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abhimahna wrote:
HappyQuakka wrote:
hazelnut abhimahna

I go this question right, but I thought the 'figure' in the last part of the question stem was referring to the percentage of female grad students, not the number.

1. Is that interpretation wrong
2. is C still the correct answer even with my interpretation?

Thx!


Hi HappyQuakka ,

Actually NO. The figure is referring to the count rather than the %.

It is actually wrong to say double the % for another year.

As per the meaning of the sentence, we are comparing the females in one year with females in another. We are not comparing the % of graduates in one year with % of graduates in another year.

You might have got C as the right answer with POE because all others are wrong. (This is my assumption.)

Does that make sense?


Hi Abhimahna,
Please help me to understand the error in B. I thought an additional in is understood in B, and so the sentence stands out as
According to the National Science Foundation, in 2003 there were 198, 113 female science and engineering graduate students, almost 42% of the graduate students in those fields, twice as many as (in) 1981.

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Hi Abhimahna,
Please help me to understand the error in B. I thought an additional in is understood in B, and so the sentence stands out as
According to the National Science Foundation, in 2003 there were 198, 113 female science and engineering graduate students, almost 42% of the graduate students in those fields, twice as many as (in) 1981.


Hi sunny91 ,

Here I go.

The biggest problem with B is we are comparing the number with the year. This is not allowed.

Now, let me talk about ellipsis. You are saying what is you add "in".

Consider the two scenarios:

According to the National Science Foundation, in 2003 there were 198, 113 female science and engineering graduate students, almost 42% of the graduate students in those fields, twice as many as (in) 1981. --> Shouldn't this be "number in"? Ellipsis rule says you can omit number and that would imply internally rather than omitting the prepositions such as "in" itself.

According to the National Science Foundation, in 2003 there were 198, 113 female science and engineering graduate students, almost 42% of the graduate students in those fields, twice as many as [number]in 1981. --> Okay, the now your rule works. Now, I can say I am comparing the numbers and I don't need to explicitly mention them.

Does that make sense?
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Hi Abhimahna,
Please help me to understand the error in B. I thought an additional in is understood in B, and so the sentence stands out as
According to the National Science Foundation, in 2003 there were 198, 113 female science and engineering graduate students, almost 42% of the graduate students in those fields, twice as many as (in) 1981.


Hi sunny91 ,

Here I go.

The biggest problem with B is we are comparing the number with the year. This is not allowed.

Now, let me talk about ellipsis. You are saying what is you add "in".

Consider the two scenarios:

According to the National Science Foundation, in 2003 there were 198, 113 female science and engineering graduate students, almost 42% of the graduate students in those fields, twice as many as (in) 1981. --> Shouldn't this be "number in"? Ellipsis rule says you can omit number and that would imply internally rather than omitting the prepositions such as "in" itself.

According to the National Science Foundation, in 2003 there were 198, 113 female science and engineering graduate students, almost 42% of the graduate students in those fields, twice as many as [number]in 1981. --> Okay, the now your rule works. Now, I can say I am comparing the numbers and I don't need to explicitly mention them.

Does that make sense?



Thanks Abhimahna.
Now I understood we can't take preposition as implied.
Example- I have 4 shirts, twice as many as (the number) you have. Here,the number is implied. Also, I went through your debrief and it looks very inspirational.

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