for why option D is wrong?

Quote:
"what the drug's maker charges" is ... guess what ... a price.
therefore, "three times the price of what the drug's maker charges" would refer to the price of a price. that is illogical.
this construction is thus not only "wordy", but actually nonsensical.
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A new hair-growth drug is being sold for three times the price, per milligram, _______ the drug’s maker charges for another product with the same active ingredient.

A.) as - if we put 'as' in the blank then we need another clause for comparing the price of hair-growth drug. A new drug is sold for 3 times the price, as the maker charges for another product.

B.) than - A new drug is sold for 3 times the price, than the maker charges for another product.

C.) that - A new drug is sold for 3 times the price, that the maker charges for another product.

D.) of what - A new drug is sold for 3 times the price, of what the maker charges for another product.

E.) at which - A new drug is sold for 3 times the price, at whichthe maker charges for another product.
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09 Mar 2011, 21:15
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as might imply while/because-- not correct here
Than is wrong because there is no comparative word form used here- like more or less or greater
If you use of what - the construction becomes- three times the price of what X charges..Here what stands for price..so, it seems to imply-three times the price of the price..that makes it wrong
And finally, 'charges at' is wrong idiom- you can say he sells at a price of.. but you cant say he charges at a price..simply, charges the price. Charges doesnt take at, therefore at which is wrong.
Left with D.
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09 Mar 2011, 21:32
you cannot compare "price" with drug's maker - "as" is wrong here.
Hence "that" is the only choice.

geisends wrote:
A new hair-growth 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)
B) than
C) that
D) of what
E) at which
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can you explain why answer D 'of what' is wrong.

to see the struction more clearly, you can eliminate "per miligram" to see:
A is being sold for 3 times the price as Mr.Drug charges for B with the same active ingredient.
If you replace "of what" in (D), the sentence is totally absurb: "the price of what", do you see it awkward?
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16 Mar 2011, 01:19
geisends wrote:
A new hair-growth 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)
B) than
C) that
D) of what
E) at which

Its C.
price should be object of the charges...
E.g the game that we played..(game object of played)
the table that I bought (table object of bought)
Similarly. the price that maker charges (price object of charges)
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+1 C
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07 Apr 2011, 12:31
Metallicafan, the category that this falls into is comparison, but the skill necessary to identify the correct structure for that comparison is the skill exhibited by the above posters-- identifying which modifiers are used to clutter the sentence's structure, and ignoring those superfluous chunks to see the underlying grammar. The prep companies worth their salt have content work with comparisons and modifiers built into their curricula, and teach you how to identify those underlying structures.

An exercise I sometimes give to my students who struggle with this concept is to take any sentence and boil it down to its essential core--you can do this with newspaper articles, OG questions, or anything else densely written.
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Why is D wrong??? Can someone please explain in detail ...I am confused......

First off -- make sure you understand the meaning of the sentence. What is the author trying to convey?

In simple language ---> There is a new product. The manufacturer of this new product is selling it for 3 times the price of another product (also produced by the same manufacturer). Both these products contain the same ingredients.

Look at choice D closely --

"A new hair-growth drug is being sold for three times the price, per milligram, of which the drug’s maker charges for another product with the same active ingredient".

"Of which" here --> in a sense refers to a price of a price.

An easier approach would be to ignore the "per milligram" modifier.

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

Choice D does not convey the intended meaning of the sentence.
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05 Jul 2011, 19:11
I go with C.

Look at the sentence and ignore per milligram.

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

That fits in nicely. The rest are awkward.
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Alterego wrote:
A new hair-growth 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

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will vote for C because

A new hair-growth 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.

main clause
A new hair-growth drug is being sold [for three times the price]
subject: drug
verb: is being sold

subordinate clause
that the drug's maker charges for another product with the same active ingredient.
that-refers to the Price
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19 May 2014, 01:44
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siddhans wrote:
Why is D wrong??? Can someone please explain in detail ...I am confused......

First off -- make sure you understand the meaning of the sentence. What is the author trying to convey?

In simple language ---> There is a new product. The manufacturer of this new product is selling it for 3 times the price of another product (also produced by the same manufacturer). Both these products contain the same ingredients.

Look at choice D closely --

"A new hair-growth drug is being sold for three times the price, per milligram, of which the drug’s maker charges for another product with the same active ingredient".

"Of which" here --> in a sense refers to a price of a price.

An easier approach would be to ignore the "per milligram" modifier.

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

Choice D does not convey the intended meaning of the sentence.

Thanks for the explanation, but I would just like to confirm that "of what" in the problem would also be invalid for the reason above too (since you typed of WHICH).
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19 May 2014, 18:02
Dear @tedchou12,

I will be glad to help clarify your doubt. I somehow believe that you are still doubtful about this question since you have not understood the crux behind what this question tests. Please do correct me if my supposition is wrong.

To answer your question directly - the explanation provided for "of which" is also applicable for "of what". Can you reason it out why? The reason has actually been presented very well in the explanation above. The key thing here is to understand the intended meaning that the sentence wants to communicate. Once you figure that out you will understand why "of which" or "of what" or "as" are incorrect in the context of this sentence.

Do let me know if you have any follow on questions.

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26 Jun 2014, 22:31
This question is testing the noun noun modifier .. the correct usage will be introduction of 'that' to replace 'as'.

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11 Dec 2014, 19:01
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from meaning front:
new drug expensive in prices vs that company charges for another drug with same ingredient. so here THAT makes sense.

Alterego wrote:
A new hair-growth 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

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