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# A recent national study of the public schools shows that

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A recent national study of the public schools shows that [#permalink]

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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 microcomputer, four times as many than there were
(E) every thirty-two pupils now has one microcomputer, four times as many as
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21 May 2006, 14:38
^ C ^

(A) "are" & "as many than" are wrong

(B) "as many than" is wrong as in A

(D) same as B

(E) we need "there were" after "as many as" for a correct comparison
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21 May 2006, 15:34
I have a question about the selection C . looking at following
thirty-two pupils, four times as many
does four times as many refer to the pupils or supercomputers.

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21 May 2006, 23:15
C it is. National Study is singular so is Shows hence it should be â€œthere isâ€
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21 May 2006, 23:34
A - 'are' is wrong
B - 'as many than' is not idiomatic
D - 'as many than' is not idiomatic
E - 'every 32 pupils now has one micro-comp...' --> awkward phrasing

C is the best choice
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22 May 2006, 09:56
guptaraja wrote:
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 microcomputer, four times as many than there were
(E) every thirty-two pupils now has one microcomputer, four times as many as

"C". Correct 'Subject-Verb agreement' and correct usage of idiom 'as...as'
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02 Jun 2006, 17:54
can some one please explain why four time as many does not refer back to pupils pleasE?

i am confused.. if i did not know about modifiers, i would have picked C, but now after learning about modifiers, it looks i am making right answers to wrong....

can some one please tell when the word next to comma does not refer to the previous word vs refering back to the previous phrase!!!!!!!!!!!!!
02 Jun 2006, 17:54
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