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During the Civil war, nearly three times as many Americans lost their lives from infections that could have been prevented with antiseptic techniques than were killed on the battlefield

A. than
B. than those who
C. than the number who
D. as the number who
E. as

Originally posted by cagmat on 14 Sep 2013, 15:36.
Last edited by Bunuel on 11 Oct 2018, 20:48, edited 1 time in total.
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Comparison As....as..... ==> A, B, C are out immediately because of "than".
D is wrong because "who" can't modify "the number" that is the NUMBER. In addition, the number is singular, but the non-underlined part uses "were". Can't use "the number" here.
Only E is correct.

During the Civil war, nearly three times as many Americans lost their lives from infections that could have been prevented with antiseptic techniques than were killed on the battlefield

A. than --> wrong.
B. than those who --> wrong
C. than the number who --> wrong.
D. as the number who --> wrong.
E. as--> correct.

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During the Civil war, nearly three times as many Americans lost their lives from infections that could have been prevented with antiseptic techniques than were killed on the battlefield

A. than
B. than those who
C. than the number who
D. as the number who
E. as


The correct marker is "As many X as Y" instead of "As many than" wherein both X & Y must be grammatically & logically parallel. Thus A, B & C can be easily discarded.
As many X (Americans lost their lives)
as Y (Americans were killed)
or
as Y (were killed)

Thus option E is correct.

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As many Americans as
is correct idiom usage here
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cagmat wrote:
During the Civil war, nearly three times as many Americans lost their lives from infections that could have been prevented with antiseptic techniques than were killed on the battlefield

A. than
B. than those who
C. than the number who
D. as the number who
E. as


KAPLAN OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:



Step 1: Read the Original Sentence Carefully, Looking for Errors
The underlined portion here is only one word: “than.” Note that in the beginning of the sentence, the phrase “nearly three times as many” indicates a comparison. Comparisons require parallel construction. If you remove the intervening words “Americans . . . antiseptic techniques,” the sentence would read, “nearly three times as many than.” That’s an incorrect construction.

Step 2: Scan and Group the Answer Choices
One choice here is between “than” in (A), (B), and (C) and “as” in (D) and (E), so you would have to decide which one is correct even if you didn’t spot the error while completing Step 1 of the Kaplan Method.

Step 3: Eliminate Choices Until Only One Remains
The correct word is “as,” to complete the construction “as many . . . as . . .” Thus (A), (B), and (C) are all out. But the comparison also requires parallel structure to “Americans lost their lives . . .” “The number” is not parallel to “Americans.” So (D) needs to be eliminated in favor of (E). Choice (E) is the correct answer.
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