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# Because the Earth's crust is more solid there and thus

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Because the Earth's crust is more solid there and thus better able to transmit shock waves, an earthquake of a given magnitude typically devastates an area 100 times greater in the eastern United States than it does in the West.
A) of a given magnitude typically devastates an area 100 times greater in the eastern United States than it does in the West
(B) of a given magnitude will typically devastate 100 times the area if it occurs in the eastern United States instead of the West
(C) will typically devastate 100 times the area in the eastern United States than one of comparable magnitude occurring in the West
(D) in the eastern United States will typically devastate an area 100 times greater than will a quake of comparable magnitude occurring in the West
(E) that occurs in the eastern United States will typically devastate 100 times more area than if it occurred with comparable magnitude in the West

i do'nt hav the OA ,,,,so pls helpme out......
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14 Apr 2005, 20:43
A) of a given magnitude typically devastates an area 100 times greater in the eastern United States than it does in the West
- an area 100 times greater in the eastern US does not make sense

(B) of a given magnitude will typically devastate 100 times the area if it occurs in the eastern United States instead of the West
- 100 times the area is not idiomatic

(C) will typically devastate 100 times the area in the eastern United States than one of comparable magnitude occurring in the West
- 100 times the area in the eastern United states is illogical

(D) in the eastern United States will typically devastate an area 100 times greater than will a quake of comparable magnitude occurring in the West

(E) that occurs in the eastern United States will typically devastate 100 times more area than if it occurred with comparable magnitude in the West
- 100 times more area is not idiomatic

Will go with D.
parallelelism: "will typically... than will"
use of 'will': to suggest a future scenario
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14 Apr 2005, 23:39
ywilfred wrote:
A) of a given magnitude typically devastates an area 100 times greater in the eastern United States than it does in the West
- an area 100 times greater in the eastern US does not make sense

(B) of a given magnitude will typically devastate 100 times the area if it occurs in the eastern United States instead of the West
- 100 times the area is not idiomatic

(C) will typically devastate 100 times the area in the eastern United States than one of comparable magnitude occurring in the West
- 100 times the area in the eastern United states is illogical

(D) in the eastern United States will typically devastate an area 100 times greater than will a quake of comparable magnitude occurring in the West

(E) that occurs in the eastern United States will typically devastate 100 times more area than if it occurred with comparable magnitude in the West
- 100 times more area is not idiomatic

Will go with D.
parallelelism: "will typically... than will"
use of 'will': to suggest a future scenario

Hi, in your explanation, what's the difference b/w A and D
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14 Apr 2005, 23:51
chunjuwu wrote:
ywilfred wrote:
A) of a given magnitude typically devastates an area 100 times greater in the eastern United States than it does in the West
- an area 100 times greater in the eastern US does not make sense

(B) of a given magnitude will typically devastate 100 times the area if it occurs in the eastern United States instead of the West
- 100 times the area is not idiomatic

(C) will typically devastate 100 times the area in the eastern United States than one of comparable magnitude occurring in the West
- 100 times the area in the eastern United states is illogical

(D) in the eastern United States will typically devastate an area 100 times greater than will a quake of comparable magnitude occurring in the West

(E) that occurs in the eastern United States will typically devastate 100 times more area than if it occurred with comparable magnitude in the West
- 100 times more area is not idiomatic

Will go with D.
parallelelism: "will typically... than will"
use of 'will': to suggest a future scenario

Hi, in your explanation, what's the difference b/w A and D

(A) has an issue with clarity. It says: "devastates an area 100 times greater in the eastern United States than it does in the West"
We want to say the area devastated by earthquake is 100 times greater in the eastern US, compared to the west. But (A) does not put this across very clearly.

I feel (D) does this point across much clearly compared to (A). It says the earthquake "in the eastern United States will typically devastate an area 100 times greater than will a quake of comparable magnitude occurring in the West"

Here we know very clearly that the area destroyed in the east is 100 tiems greater than the area destroyed in the west.
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15 Apr 2005, 06:07
I will go with 'D'

I think I have seen this question before most likely in OG. The interesting explanation given for A, B & C was that these sentences makes it look like the same earthquake was hitting both the eastern & the western US. I missed this the first time around.
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15 Apr 2005, 06:23
All the answer choices are awkward.
but really what is wrong with A?
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15 Apr 2005, 06:43
"D".....I think the issue with "A" is that in the underlined part we have a "there" and the subject (eastern US) it really refers to is too far removed from "there", which can cause ambiguity. "D" brigs that closer and makes the sentence very clear.
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15 Apr 2005, 06:52
banerjeea_98 wrote:
"D".....I think the issue with "A" is that in the underlined part we have a "there" and the subject (eastern US) it really refers to is too far removed from "there", which can cause ambiguity. "D" brigs that closer and makes the sentence very clear.

banerjeea, 'there' in the underlined part - where do you see this, get over that wine from your system.
15 Apr 2005, 06:52
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