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# John maintained that his scholastic record was better or at

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John maintained that his scholastic record was better or at
least as good as hers.

a)
b)at its least was as good as hers
c)was as good or better than hers
d)was better or at least as good as her scholastic record
e)was better than or at least as good as hers

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21 Sep 2003, 06:31
I see no correct options here. The construction JOHN MAINTAINS THAT requires subjunctive mood (BE).

The correct version should be:
John maintained that his scholastic record be at least as good as hers.

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21 Sep 2003, 16:18
[quote="stolyar"]I see no correct options here. The construction JOHN MAINTAINS THAT requires subjunctive mood (BE).

The correct version should be:
[b]John maintained that his scholastic record be at least as good as hers. [/b]

Why does it require the subjunctive mood? In this case John is saying not commanding anything.

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21 Sep 2003, 18:35
"Maintain" is not a verb of demand (e.g. requested, solicitated, demanded, ordered, etc...) therefore the "be" is not necessary

Option E seems correct to me

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21 Sep 2003, 21:52
I have searched altavista.com to check that to maintain is not a verb of demand. To my surprise, it is really not.

In any case, the construction BETTER THAN OR AT LEAST AS GOOD AS is clumsy. AT LEAST AS GOOD AS is enough to convey the idea that John has the same or more than she does.

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23 Sep 2003, 03:05
Out of the choices, (B) seems to be the best fit.

'At least as good as' implies that John's scholastic record can be better than hers.

Isn't the following structure often used ?
.....as good as .... if not better.

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18 May 2006, 20:54
vasurajiv wrote:
John maintained that his scholastic record was better or at
least as good as hers.

a)
b)at its least was as good as hers
c)was as good or better than hers
d)was better or at least as good as her scholastic record
e)was better than or at least as good as hers

I will go with "C" as "C" is concise and conveys the same meaning as "E" but not as verbose.

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19 May 2006, 07:28
alfa_beta01 wrote:
vasurajiv wrote:
John maintained that his scholastic record was better or at
least as good as hers.

a)
b)at its least was as good as hers
c)was as good or better than hers
d)was better or at least as good as her scholastic record
e)was better than or at least as good as hers

I will go with "C" as "C" is concise and conveys the same meaning as "E" but not as verbose.

I'll go with E.
C is wrong b'coz I think we need ' as good as....hers ' whereas C states ' as good...hers '. Just doesn't make sense.

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20 May 2006, 12:19
Definitely E.
Only E maintains correct idioms -
as good as / better than

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20 May 2006, 15:59
buzzgaurav wrote:
alfa_beta01 wrote:
vasurajiv wrote:
John maintained that his scholastic record was better or at
least as good as hers.

a)
b)at its least was as good as hers
c)was as good or better than hers
d)was better or at least as good as her scholastic record
e)was better than or at least as good as hers

I will go with "C" as "C" is concise and conveys the same meaning as "E" but not as verbose.

I'll go with E.
C is wrong b'coz I think we need ' as good as....hers ' whereas C states ' as good...hers '. Just doesn't make sense.

Thanks gaurav, went for C initially ...but your clarification helps...i'll g with E

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27 May 2006, 11:46
I vote for E as well...

The correct idioms are:
- as good as
- better than

a) missing 'than' after 'better'
b) 'at its least was...' just sounds awkward (perhaps someone can better articulate why b) may be wrong)
c) missing 'as' after 'as good'
d) same as a)
e) only one left with both of the correct idioms.

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27 May 2006, 16:15
Definitely ^ E ^

Is it possible for us to see such questions on real GMAT ?

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