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# I have one doubt in SC. The new sports car is heavier than

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I have one doubt in SC. The new sports car is heavier than [#permalink]

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I have one doubt in SC.
The new sports car is heavier than usual for a performance automobile, but its exceptional because of its high-powered engine.

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2- is usual
3 - it is usual

In the above sentence 'is usual' is the right choice.

Now in the below sentence from OG -

Analysts blamed May's sluggish retail sales on unexciting merchandise as well as the weather, colder and wetter than was usual in some regions, which slowed sales of barbecue grills and lawn furniture.
(A) colder and wetter than was usual in some regions, which slowed
(B) which was colder and wetter than usual in some regions, slowing
(C) since it was colder and wetter than usually in some regions, which slowed
(D) being colder and wetter than usually in some regions, slowing
(E) having been colder and wetter than was usual in some regions and slowed
B is the OA. (I am posting the OA also because only then can i explain my doubt).

My doubt - How can 'weather was colder and wetter than usual in some regions' be grammatically correct.
This is making me go crazy. What is the gap in my understanding. Can anyone please explain.
Thanks.

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30 Jul 2004, 03:47
The meaning being conveyed in these two examples is different:

1) The new sports car is heavier than IS USUAL FOR a performance automobile
2) When I loaded my car with bricks, it became HEAVIER THAN USUAL

The GMAT question you cite is of the same type as the second sentence

I think Paul will explain it better

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30 Jul 2004, 06:15
This is called the empty "it" usage.

"it" can be ommited to maintain conciseness. However using "it" does not make the sentence grammatically wrong. Just remember that GMAT prefers grammatically correct and concise sentence.

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30 Jul 2004, 21:21
Analysts blamed May's sluggish retail sales on unexciting merchandise as well as the weather, colder and wetter than was usual in some regions, which slowed sales of barbecue grills and lawn furniture.

here, we are comparing the weather in one region with the weather in some other region. see how the meaning changes:

weather in one is different that is usual in other. this suggests that the weather that is present (a charactestic of) one region is also present in other , but is bit different.

My behavior is active in arena 1. My behavior is dull in arena 2. --> I am present at both the places, but put forwards different characterstics.

we, truely, need to compare "weather in one region" with "weather in other". The weather is good (in region 1) than the usual weather (of region 2).

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