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# According to analysts, an alliance between three major

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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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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 - wordy
C. at much higher speeds as are - wrong idiomatic usage "enable at...."
D. at much higher speeds than that- wrong idiomatic usage "enable at...."
E. at speeds much higher than are- wrong idiomatic usage "enable at...."

IMO A
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03 May 2009, 13:42
amolsk11 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 - wordy
C. at much higher speeds as are - wrong idiomatic usage "enable at...."
D. at much higher speeds than that- wrong idiomatic usage "enable at...."
E. at speeds much higher than are- wrong idiomatic usage "enable at...."

IMO A

if you use the word "speeds" you have to use "are" since speeds is plural
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03 May 2009, 13:46
it is A.

Though I think "speeds are" is correct...
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03 May 2009, 13:52
amolsk11 wrote:
It is A.

Though I think "speeds are" is correct...

interesting one. If it is A, then I guess "is" is the verb for possible. Can you post OE?
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03 May 2009, 13:54
I am sorry .....what does OE mean?

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03 May 2009, 13:56
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I am sorry .....what does OE mean?

OE = official explanation. Where are you getting these questions from?
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03 May 2009, 13:58
I am sorry there are no explanations here ....only questions and answer keys.
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03 May 2009, 14:01
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I am sorry there are no explanations here ....only questions and answer keys.

are you using sc1000? it has a lot of wrong answers
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04 May 2009, 09:36
Really good one...thought of using are as the verb for speeds..but the verb actually points to possible as in A...
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If I'm trying to get into the IT field and have minimum experience..how can I get my foot in the door and what job should I be looking for?
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30 Jan 2011, 18:41
Yes it should be E.

Agree with ' bigtreezl' - sc1000 has lot of wrong answers....
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30 Jan 2011, 19:45
I too will go with E, it should be 'are' with the 'speeds'
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08 Dec 2012, 21:33
What's the problem with option 'D'?
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lahoosaher 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

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You receive data AT high speed i.e. lots of data per second rather than WITH high speed. 'With' doesn't make sense here. You don't get speed with the data.
Also, the use of 'speeds' shows that you can receive data at various speeds and the alliance could increase these speeds. So the usage of plural 'are' is correct. So (E) is fine.
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What's the problem with option 'D'?

'that' - singular; 'speeds' - plural
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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
'With....' modifies telephone lines. illogical
B. with speeds that are much higher than are
Same as (A)
C. at much higher speeds as are
'Higher' anticipates use of 'than'
D. at much higher speeds than that
Speeds are plural so cannot use 'that'
E. at speeds much higher than are
Bingo !
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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 - With is modifying telephone lines , Illogical construction
B. with speeds that are much higher than are - With is modifying telephone lines , Illogical construction
C. at much higher speeds as are - X higher THAN Y - is the correct idiom
D. at much higher speeds than that - here that starts a new clause, in which that is the subject but no verb exist
E. at speeds much higher than are - correctly compares speeds
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