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More than have any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, is staking its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic and energy-hungry nations like India and China.

A) More than have any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, is staking its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic and energy-hungry nations like India and China.
B) More than has any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, has staked its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic to energy-hungry nations like India and China.
C) More so than any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, is staking its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic and energy-hungry nations such as India and China.
D) More than any of its competitors have, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, staked its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic and energy-hungry nations such as India and China.
E) More than any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, is staking its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic to energy-hungry nations like India and China.
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IMO, E is correct.

At first, we split between "like" and "such as". Which one is better in this case. IMO, "like" is better because if we say countries like India and China, we do NOT mention that these countries are exactly India and China, just countries that have the same characteristics as those of India and China.
For example:
(1) I have a couple of tablets like ipad and Amazon kindle ==> my tablets just like ipad and kindle in terms of functions, design, etc.., they are not ipads or kindles
(2) I have a couple of tablets such as ipad and kindle ==> my tablets are ipad and kindle.

a)More than have any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, is staking its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic and energy-hungry nations like India and China.
Wrong.. Any of its competitors is singular ==> "Has" is correct

b)More than has any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, has staked its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic to energy-hungry nations like India and China.
Wrong.. "has" is not main verb. Moreover, "has staked" changes meaning.

c)More so than any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, is staking its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic and energy-hungry nations such as India and China.
Wrong.. Not parallel, and a little bit vague as I mentioned above.

d)More than any of its competitors have, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, staked its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic and energy-hungry nations such as India and China.
Wrong. Any of its competitors is singular ==> "Has" is correct

e)More than any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, is staking its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic to energy-hungry nations like India and China.
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In addition to what HumptyDumpty wrote , I would like to add that in C, the fact that the company intends to bring shale gas from Arctic and energy hungry countries such as India and China, is antithetical to the intended meaning. Countries like India and China are consumers, but not suppliers of shale gas. The idiomatic expression is from ... to and not from .... and. So C is out. This leaves E.
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Here is the official explanation from Veritas.

Answer E - The dominant decision point in this question is "and" vs. "to" in the back half of the sentence. Because of construction "bringing X from...", "to" is required to create a logical meaning, so the "and" choices (A, C, and D) are incorrect. Furthermore, the choices that include a verb ("has" or "have") in the beginning of the sentence in the modifier do not offer a direct verb for "has done what?", and so they are also incorrect.

Choice E uses a proper modifier and the correct "to" connection, so it is correct.

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mikemcgarry - Hello Mike, can you please help me to figure out the correct answer between Option E and B. I was able to figure out the rest of the choices by the identifying the idiom tested(from..to), But really can't chose between B and E. Also, is the usage of present continuous tense correct in option E? Thanks:)

Dear harshdeep12,

I'm happy to respond. :-)

My friend, many Veritas questions are wonderful. I think this one is atrocious. It's tagged as Veritas: I don't know whether that is true.

One screaming issue that is not addressed is the "like" vs. "such as" split for listing examples. All five answer choices have "formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic"--embarrassing! A few answer choices have "energy-hungry nations such as India and China," but the OA has "energy-hungry nations like India and China"--not GMAT-like at all!

It's bizarre that the whole sentence is underlined, even though a few words at the beginning and end are the same in all five answer choices. That's also not GMAT-like.

Choice (B) has the unnecessary "has" in the first clause--"More than has any of its competitors." It appears the source believes this is reason to prefer (B) to (E). It's true that the word "has" is not necessary and it's a little awkward to include it, but it's odd that the choice between these two choices rests only on this one detail, especially since other details are incorrect. For such a long prompt, only niggling little details are changed among the five answer choices: there aren't large scale structure changes, as there typically would be on the GMAT if the whole sentence were underlined. There are a variety of ways in which this question falls short of the ideal established by the GMAT.

This is a very poor question. As a general rule, I don't think it helps to dive into the logic of poorly designed questions.

Here's a high quality SC practice question:

Does all this make sense?
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04 May 2013, 19:28
I thought this was pretty tricky. I was caught between A and E.

Has vs Have -

An example to arrive at the right answer

My boss has hired more people than any of his peers.

In the same vein,
Dyncorp is staking its future ... more than any of its competitors.

