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Combined, Texas and Kansas raise cattle that are worth almost as much as that of the forty-eight states that remain.
(A) that are worth almost as much as that of the forty-eight states that remain.
(B) of a worth that is almost as much as the forty-eight states that remain.
(C) almost as much in worth as those of the remaining forty-eight states.
(D) almost as much in worth as that of the remaining forty-eight states.
(E) worth almost as much as those of the remaining forty-eight states.
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Combined, Texas and Kansas raise cattle that are worth almost as much as that of the forty-eight states that remain.
(A) that are worth almost as much as that of the forty-eight states that remain.
(B) of a worth that is almost as much as the forty-eight states that remain.
(C) almost as much in worth as those of the remaining forty-eight states.
(D) almost as much in worth as that of the remaining forty-eight states.
(E) worth almost as much as those of the remaining forty-eight states.

Still waiting for OA here. It is a clear battle between D and E. Who will win?
I think the most important thing is to ask ourselves

Is cattle singular or plural?

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Even I marked D.

But I just found an interesting piece of information....Our general notion is that collective nouns such as army etc are singular. However Words such as cattle/police are plural (exceptions )

So the OA is correct and is E
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The legitimate question here is whether ‘worth’ is a count noun or a non- count noun. Worth is a value. There is nothing like this has one worth, two worths and ten worths. Therefore it is singular.

What can not be counted therefore will not entail a plural pronoun such as ‘those’. Hence C and E have to be ruled out. A is also out because of taking cattle as plural and using the plural verb are. B is using an improper comparison. Only D could be a valid answer, IMO
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(Pronoun Error) The first “that” in the underlined part is a conjunction, while the
second “that” (in the phrase “as that of the forty-eight states that remain”) is a
singular pronoun. The earlier part of the sentence shows that there is no singular
noun, which could serve as an antecedent for “as that.” So, (A) is wrong. (D) has the
same error, and can be eliminated for that reason alone.
In (B), the word “worth” serves as the antecedent of the pronoun “that:” that of the
forty-eight states. But this directly compares the value to the remaining states,
resulting in the comparison of an apple (the worth of the cattle) and an orange (the
remaining states); hence, (B) is wrong.
(C) and (E) are both grammatically correct. The difference is in the phrases “almost
as much in worth as” and “worth almost as much as.” Between the two, the latter is
shorter and is therefore more idiomatic, and (E) is the answer.
(It is always best to choose the shorter version when in doubt; the fewer words the
better, and usually the clearer.)
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25 Dec 2010, 04:09
What is the source of this question?

I also picked D
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25 Dec 2010, 09:43
+1 D

I think that E is not correct also because it should be:
"... cattle THAT worthS almost as much as THAT OF..."

What do you think daagh?
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25 Dec 2010, 11:29
@ Metalicafan; As far as I remember, the word ‘worth’ can be used only either as a noun or as an adjective. It can not used as a verb. So the first part of your suggestion “...raised cattle THAT worthS almost as much as THAT OF..." may not be a grammatical expression.
However the second part of your suggestion is perfectly right.
Cattle is uncountable in the given context, because it refers to the entire herd of cattle that is within states. Hence using ‘that of’ is better than ‘those of’
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30 Dec 2010, 12:04
is the oa given correct. I picked D for similar reasons to daagh.
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31 Dec 2010, 04:29
@Daagh

>>Cattle is uncountable in the given context, because it refers to the entire herd of cattle that is within states. Hence using ‘that of’ is better than ‘those of’

First post on the forum, I hope it makes sense..

The second that in the sentence refers to herds of cattle, that belong to the other 48 states. Herds of cattle are countable, hence those works better.
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06 Jul 2012, 01:58
My pick is D as well, given that those refers back to cattle, which takes singular verb, I believe E should not be the right answer. Please correct if I am wrong!

