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89. A recent national study of the public schools shows that there are now one microcomputer for every thirty-two pupils, four times as many than there were four years ago.
(A) there are now one microcomputer for every thirty-two pupils, four times as many than there were
(B) there is now one microcomputer for every thirty-two pupils, four times as many than there were
(C) there is now one microcomputer for every thirty-two pupils, four times as many as there were
(D) every thirty-two pupils now have one microÂ¬computer, four times as many than there were
(E) every thirty-two pupils now has one microcomÂ¬puter, four times as many as

In (C), is the "were" in the end wrong?

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09 Feb 2005, 23:50
Got point!!
I don't have the paper version of OG so I cannot double check. But that is what I had for my PDF version.

The only thing I can think of is.
there is now one microcomputer for every thirty-two pupils, four times as many as there were one-hundred twenty-eight pupils...

1/32 = 4 * 1/128

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10 Feb 2005, 16:30
Idiom 'as X as'. So that leaves C and E.
E is just ackward.

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