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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
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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

I say D. But its btwn D or E. I think we can elim anything with the use of "their" (AC) and elim B b/c we are comparing rates not people.

I think its D over E b/c the rate of people compared to the death rate

vs. the rate of fatty foods consumed vs. the death rates

D just seems more logical.
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24 Sep 2007, 23:14
B - suggests they eat at the same pace, and not consume in the same quantity
C - 'their' points to the wrong precedent
E - 'rate of people' is awkward

D is best.
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25 Sep 2007, 00:32
Between B and D, I pciked B.
I feel D would have been better like
"the rate of fatty foods consumed is about the same in France and the United States , the
What is the OA for this?
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I think it's B

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 (wrong compaerison=>OUT)
B. people in France and the United States consume fatty foods at about the same rate, the (OK)
C. fatty foods are consumed by people in France at a comparable rate to the United States’s, their (awkward and passive construction=>OUT)
D. the rate of fatty foods consumed in France and the United States is about the same, the (how it can be the rate of fatty foods??? The rate of consumption is right, so=>OUT)
E. the rate of people consuming fatty foods is about the same in France and the United States, the (the same as D=>OUT)
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25 Sep 2007, 02:15
I'm going for B. Would like to see the OA.
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25 Sep 2007, 05:45
Thanks Guys.
I had picked D as the asnwer.

OA is B.
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27 May 2009, 04:51
I think it's B

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 (wrong compaerison=>OUT)
B. people in France and the United States consume fatty foods at about the same rate, the (OK)
C. fatty foods are consumed by people in France at a comparable rate to the United States’s, their (awkward and passive construction=>OUT)
D. the rate of fatty foods consumed in France and the United States is about the same, the (how it can be the rate of fatty foods??? The rate of consumption is right, so=>OUT)
E. the rate of people consuming fatty foods is about the same in France and the United States, the (the same as D=>OUT)

I too was thinking the answer is D. coz of the construction Although the rate.... the rate. but after reading the first half again .... 'the rate ..... consumed' doesnt sound right. so i guess B is the only option.
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I think the confusion happens when you try to parallel rate of fatty food consumption to rate of deaths. There is no need to make them parallel. If you try to do so, you will run into the problem that rate and rates are not parallel.
Only A and B are contenders, because C, D, and E are all passive.
A is really $%#ed up. It's comparing people in France to the U.S., instead of people in france to people in the U.S. B was my pick. Thanks! Senior Manager Joined: 27 May 2009 Posts: 268 Followers: 3 Kudos [?]: 420 [0], given: 18 Re: France [#permalink] ### Show Tags 25 Aug 2009, 08:54 Vlad77 wrote: I think it's B 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 (wrong compaerison=>OUT) B. people in France and the United States consume fatty foods at about the same rate, the (OK) C. fatty foods are consumed by people in France at a comparable rate to the United States’s, their (awkward and passive construction=>OUT) D. the rate of fatty foods consumed in France and the United States is about the same, the (how it can be the rate of fatty foods??? The rate of consumption is right, so=>OUT) E. the rate of people consuming fatty foods is about the same in France and the United States, the (the same as D=>OUT) Guess you have given the perfect ans.....thanks and +1 for you Manager Joined: 20 Jul 2010 Posts: 77 Followers: 5 Kudos [?]: 72 [0], given: 32 Re: France [#permalink] ### Show Tags 12 Aug 2010, 03:58 Nice explanation by Vlad77 - Ravi Manager Joined: 27 Oct 2009 Posts: 74 Location: India Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 13 [0], given: 3 Re: France [#permalink] ### Show Tags 12 Aug 2010, 06:52 Vlad77 wrote: I think it's B 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 (wrong compaerison=>OUT) B. people in France and the United States consume fatty foods at about the same rate, the (OK) C. fatty foods are consumed by people in France at a comparable rate to the United States’s, their (awkward and passive construction=>OUT) D. the rate of fatty foods consumed in France and the United States is about the same, the (how it can be the rate of fatty foods??? The rate of consumption is right, so=>OUT) E. the rate of people consuming fatty foods is about the same in France and the United States, the (the same as D=>OUT) Hi, Even i thought it to be D, but now with this explaination, it seems quite clear why it should be B. Thanks for this... +1 to you. Regds Soany _________________ A bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you fail to take a turn..... 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In order to B be correct, for me it should be: "Although people in France and in the US, bla bla bla" Please clarify this. i dont see the correct || in B. thanks. _________________ The sky is the limit 800 is the limit GMAT Club Premium Membership - big benefits and savings Manager Joined: 22 Jun 2010 Posts: 203 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 120 [0], given: 13 Re: France [#permalink] ### Show Tags 16 Oct 2010, 10:09 I fell for D, but B is the answer. if we dont focus we'll lose the battle Manager Joined: 24 Aug 2010 Posts: 189 Location: Finland Schools: Admitted: IESE($$),HEC, RSM,Esade WE 1: 3.5 years international Followers: 6 Kudos [?]: 94 [2] , given: 18 Re: France [#permalink] ### Show Tags 16 Oct 2010, 10:26 2 This post received KUDOS 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 B is the answer. We can safely eliminate answer choices A and C because of the use of "their" in place of "the". A- Incorrect because of illogical comparision and the use of "their" which is plainly wrong. Rate is wrongly compared to United States. C- Incorrect for two reasons: the use of passive voice and the use of "their". D and E are talking about the rate. It should be "people consuming fatty foods at a rate". Who consumes the fatty food in those coutries? People or animals? see the whole meaning changes. 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16 Oct 2010, 10:34
noboru wrote:
For me in B we are comparing "People in France" and "the US". In order to B be correct, for me it should be: "Although people in France and in the US, bla bla bla"

i dont see the correct || in B.
thanks.

Ok. I will try my best to clarify your doubts.
This is what we call Ellipsis. In this sentence, we can safely omit the preposition "in" before "the
United States" because the same preposition "in" appears before France and the United States. In these types of situations, you should try to break the sentence into two parts:
"Although people in France and the United States consume.... "can be broken down into the following two part:
Although people in France consume and Although people in United Staes consume...
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03 Jan 2011, 12:52
My first answer was D but now I am convinced its B...
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12 Aug 2011, 11:42
A is wrong for bad comparison.
B is correct
C is wrong for awkward construction.
D and E are unidiomatic ( the rate at which fatty acids... is idiomatic)
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