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# From icandy: I apologize. I did not mean to edit. I wanted

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23 Oct 2008, 12:03
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From icandy: I apologize. I did not mean to edit. I wanted to quote and respond, but I ended up editing. Hope thats alright. My comments in red

Hi everyone,
I need help with the following questions:
1. Incorrect: The tycoon contributed more to the candidates' campaign than anyone else in the industry.
Rewrite: The tycoon contributed more to the candidates' campaign than did anyonen else in the industry.
Can I also rewrite: The tycoon contributed more to the candidates' campagin than anyone else in the industry did.

This is a little touchy. Assume than as the logical comparison. IMO,It is good to place the two comparable elements as close as possible to than. Thats why I say your rewrite probably is not correct as per GMAT. I will let the grammar guru's take a stab at it.

2. Incorrect: Covering the floors with tiles costs twice as much as linoleum.
Rewrite: Covering the floors with tiles costs twice as much as covering them with linoleum.
Can I also rewrite: It costs twice as much to cover the floors with tiles as with linoleum.

I believe the rewrite is wrong. Here is my thought. What are the two elements you are comparing? cover the floors with tiles and linoleum. Not cover the floors with tiles and cover the floors with linoleum

3. Incorrect: Three times more students attended the prom this year than last year.
Rewrite: Three times more students attended the prom this year than did last year.
Can I also write (I know my rewriting is lengthy but I want to check if it is grammatically correct): The number of students attending the prom this year is 3 times more than that of last year.

You changed the tense from the original sentence. In the original sentence both the proms are in past tense. other wise the sentence looks ok to me. I could be wrong.Also, I felt that greater might be a better choice for the way you wrote the sentence. number is compared to number

Lets see what others have to say

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23 Oct 2008, 20:18
nganle08 wrote:
2. Incorrect: Covering the floors with tiles costs twice as much as linoleum.
Rewrite: Covering the floors with tiles costs twice as much as covering them with linoleum.
Can I also rewrite: It costs twice as much to cover the floors with tiles as with linoleum.

I believe we can rewrite it in this way -- Covering the floors with tiles costs twice as much as linoleum does.
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24 Oct 2008, 11:05
amitdgr wrote:
nganle08 wrote:
2. Incorrect: Covering the floors with tiles costs twice as much as linoleum.
Rewrite: Covering the floors with tiles costs twice as much as covering them with linoleum.
Can I also rewrite: It costs twice as much to cover the floors with tiles as with linoleum.

I believe we can rewrite it in this way -- Covering the floors with tiles costs twice as much as linoleum does.

I do not think you can compare "covering the floors with tiles" with "linoleum". Therefore, i do not think you can write it the way you did. I might be wrong.
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24 Oct 2008, 11:06
nganle08 wrote:
From icandy: I apologize. I did not mean to edit. I wanted to quote and respond, but I ended up editing. Hope thats alright. My comments in red

Hi everyone,
I need help with the following questions:
1. Incorrect: The tycoon contributed more to the candidates' campaign than anyone else in the industry.
Rewrite: The tycoon contributed more to the candidates' campaign than did anyonen else in the industry.
Can I also rewrite: The tycoon contributed more to the candidates' campagin than anyone else in the industry did.

This is a little touchy. Assume than as the logical comparison. IMO,It is good to place the two comparable elements as close as possible to than. Thats why I say your rewrite probably is not correct as per GMAT. I will let the grammar guru's take a stab at it.

2. Incorrect: Covering the floors with tiles costs twice as much as linoleum.
Rewrite: Covering the floors with tiles costs twice as much as covering them with linoleum.
Can I also rewrite: It costs twice as much to cover the floors with tiles as with linoleum.

I believe the rewrite is wrong. Here is my thought. What are the two elements you are comparing? cover the floors with tiles and linoleum. Not cover the floors with tiles and cover the floors with linoleum

3. Incorrect: Three times more students attended the prom this year than last year.
Rewrite: Three times more students attended the prom this year than did last year.
Can I also write (I know my rewriting is lengthy but I want to check if it is grammatically correct): The number of students attending the prom this year is 3 times more than that of last year.

You changed the tense from the original sentence. In the original sentence both the proms are in past tense. other wise the sentence looks ok to me. I could be wrong.Also, I felt that greater might be a better choice for the way you wrote the sentence. number is compared to number

Lets see what others have to say

Hi icandy,
Thanks very much. No, I do not mind your edititing my version at all. Thanks for being very detailed on your explanations. I also want to see how others comment on those sentences.

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