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abhimahna, you're beating me to the punch on the questions with requests for expert replies... and you're doing an awesome job with them. I probably sound like a broken record, but nice work again! :)

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abhimahna, you're beating me to the punch on the questions with requests for expert replies... and you're doing an awesome job with them. I probably sound like a broken record, but nice work again! :)

If anybody has further doubts, feel free to hit that expert reply button again, and we'll take a look.


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Thanks for the kind words. I am honored to hear such words from you.

I know the moment an expert reply button is hit, I try to answer those questions. Just trying to reach your level of thinking. :P

But I am not any expert. I am just a 800 score aspirant. So, all the steps I am taking are for myself and the community.

Looking forward to learn alot more from you before I give my exam. :)

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Re: Henry Ford's factory was so efficient that by 1926 a new Model T [#permalink]
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ruchi857 wrote:
I have not understood the premise of this question much at all. Any help deconstructing the question and OA will be great


Hi ruchi857 ,

I think there is something wrong with the question. Non Underlined portion has SV error. New Model COST. This should be COSTS.

Still, I will try to dissect this sentence for you. :)

Here I go:

[Clause 1] Henry Ford's factory was so efficient that

[Clause 2]by 1926 a new "Model T" costs $310,

[Modifier] as low a price as one-third of the original 1908 model.

The sentence says the factory was so efficient that a car model COSTS some price. (Costs is the verb here). Then it is followed a modifier.

This modifier is comparing $310 with the price of a different model.

A. as low a price as one-third of --> Wrong construction.

B. one-third of --> This tells $310 was one third of the another car itself.

C. a price one-third of what had been --> No need of Past Perfect

D. one-third the price of

E. one-third the price that had been on --> Same as C



How will we know that we need had or not?
Here, there are 2 events that occurred in the past and I chose E becoz had is stuck with the one happened before....But why D? how will we identify if we need it or not?
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How will we know that we need had or not?
Here, there are 2 events that occurred in the past and I chose E becoz had is stuck with the one happened before....But why D? how will we identify if we need it or not?


Hi rocko911 ,

Here I go:

Notice that we are comparing two prices here and not the two events.

We are comparing the price of new model and the price of old model.

For example, I can say the price of Maruti Swift 2017 model is more than the price of Swift 2005 model.

So, here we are not talking about any past or future events. It's just the comparison of prices.

Hence, using had is incorrect.

Does that make sense?
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Henry Ford's factory was so efficient that by 1926 a new "Model T" costs $310, as low a price as one-third of the original 1908 model.

A. as low a price as one-third of
B. one-third of
C. a price one-third of what had been
D. one-third the price of
E. one-third the price that had been on


I hope there is a small typo in question as above marked.
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abhimahna why it should be costs instead of cost since the sentence is in past tense?
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abhimahna why it should be costs instead of cost since the sentence is in past tense?


Hey teaserbae ,

As I mentioned here,since we have "New Model" as the subject, which is singular, it should be followed by a singular verb - COSTS.

We cannot change the singularity of the verb even if it is in the Past form. Verb MUST be in agreement with the subject.

If we wanna change the verb in the past form, it can be used to cost or costed.

Does that make sense?
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hi abhimahna

why is option A wrong construction?
had it been - as low as one third the price of - would it be right?
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hi abhimahna

why is option A wrong construction?
had it been - as low as one third the price of - would it be right?


Hey MikeHelios ,

In the exiting option A, there are two problems:

1. It is implying that we are comparing something. So, using a comma before "as low as" provides a wrong meaning. It is acting as a modifier.
2. We are comparing a price with a model. This is an incorrect comparison.

Now, your construction is resolving the 2nd problem but not the first. Hence, again that won't workout.

Now, in option D, I am not making a comparison using "as low as" rather I am using a modifier to the price $310 and I am saying this value is 1/3rd the price of some other model.

Does that make sense?
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MikeHelios wrote:
hi abhimahna

why is option A wrong construction?
had it been - as low as one third the price of - would it be right?


Hey MikeHelios ,

In the exiting option A, there are two problems:

1. It is implying that we are comparing something. So, using a comma before "as low as" provides a wrong meaning. It is acting as a modifier.
2. We are comparing a price with a model. This is an incorrect comparison.

Now, your construction is resolving the 2nd problem but not the first. Hence, again that won't workout.

Now, in option D, I am not making a comparison using "as low as" rather I am using a modifier to the price $310 and I am saying this value is 1/3rd the price of some other model.

Does that make sense?


Hi abhimahna

thanks for the reply but i still dont get it.
1. why is using a comma before 'as low as' wrong?
2. why is the use of a modifier here wrong?
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As I mentioned here,since we have "New Model" as the subject, which is singular, it should be followed by a singular verb - COSTS.
We cannot change the singularity of the verb even if it is in the Past form. Verb MUST be in agreement with the subject.


Verb "cost" in this meaning sounds the same in all tenses, and here it is in past tense, so "cost" (as "cut" does)
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