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Although people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to the United States, their death rates from heart disease are far lower in France.

A. Same
B. people in France amd the United States consume fatty foods at about the same rate, the
C. fatty foods are consumed by people in France at a comparable rate to the United States's, their
D. the rate of fatty foods consumed in France and the United States is about the same, the
E. the rate of people consuming fatty foods is about the same in France and the United States, the

""of people consuming" is incorrect; you can't write "of + NOUN + VERBing" if the action of VERBing is the focus of the preposition" This is from Manhatten website.

So what the explanation is saying is that in the sturucture,
N1 + preposition + N2 + V, if the action of V is the focus of the preposition, N2 has to be possessive, and if N2 itself is the focus of the preposition, N2 doesn't have to be possessive?

Do I understand properly?

So...if I changed this into "the rate of people's consuming fatty food, could E be correct?

Also, in B, how is not using "in" before the U.S. ok? I guess that it might be ambigous because it could mean that people in france and the U.S (not people in the U.S.) consume~.

Any Manhattan GMAT expert want to give this one a try? I find that comment made by the author insteresting and would clearly benefit for a more thorough analysis from professional perspective

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The issue here is one of meaning. When we say "the rate of people consuming" we have a phrase that doesn't really make sense. The noun is "the rate" and the prepositional modifier + participle should give us additional information about "the rate". When we insert an additional noun "people" in the prepositional modifier + preposition we don't have clear meaning for what "the rate" is about. Is it the rate of "consuming" or "people"? By changing the noun to a possessive modifier, we are clear that the rate deals with "consuming", not "people". HOWEVER, I would not expect to see the phrase "the rate of people's consuming" on the GMAT because it is wordy and awkward. The proper phrasing would be "the rate of consumption", which is clear and concise. [Interesting to see only awkward/incorrect answer choices using "rate"]

As for B, you don't have to repeat the preposition in order to stay parallel. Don't get confused by the article "the" before United States because the official name of the US is "The United States of America" and the shortened version requires the article - The US. Insert a different country name that doesn't require "the" beforehand and you can see that the parallelism is obvious as written and the insertion of another "in" definitely seems like overkill - "in France and Germany" vs. "in France and in Germany".

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Thanks a lot Kyle, that was clear

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18 Nov 2013, 02:40
So we have to choose between incorrect comparison and incorrect idioms, what do we choose? B or D

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I went for D while solving the question.... after reading the explanation the answer seems to be B ... still i am a bit confused regarding the concept of " rate of fatty acid consumed"... y is it wrong...
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It makes the most sense and is free from error.
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Although people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to the United States, their death rates from heart disease are far lower in France.

(A) people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to the United States, their
(B) people in France and the United States consume fatty foods at about the same rate, the
(C) fatty foods are consumed by people in France at a comparable rate to the United States’s, their
(D) the rate of fatty foods consumed in France and the United States is about the same, the
(E) the rate of people consuming fatty foods is about the same in France and the United States, the

2/3 split "the" and "their". "their" will make readers confused between people in France and the US -> the is correct
B, D, E are remained. The rate of food or rate of people is incorrect, should be the rate of consuming food. So B is correct.

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Although people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to the United States, their death rates from heart disease are far lower in France.

(A) people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to the United States, their
(B) people in France and the United States consume fatty foods at about the same rate, the
(C) fatty foods are consumed by people in France at a comparable rate to the United States’s, their
(D) the rate of fatty foods consumed in France and the United States is about the same, the
(E) the rate of people consuming fatty foods is about the same in France and the United States, the

Meaning: People in France consumes at a similar rate compared to people in US, the death rate of people in US is far lower than that of France.

(A) people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to the United States, their
Comparison error -> Incorrect
(B) people in France and the United States consume fatty foods at about the same rate, the
-> Looks good.
(C) fatty foods are consumed by people in France at a comparable rate to the United States’s, their
Only issue I can find is voice is changed. Is there any other error?

(D) the rate of fatty foods consumed in France and the United States is about the same, the
rate is consumed? Not correct "Rate at which" would be better

(E) the rate of people consuming fatty foods is about the same in France and the United States, the
rate of people -> Changes the meaning. The original sentence said people in both countries are consuming fatty food at a similar rate. This sentence says rate of people is same in both the countries.
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cruiser wrote:
Although people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to the United States, their death rates from heart disease are far lower in France.

(A) people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to the United States, their
(B) people in France and the United States consume fatty foods at about the same rate, the
(C) fatty foods are consumed by people in France at a comparable rate to the United States’s, their
(D) the rate of fatty foods consumed in France and the United States is about the same, the
(E) the rate of people consuming fatty foods is about the same in France and the United States, the

Meaning: People in France consumes at a similar rate compared to people in US, the death rate of people in US is far lower than that of France.

(A) people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to the United States, their
Comparison error -> Incorrect
(B) people in France and the United States consume fatty foods at about the same rate, the
-> Looks good.
(C) fatty foods are consumed by people in France at a comparable rate to the United States’s, their
Only issue I can find is voice is changed. Is there any other error?

