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Re: John has invited eleven or even more than eleven friends and family [#permalink]
John has invited eleven or even more than eleven friends and family members to Jane's birthday party.


A. eleven or even more than eleven friends and family members to Jane's birthday party

B. eleven or even more than eleven friends and members of family to Jane's birthday party

C. eleven or even more than eleven family members and friends to Jane's birthday party

D. at least eleven friends and family members to Jane's party

E. at least eleven friends and family members to Jane's birthday party---correct

At least is efficient way to say 11 or more
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Re: John has invited eleven or even more than eleven friends and family [#permalink]
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Bunuel wrote:
John has invited eleven or even more than eleven friends and family members to Jane's birthday party.


A. eleven or even more than eleven friends and family members to Jane's birthday party

B. eleven or even more than eleven friends and members of family to Jane's birthday party

C. eleven or even more than eleven family members and friends to Jane's birthday party

D. at least eleven friends and family members to Jane's party

E. at least eleven friends and family members to Jane's birthday party


This is a SC Butler Question



OFFICIAL EXPLANATION



John has invited eleven or even more than eleven friends and family members to Jane's birthday party.


A. eleven or even more than eleven friends and family members to Jane's birthday party

This answer choice is stylisically flawed. Eleven or more than eleven is redundant. Look for a more concise answer choice.

Stop Sign: x or (even) more than x

The phrase x or (even) more than x is complicated and redundant. It should be replaced by the expression at least.

Although x or (even) more than x is a stylistic flaw, it is one of the specific redundancies that should always be corrected.



B. eleven or even more than eleven friends and members of family to Jane's birthday party

This answer choice repeats the original redundancy. Eleven or more than eleven is redundant. Look for a more concise answer choice.

What helps us identify this question as a redundancy question as well as identify this mistake is the following Stop Sign:

    x or more than x

Stop Sign: x or (even) more than x

Although x or (even) more than x is a stylistic flaw, it is one of the specific redundancies that should always be corrected.

In addition, this answer choice is further redundant as a result of replacing the two-word phrase family members with the three-word phrase members of family.



C. eleven or even more than eleven family members and friends to Jane's birthday party

This answer choice repeats the original redundancy. Eleven or more than eleven is redundant. Look for a more concise answer choice.

What helps us identify this question as a redundancy question as well as identify this mistake is the following Stop Sign:

    x or more than x

Stop Sign: x or (even) more than x

The phrase x or (even) more than x is complicated and redundant.

Although x or (even) more than x is a stylistic flaw, it is one of the specific redundancies that should always be corrected.



D. at least eleven friends and family members to Jane's party

While this answer choice corrects the original redundancy, it changes the meaning of the original sentence by omitting the word birthday. Since there is an answer choice that corrects the original redundancy without making any further changes, it is preferable to this one.


E. at least eleven friends and family members to Jane's birthday party

CORRECT

Remember:

Stop Sign: x or (even) more than x

The phrase x or (even) more than x is complicated and redundant. It should be replaced by the expression at least.

Although x or (even) more than x is a stylistic flaw, it is one of the specific redundancies that should always be corrected.
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