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# Dirt roads may evoke the bucolic simplicity of another

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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
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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

B Is the right answer, Righ usage of Sub+ Verb agreements (Cost) and Idiom As Much As.
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16 Jun 2008, 06:48
I will go with C.
1. Subject verb agreement..maintaining is the subject..maintaining costs.....
3. correct idiom used. X costs twice as much as Y
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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

dirt roads cost twice as much to maintain as paved roads do
= dirt roads to maintain cost twice as much as paved roads do [to main]

other choices compare incorrectly.
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16 Jun 2008, 07:30
B is the correct answer here

costs (subject-verb agreement error here) so C D E are eliminated

B uses the correct idiom, and hence is the correct choice
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16 Jun 2008, 07:34
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B is the correct answer here

costs (subject-verb agreement error here) so C D E are eliminated

B uses the correct idiom, and hence is the correct choice

C,D, E are not out because of (Sub-Verb agreement)
here subject is "maintaing dirt roads" not "dirt roads". they are out because of incorrect comparision.
"maintaining dirt roads" costs --- no issue.
"to maintain dirt roads" costs --- no issue
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16 Jun 2008, 07:46
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vdhawan1 wrote:
B is the correct answer here

costs (subject-verb agreement error here) so C D E are eliminated

B uses the correct idiom, and hence is the correct choice

C,D, E are not out because of (Sub-Verb agreement)
here subject is "maintaing dirt roads" not "dirt roads". they are out because of incorrect comparision.
"maintaining dirt roads" costs --- no issue.
"to maintain dirt roads" costs --- no issue

Hi suresh
thanks for pointing this out

i think i really need to work hard on verbal
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Thanks 2 all for the discussion. OA is B
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16 Jun 2008, 09:46
i didn't get why "D" is won , can someone pease explain it to me?
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16 Jun 2008, 10:19
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

An incorrect sentence can use correct grammar, but use too many words. Plus, here the use of "it" is kind odd. It is not entirely clear that "it" refers to "maintaining". B says the same thing in a much clearer manner. Sentence Correction questions say to pick the "best answer" not the only correct one.

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i didn't get why "D" is won , can someone pease explain it to me?

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Can anybody explain the wrong comparision in C??
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08 May 2014, 16:06
Can we kindly get an analysis of answer choices? In particular C and D please?

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Can we kindly get an analysis of answer choices? In particular C and D please?

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Okay, let me go about explaining this.

C. There is an incorrect comparison between "maintaining dirt roads" and "paved roads." (X twice as much as Y structure.) Then there is a subject-verb disagreement as well. Something like this would have been awesome :- "maintaining dirt roads costs twice as much as maintaining paved roads."

D. Even though I chose this, at the hindsight this option looks awkward. "It" might refer to the proper antecedent "maintaining" but the construction "does for paved roads" doesn't look good to me (it did then )

B. Comparison between dirt roads and paved roads in terms of their action "cost" seems okay and there's no subject-verb disagreement.
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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.

(A) dirt roads cost twice as much as maintaining paved roads not comparing similar elements
(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 the subject who is performing these two actions is different
(D) maintaining dirt roads costs twice as much as it does for paved roads "it" is not clear and the rest is also not parallel
(E) to maintain dirt roads costs twice as much as for paved roads not comparing similar elements
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Responding to a PM: Why B is better than D?

D has two problems: the pronoun "it" does not have an antecedent.

The compared elements are not parallel:
maintaining dirt roads costs twice as much as it does for paved roads.

The correct construction would be :
maintaining dirt roads costs twice as much as maintaining paved roads does.

In option B, the compared elements are parallel:

dirt roads cost twice as much to maintain as paved roads cost.

It is allowed to replaced the verb with "do" in the second element. Hence:
dirt roads cost twice as much to maintain as paved roads do.
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In A, is the answer wrong because the sentence is comparing the cost of dirt roads to maintaining paved roads?

Would it be correct if the sentence were to say ...maintaining dirt roads cost twice as much as maintaining paved roads?
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