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A) Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year than last because refiners are paying about $5 a barrel more for crude oil than they were

is the usage they were justified .Cant it be they did ?
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Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher th is year than last because refiners are paying about $5 a barrel more for crude oil than they were last year.

(A) Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year than last because refiners are paying about $5 a barrel more for crude oil than they were
(8) Heating-oil prices are expected to rise higher this year over last because refiners pay about $5 a barrel for crude oil more than they did
(C) Expectations are for heating-oil prices to be higher this year than last year's because refiners are paying about $5 a barrel for crude oil more than they did
(d) It is the expectation that heating-oil prices will be higher for this year over last because refiners are paying about $5 a barrel more for crude oil now than what they were
(E) It is expected that heating-oil prices will rise higher this year than last year's because refiners pay about $5 a barrel for crude oil more than they did

Whats going on with this problem?

Is this a comparsion problem or some kind of Idiom like OG12 classifies it.

If its Idiom do I even need to worry about this problem?

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B- Whenever you have comparative ie words ending with 'er' you should also have than, which is missing in B.
C- Ecpectation are for- is awakward
D-It is ecpectation that- again awakwardly worded,
E-Tense issue, the first part of the sentence is in present, the second part to be parallel should also be in present tense, ie refiners are paying about

A is correct


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Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year than last because refiners are paying about $5 a barrel more for crude oil than they were last year.

(A) Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year than last because refiners are paying about $5 a barrel more for crude oil than they were
(B) Heating-oil prices are expected to rise higher this year over last because refiners pay about $5 a barrel for crude oil more than they did---rise changes the meaning
(C) Expectations are for heating-oil prices to be higher this year than last year's because refiners are paying about $5 a barrel for crude oil more than they did –---Changes the meaning its not expectations which are higher but prices.
(d) It is the expectation that heating-oil prices will be higher for this year over last because refiners are paying about $5 a barrel more for crude oil now than what they were ---Missing “than” after more
(E) It is expected that heating-oil prices will rise higher this year than last year's because refiners pay about $5 a barrel for crude oil more than they did ---rise changes the meaning

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Couple of points to note:

a) maybe
b) rise and high, redundant
c) paying not a verb, its a modifier, verb missing
d)too wordy
e) rise and high, redundant

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This is clearly a parallelism problem.

a.
b. Rise higher (redundancy ) + comparative form higher ... than missing + "more than" should modify $5 not "barrel for crude"
c. unnecessarily wordy + year and year's not parallel
d. wordy
e. Rise higher (redundancy ) + year and year's not parallel
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+1 for A
B missing out than..
C D E wrong
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Straight A rest are just wrong...!!!
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Should be A.......

Why i make same mistakes again and again..... :cry:

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Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year than last because refiners are paying about $5 a barrel more for crude oil than they were last year.

(A) Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year than last because refiners are paying about $5 a barrel more for crude oil than they were
(B) Heating-oil prices are expected to rise higher this year over last because refiners pay about $5 a barrel for crude oil more than they did
(C) Expectations are for heating-oil prices to be higher this year than last year's becuase refiners are paying about $5 a barrel for crude oil more than they did
(D) It is the expectation that heating-oil prices will be higher this year over last because refiners are paying about $5 a barrel more for crude oil now than what they were
(E) It is the expected that heating-oil prices will rise higher this year than last year's because refiners pay about $5 a barrel for crude oil more than they did

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IWillAcheive wrote:
Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year
than last because refiners are paying about $5 a
barrel more for crude oil than they were
last year.

