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# Organic vegetables are free of chemicals and healthier than regular ag

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Organic vegetables are free of chemicals and healthier than regular agricultural produce is.

A. healthier than regular agricultural produce is

B. more healthy than regular agricultural produce is

C. healthier as regular agricultural produce is

D. healthier than regular agricultural produce

E. are as healthy than regular agricultural produce is

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13 Jun 2018, 21:11
IMO the answer should be D. We are comparing 'organic vegetables' to 'regular agricultural produce'. The 'is' is not required here. as that doesn't help maintain required parallelism structure.

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14 Jun 2018, 01:16
Bunuel wrote:
Organic vegetables are free of chemicals and healthier than regular agricultural produce is.

A. healthier than regular agricultural produce is

B. more healthy than regular agricultural produce is

C. healthier as regular agricultural produce is

D. healthier than regular agricultural produce

E. are as healthy than regular agricultural produce is

organic vegetables are healthier than regular agriculture produce. comparison is between vegetables organic and regular so is not necessary.
D fits
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14 Jun 2018, 04:55
Organic vegetables are free of chemicals and healthier than regular agricultural produce is.

A. healthier than regular agricultural produce is

B. more healthy than regular agricultural produce is

C. healthier as regular agricultural produce is

D. healthier than regular agricultural produce --> correct

E. are as healthy than regular agricultural produce is

Example:
Correct: Ram is taller than Sam.
Wrong: Ram is taller than Sam is.
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14 Jun 2018, 06:15
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OA can be either A or D

A: healthier than regular agricultural produce is.
D: healthier than regular agricultural produce.

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The GMAT occasionally allows unnecessary helping verbs:
Right: Apples are more healthy to eat than caramels.
Right: Apples are more healthy to eat than caramels ARE.

Source: MGMAT SC

Both A and D are grammatically correct.
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14 Jun 2018, 11:05
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Only Option A and D holds good, rest all are flawed.

A. healthier than regular agricultural produce is --> Correct, usage of verb 'is' in latter part of comparison makes the option structurally legit and concise.

D. healthier than regular agricultural produce --> Though Grammatically correct, the option is redundant and structurally incorrect

Hence, A.
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14 Jun 2018, 22:04
Bunuel wrote:
Organic vegetables are free of chemicals and healthier than regular agricultural produce is.
A. healthier than regular agricultural produce is
B. more healthy than regular agricultural produce is
C. healthier as regular agricultural produce is
D. healthier than regular agricultural produce
E. are as healthy than regular agricultural produce is

I went with the Process of Elimination.

vegetables are compared with regular agri. produce. Both are plural so the usage-'IS' is out. ABC Out.
E. As.....Than.. (faulty usage)

My Choice -D
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21 Jun 2018, 19:04
Hello Bunuel,

I think the official answer should be D. A can't be the answer considering the parallelism.
Please correct me if my thought process is wrong.

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21 Jun 2018, 21:32
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Hello Bunuel,

I think the official answer should be D. A can't be the answer considering the parallelism.
Please correct me if my thought process is wrong.

Official Explanation from Economist GMAT:

Organic vegetables are free of chemicals and healthier than regular agricultural produce is.

A. healthier than regular agricultural produce is
CORRECT - This sentence makes correct grammatical use of the Comparative and is stylistically sound by using a conjugated verb in the second part of the Comparative construction (i.e., after the word than).

B. more healthy than regular agricultural produce is
This answer choice is grammatically correct, but uses awkward wording with the phrase more healthy instead of healthier. This creates redundancy.

C. healthier as regular agricultural produce is
This answer choice is illogical as well as grammatically incorrect. The word higher (or any adjective+er) cannot be complemented by as because higher indicates an inequality between the two things compared whereas as indicates a similarity between them.

What helps us identify this question as a Comparative question as well as identify the mistake is the following Stop Sign:

Like, unlike, than, as

D. healthier than regular agricultural produce
Although this answer choice is grammatically correct, it is stylistically flawed. A stylistic preference in Comparative questions is that there will be a conjugated verb in the second part of the Comparative construction (i.e., after the word than).

E. are as healthy than regular agricultural produce is
This answer choice is illogical as well as grammatically incorrect. The word as cannot be complemented by than because as indicates an equality or a similarity between the two things compared whereas than indicates inequality between them.

What helps us identify this question as a Comparative question as well as identify the mistake is the following Stop Sign:

Like, unlike, than, as
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23 Jun 2018, 06:22
Can someone please explain the OA? I think the answer should be D.
Here we compare two 'class' based on their characteristics rather than their characteristics
OE posted seems unsatisfactory.
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20 Jul 2018, 13:45
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aksh5900 wrote:
Can someone please explain the OA? I think the answer should be D.
Here we compare two 'class' based on their characteristics rather than their characteristics
OE posted seems unsatisfactory.

Even don't think about it. This is Economist GMAT: folks there live in their own world. Both A and D are correct.
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21 Jul 2018, 03:46
we compare clauses, so parallel elements should include clauses

A fits
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21 Jul 2018, 06:30
Temurkhon wrote:
we compare clauses, so parallel elements should include clauses

A fits

I can imagine your surprised face when GMAT will give you in OA prepositional phrase after "than" instead of full clause. Try to read more about ellipsis, and things will become much clearer.
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21 Jul 2018, 06:58
Hero8888 wrote:
Temurkhon wrote:
we compare clauses, so parallel elements should include clauses

A fits

I can imagine your surprised face when GMAT will give you in OA prepositional phrase after "than" instead of full clause. Try to read more about ellipsis, and things will become much clearer.