Ex: Cattle is crossing the road; not cattle are crossing the road!
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06 Jul 2012, 06:41
(A) that are worth almost as much as that of the forty-eight states that remain- Not Ok
(B) of a worth that is almost as much as the forty-eight states that remain-Not Ok
(C) almost as much in worth as those of the remaining forty-eight states.-As much in-Incorrect
(D) almost as much in worth as that of the remaining forty-eight states.-As much in-in-Incorrect
(E) worth almost as much as those of the remaining forty-eight states-Sounds more logical (as much as and those)
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06 Jul 2012, 11:27
I had it narrowed down to A and E.

Combined, Texas and Kansas raise cattle that are worth almost as much as that of the forty-eight states that remain.
(A) that are worth almost as much as that of the forty-eight states that remain. - too many "that"
(B) of a worth that is almost as much as the forty-eight states that remain. - sounds awkward and makes no sense
(C) almost as much in worth as those of the remaining forty-eight states. - preposition "in" is awkwardly place and doesn't seem to fit.
(D) almost as much in worth as that of the remaining forty-eight states. - preposition "in" is awkwardly place and doesn't seem to fit.
(E) worth almost as much as those of the remaining forty-eight states. - makes a a comparison of cattle from texas/kansas to those of the remaining 48 states.
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02 Dec 2012, 16:08
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Combined, Texas and Kansas raise cattle that are worth almost as much as that of the forty-eight states that remain.
(A) that are worth almost as much as that of the forty-eight states that remain.
(B) of a worth that is almost as much as the forty-eight states that remain.
(C) almost as much in worth as those of the remaining forty-eight states.
(D) almost as much in worth as that of the remaining forty-eight states.
(E) worth almost as much as those of the remaining forty-eight states.

So whats the OA?? I go with D, since cattle should be considered singular and that represents Singular, while those represents plural.
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19 Sep 2013, 19:11
D looks correct. Can some one explain official answer for this.

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18 Oct 2013, 11:33
feruz77 wrote:
Combined, Texas and Kansas raise cattle that are worth almost as much as that of the forty-eight states that remain.
(A) that are worth almost as much as that of the forty-eight states that remain.
(B) of a worth that is almost as much as the forty-eight states that remain.
(C) almost as much in worth as those of the remaining forty-eight states.
(D) almost as much in worth as that of the remaining forty-eight states.
(E) worth almost as much as those of the remaining forty-eight states.

Still waiting for OA here. It is a clear battle between D and E. Who will win?
I think the most important thing is to ask ourselves

Is cattle singular or plural?

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jlgdr wrote:
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Combined, Texas and Kansas raise cattle that are worth almost as much as that of the forty-eight states that remain.
(A) that are worth almost as much as that of the forty-eight states that remain.
(B) of a worth that is almost as much as the forty-eight states that remain.
(C) almost as much in worth as those of the remaining forty-eight states.
(D) almost as much in worth as that of the remaining forty-eight states.
(E) worth almost as much as those of the remaining forty-eight states.

Still waiting for OA here. It is a clear battle between D and E. Who will win?
I think the most important thing is to ask ourselves

Is cattle singular or plural?

Cheers
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Even I marked D.

But I just found an interesting piece of information....Our general notion is that collective nouns such as army etc are singular. However Words such as cattle/police are plural (exceptions )

So the OA is correct and is E

This is very interesting indeed. I think that given the few exceptions it is worth to know them.
700-800 question can be very tricky in actual GMAT

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Combined, Texas and Kansas raise cattle that are worth almost as much as that of the forty-eight states that remain.
(A) that are worth almost as much as that of the forty-eight states that remain.
(B) of a worth that is almost as much as the forty-eight states that remain.
(C) almost as much in worth as those of the remaining forty-eight states.
(D) almost as much in worth as that of the remaining forty-eight states.
(E) worth almost as much as those of the remaining forty-eight states.

E can not be correct: according to MGGMAT in those of the remaining forty-eight states those of should be that of.
and if we are changing it to plural from singular then we should repeat whole thing from the first part(cattle).
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