(D) the rate of fatty foods consumed in France and the United States is about the same, the
rate is consumed? Not correct "Rate at which" would be better

(E) the rate of people consuming fatty foods is about the same in France and the United States, the
rate of people -> Changes the meaning. The original sentence said people in both countries are consuming fatty food at a similar rate. This sentence says rate of people is same in both the countries.

Hi kinjiGC,

Thanks for posting your doubt here.

Your analysis of this question looks pretty good. Keep up the good work.

There is just one point that I want to add here. Use of "their" is not correct in Choices A and C. The pronoun "their" in both the choices seems to refer to the "people in France". This reference certainly makes the latter part of the sentence illogical.

Hope this helps.
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Although people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to the United States, their death rates from heart disease are far lower in France.

(A) people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to the United States, their
(B) people in France and the United States consume fatty foods at about the same rate, the
(C) fatty foods are consumed by people in France at a comparable rate to the United States’s, their
(D) the rate of fatty foods consumed in France and the United States is about the same, the
(E) the rate of people consuming fatty foods is about the same in France and the United States, the

A : wrong comparison < People in France compared with US >
B : Correct
C : use of apostrophe S is wrong, Parallelism in structure although X, Y wrong
D : Passive construction
E : Meaning distorted
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kinjiGC wrote:
cruiser wrote:
Although people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to the United States, their death rates from heart disease are far lower in France.

(A) people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to the United States, their
(B) people in France and the United States consume fatty foods at about the same rate, the
(C) fatty foods are consumed by people in France at a comparable rate to the United States’s, their
(D) the rate of fatty foods consumed in France and the United States is about the same, the
(E) the rate of people consuming fatty foods is about the same in France and the United States, the

Meaning: People in France consumes at a similar rate compared to people in US, the death rate of people in US is far lower than that of France.

(A) people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to the United States, their
Comparison error -> Incorrect
(B) people in France and the United States consume fatty foods at about the same rate, the
-> Looks good.
(C) fatty foods are consumed by people in France at a comparable rate to the United States’s, their
Only issue I can find is voice is changed. Is there any other error?

(D) the rate of fatty foods consumed in France and the United States is about the same, the
rate is consumed? Not correct "Rate at which" would be better

(E) the rate of people consuming fatty foods is about the same in France and the United States, the
rate of people -> Changes the meaning. The original sentence said people in both countries are consuming fatty food at a similar rate. This sentence says rate of people is same in both the countries.

Hi kinjiGC,

Thanks for posting your doubt here.

Your analysis of this question looks pretty good. Keep up the good work.

There is just one point that I want to add here. Use of "their" is not correct in Choices A and C. The pronoun "their" in both the choices seems to refer to the "people in France". This reference certainly makes the latter part of the sentence illogical.

Hope this helps.
Thanks.
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Hi e-gmat,

Question for D -- why is the meaning wrong? Doesn't it literally mean -- "(rate of) the consumption of fatty foods" -- isn't that what we want?

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The issue here is one of meaning. When we say "the rate of people consuming" we have a phrase that doesn't really make sense. The noun is "the rate" and the prepositional modifier + participle should give us additional information about "the rate". When we insert an additional noun "people" in the prepositional modifier + preposition we don't have clear meaning for what "the rate" is about. Is it the rate of "consuming" or "people"? By changing the noun to a possessive modifier, we are clear that the rate deals with "consuming", not "people". HOWEVER, I would not expect to see the phrase "the rate of people's consuming" on the GMAT because it is wordy and awkward. The proper phrasing would be "the rate of consumption", which is clear and concise. [Interesting to see only awkward/incorrect answer choices using "rate"]

As for B, you don't have to repeat the preposition in order to stay parallel. Don't get confused by the article "the" before United States because the official name of the US is "The United States of America" and the shortened version requires the article - The US. Insert a different country name that doesn't require "the" beforehand and you can see that the parallelism is obvious as written and the insertion of another "in" definitely seems like overkill - "in France and Germany" vs. "in France and in Germany".

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Hello Kyle,hope you are good???Ok...i reside in Nigeria and am preparing to take the GMAT next year..I am using all the Manhattan strategy guides that i ordered from Amazon and i will admit,its been of much help..THANKS TO YOU GUYS..So back to the question,i am not really clear as to what the exact answer is...I am inclined to go with option E as it actually compares the rate of people consuming fatty foods in France to the rate of people consuming fatty foods in the US while option B incorrectly compares People in France and the US (not people in the US)..I just feel that the comparison here is not correct..Correct me if i am wrong..

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The issue here is one of meaning. When we say "the rate of people consuming" we have a phrase that doesn't really make sense. The noun is "the rate" and the prepositional modifier + participle should give us additional information about "the rate". When we insert an additional noun "people" in the prepositional modifier + preposition we don't have clear meaning for what "the rate" is about. Is it the rate of "consuming" or "people"? By changing the noun to a possessive modifier, we are clear that the rate deals with "consuming", not "people". HOWEVER, I would not expect to see the phrase "the rate of people's consuming" on the GMAT because it is wordy and awkward. The proper phrasing would be "the rate of consumption", which is clear and concise. [Interesting to see only awkward/incorrect answer choices using "rate"]

As for B, you don't have to repeat the preposition in order to stay parallel. Don't get confused by the article "the" before United States because the official name of the US is "The United States of America" and the shortened version requires the article - The US. Insert a different country name that doesn't require "the" beforehand and you can see that the parallelism is obvious as written and the insertion of another "in" definitely seems like overkill - "in France and Germany" vs. "in France and in Germany".

