Quote:
Sir,
I have one question. In option E it is written as "twice as many as" five years ago.Is that a wrong comparison?? because five years ago is a state of time. I mean, can't we say I have 16 tshirts, twice as many as I had five years ago.
Please help
E. every eight students now has one teacher, twice as many as - Incorrect. Comparison error.
Certainly, it is a wrong comparison. Because what choice E will mean is that every eight students now has one teacher, twice as many as five years ago. What does the phrase 'twice as many as' stand for? Is it for the students, for the teachers, or for the years? Therefore, there seems to be no valid comparison between like things. Normally we must take that the comparison markers refer to the immediately following factor.
Coming to your example, yours is different from the one under question since you have clearly said that 'twice as many as I had five years ago. The phrase I had makes the comparison legal between the t-shirts you had five years ago and the t-shirts you have now.