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Manufacturers rate batteries in watt-hours; if they rate the watt-hour higher, the longer the battery can be expected to last.

A if they rate the watt-hour higher, the longer
B rating the watt-hour higher, it is that much longer
C the higher the watt-hour rating, the longer
D the higher the watt-hour rating, it is that much longer that
E when the watt-hour rating is higher, the longer it is
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Manufacturers rate batteries in watt-hours; if they rate the watt-hour higher, the longer the battery can be expected to last.

A if they rate the watt-hour higher, the longer
B rating the watt-hour higher, it is that much longer
C the higher the watt-hour rating, the longer
D the higher the watt-hour rating, it is that much longer that
E when the watt-hour rating is higher, the longer it is

In this question two complete sentences are separated by a semi colon. Hence sentence on both the sides of semi colon should be complete sentences.

A) if they (subject) rate (verb) the watt-hour (object) higher (adverb - modifying rate), the longer (adverb) the battery(object) can be expected (verb) to last

In this option there is meaning issue as Manufacturers (they) can't rate watt-hours. Also there is lack of parallelism in if then construction

B) rating (verb) the watt-hour (object) higher (Adverb), it (place holder) is that much longer the battery(object) can be expected (verb) to last

This option doesn't have subject. Hence the sentence on the right side of semi colon is incomplete

C> the higher the watt-hour rating, the longer the battery can be expected to last

Can experts take a short at construction of this option

D> the higher the watt-hour rating, it is that much longer that

Can experts take a short at construction of this option

E> when the watt-hour rating is higher (adverb modifier), the longer it is the battery (object) can be expected (verb) to last

Experts please help me to decode construction of C, D and E.

Hi Mission2012,

Let us solve this question using the 3 step process.

Original Sentence: Manufacturers rate batteries in watt-hours; if they rate the watt-hour higher, the longer the battery can be expected to last.

Meaning Analysis: Let’s look at the meaning of the sentence. The way this sentence has been written, it suggests that battery can last longer simply by being rated in higher watt-hour by the manufacturers. This does not make much sense because the manufacturers do no rate the battery on their free will. The batteries are made in different watt-hours and that is why the manufacturers rate them per their construction. The norm is that the higher the watt-hour, the longer the battery lasts.

Error Analysis: We have parallelism error here. This sentence uses “if… then…” construction. Hence, we have cause and effect here. These two constructions should be in parallel construction. The “if clause” is in active voice, but the “then clause” is in passive voice. Notice that the “if clause” can be easily written is passive voice because the “then clause” is in passive voice and falls in non-underlined portion of the sentence.

So even if the meaning of the sentence is not clear right away, we can still eliminate choice A on the basis of parallelism.

POE:

B. rating the watt-hour higher, it is that much longer:

Incorrect. Verb-ing modifier “rating” is modifying “it”. This modification is illogical. Also the cause and effect relationship is lost.

C. the higher the watt-hour rating, the longer:

Correct. Parallelism error is rectified. This choice also makes the meaning logical. It does not say that the manufacturers per their will rate the battery in watt-hours.

D. the higher the watt-hour rating, it is that much longer that:

Incorrect. This choice is completely ungrammatical. Pronoun “it” has no antecedent. The presence of “it is that much longer that” makes no sense in this choice.

E. when the watt-hour rating is higher, the longer it is:

Incorrect. This is another ungrammatical choice. Presence of “the longer it is” makes no sense in the sentence.

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A and B can be eliminated right off the bat; manufacturers are not rating the watt-hour itself.

C is parallel and work well: "the higher..., the longer..."

D gets overly wordy and awkward by adding "it is that much", which ruins the parallel form.

E uses "it", which is ambiguous.

this is what i found on some other site.

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It is not clear in B
the modifier before the clause that starts with it. does it say the pronoun "it" is rating the watthour higher? does it modify the entire clause after comma? both are illogical.

B is actually worse than what you give it credit for: ).

rating the watt-hour higher is a participial phrase and so, will modify the word next to the participial phrase: it, nonsensically suggesting that it (and there is no referent for it, as is very evident, because there is no singular noun that it can refer to) is rating the watt-hour higher.
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Clear C

Both parts of the sentence must be able to stand together, and this is most clear in C. For the other parts, the wording is awkward or both parts do not stand alone as sentences.
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Clear C

Both parts of the sentence must be able to stand together, and this is most clear in C. For the other parts, the wording is awkward or both parts do not stand alone as sentences.

That's correct.

It's clearly seen that after reading the statement, we know that the structure: The higher ..., the longer ... should be used there. Hence, C is correct.
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what could have been possible wrong with B?
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what could have been possible wrong with B?

It is not clear in B
the modifier before the clause that starts with it. does it say the pronoun "it" is rating the watthour higher? does it modify the entire clause after comma? both are illogical.
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thanks for the co-ordination. I helped.
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Isn't semicolon should follow by an independent clause with SV+ a complete thought???? no?
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Isn't semicolon should follow by an independent clause with SV+ a complete thought???? no?

yes and that's the case here too :
the higher the watt-hour rating, the longer the battery is expected to last.
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Isn't semicolon should follow by an independent clause with SV+ a complete thought???? no?

yes and that's the case here too :
the higher the watt-hour rating, the longer the battery is expected to last.

The correct answer looks like this:

2. Manufacturers rate batteries in watt-hours; the higher the watt-hour rating, the longer the battery can be expected.

What are the SV after semicolon? Battery expected?
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nyu2014 wrote:
2. Manufacturers rate batteries in watt-hours; the higher the watt-hour rating, the longer the battery can be expected.

