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The Official Guide for GMAT Review, 11th Edition, 2005

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Question No.: SC 37
Page: 643

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

Originally posted by pierrealexandre77 on 02 Nov 2009, 10:38.
Last edited by hazelnut on 28 Jan 2018, 22:32, edited 3 times in total.
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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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@pierrealexandre77

hate to tell you this but "as many...as" is an idiom.

The only answer choices that correctly use this expression are A, D, and E.

In answers D and E, the extra use of the word "more" is redundant because "four times as..." is already used to tell us that the quantity of Americans killed is greater.

The answer needs to be A.
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well done GMATBootcamp

I knew there was a "as many as" ... but I found answer A pretty awkward and then chose E.
I should have used POE to get rid of non possible constructions and get only A as a possible answer!
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Thanks Gmatbootcamp,

I should have just looked at this question thru a simpler eyes, I kept thinking that this is a trick question and that A can't be it. I pick E at the end :(
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"As many as" is correct idiom and properly used in option A.
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Try substituting simpler words when in doubt

(A) Americans were killed as
>> I read as many books as you do.
(B) Americans were killed than
>> I read as many books than you do.
(C) Americans were killed than those who
>> I read as many books than the one which you do.
(D) more Americans were killed as there
>> I read as many more books as there you do.
(E) more Americans were killed as those who
>> I read as many more books as ones which you do.

It's a clear A.
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A is the clear choice as many ....as Idiom
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Try substituting simpler words when in doubt

(A) Americans were killed as
>> I read as many books as you do.
(B) Americans were killed than
>> I read as many books than you do.
(C) Americans were killed than those who
>> I read as many books than the one which you do.
(D) more Americans were killed as there
>> I read as many more books as there you do.
(E) more Americans were killed as those who
>> I read as many more books as ones which you do.

It's a clear A.


I pick A ..reason is correct idiom...

BTW I like your suggestion . it helps ( i use this often ) ..
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student26 wrote:
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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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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D and E introduces redundancy- we already have as many. as many...than and as many...than those who are clearly wrong, thus eliminating B and C. So ans is (A).
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