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# Master with structure - Numerical comparison [source: economist.com]

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Master with structure - Numerical comparison [source: economist.com]  [#permalink]

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08 Feb 2017, 11:33
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I am launching a new series - Master with structure from Economist.com. The current issue will discuss numerical comparison.

Comparison with numerical expression is tough to correctly apply in SC. The primary reason is that these expressions involve a wide variety of patterns. The best way to get command on these area is to carefully study these patterns / structures from quality dense materials [simillar to GMAT content] and become used to it. In current post, the examples are complied from http://www.economist.com

How to get benefit from this post ?

- Carefully study how the numerical modifiers are placed in complex sentence.
- learn the style of numerical expressions in dense content
- Observe the punctuation

Examples of numerical modifier, percentage change from Economist.com

- E-commerce accounted for \$1 in every \$10 that American shoppers spent last year, up by 15% from 2014. Amazon’s North American sales grew at about twice that rate.

- Television has taken up some of the slack. Budgets for the flashiest shows have risen: some episodes now cost \$5m-6m an hour. That is much less than a feature film, but double the cost of many network shows.

- According to Mike Dunn of Fox, by 2015 Americans will have 861m internet-connected devices, such as games consoles, tablets, smartphones and laptops, up from 560m in 2012.

- In 2011 American cinemas sold 1.28 billion tickets, the smallest number since 1995. Last year, ticket sales rose back to 1.36 billion and box-office revenues to a record \$10.8 billion, thanks to blockbusters like “The Avengers”.

- The share of Americans who attend a cinema at least once a month declined from 30% in 2000 to 10% in 2011.

- The Warriors drained just 39% of their field-goal attempts in Game Seven, a far cry from their 49% mark during the regular season.

- Mr. Lee’s decision, which came more than a month after Samsung first issued a global recall of 2.5 million smartphones, is likely to cost it \$4 billion or more in recall expenses and lost sales, analysts estimate, enough to wipe out an entire quarter of mobile profits.

- The gap between each transistor was 10,000 nanometres (billionths of a metre) in size, about as big as a red blood cell.

- Private Chinese companies generate about 1.7 yuan of revenue per yuan of assets, more than double the 0.7 ratio for state-owned enterprises (SOEs)

- In the decade to 2012, the value of its mined exports tripled; mining investment rose from 2% of GDP to 8%.

- From January 2003 to February 2011 the price of iron ore, which these days comprises 17% of Australia’s exports by value, rose from \$13.8 to \$187.2 a tonne.

- In Australia, although business investment has fallen sharply, GDP growth remains near its 25-year average of 3%

- More important, Australia let the dollar depreciate, which made its exports more appealing.

- In 2015 the median house price in Sydney was 12.2 times the median income, up from 9.8 in 2014.

- Some argue that government debt, which has hit a record 36.8% of GDP, up from a low of 9.7% in 2007, is another worry, because it provides less policy room to deal with the next crisis.

- Whale sharks are the world's largest fish, growing up to 12 metres (40 feet) long and weighing as much as 11 tonnes.

- Tobacco taxes do indeed tend to be regressive. In Britain 33% of manual workers smoke, compared with 15% of professionals and managers; the mentally ill smoke twice as much as everyone else; in some prisons, the rate is as high as 80%.

- Several more people have been found dead in North Carolina as a result of Hurricane Matthew and its aftermath, bringing the total killed in the state to at least 17.
Master with structure - Numerical comparison [source: economist.com]   [#permalink] 08 Feb 2017, 11:33
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