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According to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, aspirin prevents blood clots just as well as a commonly used and more expensive blood-thinning drug does.

a) prevents blood clots just as well as a commonly used and more expensive blood-thinning drug does
b) prevents blood clots just as well as does a commonly used and a more expensive blood-thinning drug
c) prevents blood clots just as well as will a commonly used and more expensive blood-thinning drug
d) works just as well as a commonly used and more expensive blood-thinning drug at the prevention of blood clots
e) works just as well as does a commonly used and more expensive blood-thinning drug, which is more expensive, at preventing blood clots

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New post 04 Jul 2008, 13:03
My pick is A.

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According to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, aspirin prevents blood clots just as well as a commonly used and more expensive blood-thinning drug does.


Correct construction:

Aspirin prevents… just as well as smth else does.

a) prevents blood clots just as well as a commonly used and more expensive blood-thinning drug does (good)
b) prevents blood clots just as well as does a commonly used and more expensive blood-thinning drug (‘does’ in wrong place? Not sure about that… but since it’s the only difference it must be the case)
c) prevents blood clots just as well as will a commonly used and more expensive blood-thinning drug (‘will’ distorts the meaning)
d) works just as well as a commonly used and more expensive blood-thinning drug at the prevention of blood clots (wrong comparison: ‘does’ required)
e) works just as well as does a commonly used and more expensive blood-thinning drug, which is more expensive, at preventing blood clots (convoluted structure, also ‘does’ is misplaced)

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Can someone explain why A is better than B?
The OA is A.

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New post 04 Jul 2008, 14:33
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Can someone explain why A is better than B?
The OA is A.


Cause it breaks parallelism.

X prevents (verb) blood clots as well as Y does (verb)

In B it's like

X prevents (verb) blood clots as well as does(verb) Y

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There is a very small mistake in the original posting of the question, but the small mistake made people confused! Correct version of the question is as follows:

According to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, aspirin prevents blood clots just as well as a commonly used and more expensive blood-thinning drug does.

(A) prevents blood clots just as well as a commonly used and more expensive blood-thinning drug does
(B) prevents blood clots just as well as does a commonly used and a more expensive blood-thinning drug
(C) prevents blood clots just as well as will a commonly used and more expensive blood-thinning drug
(D) works just as well as a commonly used and more expensive blood-thinning drug at the prevention of blood clots
(E) works just as well as does a commonly used blood-thinning drug, which is also more expensive, at preventing blood clots

With reference to earlier discussions, placement of "does" is not really problematic in option B.

Here option B mentions "a commonly used and a more expensive" -- this means aspirin is compared with two different categories of drugs. But, the logical and original meaning of the sentence is to have one category of drug. Addition of "a" before "more expensive blood-thinning drug" makes option B incorrect.

If the article "a" was not there before "more expensive blood-thinning drug", option B would have been correct option as well.

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I think the main problem with option B is the article "a"
aspirin prevents blood clots just as well as does a commonly used and a more expensive blood-thinning drug
the second "a" kind of implies that there are two drugs rather than one.
On the other hand if you remove modifiers in option A is clear

aspirin prevents blood clots just as well as a commonly used and more expensive blood-thinning drug does

articles precede nouns. so if you have "a/an X and a/an Y", or "the X and the Y", then you MUST be talking about two different nouns.

the parallel structure is just "ADJ and ADJ".

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New post 28 Aug 2017, 13:21
The skull of the sentence:

Aspirin prevents X just as well as Blood Thinning drug does.

C, D, and E can be easily eliminated.

Now what is the problem in B?

two issues with the option B.

1. Article:

An X and A Y---> means two things are talked.

a commonly used and a more expensive blood-thinning drug---> It means there are two drugs--one of them is commonly used and other one is more expensive. This is not case here. We are talking about one drug.

2. A noun without modifier should have the verb "does" after it. it makes the sentence more flowing.
Here, the blood-tinning drug does not have modifier after it. So, the does should be used after the blood-tinning drug.
--> It is also correct to use such does before noun without modifier, but to use the does after the noun without modifier is more smooth.

We are left with A, the best answer.
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