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Despite the growing number of people who purchase plane tickets online, airline executives are convinced that, just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers to automatic teller machine, many travelers will still use travel agents.

(A) growing number of people who purchase plane tickets online, airline executives are convinced that, just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers to automatic teller machines, many travelers will

(B) growing number of people who purchase plane tickets online, airline executives are convinced, just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers to automatic teller machines, that many travelers would

(C) growing number of people purchasing plane tickets online, airline executives are convinced, just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers as compared to automatic teller machines, many travelers will

(D) fact that the number of people purchasing plane tickets online is growing, airline execituves are convinced, just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers as compared to automatic teller machines, that many travelers would

(E) fact that the number of people who purchase plane tickets online are growing, airline executives are convinced that, just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers compared with automatic teller machines, many travelers would
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a) growing number of people who purchase plane tickets online, airline executives are convinced that, just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers to automatic teller machines, many travelers will correct
b) growing number of people who purchase plane tickets online, airline executives are convinced, Just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers to automatic teller machines, that many travelers would Just as....that construction is incorrect. that is required after convinced
c) growing number of people purchasing plane tickets online, airline executives are convinced, Just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers as compared to automatic teller machines, many travelers will that is required after convinced
d) fact that the number of people purchasing plane tickets online is growing, airline executives are convinced, Just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers as compared to automatic teller machines, Just as....that construction is incorrect. that is required after convinced
e) fact that the number of people who purchase plane tickets online are growing, airline executives e convinced that, just as one-third of bak customers still prefer human tellers compared with automatic teller machines, many travelers would subject verb agreement - the number of people...are
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The first aberration is the use of the phrase the fact, considered crispless in contemporary writing . So D and E are out. The second clue is that we do require the connecting conjunction ‘that’ to be in place after the word ‘convinced’. ‘Convinced that’ brings out the succeeding factor wholly to merge with the text. Only A uses ‘that’. So B and C are out, leaving A as the right choice.

It will be prudent not to get into the nuance of using ‘compared with’ and ‘compared to’, which is not being tested here; please note the right choice uses neither. IMO, neither ‘compared to’ nor ‘compared with’ is the decider in GMAT SC these days.
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In the incorrect answer choices B and D " that" is referring to machines and this distorts the meaning of sentence?

Tense is a better split in this sentence will vs would Option A is best!

No, that's not what happens here.

Despite the growing number of people who purchase plane tickets online, airline executives are convinced that, just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers to automatic teller machines, many travelers will still use travel agents.

Consider just A and B for now:

a) growing number of people who purchase plane tickets online, airline executives e convinced that, just as one-third of bsik customers still prefer human tellers to automatic teller machines, many travelers will
b) growing number of people who purchase plane tickets online, airline executives e convinced, Just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers to automatic teller machines, that many travelers would

if you say: the executives are convinced , just as the consumers, that many travelers (...)
you are saying that the executives and the consumers have the same opinion about many travelers

If you say: the executives are convinced that , just as the consumers, many travelers(...)
you are saying that the executives are convinced that what happens with the consumers will happen also to the travelers

The position of that is crucial. In both B and D "that" does not refer back to the machines:
d) fact that the number of people purchasing plane tickets online is growing, airline executives are convinced, Just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers as compared to automatic teller machines, that many travelers would
in both B and D, that is part of the construct "are convinced that"<== the big difference is the placement of ", just as (...)" as explained above.

So: yes B and D distort the meaning, but not because "that" refers to machines.

I hope I've explained myself well
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Despite the growing number of people who purchase plane tickets online, airline executives are convinced that, just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers to automatic teller machines, many travelers will still use travel agents.

a) gowing number of people who purchase plane tickets online, airline executives e convinced that, just as one-third of bsik customers still prefer hummn tellers to itomatic teller machines, many travelers will

b) gowing number of people who purchase plare tickets online, airline executives e convinced, Just as one-hhird of bank customers still prefer human tellers to automatic teller machines, hhat many travelers would

c) gowing number of people pu-chasing plane tickets online, airline executives are convinced, Just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers as compared to automatic teller machines, many travelers will

d) fact that the number of people purchasing plane tickets online is growing, airline executives are convinced, Just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers as compared to automatic teller machines, that many travelers would

e) fact that the number of people who purchase plane tickets online e growing, airline executives e convinced that, just as one-third of bak customers still prefer human tellers compared with utomatic teller machines, many travelers would
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Regarding the ambiguity with the usage of 'fact' in the options D and E:

