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Dirt roads may evoke the bucolic simplicity of another
century, but financially strained townships point out
that dirt roads cost twice as much as maintaining

(A) dirt roads cost twice as much as maintaining
(B) dirt roads cost twice as much to maintain as
(C) maintaining dirt roads costs twice as much as
(D) maintaining dirt roads costs twice as much as it
(E) to maintain dirt roads costs twice as much as
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Formatting issues aside, I've always loved this question as a great example of a comparison error.

When a comparison is drawn on a sentence correction question, two major themes should jump out at you:

1) The two things compared must be compared in equivalent form.

Here, we could compare:

But comparing "the cost of maintaining dirt roads" to "paved roads" is incorrect - one is a cost, and the other is a road...they could never be alike!

Make sure that, when a comparison is drawn, you check to ensure that the two items are in equivalent form. I like to envision a balance scale from chemistry class as a mental picture. If I'm weighing a substance in a petri dish I must account for the weight of the dish on the other side of the balance! Similarly, if I'm comparing a cost of one item, I have to make sure I compare it directly to the cost of the other.

2) Comparison idioms should be in the right form.

This one doesn't have a mistake, but you should get in the habit of seeing:

"As Many As" or "As Much As" ---> Equality
"So Many That" or "So Much That" ---> Critical Mass (e.g. "there is so much pollution in the air that we can't go outside")
"More Than" or "Less Than" ---> Inequality

An easy way for the testmakers to write a wrong-but-tricky answer is to criss-cross these idioms (e.g. "As many that" or "More...as")

In this case, the comparisons are all off but one:

B) Dirt roads cost vs. paved roads do ("do" takes the place of "cost") ---> CORRECT!
D) Maintaining dirt roads costs vs. it does

Only B puts each element in the same form, so B is a correct comparison while the others miss the mark.
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18 Oct 2010, 23:49
I share your sentiment Imania. I gave you a KUDOS. I feel people don't respect the pain others take to post a good question. the first instinct is to give KUDOS to an explanation which is weird because without the great question there would be no great explanations.
Well, thats unfair but so is the world .
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I share your sentiment Imania. I gave you a KUDOS. I feel people don't respect the pain others take to post a good question. the first instinct is to give KUDOS to an explanation which is weird because without the great question there would be no great explanations.
Well, thats unfair but so is the world .

thank you hemanthp, giving Kudos might motivate guys to post better questions. However, I'm obsessed with my own GMAT exam coming in 3weeks, thus don't care much about these sort of stuff.

what's happening in this forum and most probably in the world is:
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I share your sentiment Imania. I gave you a KUDOS. I feel people don't respect the pain others take to post a good question. the first instinct is to give KUDOS to an explanation which is weird because without the great question there would be no great explanations.
Well, thats unfair but so is the world .

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Dirt roads may evoke the bucolic simplicity of another century, but financially strained townships point out that dirt roads cost twice as much as maintaining paved roads.

(B) dirt roads cost twice as much to maintain as paved roads do
(C) maintaining dirt roads costs twice as much as paved roads do
(D) maintaining dirt roads costs twice as much as it does for paved roads
(E) to maintain dirt roads costs twice as much as for paved roads

I chose D initially. However, I think B is the correct answer because it is cleaner (i.e. less clunky) and is one-word more concise than D. Otherwise, D is grammatically correct.

'maintaining dirt roads costs twice as much as it (the act of maintaining) does (costs) for paved roads.'
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Great question. It took me 56seconds to figure our the right answer. But thanks for posting it. I gave you kudos for it.
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25 Apr 2012, 05:01
Thanks for this question Guys!!!
I still cant choose between B and C...
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01 Sep 2012, 00:39
I picked option D. When I dug in more, I realized that option D has an "it". "It" refers to its antecedent "maintaining dirt roads" which is a noun phrase. So, if I replace the pronoun with a noun phrase the sentence looses its meaning => maintaining dirt roads costs twice as much as maintaining dirt roads does for paved roads. However, the sentence is grammatically okay.

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01 Mar 2013, 22:49
VeritasPrepBrian wrote:
Formatting issues aside, I've always loved this question as a great example of a comparison error.

When a comparison is drawn on a sentence correction question, two major themes should jump out at you:

1) The two things compared must be compared in equivalent form.

Here, we could compare:

But comparing "the cost of maintaining dirt roads" to "paved roads" is incorrect - one is a cost, and the other is a road...they could never be alike!

Make sure that, when a comparison is drawn, you check to ensure that the two items are in equivalent form. I like to envision a balance scale from chemistry class as a mental picture. If I'm weighing a substance in a petri dish I must account for the weight of the dish on the other side of the balance! Similarly, if I'm comparing a cost of one item, I have to make sure I compare it directly to the cost of the other.

2) Comparison idioms should be in the right form.

This one doesn't have a mistake, but you should get in the habit of seeing:

"As Many As" or "As Much As" ---> Equality
"So Many That" or "So Much That" ---> Critical Mass (e.g. "there is so much pollution in the air that we can't go outside")
"More Than" or "Less Than" ---> Inequality

An easy way for the testmakers to write a wrong-but-tricky answer is to criss-cross these idioms (e.g. "As many that" or "More...as")

In this case, the comparisons are all off but one:

B) Dirt roads cost vs. paved roads do ("do" takes the place of "cost") ---> CORRECT!
D) Maintaining dirt roads costs vs. it does

Only B puts each element in the same form, so B is a correct comparison while the others miss the mark.

Hi Brian,

Isn't their a subject-verb disagreement in C, D, and E.
This can also be used to eliminate these these choices.

