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Advances in materials engineering enabled the bicycle industry to create aluminum alloy frames that are far more lightweight than iron.

A. far more lightweight than iron
B. far more lightweight as are iron frames
C. far more lightweight than are iron frames
D. far more lightweight than iron frames
E. exceedingly more lightweight when compared to iron frames
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New post 18 Aug 2015, 12:02
C. far more lightweight than are iron frames is the right answer.
As cannot be used as we are not trying to show the the similarity . without the verb, it is an ellipsis error so C looks to be the best answer.

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New post 18 Aug 2015, 14:02
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Advances in materials engineering enabled the bicycle industry to create aluminum alloy frames that are far more lightweight than iron.

A. far more lightweight than iron
B. far more lightweight as are iron frames
C. far more lightweight than are iron frames
D. far more lightweight than iron frames
E. exceedingly more lightweight when compared to iron frames



I think that D is preferable to C because there is no ambiguity in the sentence, and both C and D essentially mean the same BUT D is succinctly written.
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It is a custom that whenever the auxiliary verb ‘to be’ or its derivatives are involved, it is not mandatory to extend the verb action to the second arm in order to complete it parallelly.

To illustrate

1. Blood is thicker than water – no need to say thicker than water is – the ‘is’ elliptical
2. As far as sprint is concerned, Tom is better than Jerry – No need for Jerry is
3. India is larger than Singapore in size – No need to say than Singapore is.


But when it comes to working verbs, this rule does not hold. For e.g

The mother knows the child better than others – This effectively means that the mother knows the child better than she knows other, which is not the ideal meaning intended by the saying; the meaning is to say that the mother knows the child better than anybody else knows. In order to bring the meaning without any ambiguity, we have to specifically add the working verb again to the second arm; the clear sentence will be: The mother knows the child much better than (others know or others do or do others)

By this reckoning, I feel D is a good choice
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New post 18 Aug 2015, 20:22
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Advances in materials engineering enabled the bicycle industry to create aluminum alloy frames that are far more lightweight than iron.

A. far more lightweight than iron
B. far more lightweight as are iron frames
C. far more lightweight than are iron frames
D. far more lightweight than iron frames
E. exceedingly more lightweight when compared to iron frames


IMO D, as 'are' in C looks redundant
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New post 19 Aug 2015, 04:07
As per the posts above the OA is not right.

Can you plase post the official answer?

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reto Any view on this. Is it C or D?

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Experts please help.

I dont see difference between C and D.

C. far more lightweight than are iron frames
D. far more lightweight than iron frames [are]. - omitted for redundancy?

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Hey, don't you think option D is a better choice than C?.....
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daagh wrote:
It is a custom that whenever the auxiliary verb ‘to be’ or its derivatives are involved, it is not mandatory to extend the verb action to the second arm in order to complete it parallelly.

To illustrate

1. Blood is thicker than water – no need to say thicker than water is – the ‘is’ elliptical
2. As far as sprint is concerned, Tom is better than Jerry – No need for Jerry is
3. India is larger than Singapore in size – No need to say than Singapore is.


But when it comes to working verbs, this rule does not hold. For e.g

The mother knows the child better than others – This effectively means that the mother knows the child better than she knows other, which is not the ideal meaning intended by the saying; the meaning is to say that the mother knows the child better than anybody else knows. In order to bring the meaning without any ambiguity, we have to specifically add the working verb again to the second arm; the clear sentence will be: The mother knows the child much better than (others know or others do or do others)

By this reckoning, I feel D is a good choice



Sure, that is why I've selected D

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Why OA is C? It should be D!


Yes, D is better than C.

The following example clarifies when omission is alright (and preferred) and when omission is not allowed:

I like chocolates more than Jane.
meaning 1: I love chocolates more than (I love) Jane
meaning 2: I love chocolates more than Jane (loves chocolates).

In such ambiguous cases, omission is not allowed. One must clarify which of the above two meanings is intended.

However in the case of the subject question, the two possible constructions are (similar to the above example):
meaning 1: Alloy frames are more lightweight than iron (frames are lightweight).
meaning 2: Alloy frames are more lightweight than alloy frames (are iron frames).

Obviously the second construction does not make any sense, hence omission does not make the sentence ambiguous. In such case, it is allowed (and preferred) to omit.

Hence option D is better than option C - OA has been changed.

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Advances in materials engineering enabled the bicycle industry to create aluminum alloy frames that are far more lightweight than iron.

A. far more lightweight than iron
B. far more lightweight as are iron frames
C. far more lightweight than are iron frames
D. far more lightweight than iron frames
E. exceedingly more lightweight when compared to iron frames

Dear soodia,

How are you, my friend? I'm happy to respond. :-)

In this post, you asked about the current question.

This is a low quality SC question. Both (C) and (D) are correct: the minor difference between then is not enough to justify calling (C) wrong. While (D) is slightly shorter, (C) is slightly more formal sounding, so it's a complete trade-off which of them to choose. Choices (B) & (E) are horribly wrong distractors, not tempting at all, and (C) & (D) differ by only nuance. This is not a question that follows the high standards of the GMAT.

Here's a much better SC practice question.
Comparing tensile strength

Does all this make sense?
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