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15 Jun 2008, 04:46
The gyrfalcon, an arctic bird of prey, has survived a close brush with extinction; its numbers are now five times greater than when the use of DDT was sharply restricted in the early 1970's.

A)extinction; its numbers are now five times greater than
B)extinction; its numbers are now five times more than
C)extinction; their numbers are now fivefold what they were
D)extinction, now with fivefold the numbers they had
E)extinction, now with numbers five times greater than

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15 Jun 2008, 16:34
aaron22197 wrote:
The gyrfalcon, an arctic bird of prey, has survived a close brush with extinction; its numbers are now five times greater than when the use of DDT was sharply restricted in the early 1970's.

A)extinction; its numbers are now five times greater than
B)extinction; its numbers are now five times more than
C)extinction; their numbers are now fivefold what they were
D)extinction, now with fivefold the numbers they had
E)extinction, now with numbers five times greater than

For comparing numbers, we always use greater/smaller not more/less.

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Re: greater than/more than- seems interchangeable for this ? [#permalink]

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15 Jun 2008, 19:42
For the specific question above. Both greater than/more than seems to work.
What do you think guys?

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15 Jun 2008, 20:23
The irony is that I feel both A and B are incorrect cos of incorrect comparison of a number with a time. In fact none of the choices work for me, they all have either comparison or subject verb issues.

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15 Jun 2008, 21:11
This is a question from OG-Verbal Review. OA is B.
I don't see a difference b/w A and B.
I understand the concept behind countable and non-countable. I am just not sure how to apply it for this question.
Any idea BSD?

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15 Jun 2008, 21:34
Damn. I'll come back to this one after my verbal review revision later today ...

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15 Jun 2008, 21:42
In my copy of OG (10) the answer is A. Below is the explanation given

"A, the best choice, uses a singular pronoun, its, to refer to the singular antecedent The gyrfalcon, and it
properly uses the construction its numbers are now ... greater than. In B, the construction its numbers are ...
more is not idiomatic: there are more birds, but not more numbers. Choices C and D use a plural pronoun, their
or they, to refer to a grammatically singular antecedent, The gyrfalcon. Choices D and E wrongly use a phrase
introduced by now with to modify The gyrfalcon. In both choices, the phrase confusingly seems to parallel with
extinction; a new clause with a present tense verb is needed to state what the gyrfalcon's numbers are now"

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15 Jun 2008, 22:14
my apologies guys. OA is A in the Verbal review too. Thanks for pointing it out Durgesh.
More than seems logical too.

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15 Jun 2008, 23:37
still doesn't fix the comparison problem.

numbers are greater than ..... they were when <something happened>
vs
numbers are greater than ..... when <something happened>

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15 Jun 2008, 23:49
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bsd_lover wrote:
still doesn't fix the comparison problem.

numbers are greater than ..... they were when <something happened>
vs
numbers are greater than ..... when <something happened>

I'd give the benefit of doubt to the "question writer" becuase "now" is used in question stem.

its numbers are now five times greater than when the use of DDT was sharply restricted in the early 1970's.

If the "now" wasnt there. I'd completely agree with you. its incorrect

its numbers are five times greater than when the use of DDT was sharply restricted in the early 1970's.

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15 Jun 2008, 23:59
Good point durgesh +1.

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