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Hello Kyle,hope you are good???Ok...i reside in Nigeria and am preparing to take the GMAT next year..I am using all the Manhattan strategy guides that i ordered from Amazon and i will admit,its been of much help..THANKS TO YOU GUYS..So back to the question,i am not really clear as to what the exact answer is...I am inclined to go with option E as it actually compares the rate of people consuming fatty foods in France to the rate of people consuming fatty foods in the US while option B incorrectly compares People in France and the US (not people in the US)..I just feel that the comparison here is not correct..Correct me if i am wrong..

Although people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to the United States, their death rates from heart disease are far lower in France.

A. Same
B. people in France amd the United States consume fatty foods at about the same rate, the
C. fatty foods are consumed by people in France at a comparable rate to the United States's, their
D. the rate of fatty foods consumed in France and the United States is about the same, the
E. the rate of people consuming fatty foods is about the same in France and the United States, the

A - wrong. "their" does not properly refer to France
B - correct
C - too wordy.
D - wrong. "The rate of fatty foods consumed" not sure what is being consumed. rate or fatty food .
E - wrong. "The rate of people consuming" not sure again if its rate of people of rate of consumption of fatty foods.

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Hello Kyle,hope you are good???Ok...i reside in Nigeria and am preparing to take the GMAT next year..I am using all the Manhattan strategy guides that i ordered from Amazon and i will admit,its been of much help..THANKS TO YOU GUYS..So back to the question,i am not really clear as to what the exact answer is...I am inclined to go with option E as it actually compares the rate of people consuming fatty foods in France to the rate of people consuming fatty foods in the US while option B incorrectly compares People in France and the US (not people in the US)..I just feel that the comparison here is not correct..Correct me if i am wrong..

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Question E would be nice if it said "the rate of fatty food consumption is about the same...", but as written "the rate of people consuming fatty foods..." doesn't make sense and isn't idiomatic. That leaves us with answer choice B, which I admit depart significantly from the structure we might expect, but it is clearly written. We are talking about people in France and the US and the comparison is that both peoples consume at about the same rate. We understand clearly what is happening in that sentence.

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Although people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to the United States, their death rates from heart disease are far lower in France.

A. Same
B. people in France amd the United States consume fatty foods at about the same rate, the
C. fatty foods are consumed by people in France at a comparable rate to the United States's, their
D. the rate of fatty foods consumed in France and the United States is about the same, the
E. the rate of people consuming fatty foods is about the same in France and the United States, the

""of people consuming" is incorrect; you can't write "of + NOUN + VERBing" if the action of VERBing is the focus of the preposition" This is from Manhatten website.

So what the explanation is saying is that in the sturucture,
N1 + preposition + N2 + V, if the action of V is the focus of the preposition, N2 has to be possessive, and if N2 itself is the focus of the preposition, N2 doesn't have to be possessive?

Do I understand properly?

So...if I changed this into "the rate of people's consuming fatty food, could E be correct?

Also, in B, how is not using "in" before the U.S. ok? I guess that it might be ambigous because it could mean that people in france and the U.S (not people in the U.S.) consume~.

regarding "OF NOUN DOING"
you will not know what is the focus. instead do as following
OF NOUN DOING is OF NOUN.
OF NOUN make sense or not depending on meaning of NOUN.this mean sometime OF NOUN makes sense, sometimes not

RATE GROWTH. make sense, correct
RATE OF PEOPLE, no sense . incorrect

this thinking is more simple and more basic and is the cornerstone gmat want to test us . IS THIS PATTERN MAKE SENSE?
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Although people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to the United States, their death rates from heart disease are far lower in France.

A. Same
rate comparable to US - "we cannot compare rate to a country.

B. people in France amd the United States consume fatty foods at about the same rate, the
proper construction. contrast is also pretty clear. comparison is also correct.

C. fatty foods are consumed by people in France at a comparable rate to the United States's, their
compare would be preferred over comparable in GMAT. Passive voice used.

D. the rate of fatty foods consumed in France and the United States is about the same, the
the rate of fatty foods? the rate of consumption would be correct.

E. the rate of people consuming fatty foods is about the same in France and the United States, the
the rate of people? the rate of consumption would be correct.
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What if the sentence said

Although people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to the one of the United States, their death rates from heart disease are far lower in France.

Would it be correct?

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What if the sentence said

Although people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to the one of the United States, their death rates from heart disease are far lower in France.

Would it be correct?

IMO NO. This one is slightly different from those where possessive pronoun issue is found. if we read carefully "rate comparable to the one of the united states" it looks like the rate is compared to ANY rate of the united states. Also 'that of' is preferred in such comparisons. grammatically sentence may stand but rhetorically not.
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