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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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Originally posted by crejoc on 15 Aug 2009, 01:55.
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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)
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structure is X Verb Y as often as Z

In option C, it is ambiguous.

D is best among all.
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This question is part of the GMAT Club Sentence Correction : Comparison" Revision Project.

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


Great Qs Souvik. IMO, B. D doesnt look right coz it is not clear who/what is buoying the economy.
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Answer should be D.
"Like in" is wrong usage since "Like" should not be followed by clause. Here, "Like <it was> in..." is wrong.
"as often as..." is idiomatically correct in this context, not "as often..".
In option C has missing verb error: "car sales.... customers" does not have a verb.
D is having idiom error "as often..".
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This is my understanding:

A. Like in 2004, car sales to first-time buyers as often, if not more often than, to return customers buoyed incorrect use of 'like' since we are talking about 'buoyed'

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

C. As in 2004, car sales to first-time buyers as often as, if not more often than, to return customers and it buoyed Ambiguous! The sentence means that car sales to first timers buoyed the economy and here is the meaning is unclear because of wrong comparison. Also, 'and' does not serve a purpose

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

E. As in 2004, car sales to first-time buyers as often, if not more often than, to return customers buoyed should be as...as
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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
incorrect comparison.. 'as' is required.. as often as is correct idiom

B. Like in 2004, first-time buyers bought cars as often, if not more often than, return customers and that buoyed
incorrect comparison.. 'as' is required.. as often as is correct idiom

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

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

E. As in 2004, car sales to first-time buyers as often, if not more often than, to return customers buoyed
incorrect.. as often as is correct idiom..

ans D
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souvik101990 wrote:
This question is part of the GMAT Club Sentence Correction : Comparison" Revision Project.

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


Great Qs Souvik. IMO, B. D doesnt look right coz it is not clear who/what is buoying the economy.


hi ks15,
in B, like is not required here as the comparison is not between two nouns so 'as' should be correct..
Also in 'as often, if not more often than'... as often is hanging.. the correct idiom is as often as, if not more than..
in D. first timers buying vehicles is buoying the economy and is being correctly reffered by buoying
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The original makes a comparison between car sales in 2004 and this January. However, the comparison is of prepositional phrases, which must be compared using "as," not "like," which is used to compare nouns. ("Like" would be correctly used to compare one year to another, for example, "Like 2004, 2005 was a good year.")

Also, this sentence has an idiomatic error. The idiom “as often as” must be written out and cannot be contracted to “as often.” Finally, the phrasing "car sales to first-time buyers as often as to return customers" is awkward and should be recast.

(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.

(B) This choice incorrectly uses the comparison term "Like." Also, the idiom “as often” is incorrect; it should be “as often as.”

(C) This sentence uses the correct idiom, "as often as." However, the pronoun “it” does not have an antecedent, as “sales” (as well as "buyers") is plural. Finally, "and it" weakens the syntax and meaning of the first part of the sentence.

(D) CORRECT. This choice clearly compares sales in the two years. The idiom “as often as” is correctly written and is placed in a comparison of actions (i.e., "first-time buyers bought cars") rather than in a comparison of prepositional phrases, which is more awkward.

(E) The idiom “as often” is incorrect; it should be “as often as.”
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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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Hello Verbal Experts,
I did not choose option D, albeit I did not find any option correct. Could you please help me with my wrong understanding about option D:

first-time buyers bought cars as often as, if not more often than, return customers

Here I can infer two meanings from the sentence:

First time owners bought cars as often as return customers did

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First time owners bought cars as often as they bought return customers.

Isn't the sentence ambiguous then? Please help!!

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First time owners bought cars as often as they bought return customers.

Yes, but this interpretation would be completely nonsensical Rishav and hence, we cannot interpret the original sentence this way.
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