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# Chicago, where industrial growth in the nineteenth century was more ra

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Chicago, where industrial growth in the nineteenth century was more rapid than any other American city, was plagued by labor troubles like the Pullman Strikes of 1894.

(A) where industrial growth in the nineteenth century was more rapid than any other American city

(B) which had industrial growth in the nineteenth century more rapid than that of other American cities

(C) which had growth industrially more rapid than any other American city in the nineteenth century

(D) whose industrial growth in the nineteenth century was more rapid than any other American city

(E) whose industrial growth in the nineteenth century was more rapid than that of any other American city

A,C and D are incorrect coz they are comparing growth with cities.
Pls explain choices B & E?

Originally posted by papillon86 on 20 Oct 2009, 12:24.
Last edited by Bunuel on 27 Nov 2019, 02:54, edited 2 times in total.
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20 Oct 2009, 16:08
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This is a tricky problem.

Most people would think that between "which" and "whose," the correct pronoun to use is "which" because we are referring to an inanimate object.

However, there is a GMAT precedence for the use of "whose" to reference inanimate objects. The rule is that the pronoun "whose" should be used for a possessive antecedent.

eg.

"The play, whose stye is formal, is typical of that period."

Also, the sentence in solution B uses the incorrect superlative form to compare the growth of Chicago and other cities. When we are comparing growth in multiple cities, the comparative form should be something along the lines of"...most rapid," not "...more rapid."

Answer E doesn't have this issue because we are only comparing growth between Chicago and any other city (singular).

HTH!
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A: Chicago"s growth was more rapid.............. THAN...............Any other American city : THAN what? = Eliminate

the intent : X's growth was more rapid THAn the growth ( implies a usage of THAT ) of Y

B : Chicago had more rapid growth................THAN................THAT OF other American cities : THAT OF = doesn't make sense = Eliminate

Correct usage should be : Chicago Had more growth.........THAN..........America HAD = Introduction of HAD makes it logical.

C : ........growth Industrially more rapid = who is modifying what ? = Eliminate

D : Chicago"s growth was more rapid.............. THAN...............Any other American city : THAN what? = Eliminate

the intent : X's growth was more rapid THAn the growth ( implies a usage of THAT ) of Y

E : Chicago"s growth was more rapid.............. THAN THAT OF Any other American city : Perfect

X's growth was more rapid.......... THAn............. the growth of Y = X's growth was more rapid.......... THAn............. THAT (the growth) of Y : THAT = The Growth

Leading to E , my take
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22 Oct 2009, 01:32
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papillon,

please do not mark the answers at first. It would bias people.
Let them try to get the answer without any guide.

If you want, you could put the answer in a later post.
This is also a way of studying for other people

cheers

papillon86 wrote:
208. Chicago, where industrial growth in the nineteenth century was more rapid than any other American city, was plagued by labor troubles like the Pullman Strikes of 1894.
(A) where industrial growth in the nineteenth century was more rapid than any other American city-- Incorrect
(B) which had industrial growth in the nineteenth century more rapid than that of other American cities
(C) which had growth industrially more rapid than any other American city in the nineteenth century
-- Incorrect
(D) whose industrial growth in the nineteenth century was more rapid than any other American city
-- Incorrect
(E) whose industrial growth in the nineteenth century was more rapid than that of any other American city

A,C and D are incorrect coz they are comparing growth with cities.
Pls explain choices B & E?
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07 Jul 2011, 07:42
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IMO E
In option B, more than two cities are compared.i.e.,chicago's X is compared to X of other american cities. Hence, we need to use superlative form of comparison here. In option E comparative form is correctly used to compare Chicago's X to any other city's X(just one city).
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