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Isn't their a subject-verb disagreement in C, D, and E.
This can also be used to eliminate these these choices.

KR,

There is no subject/verb disagreement in C, D and E. These three choices have adverbial phrases which modify the verb "costs", so "maintaining dirt roads" phrase translates to something like "the act (singular) of maintaining dirt roads..." + costs (singular verb).
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Why is D wrong? I chose D.

Hi anilisani:

I guess you picked D because you thought "it" refers to "maintaining", is that correct? Let replace "it" by "maintaining", so D will be:

(D) maintaining dirt roads costs twice as much as maintaining does for paved roads

You can see the structure is not parallel. "maintaining X costs twice as much as maintaining does for Y" ==> D may be correct if its structure is "maintaining X costs twice as much as maintaining Y does"

Hope it's clear.
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Formatting issues aside, I've always loved this question as a great example of a comparison error.

When a comparison is drawn on a sentence correction question, two major themes should jump out at you:

1) The two things compared must be compared in equivalent form.

Here, we could compare:

But comparing "the cost of maintaining dirt roads" to "paved roads" is incorrect - one is a cost, and the other is a road...they could never be alike!

Make sure that, when a comparison is drawn, you check to ensure that the two items are in equivalent form. I like to envision a balance scale from chemistry class as a mental picture. If I'm weighing a substance in a petri dish I must account for the weight of the dish on the other side of the balance! Similarly, if I'm comparing a cost of one item, I have to make sure I compare it directly to the cost of the other.

2) Comparison idioms should be in the right form.

This one doesn't have a mistake, but you should get in the habit of seeing:

"As Many As" or "As Much As" ---> Equality
"So Many That" or "So Much That" ---> Critical Mass (e.g. "there is so much pollution in the air that we can't go outside")
"More Than" or "Less Than" ---> Inequality

An easy way for the testmakers to write a wrong-but-tricky answer is to criss-cross these idioms (e.g. "As many that" or "More...as")

In this case, the comparisons are all off but one:

B) Dirt roads cost vs. paved roads do ("do" takes the place of "cost") ---> CORRECT!
D) Maintaining dirt roads costs vs. it does

Only B puts each element in the same form, so B is a correct comparison while the others miss the mark.

Hi Brian,

I have a small doubt. In the idiom "as much X as Y" , X and Y needs to be parallel . For eg:
He is depressed as much because he is away from his family as because he is not doing well in the job.
His knowledge springs as much from experience as from schooling.

But, i couldn't understand the form of "as much X as Y" in " dirt roads cost twice as much to maintain as paved roads do ".
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VeritasPrepBrian wrote:
Formatting issues aside, I've always loved this question as a great example of a comparison error.

When a comparison is drawn on a sentence correction question, two major themes should jump out at you:

1) The two things compared must be compared in equivalent form.

Here, we could compare:

But comparing "the cost of maintaining dirt roads" to "paved roads" is incorrect - one is a cost, and the other is a road...they could never be alike!

Make sure that, when a comparison is drawn, you check to ensure that the two items are in equivalent form. I like to envision a balance scale from chemistry class as a mental picture. If I'm weighing a substance in a petri dish I must account for the weight of the dish on the other side of the balance! Similarly, if I'm comparing a cost of one item, I have to make sure I compare it directly to the cost of the other.

2) Comparison idioms should be in the right form.

This one doesn't have a mistake, but you should get in the habit of seeing:

"As Many As" or "As Much As" ---> Equality
"So Many That" or "So Much That" ---> Critical Mass (e.g. "there is so much pollution in the air that we can't go outside")
"More Than" or "Less Than" ---> Inequality

An easy way for the testmakers to write a wrong-but-tricky answer is to criss-cross these idioms (e.g. "As many that" or "More...as")

In this case, the comparisons are all off but one:

B) Dirt roads cost vs. paved roads do ("do" takes the place of "cost") ---> CORRECT!
D) Maintaining dirt roads costs vs. it does

Only B puts each element in the same form, so B is a correct comparison while the others miss the mark.

Hi Brian,

I have a small doubt. In the idiom "as much X as Y" , X and Y needs to be parallel . For eg:
He is depressed as much because he is away from his family as because he is not doing well in the job.
His knowledge springs as much from experience as from schooling.

But, i couldn't understand the form of "as much X as Y" in " dirt roads cost twice as much to maintain as paved roads do ".

This sentence follows the Elliptical sentence structure, elliptical construction refers to the omission of one or more words from the clause if the meaning is clear even with the omission.
For e.g. The sentence "My Dad likes fishing as much as I like fishing." can be changed to "My Dad likes fishing as much as I do." without any change in meaning
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Are we really comparing the Maintenance of Dirt Roads with Maintenance of Paved Roads. I understand that Dirt Roads will cost the govt/responsible authority in some way (possibly in generating income) more than maintaining Paved Roads (once they build one). So essentially the comparison is between Dirt Rds vs Maintenance of Paved Roads NOT Maintenance of two kinds of roads.
Hence options C, D and E are making wrong comparison. Only A & B are attempting to address the message. B wins because of the language.

Please correct if I'm wrong here/...
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14 Mar 2015, 02:40
the main point here is to compare dirt roads with paved roads in terms of maintaining cost. the POE will stick to this point

(B) dirt roads cost twice as much to maintain as paved roads do _ correct

(C) maintaining dirt roads costs twice as much as paved roads do _ compare action to roads

(D) maintaining dirt roads costs twice as much as it does for paved roads _ it wrongly prefer to "maintaining dirt roads"

(E) to maintain dirt roads costs twice as much as for paved roads _ compare action of maintainment with cost for maintaining
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