Try to think logically. Did the number of people who buy air tickets online grow or the fact grow??
A fact is a fact. It cannot grow.
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No offense, but it is painful to read such options with missing and misspelled words!

anilnandyala wrote:
Despite the growing number of people who purchase plane tickets online, airline executives are convinced that, just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers to automatic teller machines, many travelers will still use travel agents.
a) gowing number of people who purchase plane tickets online, airline executives e convinced that, just as one-third of bsik customers still prefer hummn tellers to itomatic teller machines, many travelers will
b) gowing number of people who purchase plare tickets online, airline executives e convinced, Just as one-hhird of bank customers still prefer human tellers to automatic teller machines, hhat many travelers
would
c) gowing number of people pu-chasing plane tickets online, airline executives are convinced, Just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers as compared to automatic teller machines, many
travelers will
d) fact that the number of people purchasing plane tickets online is growing, airline executives are convinced, Just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers as compared to automatic teller machines,
that many travelers would
e) fact that the number of people who purchase plane tickets online e growing, airline executives e convinced that, just as one-third of bak customers still prefer human tellers compared with utomatic teller
machines, many travelers would
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wow, heard of spell check?

fully of typos... horrible to read.

A: that ... will is probably the best construction
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The first aberration is the use of the phrase the fact, considered crispless in contemporary writing . So D and E are out.

Daagh - can you please elaborate why use of "the fact" is incorrect here ? is it always incorrect? can this be used as a thumb rule to eliminate options ?

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Despite the growing number of people who purchase plane tickets online, airline executives are convinced that, just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers to automatic teller machines, many travelers will still use travel agents.

A. growing number of people who purchase plane tickets online, airline executives are convinced that, just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers to automatic teller machines, many travelers will
works just fine
B. growing number of people who purchase plane tickets online, airline executives are convinced, just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers to automatic teller machines, that many travelers would
get rid of the middleman comparison introduced by a comma. Realize that you desperately need a reporting "that" and that in this case "that" after the second comma would act as a modifier of machines. out
C. growing number of people purchasing plane tickets online, airline executives are convinced, just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers as compared to automatic teller machines, many travelers will
lack of that before the subordinate clause
D. fact that the number of people purchasing plane tickets online is growing, airline executives are convinced, just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers as compared to automatic teller machines, that many travelers would
the expression as compared to is a red flag; the expression despite the fact is quite wordy whether you stumble upon a better choice; issue with "that" modifying machines.
E. fact that the number of people who purchase plane tickets online are growing, airline executives are convinced that, just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers compared with automatic teller machines, many travelers would
wordy construction + imho you don't prefer something compared with/to something else, but rather you prefer x to y. We don't really need to compare anything here we are expressing a preference between two things.

A.
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Despite the growing number of people who purchase plane tickets online, airline executives are convinced that, just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers to automatic teller machines, many travelers will still use travel agents.

A. growing number of people who purchase plane tickets online, airline executives are convinced that, just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers to automatic teller machines, many travelers will
works just fine
B. growing number of people who purchase plane tickets online, airline executives are convinced, just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers to automatic teller machines, that many travelers would
get rid of the middleman comparison introduced by a comma. Realize that you desperately need a reporting "that" and that in this case "that" after the second comma would act as a modifier of machines. out
C. growing number of people purchasing plane tickets online, airline executives are convinced, just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers as compared to automatic teller machines, many travelers will
lack of that before the subordinate clause
D. fact that the number of people purchasing plane tickets online is growing, airline executives are convinced, just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers as compared to automatic teller machines, that many travelers would
the expression as compared to is a red flag; the expression despite the fact is quite wordy whether you stumble upon a better choice; issue with "that" modifying machines.
E. fact that the number of people who purchase plane tickets online are growing, airline executives are convinced that, just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers compared with automatic teller machines, many travelers would
wordy construction + imho you don't prefer something compared with/to something else, but rather you prefer x to y. We don't really need to compare anything here we are expressing a preference between two things.

