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Dirt Roads may invoke the bucolic simplicity of another

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

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b) dirt roads cost twice as much as to maintain as paved roads do
c) maintaing dirt roads cost 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 cost twice as much as for paved roads

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28 Dec 2005, 18:17

a) dirt roads costs twice as much as maintaining paved roads ==> "dirt roads" are plural, needs "cost"

b) dirt roads cost twice as much as to maintain as paved roads do ==> Correct!

c) maintaing dirt roads cost twice as much as paved roads do ==> "Maintaining" is singular, thus "cost" is wrong

d) maintaining dirt roads costs twice as much as it does for paved roads ==> The use of "it" is ambiguous

e) to maintain dirt roads cost twice as much as for paved roads ==> Use of infinitives is awkward
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28 Dec 2005, 18:22
B.

Only B compare the maitainance of the roads (paved/dirt)
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28 Dec 2005, 18:25
TeHCM wrote:

a) dirt roads costs twice as much as maintaining paved roads ==> "dirt roads" are plural, needs "cost"

b) dirt roads cost twice as much as to maintain as paved roads do ==> Correct!

c) maintaing dirt roads cost twice as much as paved roads do ==> "Maintaining" is singular, thus "cost" is wrong

d) maintaining dirt roads costs twice as much as it does for paved roads ==> The use of "it" is ambiguous

e) to maintain dirt roads cost twice as much as for paved roads ==> Use of infinitives is awkward

TeHCM,

the confusion I had was why "it" in D is ambiguous...as it can refer back to Maintaing (Gerund singular Noun) the only other singular noun available is "dirt" but here its acting as Adjective modifying roads so the only singular noun left is maintaing ....
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28 Dec 2005, 18:38
cool_jonny009 wrote:
TeHCM wrote:

a) dirt roads costs twice as much as maintaining paved roads ==> "dirt roads" are plural, needs "cost"

b) dirt roads cost twice as much as to maintain as paved roads do ==> Correct!

c) maintaing dirt roads cost twice as much as paved roads do ==> "Maintaining" is singular, thus "cost" is wrong

d) maintaining dirt roads costs twice as much as it does for paved roads ==> The use of "it" is ambiguous

e) to maintain dirt roads cost twice as much as for paved roads ==> Use of infinitives is awkward

TeHCM,

the confusion I had was why "it" in D is ambiguous...as it can refer back to Maintaing (Gerund singular Noun) the only other singular noun available is "dirt" but here its acting as Adjective modifying roads so the only singular noun left is maintaing ....

IMO, E has a weird sentence structure and is not ||. In B, the comparisons are ||.

Idiom: X.....as Y....==> X must be parallel to Y

B)

dirt roads cost twice as much as to maintain as
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28 Dec 2005, 19:51
My choice is C. I don't like B because there is an extra as in "as much as to" maintain.
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28 Dec 2005, 20:52
As pointed out by TeHCM, "Maintaining" is singular, thus "cost" is wrong.
Therefore C can be ruled out.
I would go with B.

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29 Dec 2005, 02:15
I chose C but after reading TeHCM's I realized my silly mistake.

It should be B
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29 Dec 2005, 03:42
b) dirt roads cost twice as much as to maintain as paved roads do

I suppose this is a typo, supporting B as my choice.
29 Dec 2005, 03:42
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