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According to analysts, an alliance between three major personal computer companies and most of the nation’s largest local telephone companies would enable customers to receive internet data over regular telephone lines with speeds much higher than is currently possible.

A. with speeds much higher than is
B. with speeds that are much higher than are
C. at much higher speeds as are
D. at much higher speeds than that
E. at speeds much higher than are
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11 May 2012, 13:11
I picked D because I thought that "that" in D could refer to speed.
In other words, at much higher speeds than speed currently possible.

But I realized soon that "that" in D is not consistent with speedS, which are plural.

So if "that" in D were "those", could D be an answer?
(at much higher speeds than those currently possible.)
If it could, which one is better between the modified D and E as an answer?

Also, I have a question regarding E.

Is it ok to say that "speeds" are omitted before "are" in E?
( at speeds much higher than (speeds) are currently possible.)

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According to analysts, an alliance between three major personal computer companies and most of the nation’s largest local telephone companies would enable customers to receive internet data over regular telephone lines with speeds much higher than is currently possible.

Error Analysis

1. Use of “with” is not correct here. This gives the sense of “in addition with”. The correct idiom to use here is “at speeds”.
2. Singular verb “is” does not agree in number with plural subject “speeds”.

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Choice A: with speeds much higher than is: Incorrect for the reasons stated above.

Choice B: with speeds that are much higher than are: Incorrect. 1. This choice repeats the idiom error of Choice A. 2. “that are” is not needed in the sentence.

Choice C: at much higher speeds as are: Incorrect. The correct idiom is X much higher “than” Y, and not much higher “as” Y.

Choice D: at much higher speeds than that: Incorrect. Singular “that” does not agree in number with plural “speeds”.

Choice E: at speeds much higher than are: Correct.

eybrj2 wrote:
So if "that" in D were "those", could D be an answer?
(at much higher speeds than those currently possible.)
If it could, which one is better between the modified D and E as an answer?

Also, I have a question regarding E.

Is it ok to say that "speeds" are omitted before "are" in E?
( at speeds much higher than (speeds) are currently possible.)

Thanks.

Even if Choice D had “those” instead of “that”, Choice E still would have been a better choice because “are” after than clarifies the comparison in the sentence.
The sentence says that the alliance would make the internet speed much higher than the speeds currently are. The presence of “are” makes the comparison clear between the current speeds and the speeds that will be in the future.

And yes, you are correct in saying that "speeds" is understood after "are".

Hope this helps.
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According to analysts, an alliance between three major personal computer companies and most of
the nation’s largest local telephone companies would enable customers to receive Internet data
over regular telephone lines with speeds much higher than is currently possible.
A. with speeds much higher than is
B. with speeds that are much higher than are
C. at much higher speeds as are
D. at much higher speeds than that
E. at speeds much higher than are

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Can you please explain how E is correct in term of how the option uses the correct parallel form. ? And, which are the parallel elements in this comparison. ?
E) uses at speeds much higher than are currently possible. . Shouldn't it be at speeds much higher than speeds currently possible. . I am confused with the are here. I believe the sentence should have had a verb form of "TO BE" in the first part of the comparison.

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According to analysts, an alliance between three major personal computer companies and most of the nation’s largest local telephone companies would enable customers to receive internet data over regular telephone lines with speeds much higher than is currently possible.

A. with speeds much higher than is
B. with speeds that are much higher than are
C. at much higher speeds as are
D. at much higher speeds than that
E. at speeds much higher than are

Idiom:
receive data at speeds --> correct
receive date with speeds --> wrong.

According to analysts, an alliance between three major personal computer companies and most of the nation’s largest local telephone companies would enable customers to receive internet data over regular telephone lines with speeds much higher than is currently possible

A. with speeds much higher than is
Wrong. "with speeds" is wrong. In addition, "speeds" is plural --> "is" is wrong

B. with speeds that are much higher than are
Wrong. "with speeds" is wrong.

C. at much higher speeds as are
Wrong. "higher + as" is wrong.

D. at much higher speeds than that
Wrong. "speeds" is plural --> "that" refers to singular --> wrong comparison.

E. at speeds much higher than are
Correct.

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pqhai wrote:
eybrj2 wrote:
According to analysts, an alliance between three major personal computer companies and most of the nation’s largest local telephone companies would enable customers to receive internet data over regular telephone lines with speeds much higher than is currently possible.

A. with speeds much higher than is
B. with speeds that are much higher than are
C. at much higher speeds as are
D. at much higher speeds than that
E. at speeds much higher than are

Idiom:
receive data at speeds --> correct
receive date with speeds --> wrong.

According to analysts, an alliance between three major personal computer companies and most of the nation’s largest local telephone companies would enable customers to receive internet data over regular telephone lines with speeds much higher than is currently possible

A. with speeds much higher than is
Wrong. "with speeds" is wrong. In addition, "speeds" is plural --> "is" is wrong

B. with speeds that are much higher than are
Wrong. "with speeds" is wrong.

C. at much higher speeds as are
Wrong. "higher + as" is wrong.

D. at much higher speeds than that
Wrong. "speeds" is plural --> "that" refers to singular --> wrong comparison.

E. at speeds much higher than are
Correct.

Hope it helps.

