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# I found this in the general (Verbal) section but the

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I found this in the general (Verbal) section but the original poster had the wrong OA listed. I figure it would be a good question to spur up conversation.

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Soaring television costs accounted for more than half the spending in the presidential campaign of 1992, a greater portion that it was in any previous election.

(B) a greater portion than
(C) a greater portion than they have been
(D) which is greater than was so
(E) which is greater than it has been

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23 Jul 2009, 15:55
IMO it is C

D and E can be eliminated as which doesn't directly refer to the costs of the TV.

B is incomplete

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23 Jul 2009, 16:55
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First, I think the underlined part is until "it was", otherwise it is impossible to find an alternative.

A "greater that" is incorrect. It should be "greater than"
B CORRECT This is a ellipse question. "the costs" is implicit before "in any previous election"
C I almost choose this, because "they" referring to costs. But the verb "have been" seems that the costs of the previous elections are still occurring. B is best.
D "which" has wrong referent
E "which" has wrong referent

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23 Jul 2009, 17:43
AndersonBound wrote:
I found this in the general (Verbal) section but the original poster had the wrong OA listed. I figure it would be a good question to spur up conversation.

Origin: GMAT Prep

Soaring television costs accounted for more than half the spending in the presidential campaign of 1992, a greater portion that it was in any previous election.

(B) a greater portion than
(C) a greater portion than they have been
(D) which is greater than was so
(E) which is greater than it has been

I would choose B

what does "it" refer to if we pick B? costs or portion? I would say "portion"
ie, half the spending was a greater portion than it has been in any previous year.

OA?

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23 Jul 2009, 23:14
Here is the correctly underlined question:

Soaring television costs accounted for more than half the spending in the presidential campaign of 1992, a greater proportion than it was in any previous election.

A. a greater proportion than it was
B. a greater proportion than
C. a greater proportion than they have been
D. which is greater than was so
E. which is greater than it has been
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23 Jul 2009, 23:19
IMO B

A. a greater proportion than it was -incorrect idiom. the correct idiom should be "Greater...than..."
B. a greater proportion than -Correct
C. a greater proportion than they have been -We are comparing "a greater portion" to the "potion" spent in previous election. Use of plural "they" to refer to this portion is incorrect here
D. which is greater than was so- incorrect placement of identifier "which". "Which" should generally be followed immediately after the modifying noun.
E. which is greater than it has been -same error as in D
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23 Jul 2009, 23:21
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nice concept. Here take one from my side for a nice explanation.
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24 Jul 2009, 06:31
coelholds wrote:

If it is right, consider a kudo I am in the half of the way to access the GMATClub tests

I wonder if you know that another way to access those tests is having 200 posts. You have 70. 130 to go

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24 Jul 2009, 06:40
rashminet84 wrote:

I wonder if you know that another way to access those tests is having 200 posts. You have 70. 130 to go

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24 Jul 2009, 06:59
rashminet84 wrote:
coelholds wrote:

If it is right, consider a kudo I am in the half of the way to access the GMATClub tests

I wonder if you know that another way to access those tests is having 200 posts. You have 70. 130 to go

btw, consider a kudo if this post helped

The problem for coelholds is that he needs "25 kudous and 100 posts, because along with 200 posts he needs to be 90 days old in this forum. So for that he needs to wait another 2 months.

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24 Jul 2009, 07:07
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The problem for coelholds is that he needs "25 kudous and 100 posts, because along with 200 posts he needs to be 90 days old in this forum. So for that he needs to wait another 2 months.

Oh yes, i had forgotten that one.

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24 Jul 2009, 07:55
AndersonBound wrote:
I found this in the general (Verbal) section but the original poster had the wrong OA listed. I figure it would be a good question to spur up conversation.

Origin: GMAT Prep

Soaring television costs accounted for more than half the spending in the presidential campaign of 1992, a greater portion that it was in any previous election.

(B) a greater portion than
(C) a greater portion than they have been
(D) which is greater than was so
(E) which is greater than it has been

Have you underlined the correct segment of the sentence?
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24 Jul 2009, 11:19
bigoyal, rashminet84, gmanjesh, thank you guys for the incentive

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24 Jul 2009, 11:26
coelholds wrote:
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Nice concept..

here +1 from me.
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24 Jul 2009, 18:17
Soaring television costs accounted for more than half the spending in the presidential campaign of 1992, a greater proportion than it was in any previous election.

A. a greater proportion than it was - it refers to television costs, should be plural?
B. a greater proportion than - a greater proportion than (proportion no need for repetition。。) in any previous election..i think.
C. a greater proportion than they have been - shouldn't this be they were a greater proportion than they have been....to complete the parallel?
D. which is greater than was so - wordy?
E. which is greater than it has been -again, it.

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26 Jul 2009, 04:14
Origin: GMAT Prep

Soaring television costs accounted for more than half the spending in the presidential campaign of 1992, a greater portion that it was in any previous election.
(A) a greater portion that it was
(B) a greater portion than
(C) a greater portion than they have been
(D) which is greater than was so
(E) which is greater than it has been

The underlined part is wrong !! Please be careful with underlining sometimes it makes a lot trouble for us. !!
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26 Jul 2009, 04:27
Do it by POE:

greater -- than missing in A ;

C out due to lack of s-v agreement ; more than half the spending is not compatible with they

D & E -- out as which wrongly modifies the year 1992
Also in C & E mistake in tense ; Past tense is preferable here.

Hence B but would have choosen A if the option would be like that a greater portion than it was

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