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Director
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17 Mar 2005, 11:28
As always.... PLEASE REMEMBER THAT I ALREADY KNOW THE OA to this question & only interested in discussing grammatical reasoning behind OA. Thanks

The use of chemical pesticides in this country is <<equally extensive or more so than ten years ago. >>
(A) equally extensive or more so than ten years ago
(B) equal to or more extensive than ten years ago
(C) as extensive as ten years ago or more
(D) equal to, if not more, than ten years ago
(E) as extensive as it was ten years ago, if not more so
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17 Mar 2005, 12:00
'B' appears to be the best. D changes the meaning by putting across atleast equal to.

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17 Mar 2005, 12:22
praveen_rao7 wrote:
As always.... PLEASE REMEMBER THAT I ALREADY KNOW THE OA to this question & only interested in discussing grammatical reasoning behind OA. Thanks

The use of chemical pesticides in this country is <<equally extensive or more so than ten years ago. >>
(A) equally extensive or more so than ten years ago
(B) equal to or more extensive than ten years ago
(C) as extensive as ten years ago or more
(D) equal to, if not more, than ten years ago
(E) as extensive as it was ten years ago, if not more so

I pick "E".....

A) seems to be comparing extensive use to ten yrs
B) again seems to be comparing extensive use to ten yrs
C) seems to be comparing extensive use to ten yrs
D) awkward, seems to be comparing extensive use to ten yrs
E) correctly uses "it" to refer to "use".....correct, altho I don't like the last part "if not more so"

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17 Mar 2005, 15:31
pick E as it's the only choice comparing the right things.

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17 Mar 2005, 16:16
I will pick (A)..

(E) changes meaning.

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17 Mar 2005, 16:22
"More so"?? E looks wrong.

I would pick C

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17 Mar 2005, 17:19
(A) equally extensive or more so than ten years ago

ackward, wrong comparions - need a verb "it was" for right comparison

(B) equal to or more extensive than ten years ago
equal to ten years ago and more extensive than ten years ago are both wrong comparison

(C) as extensive as ten years ago or more
Wrong comparison

(D) equal to, if not more, than ten years ago

Wrong comparison

(E) as extensive as it was ten years ago, if not more so

Winner

E)

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17 Mar 2005, 18:14
E

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17 Mar 2005, 18:20
The use of chemical pesticides in this country is <<equally extensive or more so than ten years ago. >>
(A) equally extensive or more so than ten years ago
(B) equal to or more extensive than ten years ago
(C) as extensive as ten years ago or more
(D) equal to, if not more, than ten years ago
(E) as extensive as it was ten years ago, if not more so

(A) - 'more so' doesn't sound idiomatic to me
(C),(E) - awkward construction
(D) - somewhat changes the meaning with 'if not more'

I'll go with (B).

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17 Mar 2005, 18:53
ywilfred wrote:
The use of chemical pesticides in this country is <<equally extensive or more so than ten years ago. >>
(A) equally extensive or more so than ten years ago
(B) equal to or more extensive than ten years ago
(C) as extensive as ten years ago or more
(D) equal to, if not more, than ten years ago
(E) as extensive as it was ten years ago, if not more so

(A) - 'more so' doesn't sound idiomatic to me
(C),(E) - awkward construction
(D) - somewhat changes the meaning with 'if not more'

I'll go with (B).

can you please elaborate on why it is B? and not just POE?

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17 Mar 2005, 19:02
praveen_rao7 wrote:
The use of chemical pesticides in this country is <<equally extensive or more so than ten years ago. >>
(A) equally extensive or more so than ten years ago
(B) equal to or more extensive than ten years ago
(C) as extensive as ten years ago or more
(D) equal to, if not more, than ten years ago
(E) as extensive as it was ten years ago, if not more so

go with B.

equal to or more extensive than ten years ago

It's parallel.

(A) equally extensive or more so than ten years ago
(E)as extensive as it was ten years ago, if not more so
'more so' is weird. what does 'so' replace? extensive?

(C)as extensive as ten years ago or more
'more' what? sentence fragment

(D)equal to, if not more, than ten years ago
'equal to than'?

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17 Mar 2005, 19:04
nocilis wrote:
(A) equally extensive or more so than ten years ago

ackward, wrong comparions - need a verb "it was" for right comparison

(B) equal to or more extensive than ten years ago
equal to ten years ago and more extensive than ten years ago are both wrong comparison

it is right. equal to ten years ago or more extensive than ten years ago.

It means '>='

(C) as extensive as ten years ago or more
Wrong comparison

(D) equal to, if not more, than ten years ago

Wrong comparison

(E) as extensive as it was ten years ago, if not more so

Winner

E)

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17 Mar 2005, 19:35
E,

it makes or breaks it, I guess

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17 Mar 2005, 19:37
(E)...makes the right comparison as needed.

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17 Mar 2005, 22:14
praveen_rao7 wrote:
As always.... PLEASE REMEMBER THAT I ALREADY KNOW THE OA to this question & only interested in discussing grammatical reasoning behind OA. Thanks

The use of chemical pesticides in this country is <<equally extensive or more so than ten years ago. >>
(A) equally extensive or more so than ten years ago
(B) equal to or more extensive than ten years ago
(C) as extensive as ten years ago or more
(D) equal to, if not more, than ten years ago
(E) as extensive as it was ten years ago, if not more so

I'll go for 'E'. Rest all improper comparison

I'll go for 'E'. Others improper comparison

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17 Mar 2005, 22:34
welcome back Bhai, it has been long time since I have seen your post

Anyway, OA is E
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19 Mar 2005, 01:27
Oh no, compare 'use' with 'ten years ago'. A,B,C,D

Kill me.

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19 Mar 2005, 17:45
praveen_rao7 wrote:
welcome back Bhai, it has been long time since I have seen your post

Anyway, OA is E

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