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We identify the items compared from the comparison markers such as like, as many as, compared to, etc., Therefore what lies next to the comparatives becomes vital, In E. per se, 'as many as four years ago' is being now compared, The purpose of the question is to compare the number of computers with those four years ago. Can you see the incorrect comparison therein? Many comparison questions involve this trap. You may practice many from Gmatclub by selecting comparison questions.

'Every thirty-two pupils' is plural, unless you say every 'group,' 'batch,' or 'class' of thirty-two people. There is no such collective noun in this case.
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We identify the items compared from the comparison markers such as like, as many as, compared to, etc., Therefore what lies next to the comparatives becomes vital, In E. per se, 'as many as four years ago' is being now compared, The purpose of the question is to compare the number of computers with those four years ago. Can you see the incorrect comparison therein? Many comparison questions involve this trap. You may practice many from Gmatclub by selecting comparison questions.

'Every thirty-two pupils' is plural, unless you say every 'group,' 'batch,' or 'class' of thirty-two people. There is no such collective noun in this case.



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. every thirty-two pupils is followed by four time, so cant this four times consider 32 pupils for comparison


'Every thirty-two pupils' is plural, unless you say every 'group,' 'batch,' or 'class' of thirty-two people. There is no such collective noun in this case--> thank you very much. I am now clear with this :-)
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Hi experts,

I'm still a bit confused about C, for whether “there were” or “there was” is correct.

Does the author try to explain that:
(1) The present ratio (1/32) is four times as that of the past (1/128), or
(2) The present ratio is 1/32, and the total computers now are four times as many as those of the past, no matter what the past ratio was (maybe 1/128, 1/64 or even 1/32)

If (2), “there were” is correct, but it seems a bit unreasonable to give a present ratio first and then compare the present total with the past total;
If (1), should it be “there is now one computer for every 32 pupils” and “there was one computer for every 128 pupils four years ago”, and should the correct sentence be “there is now one computer for every 32 pupils, four times as many as there was four years ago”?

And if we do want to express the (1), is there a better way to explain it more clearly?

Many thanks for your illustrations!

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