A.

I ruled out A on the usage of "will". Don't we use will when we are sure of something and use would when something is unpredictable?

Also, is "convinced that" an idiom?

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The credited response should be A ....

When we talk about future event and not sure if the future event happens definitely - then we use "would "

When we are certain that the event definitely takes place in future - we use "will " ......

Airlines executives are certain that in future travelers continue to use travel agents .

So " will " needed in the answer choice ...

This in a single stroke kills option (b), (d), (e)

between C and A

C states - Just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers as compared to automatic teller machines,

Using prefer and compared in a single sentence - makes one of them redundant .

so A Wins ......
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Do the usage of "TO" correct in a comparison in Option A and Option B "just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human
tellers to automatic teller machines
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Yes the usage of to is correct. The idiomatic structure is prefer X to Y, not prefer X than Y.

Correct: I prefer tea to coffee.
Wrong: I prefer tea than coffee.

In this sentence: Customers prefer human tellers to automatic teller machines...... correct
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daagh wrote:
The first aberration is the use of the phrase the fact, considered crispless in contemporary writing . So D and E are out. The second clue is that we do require the connecting conjunction ‘that’ to be in place after the word ‘convinced’. ‘Convinced that’ brings out the succeeding factor wholly to merge with the text. Only A uses ‘that’. So B and C are out, leaving A as the right choice.

It will be prudent not to get into the nuance of using ‘compared with’ and ‘compared to’, which is not being tested here; please note the right choice uses neither. IMO, neither ‘compared to’ nor ‘compared with’ is the decider in GMAT SC these days.

Hi Daagh,
The airline executives are convinced that....many customers will still use travel agents.
Isn't this a prediction which involves uncertainty? Hence use of WOULD is preferred?

For beliefs, "will" rather than "would" is used. You may find the following link helpful:
https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org ... l-or-would
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Point to Remember: ⅓ of the GMAT questions are correct as written.
Really? SC questions have 5 options. This would be a massive oversight on the part of the GMAT, if it were true.
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Despite the growing number of people who purchase plane tickets online, airline executives are convinced that, just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers to automatic teller machines, many travelers will still use travel agents.
o gowing number of people who purchase plane tickets online, airline executives e convinced that, just as one-third of bsik customers still prefer hummn tellers to itomatic teller machines, many travelers will
o gowing number of people who purchase plare tickets online, airline executives e convinced, Just as one-hhird of bank customers still prefer human tellers to automatic teller machines, hhat many travelers
would
o gowing number of people pu-chasing plane tickets online, airline executives are convinced, Just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers as compxed to automatic teller machines, many
travelers will
o fact that the number of people purchasing plane tickets online is growing, airline executives are convinced, Just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers as compa’ed to automatic teller machines,
that many travelers would
o fact that the number of people who purchase plane tickets online e growing, airline executives e convinced that, just as one-third of bak customers still prefer human tellers compared with utomatic teller
machines, many travelers would

Use MGMAT's split and resplit method. convinced that is better than the ones without that. So eliminate B, C, D.
growing number of is better than the fact that the number of. So eliminate D, and E
Answer A is left to be correct choice.
By the way, C, D, and E can also be eliminate with the use of compare to and compare with.
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A for me too
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Could you please explain what is 'MGMAT's split and resplit method' ?
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Despite the growing number of people who purchase plane tickets online, airline
executives are convinced that, just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human
tellers to automatic teller machines, many travelers will
still use travel agents.
A. growing number of people who purchase plane tickets online, airline executives
are convinced that, just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers to
automatic teller machines, many travelers will
B. growing number of people who purchase plane tickets online, airline executives
are convinced, just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers to
automatic teller machines, that many travelers would
C. growing number of people purchasing plane tickets online, airline executives are
convinced, just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human tellers as
compared to automatic teller machines, many travelers will
D. fact that the number of people purchasing plane tickets online is growing, airline
executives are convinced, just as one-third of bank customers still prefer human
tellers as compared to automatic teller machines, that many travelers would
E. fact that the number of people who purchase plane tickets online are growing,
airline executives are convinced that, just as one-third of bank customers still
prefer human tellers compared with automatic teller machines, many travelers
would
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