What are the SV after semicolon? Battery expected?

Invert the sentence in this way:

The battery can be expected to last longer.

Now it is easier to identify that Subject is "battery" and verb is "can be".
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nyu2014 wrote:
2. Manufacturers rate batteries in watt-hours; the higher the watt-hour rating, the longer the battery can be expected.

What are the SV after semicolon? Battery expected?

Invert the sentence in this way:

The battery can be expected to last longer.

Now it is easier to identify that Subject is "battery" and verb is "can be".

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macjas wrote:
Manufacturers rate batteries in watt-hours; if they rate the watt-hour higher, the longer the battery can be expected to last.

A if they rate the watt-hour higher, the longer
B rating the watt-hour higher, it is that much longer
C the higher the watt-hour rating, the longer
D the higher the watt-hour rating, it is that much longer that
E when the watt-hour rating is higher, the longer it is

In this question two complete sentences are separated by a semi colon. Hence sentence on both the sides of semi colon should be complete sentences.

A) if they (subject) rate (verb) the watt-hour (object) higher (adverb - modifying rate), the longer (adverb) the battery(object) can be expected (verb) to last

In this option there is meaning issue as Manufacturers (they) can't rate watt-hours. Also there is lack of parallelism in if then construction

B) rating (verb) the watt-hour (object) higher (Adverb), it (place holder) is that much longer the battery(object) can be expected (verb) to last

This option doesn't have subject. Hence the sentence on the right side of semi colon is incomplete

C> the higher the watt-hour rating, the longer the battery can be expected to last

Can experts take a short at construction of this option

D> the higher the watt-hour rating, it is that much longer that

Can experts take a short at construction of this option

E> when the watt-hour rating is higher (adverb modifier), the longer it is the battery (object) can be expected (verb) to last

Experts please help me to decode construction of C, D and E.
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in the idiomatic pattern "er...er", one of the clauses need no verb
this is the point we have to learn from og questions.
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what could have been possible wrong with B?

Semi Colon is used to Connect two Independent clause. 2nd part in B is not an Independent Clause.
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macjas wrote:
Manufacturers rate batteries in watt-hours; if they rate the watt-hour higher, the longer the battery can be expected to last.

A if they rate the watt-hour higher, the longer
B rating the watt-hour higher, it is that much longer
C the higher the watt-hour rating, the longer
D the higher the watt-hour rating, it is that much longer that
E when the watt-hour rating is higher, the longer it is

In this question two complete sentences are separated by a semi colon. Hence sentence on both the sides of semi colon should be complete sentences.

A) if they (subject) rate (verb) the watt-hour (object) higher (adverb - modifying rate), the longer (adverb) the battery(object) can be expected (verb) to last

In this option there is meaning issue as Manufacturers (they) can't rate watt-hours. Also there is lack of parallelism in if then construction

B) rating (verb) the watt-hour (object) higher (Adverb), it (place holder) is that much longer the battery(object) can be expected (verb) to last

This option doesn't have subject. Hence the sentence on the right side of semi colon is incomplete

C> the higher the watt-hour rating, the longer the battery can be expected to last

Can experts take a short at construction of this option

D> the higher the watt-hour rating, it is that much longer that

Can experts take a short at construction of this option

E> when the watt-hour rating is higher (adverb modifier), the longer it is the battery (object) can be expected (verb) to last

Experts please help me to decode construction of C, D and E.

Hi Mission2012,

Let us solve this question using the 3 step process.

Original Sentence: Manufacturers rate batteries in watt-hours; if they rate the watt-hour higher, the longer the battery can be expected to last.

Meaning Analysis: Let’s look at the meaning of the sentence. The way this sentence has been written, it suggests that battery can last longer simply by being rated in higher watt-hour by the manufacturers. This does not make much sense because the manufacturers do no rate the battery on their free will. The batteries are made in different watt-hours and that is why the manufacturers rate them per their construction. The norm is that the higher the watt-hour, the longer the battery lasts.

Error Analysis: We have parallelism error here. This sentence uses “if… then…” construction. Hence, we have cause and effect here. These two constructions should be in parallel construction. The “if clause” is in active voice, but the “then clause” is in passive voice. Notice that the “if clause” can be easily written is passive voice because the “then clause” is in passive voice and falls in non-underlined portion of the sentence.

So even if the meaning of the sentence is not clear right away, we can still eliminate choice A on the basis of parallelism.

POE:

B. rating the watt-hour higher, it is that much longer:

Incorrect. Verb-ing modifier “rating” is modifying “it”. This modification is illogical. Also the cause and effect relationship is lost.

C. the higher the watt-hour rating, the longer:

Correct. Parallelism error is rectified. This choice also makes the meaning logical. It does not say that the manufacturers per their will rate the battery in watt-hours.

D. the higher the watt-hour rating, it is that much longer that:

Incorrect. This choice is completely ungrammatical. Pronoun “it” has no antecedent. The presence of “it is that much longer that” makes no sense in this choice.

E. when the watt-hour rating is higher, the longer it is:

Incorrect. This is another ungrammatical choice. Presence of “the longer it is” makes no sense in the sentence.

Hope this helps

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As you mentioned the If..Then...should be used.

But You are saying-

The “if clause” is in active voice, but the “then clause” is in passive voice.

But the fact is that the then clause do not exists.
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