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Even though many more students are present in the class today than yesterday, this number is still smaller than last week.

(A) many more students are present in the class today than yesterday, this number is still smaller than last week
(B) many more students are present in the class today than had been yesterday, this number is still lower than last week
(C) much more students are present in the class today than yesterday, this number is still lower than the figure for last week
(D) many students are present in the class today as compared to yesterday, this number is still less than last week’s
(E) many more students are present in the class today than were present yesterday, this number is still lower than last week’s figure

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Hi,
Let's try to find error/s in the given sentence.
There are two comparisons in this sentence.
1.no. of students present in the class today are compared with the no. of students present yesterday.
2. this no. is still less than last week's no.

A. has comparison error in both the clauses.
In the first dependent clause the no. of students present in the class today are wrongly compared to yesterday.
They must be compared to the no. of students that were present yesterday instead of just 'YESTERDAY'.

The second clause i.e independent clause also has an comparison error as it compares no. to last week instead of last week's no.
B. comparison error in the second clause definitely.
C.Much is a non countable word .Again error in comparison in the first clause.
D. I rejected it because last week's I think should be followed by no. or figure basically a noun.Also we need more in the first clause.

E. seemed way better than D. It rectifies both the comparison error in a very clean way "as compared to D".
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Is D correct ?

I think many more doesn't make sense. repetition
Some body please explain
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Even though many more students are present in the class today than yesterday, this number is still smaller than last week.

(A) many more students are present in the class today than yesterday, this number is still smaller than last week -incorrect comparison
(B) many more students are present in the class today than had been yesterday, this number is still lower than last week -incorrect comparison; lower is incorrect
(C) much more students are present in the class today than yesterday, this number is still lower than the figure for last week -much is incorrect
(D) many students are present in the class today as compared to yesterday, this number is still less than last week’s -more is missing
(E) many more students are present in the class today than were present yesterday, this number is still lower than last week’s figure -CORRECT
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hi Experts,

Can you please suggest what is the issue with option D? I think in the first part, it does compare the number of students of yesterday and today correctly. It is understood that the students are being compared. Can't ellipsis work here?

Why do we have to choose E?
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(A) many ((more students)) are present in the class today ((than yesterday)), this number is still smaller than last week - incorrect comparison. More students is compared to yesterday.

(B) many more students are present in the class today than ((had been)) yesterday, this number is still lower than last week

(C) ((much)) ((more students)) are present in the class today ((than yesterday)), this number is still lower than the figure for last week
(D) many students are present in the class today as compared to yesterday, this number is still less than last week’s - incorrect.
If we break this up - many students are present in the class today as compared to many students present in the class yesterday - weird...with more it does not make any sense. Hence, eliminated this.

(E) many ((more students)) are present in the class today ((than ((were)) present yesterday)), this ((number is still lower)) than ((last week’s figure)) - very clear comparison. Tense error and comparison error both have been removed.

Hence imo E.

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Re: Even though many more students are present in the class today than yes [#permalink]
A) many more students are present in the class today than yesterday, this number is still smaller than last week- This answer choice states that students are more than yesterday which is incorrect comparison. It also incorrectly compares the number with last week and smaller is not correct to use here- kicked off
(B) many more students are present in the class today than had been yesterday, this number is still lower than last week - usage of “ had been” here is not correct. Number is compared with last week - kicked off
(C) much more students are present in the class today than yesterday, this number is still lower than the figure for last week - much and for are not correct to use here. Students is compared with yesterday - kicked off
(D) many students are present in the class today as compared to yesterday, this number is still less than last week’s - changes the meaning by slightly by eliminating “ more”. Less is not correct to use here - kicked off
(E) many more students are present in the class today than were present yesterday, this number is still lower than last week’s figure- correct

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Even though many more students are present in the class today than yesterday, this number is still smaller than last week.

(A) many more students are present in the class today than yesterday, this number is still smaller than last week
(B) many more students are present in the class today than had been yesterday, this number is still lower than last week
(C) much more students are present in the class today than yesterday, this number is still lower than the figure for last week
(D) many students are present in the class today as compared to yesterday, this number is still less than last week’s
(E) many more students are present in the class today than were present yesterday, this number is still lower than last week’s figure

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Isn't many and more redundant here as both convey same meaning i.e., many numbers.
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Even though many more students are present in the class today than yesterday, this number is still smaller than last week.