E is the right answer it seems.

Aliter - a choice starting with more than any of its competitors has, Dynacorp has ... would also make a good choice..

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More than have any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, is staking its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic and energy-hungry nations like India and China.

a)More than have any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, is staking its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic and energy-hungry nations like India and China.
b)More than has any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, has staked its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic to energy-hungry nations like India and China.
c)More so than any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, is staking its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic and energy-hungry nations such as India and China.
d)More than any of its competitors have, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, staked its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic and energy-hungry nations such as India and China.
e)More than any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, is staking its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic to energy-hungry nations like India and China.

No matter whether by have or has, introducing perfect tense is wrong because Dynacorp "is staking sh".
Thus we are down to C and E. In C the "More so than" is incorrect. In E everything is right: more than, which + preceding noun, have + is staking.
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Can someone explain me More than have any of its competitors is singular or plural?

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The use of has or have depends on what its referring to. The sentence refers to "any of its competitors". Simply put it is referring to any one of its competitors at a point. This means that we need has which is singular usage.

If the sentence was like - " All the competitors have deserted XYZ" then have is correct as its referring to a plural subject.

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For this question there are only two steps:

1) First the idiom: "from...to" you narrow down to B and E
2) Second,look at B first, see that it is not parallel "More than has X, Y has blablabla..."

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For this question there are only two steps:

1) First the idiom: "from...to" you narrow down to B and E
2) Second,look at B first, see that it is not parallel "More than has X, Y has blablabla..."

Can you please explain the point number 2 in detail, I did not understand which ||sm went wrong here ? Thanks

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IMO, E is correct.

b)More than has any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, has staked its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic to energy-hungry nations like India and China.
Wrong.. "has" is not main verb. Moreover, "has staked" changes meaning.

Correct.

Could you please explain in detail, how does "has staked" change the meaning of the original sentence? I am not able to figure it out. Thanks

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Paris75 wrote:
For this question there are only two steps:

1) First the idiom: "from...to" you narrow down to B and E
2) Second,look at B first, see that it is not parallel "More than has X, Y has blablabla..."

Can you please explain the point number 2 in detail, I did not understand which ||sm went wrong here ? Thanks

Sorry, should have been more precise.

Look at B:

b)More than has any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, has staked its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic to energy-hungry nations like India and China.

Here it is like this: "More than has X, Y, which Z, has staked..." And it is not correct. It should have been, "More than has any of its competitors, Y staked..."

You need to have a logical construction here, otherwise it does not make any sense. The parrallel structure is also necessary when you use like (or such as) at the end of the sentence.

e)More than any of its competitors, Dynacorp, which will release its annual earnings report on Friday, is staking its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic to energy-hungry nations like India and China.

Here, the structure is correct "More than any of X, Y is staking..."

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Why are we assuming that shale gas will be brought from Arctic to India and China? Making an assumption like that only because "from/to" general rule, makes no sense to me.

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I have a couple of clarifications here,

1) From X to Y is not really needed here.. We could also say bringing gas from X and Y. I mean from both countries.

2)India and China are examples list of energy-hungry nations. So as far as I know, for listing examples we need SUCH AS..

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can someone explain why "like" for presenting "energy-hungry nations" is correct here? it is not a comparison, thus it should be such as.

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HI, Have a query related to the use of comparison in this example
More than has any of its competitors Vs More than any of its competitors
Lets Rephrase the above question as
Dynacorp, is staking its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic to energy-hungry nations like India and China, more than any of its competitors VS
Dynacorp, is staking its future on the business of bringing shale gas from formerly inaccessible locations like the Arctic to energy-hungry nations like India and China, more than any of its competitors has

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26 Jul 2017, 14:05
I understand why E is correct but I have a doubt regarding the like vs such as. If I were to use this as my decision point, then I'd be left between options C& D. As pointed out by the explanations above, the correct idiom is from x to y.
So if I'm correct, the like vs such as is just a preference and not a rule? Would appreciate it if someone could clarify this.

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29 Jul 2017, 13:32
In the option B is the form:
'More than has X, Y has staked' incorrect? Also, can you please confirm the reasons of choosing E and not B?

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