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Newcomers to southern California are surprised to discover that, in spite of the temperate climate, heating bills are as high, or higher than, those in most Midwestern or eastern cities.

(A) as high, or higher than, those in
(B) as high, or higher than,
(C) as high as, or higher than,
(D) at least as high as those in
(E) no lower than

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Newcomers to southern California are surprised to discover that, in spite of the temperate climate, heating bills are as high, or higher than, those in most Midwestern or eastern cities.

(A) as high, or higher than, those in
(B) as high, or higher than,
(C) as high as, or higher than,
(D) at least as high as those in
(E) no lower than


eliminate b, c and e because they compare between heating bills and cities which is illogical.

in case of a: the phrase as high as is modified and thus eliminate a.

in e: the phrase 'as high as' is used and 'those of' is used to correctly compare between heating bills of different cities .

so the correct option is : D

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Originally posted by jackfr2 on 12 Aug 2019, 21:12.
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The first entry point is the preposition 'in'. In provides the correct pitch for a relevant comparison between heating bills in South Cal and bills in other cities. Without the word 'in', we will be wrongly comparing bills with cities. Therefore, we can effectively dump B, C, and E at the first go.

We should be able to boot out A for not using the second 'as' in the expression "as high as". D is the eventual winner.
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