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Never before had American businesses confronted so many challenges as they did during the Great Depression.


(A) so many challenges as they did during the Great Depression

(B) so many challenges at one time as they confronted during the Great Depression

(C) at once so many challenges as they confronted during the Great Depression

(D) as many challenges as it did during the Great Depression

(E) as many challenges as they did during the Great Depression

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Never before had American businesses confronted so many challenges as they did during the Great Depression.


(A) so many challenges as they did during the Great Depression

(B) so many challenges at one time as they confronted during the Great Depression

(C) at once so many challenges as they confronted during the Great Depression

(D) as many challenges as it did during the Great Depression

(E) as many challenges as they did during the Great Depression


Businesses, plural pronoun they, we can eliminate D

as many as, Correct idiom, we can eliminate A and B

C is wordier.

(E) as many challenges as they did(confronted) during the Great Depression
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I believe the word business is singular, considering businesses is plural for. Therefore D.
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I believe the word business is singular, considering businesses is plural for. Therefore D.


Business is indeed singular, however, "businesses" are mentioned in the original statement.
Hence, option D can be eliminated.

That's leaves us with option E.
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Never before had American businesses confronted so many challenges as they did during the Great Depression.


(A) so many challenges as they did during the Great Depression

(B) so many challenges at one time as they confronted during the Great Depression

(C) at once so many challenges as they confronted during the Great Depression

(D) as many challenges as it did during the Great Depression

(E) as many challenges as they did during the Great Depression

As many as is correct idiomatic usage, further they clearly refer to " Businesses " hence IMHO Answer must be (E)
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Bunuel wrote:
Never before had American businesses confronted so many challenges as they did during the Great Depression.


(A) so many challenges as they did during the Great Depression

(B) so many challenges at one time as they confronted during the Great Depression

(C) at once so many challenges as they confronted during the Great Depression

(D) as many challenges as it did during the Great Depression

(E) as many challenges as they did during the Great Depression


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You’ve memorized that the proper comparison construction is as . . . as, so you know that the sentence contains an idiomatically improper construction (it also probably sounds strange to you!). Start by eliminating all answers that don’t correct so many . . . as to as . . . as. Choices (A), (B), and (C) retain the improper construction, so cross them out.

Now consider Choices (D) and (E). Both maintain the original verb, which is fine. The sentence compares two different periods of time. The first portion of the sentence refers to the period before the Great Depression, which requires the past perfect verb had . . . confronted. The underlined part of the sentence simply requires the past tense verb did to maintain the proper tense. Choice (D) creates a new error in pronoun agreement by using the singular pronoun it to refer to the plural noun businesses. Choice (E) is the correct answer: Never before had American businesses confronted as many challenges as they did during the Great Depression.
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Never before had American businesses confronted so many challenges as they did during the Great Depression.

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1) Idiom error: so many X as Y is incorrect. Correct usage is as many X as Y

Note: they correctly refers to plural noun businesses

Answer: E. Corrects the error and retains they.
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