I have a doubt regarding "that" always referring to plural.
But let me put one sentence :
"Dr Lees's degree allows him to diagnose ear , nose and throat diseases that he cures for very little fee".
As per my knowledge this sentence is correct.
But at the same time "that" here refers to diseases. Could you please explain? Am I wrong anywhere ?

Also, for (e) :

According to analysts, an alliance between three major personal computer companies and most of the nation’s largest local telephone companies would enable customers to receive internet data over regular telephone lines at speeds much higher than are currently possible.
In this sentence which part is exactly parallel to" at speeds much higher than are"

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pqhai wrote:
eybrj2 wrote:
According to analysts, an alliance between three major personal computer companies and most of the nation’s largest local telephone companies would enable customers to receive internet data over regular telephone lines with speeds much higher than is currently possible.

A. with speeds much higher than is
B. with speeds that are much higher than are
C. at much higher speeds as are
D. at much higher speeds than that
E. at speeds much higher than are

Idiom:
receive data at speeds --> correct
receive date with speeds --> wrong.

According to analysts, an alliance between three major personal computer companies and most of the nation’s largest local telephone companies would enable customers to receive internet data over regular telephone lines with speeds much higher than is currently possible

A. with speeds much higher than is
Wrong. "with speeds" is wrong. In addition, "speeds" is plural --> "is" is wrong

B. with speeds that are much higher than are
Wrong. "with speeds" is wrong.

C. at much higher speeds as are
Wrong. "higher + as" is wrong.

D. at much higher speeds than that
Wrong. "speeds" is plural --> "that" refers to singular --> wrong comparison.

E. at speeds much higher than are
Correct.

Hope it helps.

I have a doubt regarding "that" always referring to plural.
But let me put one sentence :
"Dr Lees's degree allows him to diagnose ear , nose and throat diseases that he cures for very little fee".
As per my knowledge this sentence is correct.
But at the same time "that" here refers to diseases. Could you please explain? Am I wrong anywhere ?

Also, for (e) :

According to analysts, an alliance between three major personal computer companies and most of the nation’s largest local telephone companies would enable customers to receive internet data over regular telephone lines at speeds much higher than are currently possible.
In this sentence which part is exactly parallel to" at speeds much higher than are"

Thanks!

Hi practicegmat.

The two "that" are different. The one in the question is "demonstrative pronoun". The one in your example is "relative pronoun".

* Demonstrative pronoun can function by themselves as substitutes for specific nouns / antecedents. ==> The parallel nature must be maintained.
For example:
WRONG: The books I borrowed at the library yesterday are similar to THAT of your. "books" - plural is not parallel to "that" which refers to singular antecedent.
CORRECT: The books I borrowed at the library yesterday are similar to THOSE of your.

*Relative pronoun is used to introduce one type of subordinate clause called a relative clause
"that" modifies the preceding noun/noun phrase. It does not matter the preceding noun/noun phrase is singular or plural.
For example:
CORRECT: The cars THAT have introduced in the auto show are very expensive.

Hope it's clear.
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Thanks pqhai for the great explanation! I got it.
Could you also answer to my next question :

For (e) :

According to analysts, an alliance between three major personal computer companies and most of the nation’s largest local telephone companies would enable customers to receive internet data over regular telephone lines at speeds much higher than are currently possible.
In this sentence which part is exactly parallel to" at speeds much higher than are"

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Thanks pqhai for the great explanation! I got it.
Could you also answer to my next question :

For (e) :

According to analysts, an alliance between three major personal computer companies and most of the nation’s largest local telephone companies would enable customers to receive internet data over regular telephone lines at speeds much higher than are currently possible.
In this sentence which part is exactly parallel to" at speeds much higher than are"

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Hi practicegmat.

I think your question should be: what is comparing in the structure "at speeds much higher than are"? Because the phrase "at speeds much higher than are" is not parallel to anything.

The structure is: customers receive data at speeds much higher than are currently possible
Subject: customers
Object: speeds.
Modifier: much higher than are currently possible.
==> The sentence could be rewritten like: The structure is: customers receive data at speeds much higher than [speeds] are currently possible
==> "new" speeds is comparing with "speeds are currently possible"

Hope it helps.
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Practicegmat wrote:
Thanks pqhai for the great explanation! I got it.
Could you also answer to my next question :

For (e) :

According to analysts, an alliance between three major personal computer companies and most of the nation’s largest local telephone companies would enable customers to receive internet data over regular telephone lines at speeds much higher than are currently possible.
In this sentence which part is exactly parallel to" at speeds much higher than are"

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Hi Practice gmat,

I think in this case "at speeds much higher than are" you are confused because the verb "are" does not parallel to any precedding verb.

From my understanding, the sentence can be rewritten as: " Customers receive internet data at speeds (which are) much higher than (speeds) are currently possible.

Two phrases between the blankets are omitted without distorting the meaning of the sentence.

Hope it's clear.
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eybrj2 wrote:
According to analysts, an alliance between three major personal computer companies and most of the nation’s largest local telephone companies would enable customers to receive internet data over regular telephone lines with speeds much higher than is currently possible.

A. with speeds much higher than is
B. with speeds that are much higher than are
C. at much higher speeds as are
D. at much higher speeds than that
E. at speeds much higher than are

I agree that E is best
but in E, there is no "is, are" at the firt half of comparision, I can not use "are" at the latter half.

unless you show a og question in which is pattern appears in oa, this question is considered good. otherwise. this is wrong question
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