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New post 31 Jan 2005, 11:20
Brain teaser

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A. Proposed measure is more to prevent nuisence than to prevent crime

B Proposed measure is more to prevent nuisence than crime
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New post 31 Jan 2005, 11:47
I pick "A".

Seems like "B" is comparing prevention with "crime". "A " correctly compares prevention of crime and prevention of nuisance.

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New post 31 Jan 2005, 12:11
seconf thought..........

i think it is a comparision problem, not a paralle structure, between nuisence and crime. prefer B.

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New post 31 Jan 2005, 12:20
I would agree with Banerjee. A..

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New post 31 Jan 2005, 12:30
(A) is right. (B) sounds like the proposed method could be a crime.

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New post 31 Jan 2005, 12:37
This is something ETS loves to test.

here is a hint
more X than Y
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New post 31 Jan 2005, 13:09
I guess it's (B) then. But truth be told i would have picked (A) on the test . Parallelism is definitely not what is being tested here. I stand corrected

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OA and OE ?

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New post 31 Jan 2005, 14:25
I go for B.

As nuisence and crime are being compared.

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New post 31 Jan 2005, 17:47
B seems good to me on the basis of ellipsis
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New post 31 Jan 2005, 19:30
My initial thoughts:
(B) sounds strange reading it. It seems to compare prevention against an action (crime)

(A) is clearer in its meaning. Prevention to prevention.


Until i read on in the thread and remebered the idiom more x than y. Good one.

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OA ?

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New post 31 Jan 2005, 20:49
(B) seems fine

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can somebody explain why B?

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New post 31 Jan 2005, 21:34
This is something that popped up in my mind when I was having a normal conversation other day. So, I don't really have a OA or OE. After thinking about this, I realized this concept gets tested a lot in GMAT. Here is my 2 cents. Please feel free to critique.

you apply parallel structure only to ensure flow of though among various phrases/clauses. Here in this case we are comparing two things in one phrase. Even though choice A is not gramatically wrong in real world, we can concisely express the same thought in choice B . Hence choice B is prefered in GMAT world.

Look at it this way:

more to do X than Y

structure here to follow is more ( verb/adjective/adverb) Noun than Noun.
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So are you guys implying that parallelism is only tested when a phrases and clauses are involved. When things (nouns) are compared, then parallelisms are not neccesarily tested?

Please correct me if i am wrong.

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New post 01 Feb 2005, 20:12
I think A is the right answer.

Though B is also grammatically correct, B could mean something like the following:
proposed measure is more (1) "to prevent nuisance" than "crime is to prevent nuisance".

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New post 01 Feb 2005, 20:14
I think A is the right answer.

Though B is also grammatically correct, B could mean something like the following:
proposed measure is more (1) "to prevent nuisance" than "crime is to prevent nuisance".

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