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Like in 2004, car sales to first-time buyers as often, if not more often than, to return customers buoyed the economy this January.

(A) Like in 2004, car sales to first-time buyers as often, if not more often than, to return customers buoyed
(B) Like in 2004, first-time buyers bought cars as often, if not more often than, return customers and that buoyed
(C) As in 2004, car sales to first-time buyers as often as, if not more often than, to return customers and it buoyed
(D) As in 2004, first-time buyers bought cars as often as, if not more often than, return customers, buoying
(E) As in 2004, car sales to first-time buyers as often, if not more often than, to return customers buoyed
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Like in 2004, car sales to first-time buyers as often, if not more often than, to return customers buoyed the economy this January.

A) Like in 2004, car sales to first-time buyers as often, if not more often than, to return customers buoyed

B) Like in 2004, first-time buyers bought cars as often, if not more often than, return customers and that buoyed

C) As in 2004, car sales to first-time buyers as often as, if not more often than, to return customers and it buoyed

D) As in 2004, first-time buyers bought cars as often as, if not more often than, return customers, buoying

E) As in 2004, car sales to first-time buyers as often, if not more often than, to return customers buoyed

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confusing with many commas ...

I think' as X as to Y' idiom is followed here ..

A is wrong -- for using 'as X', which is not idiomatic.
B -- same as above.

C - correct.

D - 'as often as' is idiomatic but rest of the sentence has awkward construction.

E -- wrong for using 'as X ..to Y' not idiomatic.

IMO C..

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D is correct and C hasn't have any antecedent of it

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D is correct and C hasn't have any antecedent of it


but I am finding it difficult to understand D's construction .. can you explain a bit more?such as what is the main clause (or main verb) ..and the rest of the parts in it?

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This question is clearly not from an official source since it contains errors, however of all the errors, D is still the best choice.

main structure is X Verb Y as often as Z

I eat pears as often as apples.

First-time buyers buy cars as often as return customers. (This implies that buyers BUY return customers... should be as return customers do)

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This question is clearly not from an official source since it contains errors, however of all the errors, D is still the best choice.

main structure is X Verb Y as often as Z

I eat pears as often as apples.

First-time buyers buy cars as often as return customers. (This implies that buyers BUY return customers... should be as return customers do)


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This question is clearly not from an official source since it contains errors, however of all the errors, D is still the best choice.


FYI bipolarbear, it is a question from FREE ONLINE MGMAT CAT, i think it is official, may be not a one from gmac, but anyway mgmat is worth i think...

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Like in 2004, car sales to first-time buyers as often, if not more often than, to return customers buoyed the economy this January.

(A) Like in 2004, car sales to first-time buyers as often, if not more often than, to return customers buoyed
(B) Like in 2004, first-time buyers bought cars as often, if not more often than, return customers and that buoyed
(C) As in 2004, car sales to first-time buyers as often as, if not more often than, to return customers and it buoyed
(D) As in 2004, first-time buyers bought cars as often as, if not more often than, return customers, buoying
(E) As in 2004, car sales to first-time buyers as often, if not more often than, to return customers buoyed

D. Maintains parallelism and the use of the correct idiom "as often as".
First of all, like is incorrect so A and B are out.
E is out because it uses the idiom incorrectly "as often".
C is out because there is no need to add "and" and "it". Moreover, the pronoun "it" is ambiguous as it wrongly refers to "return customers".
I don't understand whats really wrong with this question. the answer seems perfectly fine to me unless I am missing something.

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Somebody helps me clear which one is correct in two phrases: 'like in 2004' and 'as in 2004'?

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This question is clearly not from an official source since it contains errors, however of all the errors, D is still the best choice.

main structure is X Verb Y as often as Z

I eat pears as often as apples.

First-time buyers buy cars as often as return customers. (This implies that buyers BUY return customers... should be as return customers do)


I eat pears as often as apples. Here, the comparison is between pears (object) and apples.

But, is the following sentence incorrect?

I eat pears as often as you. Here, the comparison is between I (subject) and You.

What is the rule of comparison regarding as often as?
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oanhnguyen1116 wrote:
Somebody helps me clear which one is correct in two phrases: 'like in 2004' and 'as in 2004'?


As in 2004 is correct.
You can use like in the following manner:
"Like 2004, this year also we will experience a very hot and humid summer in Eastern India.
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