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In one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, fought at Sharpsburg,Maryland, on September 17,1862,four times as many Americans were killed as would later be killed on the beaches of Normandy during D-Day

A. Americans were killed as
B. Americans were killed than
C. Americans were killed than those who
D. more Americans were killed as there
E. more Americans were killed as those who

I want to know whats the difference between "as" and "than" here, as i selected option "C"
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In one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, fought at Sharpsburg,Maryland, on September 17,1862,four times as many Americans were killed as would later be killed on the beaches of Normandy during D-Day

A. Americans were killed as
B. Americans were killed than
C. Americans were killed than those who
D. more Americans were killed as there
E. more Americans were killed as those who

I want to know whats the difference between "as" and "than" here, as i selected option "C"

Answered A. Agree with the above answer. as many as...

I was also looking at E because it contained as... as those who.. But, "as many more" didn't sound right!

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Hey, student26:

Good question on "as" vs. "than" here - because the GMAT does often test Comparisons, you should get used to one of the easiest ways that the test can manufacture an incorrect answer by twisting these idioms. For comparisons, there are three idiomatic constructions that you should make sure to know:

As many as (or "as much as") ---> Denotes equality (there is AS MUCH water in the Pacific Ocean AS in the Atlantic and Indian oceans combined)

So many that (or "so much that") ---> Denotes a "critical mass" (there is SO much pollution in the water THAT the beach is closed)

More than (or "less than" or "taller than" or anything with "-er than") --->Denotes inequality (there is MORE water in the Pacific Ocean THAN in the Atlantic)

With these structures in a Comparison-based questions, it's easy for the author of a question to just switch the last word of the construction to create a wrong answer:

"As many that"
"More as"
"So much than"

When you see one of these constructions, double-check to ensure that it's correctly structured, as the GMAT can easily switch that one word on you to create a wrong answer that's easy to overlook.
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this question focus more on sentence pattern than on meaning. we have to remember the pattern in Choice A, the official answer. in the choice A, the subject of second clause of comparison is absent.
some relative pattern are

4 times as many men as women are students in this class.

from two above pattern we infer that in comparison, only two different elements compared need to appear. the element which are appear in first clause need to be cut off in the second clause.
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