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I wonder if the there was another option, lest's say f.
option f- as

more than three times as many independent institutions of higher education charge tuition and fees of under $8,000 a year as over $16,000.

It would still be OK, will it not?
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I wonder if the there was another option, lest's say f.
option f- as

more than three times as many independent institutions of higher education charge tuition and fees of under $8,000 a year as over $16,000.

It would still be OK, will it not?

This question is hard enough! Why make it harder by trying to invent your own answer choice? :)

As explained in this post, choice (D) essentially gives us "three times as many institutions do X as do Y." If we drop the second "do" (in other words, if we drop the second "charge", as you suggested), the comparison and the parallelism are no longer clear.

(D) would still be the best choice, and that's all you need to worry about!
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What if we make "charging" to "charge" in option E then which would be the best answer. 'D' or 'E'


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The answer is definitely (D) here.

The biggest issue in this question is the (very cleverly disguised) idiom "as many... as". We use the phrase "as many... as" pretty frequently in normal language:

  • Chuck eats three times as many burritos as Mike. --> no problem, right?
  • Chuck eats more than three times as many burritos as Mike. --> still no problem, right?

Both of these are acceptable, it's just that they're saying slightly different things. But you wouldn't say either of these:

  • Chuck eats three times as many burritos than Mike.
  • Chuck eats more than three times as many burritos than Mike.

You could say "as many... as" or "more than" -- but "as many... than" is simply wrong. The error in (A), (B), and (C) is exactly the same as in these last two examples. It's just that the construction is more complicated, so it's harder to spot the error. For example, here's answer choice (C):

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more than three times as many independent institutions of higher education charge tuition and fees of under $8,000 a year than charge over $16,000


There are a ton of words separating "as many" from "than" -- and that makes it really, really hard to see the mistake. And yes, this is a nasty little trick that you're likely to see in other GMAT SC questions.

Anyway, that leaves us with (D) and (E). As several people have mentioned, there's a parallelism issue in (E), but to be fair, it's really subtle. Here are (D) and (E) again, with a few words stripped out to make it easier to see what's happening:

    (D) "... three times as many institutions charge tuition and fees of under $8,000 a year as charge over $16,000."
    (E) "... three times as many institutions charge tuition and fees of under $8,000 a year as those charging over $16,000."

The parallelism is much, much clearer in (D): "three times as many institutions do X as do Y." In (E), we're basically saying "three times as many institutions do X as institutions doing Y."

But to be fair: man, this question is tough, and I can introduce you to a whole bunch of people who missed this on their practice tests... and still scored in the mid-700s on the real thing just a few weeks later. :)


Just clear me if Im wrong...

(Apart from the parallelism) I think that in E we dont have a subject - verb sentence as we have in D. So D is correct
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Between option D and E---

in D (Charge) acts as verb
but in option E (Charging is not a verb)

in this way option E breaks the parallism.
Option E is the answer choice.
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According to a 1996 survey by the National Association of College and University Business Officers, more than three times as many independent institutions of higher education charge tuition and fees of under $8,000 a year than those that charge over $16,000.
OK. It’s a hard one. Whats the core of the sentence?
More than three times as many boys run 100 meters than those that run 200 meters
Alright this is a simplified sentence.
So we have more than in the earlier part of the sentence so we don’t need a than in a later part.
A,b and c are out.
One more reason of A ,b and c to be out is we have as many boys …. So we need as in the later part of the sentence meaning as many as … so we are down to D and E.

(A) than those that charge
(B) than are charging
(C) than to charge
(D) as charge
More than three times as many boys run 100 meters as run 200 meters

(E) as those charging
More than three times as many boys run 100 meters as those running 200 meters.
This is awkward and certainly we don’t need those here. Since there is a parallelism issue here.

Answer choice D
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