(A) Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year
than last because refiners are paying about $5 a
barrel more for crude oil than they were

(B) Heating-oil prices are expected to rise higher
this year over last because refiners pay about
$5 a barrel for crude oil more than they did

(C) Expectations are for heating-oil prices to be
higher this year than last year's because refiners
are paying about $5 a barrel for crude oil
now than what they were

(D) It is expected that heating-oil prices will rise
higher this year than last year's because refiners
pay about $5 a barrel for crude oil more than
they did


Wonder why E is missing. Anyhow
A) Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year
than last because refiners are paying about $5 a
barrel more for crude oil than they were--correct comparison and no redundancy

(B) Heating-oil prices are expected to rise higher --rise and higher redundant
this year over last because refiners pay about
$5 a barrel for crude oil more than they did

(C) Expectations are for heating-oil prices to be
higher this year than last year's because refiners
are paying about $5 a barrel for crude oil
now than what they were --verbose and 'than what they were is redundant'.Heating-oil prices should be the subject of the sentence since we are mainly concerned with them

(D) It is expected that heating-oil prices will rise
higher
this year than last year's because refiners
pay about $5 a barrel for crude oil more than
they did--redundant 'rise higher'
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dentobizz wrote:
IWillAcheive wrote:
Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year
than last because refiners are paying about $5 a
barrel more for crude oil than they were
last year.

(A) Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year
than last because refiners are paying about $5 a
barrel more for crude oil than they were

(B) Heating-oil prices are expected to rise higher
this year over last because refiners pay about
$5 a barrel for crude oil more than they did

(C) Expectations are for heating-oil prices to be
higher this year than last year's because refiners
are paying about $5 a barrel for crude oil
now than what they were

(D) It is expected that heating-oil prices will rise
higher this year than last year's because refiners
pay about $5 a barrel for crude oil more than
they did


Wonder why E is missing. Anyhow
A) Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year
than last because refiners are paying about $5 a
barrel more for crude oil than they were--correct comparison and no redundancy

(B) Heating-oil prices are expected to rise higher --rise and higher redundant
this year over last because refiners pay about
$5 a barrel for crude oil more than they did

(C) Expectations are for heating-oil prices to be
higher this year than last year's because refiners
are paying about $5 a barrel for crude oil
now than what they were --verbose and 'than what they were is redundant'.Heating-oil prices should be the subject of the sentence since we are mainly concerned with them

(D) It is expected that heating-oil prices will rise
higher
this year than last year's because refiners
pay about $5 a barrel for crude oil more than
they did--redundant 'rise higher'


Agreed that B C D Are wrong...but even in A comparison is wrong i guess.

"Expected to be higher this year than last" this compares last year with this year's price.

It should be "expected to be higher this year than that of last year..

Isnt it??


Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year
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shamilshah22 wrote:
dentobizz wrote:
IWillAcheive wrote:
Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year
than last because refiners are paying about $5 a
barrel more for crude oil than they were
last year.

(A) Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year
than last because refiners are paying about $5 a
barrel more for crude oil than they were

(B) Heating-oil prices are expected to rise higher
this year over last because refiners pay about
$5 a barrel for crude oil more than they did

(C) Expectations are for heating-oil prices to be
higher this year than last year's because refiners
are paying about $5 a barrel for crude oil
now than what they were

(D) It is expected that heating-oil prices will rise
higher this year than last year's because refiners
pay about $5 a barrel for crude oil more than
they did


Wonder why E is missing. Anyhow
A) Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year
than last because refiners are paying about $5 a
barrel more for crude oil than they were--correct comparison and no redundancy

(B) Heating-oil prices are expected to rise higher --rise and higher redundant
this year over last because refiners pay about
$5 a barrel for crude oil more than they did

(C) Expectations are for heating-oil prices to be
higher this year than last year's because refiners
are paying about $5 a barrel for crude oil
now than what they were --verbose and 'than what they were is redundant'.Heating-oil prices should be the subject of the sentence since we are mainly concerned with them

(D) It is expected that heating-oil prices will rise
higher
this year than last year's because refiners
pay about $5 a barrel for crude oil more than
they did--redundant 'rise higher'


Agreed that B C D Are wrong...but even in A comparison is wrong i guess.

"Expected to be higher this year than last" this compares last year with this year's price.

