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It took me four times as long to write the report collaboratively as i

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It took me four times as long to write the report collaboratively as it would have taken me to write it by myself.

A. as it would have taken me to write it by myself.
B. than it would have taken me to write it by myself
C. because it would have taken me to write it by myself
D. than writing it by myself would have done
E. as it took me to write it by myself
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15 Apr 2017, 08:31
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kivalo wrote:
It took me four times as long to write the report collaboratively as it would have taken me to write it by myself.

A. as it would have taken me to write it by myself.
B. than it would have taken me to write it by myself
C. because it would have taken me to write it by myself
D. than writing it by myself would have done
E. as it took me to write it by myself

Would have - Subjunctive usage is required to show hypothetical usage..

Now , there is comparative usage : As ______ as ______ to show correct comparative usage..

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16 Apr 2017, 12:42
kivalo wrote:
It took me four times as long to write the report collaboratively as it would have taken me to write it by myself.

A. as it would have taken me to write it by myself.
B. than it would have taken me to write it by myself
C. because it would have taken me to write it by myself
D. than writing it by myself would have done
E. as it took me to write it by myself

The correct idiomatic expression is 'as long...as' and since this sentence has ' in the past talking about future' reference, there would be conditional verb 'would' involved here.
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21 Apr 2017, 23:37
kivalo wrote:
It took me four times as long to write the report collaboratively as it would have taken me to write it by myself.

A. as it would have taken me to write it by myself.
B. than it would have taken me to write it by myself
C. because it would have taken me to write it by myself
D. than writing it by myself would have done
E. as it took me to write it by myself

Confused between A and E. I was pretty sure that it would be A but somehow got carried away by E. Please help...
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26 Apr 2017, 13:23
umabharatigudipalli wrote:
kivalo wrote:
It took me four times as long to write the report collaboratively as it would have taken me to write it by myself.

A. as it would have taken me to write it by myself.
B. than it would have taken me to write it by myself
C. because it would have taken me to write it by myself
D. than writing it by myself would have done
E. as it took me to write it by myself

Confused between A and E. I was pretty sure that it would be A but somehow got carried away by E. Please help...

I think the difference is based on assumption that the report was written only once, collaboratively (single action). So if you use E, you are talking about two different reports (two actions), comparing the time one spent to write them. 'Would' fixes this logic gap.
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27 Apr 2017, 11:23
umabharatigudipalli wrote:
kivalo wrote:
It took me four times as long to write the report collaboratively as it would have taken me to write it by myself.

A. as it would have taken me to write it by myself.
B. than it would have taken me to write it by myself
C. because it would have taken me to write it by myself
D. than writing it by myself would have done
E. as it took me to write it by myself

Confused between A and E. I was pretty sure that it would be A but somehow got carried away by E. Please help...

In SC Questions, we also have to keep intact the meaning of the original sentence and we cannot change the meaning unless every other option is grammatically incorrect. Basically, the order of Precedence is

Grammar > Meaning > Concision.

Option A & E are both Grammatically correct BUT option E changes the meaning implying that the person wrote the Report both individually and collaboratively.

StaicyT wrote:
umabharatigudipalli wrote:
kivalo wrote:
It took me four times as long to write the report collaboratively as it would have taken me to write it by myself.

A. as it would have taken me to write it by myself.
B. than it would have taken me to write it by myself
C. because it would have taken me to write it by myself
D. than writing it by myself would have done
E. as it took me to write it by myself

Confused between A and E. I was pretty sure that it would be A but somehow got carried away by E. Please help...

I think the difference is based on assumption that the report was written only once, collaboratively (single action). So if you use E, you are talking about two different reports (two actions), comparing the time one spent to write them. 'Would' fixes this logic gap.

Yes, you are right. would have taken means that this case is hypothetical.
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27 Apr 2017, 11:53
We can easily eliminate B,C, D. Between E and A, I choose (A). We need to use "would have" because of the hypothetical situation. For eg, It would have taken me less time to write it by myself.
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31 Oct 2018, 22:48
A comparison is being made. Correct structure should be, "as long as".

Options A, E -- only have as in the statements. Eliminate all other options.

Now out of A & E, E says "it took" but the comparison that is being made here is Probability case. Correct sentence structure will be "it took me as long as, it would have taken for doing X". Eliminate E.

So option A is a clear winner.
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