(A) many more students are present in the class today than yesterday, this number is still smaller than last week
(B) many more students are present in the class today than had been yesterday, this number is still lower than last week
(C) much more students are present in the class today than yesterday, this number is still lower than the figure for last week
(D) many students are present in the class today as compared to yesterday, this number is still less than last week’s
(E) many more students are present in the class today than were present yesterday, this number is still lower than last week’s figure


Isn't many and more redundant here as both convey same meaning i.e., many numbers.

Hi tejyr,

Many (80/100) were present yesterday, and many more (95/100) are present today.


Hope it helps.
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(A) many ((more students)) are present in the class today ((than yesterday)), this number is still smaller than last week - incorrect comparison. More students is compared to yesterday.


Hi,

Don't you think that in option A: Even though many more students are present in the class today than yesterday, this number is still smaller than last week.

The first part is okay because of ellipsis, and the error is in the second part? Thanks
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I don't think GMAT defend the use "as compared to".

That's why D is wrong.
E is winner.
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Can you please suggest what is the issue with option D? I think in the first part, it does compare the number of students of yesterday and today correctly. It is understood that the students are being compared. Can't ellipsis work here?

Why do we have to choose E?


The correct way to compare is "more A than B", not "many A than B".
(D) is not correct.
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The correct way to compare is "more A than B", not "many A than B".
(D) is not correct.

(C) much more students are present in the class today than yesterday, this number is still lower than the figure for last week - i think comparison is right.
Even in option E we are comparing number with figure.
So is this option incorrect because of "much" usage.

Please help me with this. Thanks
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Even though many more students are present in the class today than yesterday, this number is still smaller than last week
(A) many more students are present in the class today than yesterday, this number is still smaller than last week
Eliminated because:
- number is compared to a week "than last week"; and
- smaller is used instead of "lower" - use smaller for sizes, lower for numbers

(B) many more students are present in the class today than had been yesterday, this number is still lower than last week
Eliminated because:
- no need for past perfect as there aren't two events
- "number... lower than last week" - a number is being compared to a week. This should be "week's"

(C) much more students are present in the class today than yesterday, this number is still lower than the figure for last week
Eliminated because:
- illogical comparison: comparing students present to "yesterday"
- much shouldn't be used to modify countable "students"

(D) many students are present in the class today as compared to yesterday, this number is still less than last week’s
Eliminated because:
- usage of less is incorrect - should be "lower". Since we are dealing with a countable noun we could have also substituted "less" with "fewer" instead.

(E) many more students are present in the class today than were present yesterday, this number is still lower than last week’s figure
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Even though many more students are present in the class today than yesterday, this number is still smaller than last week.


(A) many more students are present in the class today than yesterday, this number is still smaller than last week

(B) many more students are present in the class today than had been yesterday, this number is still lower than last week

(C) much more students are present in the class today than yesterday, this number is still lower than the figure for last week

(D) many students are present in the class today as compared to yesterday, this number is still less than last week’s

(E) many more students are present in the class today than were present yesterday, this number is still lower than last week’s figure


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Official Explanation:



(A) The number of students in class today cannot be compared with yesterday. The number should also be lower and not smaller. Again, the number cannot be lower than last week.

(B) The use of past perfect had been is not required because the sentence does not talk about two events in the past. Also, the number cannot be lower than last week but last week’s number.

(C) The use of much to modify the countable students is incorrect. Also, the number of students in class today cannot be compared with yesterday.

(D) The omission of more removes the comparison implied in the sentence. Also, the use of less is incorrect; it should be lower.

(E) The correct answer.
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Re: Even though many more students are present in the class today than yes [#permalink]
Wouldn’t ellipses come into play before we eliminate A on the grounds of illogical comparison?

I eliminated A for smaller, D for incorrect usage of many X than Y and C for “much more”

The real difference between B and E is the usage of “were” in C, but I do feel that this should be part of ellipses? Confused.

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first of all eliminate option c.much is use for uncountable
than elimiate option B ,"had been" is not required
also less than is used for unocountable so eliminated option D
great we are left with
A and E.you can use iielism or .in smaller and lower-its lower which is correct
so option E
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