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# Dirt roads may evoke the bucolic simplicity of another

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244. 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
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12 Mar 2011, 20:53
C has problems with comparison due to position of "maintaining"

B has clean comparison.
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01 Apr 2011, 02:09
Also, in D comparison is not parallel.
Maintaining dirt roads is compared to 'as it does for paved roads'
If in the later part of the sentence 'for' is to be used, then first part could be say, 'maintenance for dirt roads'

Here in D the parallel structure of comparison is not maintained.
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11 Nov 2014, 01:09
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244. 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

1) plural "cost" is needed for plural noun "roads"
2) comparison of two costs

Considering 1, options C,D,E goes for a toss.

Choice B properly compares costs of two roads.

Hence B it is!
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23 Sep 2015, 23:55
Dear Experts,

Can someone Explain why option C is wrong.
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Dear Experts,

Can someone Explain why option C is wrong.

C. maintaining dirt roads costs twice as much as paved roads do
"paved roads do" is pointing to the cost of the paved roads, not the maintenance of the roads.
We need to compare similar things.

Does this help?
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27 Sep 2015, 07:30
I was confused between option A and B.Can someone explain why option A is wrong
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27 Sep 2015, 12:14
gsingh72 wrote:
I was confused between option A and B.Can someone explain why option A is wrong

Hi gsingh72,

Option A: dirt roads cost twice as much as maintaining paved roads
This option is again wrong because of incorrect comparison.

The cost of dirt roads is compared to the cost of maintaining the paved roads, where as we want to compare the cost of maintaining both the roads.
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