It should be "expected to be higher this year than that of last year..

Isnt it??


Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year
than last because refiners are paying about $5 a
barrel more for crude oil than they were




Agree with error in A but I wonder why D i wrong,,,atleast its conveying the right meaning....Plz explain...

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higher
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(D) It is expected that heating-oil prices will rise
higher
this year than last year's because refiners
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they did--redundant 'rise higher'

can u please explain query i have raised about A? It's not apple to apple compare...

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shamilshah22 wrote:
dentobizz wrote:
IWillAcheive wrote:
Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year
than last because refiners are paying about $5 a
barrel more for crude oil than they were
last year.

(A) Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year
than last because refiners are paying about $5 a
barrel more for crude oil than they were

(B) Heating-oil prices are expected to rise higher
this year over last because refiners pay about
$5 a barrel for crude oil more than they did

(C) Expectations are for heating-oil prices to be
higher this year than last year's because refiners
are paying about $5 a barrel for crude oil
now than what they were

(D) It is expected that heating-oil prices will rise
higher this year than last year's because refiners
pay about $5 a barrel for crude oil more than
they did


Wonder why E is missing. Anyhow
A) Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year
than last because refiners are paying about $5 a
barrel more for crude oil than they were--correct comparison and no redundancy

(B) Heating-oil prices are expected to rise higher --rise and higher redundant
this year over last because refiners pay about
$5 a barrel for crude oil more than they did

(C) Expectations are for heating-oil prices to be
higher this year than last year's because refiners
are paying about $5 a barrel for crude oil
now than what they were --verbose and 'than what they were is redundant'.Heating-oil prices should be the subject of the sentence since we are mainly concerned with them

(D) It is expected that heating-oil prices will rise
higher
this year than last year's because refiners
pay about $5 a barrel for crude oil more than
they did--redundant 'rise higher'


Agreed that B C D Are wrong...but even in A comparison is wrong i guess.

"Expected to be higher this year than last" this compares last year with this year's price.

It should be "expected to be higher this year than that of last year..

Isnt it??



A) Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year
than last because refiners are paying about $5 a
barrel more for crude oil than they were--correct comparison and no redundancy


let us take 2 examples- I have made more money this yr than (i did) last yr--correct. Here I did is understood and not repeated in the sentence to keep it concise
such constructions with short omissions of parallel parts are called ellipses. commonly seen on gmat

so the whole sentence is Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year
than (they were)last because refiners are paying about $5 a
barrel more for crude oil than they were (they were) is understood

hope its clear

you may refer a similar discussion below

http://www.beatthegmat.com/heating-oil- ... 96507.html
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dentobizz wrote:
(D) It is expected that heating-oil prices will rise
higher
this year than last year's because refiners
pay about $5 a barrel for crude oil more than
they did--redundant 'rise higher'

can u please explain query i have raised about A? It's not apple to apple compare...


Hi Shamil
FOR MORE clarity please read the thread below the 7/8th post has a good expert reply

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Ellipsis is at its full play in this topic. Let me paraphrase it, with the elliptical elements in parenthesis.

A) Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year
than last (year) because refiners are paying about $5 a
barrel more for crude oil than they were (paying) last year.
One can now see how the comparisons are smugly fitting in.

2.) It is expected that heating-oil prices will rise
higher this year than last year's because refiners
pay about $5 a barrel for crude oil more than
they did

A cue for the correctness of the comparison can be had from the placement of the comparison -marker such as than etc. The comparison marker is place placed either next or prior to what it compares. Here in this case, than is placed next to this year and therefore the comparison should legally appear with a similar feature such as last year and not last year’s.

