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# Never before had a ruler amassed

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Updated on: 17 May 2015, 01:06
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Never before had a ruler amassed a larger empire by conquest as Alexander the Great had in a scant twelve years.

A)a larger empire by conquest as Alexander the Great had
B)a larger empire from conquest as Alexander the Great
C)so large an empire from conquest that Alexander the Great did
D)a larger empire by conquest than Alexander the Great amassed
E)so great an empire by conquest than Alexander the Great amassed

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Last edited by carcass on 17 May 2015, 01:06, edited 1 time in total.
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17 May 2015, 01:17
I really do not like this question from kaplan. Actually is a question not in active voice, as it turns out I have never seen a question like this by GMAC

Back to the question: the split is between SO and A but after amassed you need A. As such we have A B and D

Larger needs than as rule. D indeed is the best choice
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17 May 2015, 20:14
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manishkhare wrote:
Never before had a ruler amassed a larger empire by conquest as Alexander the Great had in a scant twelve years.

A)a larger empire by conquest as Alexander the Great had
B)a larger empire from conquest as Alexander the Great
C)so large an empire from conquest that Alexander the Great did
D)a larger empire by conquest than Alexander the Great amassed
E)so great an empire by conquest than Alexander the Great amassed

Hi,

The options reduce to A,D,E instantly because the correct usage for "conquest" is "by conquest" and not "from conquest".

A comparision word like "larger" should be followed by "than"... which goes like this.."Never before had a ruler amassed a larger empire,(by conquest),than..."

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18 May 2015, 04:05
Never before had a ruler amassed a larger empire by conquest as Alexander the Great had in a scant twelve years.

A)a larger empire by conquest as Alexander the Great had needs: a + (comparative adjective) + (noun) + than
B)a larger empire from conquest as Alexander the Great "from" is not the correct preposition
C)so large an empire from conquest that Alexander the Great did "so large...that" is not a correct comparison, "by" is the correct preposition, not "from"
D)a larger empire by conquest than Alexander the Great amassed

E)so great an empire by conquest than Alexander the Great amassed so...than is not a correct comparison
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Never before had a ruler amassed a larger empire by conquest as Alexander the Great had in a scant twelve years.

A. a larger empire by conquest as Alexander the Great had
B. a larger empire from conquest as Alexander the Great
C. so large an empire from conquest that Alexander the Great did
D. a larger empire by conquest than Alexander the Great amassed
E. so great an empire by conquest than Alexander the Great amassed
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