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In 2003, apartment rental costs in most neighborhoods of Brooklyn rose almost so high, and in certain neighborhoods even higher than what they did in Manhattan.

A. so high, and in certain neighborhoods even higher than what they did
B. so high, and in certain neighborhoods even higher than, those
C. as high, and in certain neighborhoods even higher than, those
D. as high as, and in certain neighborhoods even higher than, those
E. as high as, and in certain neighborhoods even higher than what they did

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Why not choice E? Normally, if there is a comma before the word"and", the following sentence should be independent sentence. But why does incomplete sentence followed "and"?

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Re: The use of "and" & equivalent element problem [#permalink]

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11 May 2011, 22:14
IMO D

best way to tackle these question involving commas is to treat them as separate sentences. there is 2 levels of comparison -

D -
1) apartment rental costs in neighborhoods of Brooklyn rose almost as high as those in Manhattan (correct comparison)
2) apartment rental costs in certain neighborhoods even higher than those

above requirement is not satisfied in any of other choices.....
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11 May 2011, 22:37
as high as is correct comparison.

D and E remain.
In E usage of they is wrong since it doesn't has a clear antecedent. It can refer to neighborhood too.

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11 May 2011, 23:44
BellTheGmat wrote:
IMO D

best way to tackle these question involving commas is to treat them as separate sentences. there is 2 levels of comparison -

D -
1) apartment rental costs in neighborhoods of Brooklyn rose almost as high as those in Manhattan (correct comparison)
2) apartment rental costs in certain neighborhoods even higher than those

above requirement is not satisfied in any of other choices.....

But What about the word "and", the sentence followed by "and" supposed to be independent and complete sentence if there is a comma before "and".
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Re: The use of "and" & equivalent element problem [#permalink]

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12 May 2011, 00:32
+1 D

Idiom:
"Those" makes a copy of rental costs. "They" is wrong because it refers to "rental costs in most neighborhoods of Brooklyn".
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13 Jun 2011, 12:19
B. as high as, and in certain neighborhoods even higher than, those
idiomatic as... as; even... than; and those talks about costs, has to be plural.
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Re: In 2003, apartment rental costs in most neighborhoods of [#permalink]

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08 Nov 2011, 15:37
If idioms are out of the GMAT.. why people are still posting idioms questions on the forum?
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Re: In 2003, apartment rental costs in most neighborhoods of [#permalink]

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08 Nov 2011, 19:46
Can you please check the original sentence I feel there is a "to" missing in the un-underlined part:

In 2003, apartment rental costs in most neighborhoods of Brooklyn rose to almost so high, and in certain neighborhoods even higher than what they did in Manhattan.

D says that the rental costs are same as(or higher than those in) Manhattan.
E says that the rental costs grew at the same rate as the rate in Manhattan.

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