Another example

Even though Béla Bartók’s music has proved less popular than Igor Stravinsky’s and less influential than Arnold Schonberg’s, it is no less important.
(A) Stravinsky’s and less influential than Arnold Schonberg’s, it
(B) Stravinsky’s and less influential than Arnold Schonberg’s, he
(C) Stravinsky’s is and less influential than Arnold Schonberg’s is, it
(D) Stravinsky and not as influential as Arnold Schonberg, he
(E) Stravinsky and not as influential as Arnold Schonberg, it

Now the comparison- marker ‘than’ is placed just before the Arnold Schonberg’s, implying that something that belongs to Stravinsky is being compared. And the text says that Béla Bartók’s music is compared with Arnold Schonberg’s music. Here music is elliptical

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I did this question some time ago, but then the answer was E. why aren't these questions consistent in what the right answer should be.

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Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year than last because refiners are paying about $5 a barrel more for crude oil than they were last year.

(A) Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year than last because refiners are paying about $5 a barrel more for crude oil than they were
(B) Heating-oil prices are expected to rise higher this year over last because refiners pay about $5 a barrel for crude oil more than they did
(C) Expectations are for heating-oil prices to be higher this year than last year's because refiners are paying about $5 a barrel for crude oil more than they did
(D) It is the expectation that heating-oil prices will be higher for this year over last because refiners are paying about $5 a barrel more for crude oil now than what they were
(E) It is expected that heating-oil prices will rise higher this year than last year's because refiners pay about $5 a barrel for crude oil more than they did


You've done a good job guys! Let me see if I can help you out with some of the confusion regarding comparisons and ellipses:

A. Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year than last because refiners are paying about $5 a barrel more for crude oil than they were
What is compared here are the times-- "this year" and "last" (meaning "last year"-- this is an ellipses).

When comparing time or place, you have two options for structuring the comparison:

1. Joe studies more at night that he does during the day. (The sentence compares Joe to himself.)

2. Joe studies more at night than during the day. (The sentence compares "at night" to "during the day.")

B. Heating-oil prices are expected to rise higher this year over last because refiners pay about $5 a barrel for crude oil more than they did

Important Note!! The comparative structure requires that you use "than" after the "--er".

Correct: Tom is older than Bob.
Incorrect: Tom is older compared to/in comparison with/over Bob


You must use "than" after you've used a word ending with --er.

C. Expectations are for heating-oil prices to be higher this year than last year's because refiners are paying about $5 a barrel for crude oil more than they did

You can stop reading as soon as you get to "for heating-oil prices" because that is not a correct description of the the expectations. The expectations are not for prices, but rather that prices will....

Important Note: Do not change a relative clause into a mere prepositional phrase!!

Ex. "I think that chickens fly" (relative clause: that+subject+verb) IS NOT EQUIVALENT TO "I think of chickens flying" (prepositional phrase: of chickens)


D. It is the expectation that heating-oil prices will be higher for this year over last because refiners are paying about $5 a barrel more for crude oil now than what they were

Same problem as B.

E. It is expected that heating-oil prices will rise higher this year than last year's because refiners pay about $5 a barrel for crude oil more than they did

"prices will rise higher this year than last year's" uses ellipses that hide the logic problem. Complete everything that was left out, and the resulting sentence is: "prices will rise higher this year than last year's prices rose. This is not intended meaning of the sentence.

Second, the word "more" is not correctly placed.

Correct: I paid 5 dollars more for my sandwich today than I did yesterday.

Incorrect: I paid 5 dollars for my sandwich more than I did yesterday.

"More" describes $5 and must therefore be placed next to $5.


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New post 27 Jul 2013, 12:35
dwivedys wrote:
HEATING OIL PRICES ARE EXPECTED TO BE HIGHER THIS YEAR THAN LAST
Now the comparison focus shifts from Price to Time frame (this year versus last)


Ok, I understand this concept, but where I got stuck was the construction of option A

"Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year than last" now I can follow last with 2 things, Last Year
or last year's Prices

If I choose the 1st option, I think It can very well become prices of oil last yr compared to this Yr

Can someone explain me why its not the case here?
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