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All major Canadian cities reported significantly higher hotel occupancy in the four months from June through September last year than that of a similar period a year earlier

(A) that of a similar period
(B) a similar period
(C) those of a similar period's
(D) during a similar period
(E) that during a similar period

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All major Canadian cities reported significantly higher hotel occupancy in the four months from June through September last year than that of a similar period a year earlier

A) that of a similar period
What does THAT stand for:- hotel occupancy? replace i the sentence and see if it makes sense

B) a similar period
Wrong comparison

C) those of a similar period's
Completely off track with use of THOSE and period'S

D) during a similar period
correctly formed dentence....
All major Canadian cities reported significantly higher hotel occupancy in the four months from June through September last year than during a similar period a year earlier


E) that during a similar period
Same as choice A

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I wonder what is wrong with E?

I am not very convinced with the explanation.
Please help.
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I wonder what is wrong with E?

I am not very convinced with the explanation.
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Hi rekhabishop ,

Here we are comparing two time periods of a certain hotel occupancy.

'That' in E tells us that we are comparing Hotel occupancy in one period with the hotel occupancy of another period. This is making the actual meaning wrong.

D is clearly telling us that hotel occupancy of two periods has been compared. Hence, D is correct.

Did you notice the difference?
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I wonder what is wrong with E?

I am not very convinced with the explanation.
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Hi rekhabishop ,

Here we are comparing two time periods of a certain hotel occupancy.

'That' in E tells us that we are comparing Hotel occupancy in one period with the hotel occupancy of another period. This is making the actual meaning wrong.

D is clearly telling us that hotel occupancy of two periods has been compared. Hence, D is correct.

Did you notice the difference?


Here we are actually comparing hotel occupancy of two time period... not two time periods alone ..

can some1 please clarify more

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IMO it's E

The difference between D and E is whether we should include 'that' after than or not. As the comparison term higher is in front of hotel occupancy ('that') keeping that after than keeps it parallel. If the sentence structure would have been 'hotel occupancy was higher' , then 'than during.. ' is correct answer.

Option A is wrong because of the preposition 'of' , during conveys the meaning clearly.

Not completely sure about this though...What is the official answer?


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All major Canadian cities reported hotel occupancy significantly higher in the four months from June through September last year than during a similar period a year earlier

in this case D is an answer

but we have

All major Canadian cities reported significantly higher hotel occupancy in the four months from June through September last year than that during a similar period a year earlier

so, here E is an answer

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IMO it's E

The difference between D and E is whether we should include 'that' after than or not. As the comparison term higher is in front of hotel occupancy ('that') keeping that after than keeps it parallel. If the sentence structure would have been 'hotel occupancy was higher' , then 'than during.. ' is correct answer.

Option A is wrong because of the preposition 'of' , during conveys the meaning clearly.

Not completely sure about this though...What is the official answer?


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In comparison type questions, it is recommeneded to first identify one element of the comparison (generally the first is easier to identify). Here the first element can be considered either of the following:
1. a clause: All major Canadian cities reported....
OR
2. an adverbial phrase: in the four months ...

If 1. is considered the first element, then there should be a clause in the second element, and the correct answer would be:
...than (they reported) during a similar period a year earlier.
If 2. is considered the first element, then then there should be an adverbial phrase / adverb in the second element, and the correct answer would be:
...than during a similar period a year earlier (option D).

A pronoun in the second element does not fit in any case. Option E is wrong because an adverbial phrase / a clause is wrongly compared with a pronoun ("that").

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All major Canadian cities reported significantly higher hotel occupancy in the four months from June through September last year thanthat of a similar period a year earlier

A) that of a similar period
B) a similar period
C) those of a similar period's
D) during a similar period
E) that during a similar period


lets understand the meaning of the sentence...
the activity during period from one year is compared with activity during period from another year here...

A--- 'that of' is not required

B--activity during one period is compared wiht another period..

C.--those is not required....

D-- right comparison

E,,,illogical comparison

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Saha6812 wrote:
IMO it's E

The difference between D and E is whether we should include 'that' after than or not. As the comparison term higher is in front of hotel occupancy ('that') keeping that after than keeps it parallel. If the sentence structure would have been 'hotel occupancy was higher' , then 'than during.. ' is correct answer.

Option A is wrong because of the preposition 'of' , during conveys the meaning clearly.

Not completely sure about this though...What is the official answer?


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In comparison type questions, it is recommeneded to first identify one element of the comparison (generally the first is easier to identify). Here the first element can be considered either of the following:
1. a clause: All major Canadian cities reported....
OR
2. an adverbial phrase: in the four months ...

If 1. is considered the first element, then there should be a clause in the second element, and the correct answer would be:
...than (they reported) during a similar period a year earlier.
If 2. is considered the first element, then then there should be an adverbial phrase / adverb in the second element, and the correct answer would be:
...than during a similar period a year earlier (option D).

A pronoun in the second element does not fit in any case. Option E is wrong because an adverbial phrase / a clause is wrongly compared with a pronoun ("that").

We are comparing the noun "hotel occupancy" with pronoun "that" .. isn't it?

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I am not able to understand what differentiates D and E and why option E is wrong.
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All major Canadian cities reported significantly higher hotel occupancy in the four months from June through September last year than that of a similar period a year earlier.

(A) that of a similar period

(B) a similar period

(C) those of a similar period's

(D) during a similar period

(E) that during a similar period


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This problem directly tests parallelism in a comparison: when drawing a comparison, the items being compared must be logically (the proverbial "apples to apples" comparison) and grammatically parallel.

Choice B commits the most common type of comparison error: it's comparing occupancy to "a similar period" last year. You cannot compare "occupancy" to "period," so B is incorrect.

Choices A, C, and E all try to correct that error using a possessive (that of, those of, 's, etc.), but in doing so still fail to draw a logical, parallel comparison. What is being possessed by the period? The comparison begins with "Canadian cities reported...", which is not possession, so the possessive choices are all incorrect.

Choice D draws a proper comparison. With the verbiage in B, you have:

Canadian cities reported higher hotel occupancy:

1) in this period

than

2) during a similar period last year

Note that each portion is logically equivalent (you're comparing period to period) and grammatically equivalent (each has a preposition - "in" or "during" - and then describes the period). For this reason, choice D is correct.
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I am not able to understand what differentiates D and E and why option E is wrong.
Please explain.


Consider first the following simpler example:
I have more confidence now than [I had] before... correct ( comparing periods (now and then) - same construction as the question. You may also see it as two clauses being compared.)
My confidence now is more than that before.... correct (comparing confidence with confidence)

In the question, the comparison is between two periods (or clauses), not between the occupancies of two periods.
Cities reported higher occupancy (in period x) than [they reported] (in/during period y). (comparing "period" with "period". You may also see it as two clauses being compared.)

The pronoun "that" (second copy of "occupany") would be required if the construction were as follows:
The cities reported that the occupancy in four months last year was higher than that during a similar period a year earlier. (comparing "occupancy" with "occupancy")

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