Thank you for introducing me to new concept.
As I see, from this view, I should use "produce is" instead of "produce" because in the first clause it was "are".

Is that right?
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21 Jul 2018, 07:33
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Temurkhon wrote:
Hero8888 wrote:
Temurkhon wrote:
we compare clauses, so parallel elements should include clauses

A fits

I can imagine your surprised face when GMAT will give you in OA prepositional phrase after "than" instead of full clause. Try to read more about ellipsis, and things will become much clearer.

Thank you for introducing me to new concept.
As I see, from this view, I should use "produce is" instead of "produce" because in the first clause it was "are".

Is that right?

Here is the discussion in which Mike from Magoosh clearly explains that verb should be repeated if there is a change in tense but if there is a change in number singular/plural, then we can omit the verb.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/ellipsis-sub ... 23-20.html
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25 Aug 2018, 08:45
Bunuel wrote:
jackspire wrote:
Hello Bunuel,

I think the official answer should be D. A can't be the answer considering the parallelism.
Please correct me if my thought process is wrong.

Official Explanation from Economist GMAT:

Organic vegetables are free of chemicals and healthier than regular agricultural produce is.

A. healthier than regular agricultural produce is
CORRECT - This sentence makes correct grammatical use of the Comparative and is stylistically sound by using a conjugated verb in the second part of the Comparative construction (i.e., after the word than).

B. more healthy than regular agricultural produce is
This answer choice is grammatically correct, but uses awkward wording with the phrase more healthy instead of healthier. This creates redundancy.

C. healthier as regular agricultural produce is
This answer choice is illogical as well as grammatically incorrect. The word higher (or any adjective+er) cannot be complemented by as because higher indicates an inequality between the two things compared whereas as indicates a similarity between them.

What helps us identify this question as a Comparative question as well as identify the mistake is the following Stop Sign:

Like, unlike, than, as

D. healthier than regular agricultural produce
Although this answer choice is grammatically correct, it is stylistically flawed. A stylistic preference in Comparative questions is that there will be a conjugated verb in the second part of the Comparative construction (i.e., after the word than).

E. are as healthy than regular agricultural produce is
This answer choice is illogical as well as grammatically incorrect. The word as cannot be complemented by than because as indicates an equality or a similarity between the two things compared whereas than indicates inequality between them.

What helps us identify this question as a Comparative question as well as identify the mistake is the following Stop Sign:

Like, unlike, than, as

daagh
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i learnt a rule the verbs is/are should not be repeated in comparison:ellipsis works
but this question says other wise
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27 Aug 2018, 06:13
i want to know the difference between the option a and b
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27 Aug 2018, 06:39
Hero8888 wrote:
aksh5900 wrote:
Can someone please explain the OA? I think the answer should be D.
Here we compare two 'class' based on their characteristics rather than their characteristics
OE posted seems unsatisfactory.

Even don't think about it. This is Economist GMAT: folks there live in their own world. Both A and D are correct.
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StrugglingGmat2910 wrote:
Bunuel wrote:
jackspire wrote:
Hello Bunuel,

I think the official answer should be D. A can't be the answer considering the parallelism.
Please correct me if my thought process is wrong.

Official Explanation from Economist GMAT:

Organic vegetables are free of chemicals and healthier than regular agricultural produce is.

A. healthier than regular agricultural produce is
CORRECT - This sentence makes correct grammatical use of the Comparative and is stylistically sound by using a conjugated verb in the second part of the Comparative construction (i.e., after the word than).

B. more healthy than regular agricultural produce is
This answer choice is grammatically correct, but uses awkward wording with the phrase more healthy instead of healthier. This creates redundancy.

C. healthier as regular agricultural produce is
This answer choice is illogical as well as grammatically incorrect. The word higher (or any adjective+er) cannot be complemented by as because higher indicates an inequality between the two things compared whereas as indicates a similarity between them.

What helps us identify this question as a Comparative question as well as identify the mistake is the following Stop Sign:

Like, unlike, than, as

D. healthier than regular agricultural produce
Although this answer choice is grammatically correct, it is stylistically flawed. A stylistic preference in Comparative questions is that there will be a conjugated verb in the second part of the Comparative construction (i.e., after the word than).

E. are as healthy than regular agricultural produce is
This answer choice is illogical as well as grammatically incorrect. The word as cannot be complemented by than because as indicates an equality or a similarity between the two things compared whereas than indicates inequality between them.

What helps us identify this question as a Comparative question as well as identify the mistake is the following Stop Sign:

Like, unlike, than, as

daagh
sir
i learnt a rule the verbs is/are should not be repeated in comparison:ellipsis works
but this question says other wise

Is this learning coming from the e-gmat verbal course? Even I though the same, StrugglingGmat2910.
This question confused me between options A and D, but I believe ellipses is at play here and there is no point in eliminating option D
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27 Aug 2018, 07:16
Nope i think as far as i remember i read from daagh sir's post

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