At the last charity drive only 68 percent of the pledges : GMAT Sentence Correction (SC)
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# At the last charity drive only 68 percent of the pledges

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At the last charity drive only 68 percent of the pledges were paid up to the Heartbeats Federation; at least as much as one hundred and more others had not made any payment whatsoever.

A. at least as much as one hundred and more others had not made any
B. at least as much as more than one hundred others made no
D. more than one hundred others made no
E. there was at least one hundred or more others without any

Please discuss choices C and D.
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26 Jul 2006, 07:19
C and D are the only sane choices...

Out of these, D, for being concise...
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26 Jul 2006, 07:21
excellent example of redundancy... at least + more... don't go together... it is either one or the other
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26 Jul 2006, 09:59
As the two part around ";" should be part of the same logical construct, C by use of "had" connects to the previous part.

C also reflects the correct tense for the sentences (paid/had ..)

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26 Jul 2006, 15:10
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At the last charity drive only 68 percent of the pledges were paid up to the Heartbeats Federation; at least as much as one hundred and more others had not made any payment whatsoever.

A. at least as much as one hundred and more others had not made any
B. at least as much as more than one hundred others made no
D. more than one hundred others made no
E. there was at least one hundred or more others without any

Please discuss choices C and D.

D is the most concise. C uses past perfect, without any real need for it.
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26 Jul 2006, 21:11
Can we use a past tense and a past perfect tense each in two different sentences separated by a semi-colon.
I hope my question is clear. Right now i just can't think of a pertinent example.
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26 Jul 2006, 21:23
As a rule, on the GMAT, it is recommended that past perfect tense be avoided unless one needs to show a chronological sequence between events.

For example:

He ate ham and sausages for breakfast yesterday
NOT
He had eaten ham and sausages for breakfast yesterday.

(NOTE: both are grammatically correct, but the GMAT believes that the second sentence does not need the past perfect tense).

Another example:
He had eaten ham and sausages when sat down for breakfast yesterday.

The above sentence justifies the use of 'had', since it tells us he ate the ham and sausages before he sat down for breakfast.

There is no rule involving the semi-colon in this case, to the best of my knowledge.
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26 Jul 2006, 21:23
Will go with D.

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24 Aug 2006, 01:47
Separate the two phrases into sentences to test if the past perfect can be used here... NOPE.

(D) survives
24 Aug 2006, 01:47
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