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# QOTD: Most of the country’s biggest daily newspapers

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Verbal Question of The Day: Day 237: Sentence Correction

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Most of the country’s biggest daily newspapers had lower circulation in the six months from October 1995 through March 1996 than a similar period a year earlier.

(A) a similar period

(B) a similar period’s

(C) in a similar period

(D) that in a similar period

(E) that of a similar period

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07 Mar 2018, 09:37
The heart of this question is that we’re trying to compare the fact that the newspapers had a lower circulation “in the six months from October 1995 through March 1996” than… well, we’re trying to compare the circulation in one period to the circulation “in a similar period”, so that should lead us to the right answer pretty quickly.

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(A) a similar period

The comparison isn’t quite right here. The newspapers “had lower circulation in the six months from October 1995 through March 1996 than a similar period a year earlier.” Nope, we would need to say that the circulation was lower in a similar period for this to make sense.

(A) is out.

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(B) a similar period’s

(B) basically gives us the same mistake as (A), except that now “period’s” is possessive. I guess it’s trying to possess “circulation”? Can a “period” possess “circulation”? Seems wacky to me.

Even if we give it the benefit of the doubt, that leaves us with “… newspapers had lower circulation in the six months from October 1995 through March 1996 than a similar period’s circulation a year earlier.” That’s not completely illogical, I guess, but it doesn’t cut to the heart of the comparison – we’re trying to emphasize the difference in circulation in the two periods. And that possessive thing still strikes me as weird.

If you really wanted to be conservative, you could keep (B), but we’ll have a better option in a moment.

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(C) in a similar period

This is about as clear as it can get: “… newspapers had lower circulation in the six months from October 1995 through March 1996 than in a similar period a year earlier.” That cleanly compares the circulation in one period with circulation in another.

So let’s keep (C).

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(D) that in a similar period

In this context, “that” is trying to act as a singular pronoun. (More on the GMAT’s many uses of “that” in this article.) I guess “that” refers back to circulation, so that gives us: “… newspapers had lower circulation in the six months from October 1995 through March 1996 than the circulation in a similar period a year earlier.”

That’s not necessarily illogical, but it’s a waste of words. (C) is more succinct, and I can’t figure out why we would need to repeat the word “circulation” – or a pronoun that refers back to the word “circulation” – in this sentence.

So (C) is still better than (D).

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(E) that of a similar period

And (E) is just a crappier version of (D). There’s no need to include the word “that” here, but it also doesn’t make sense to talk about “the circulation of a similar period.” We could talk about “the circulation of a newspaper”, because the newspaper itself “circulates” (i.e., the newspaper is distributed among the population), but we wouldn’t circulate “a period.”

So (E) is out, and we’re left with (C).
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07 Mar 2018, 09:45
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Most of the country’s biggest daily newspapers had lower circulation in the six months from October 1995 through March 1996 than a similar period a year earlier.

(A) a similar period --Ambiguous comparison

(B) a similar period’s --We are comparing time

(C) in a similar period --Correct

(D) that in a similar period --We need to compare time not circulation

(E) that of a similar period --Wrong
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07 Mar 2018, 09:50
QA : C ,

GMATNinja Souvik , do you guys think E is a trap option ? For me I was also evaluating E because "that of" as it's a comparison marker for GMAT . But I guess it's a comparison error. I got stuck between C & E

Shall wait for an official explanation from you guys.
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07 Mar 2018, 21:17
I will go with option C. It is a comparison of paper circulation in 2 different time frames. So X lower IN ..than Y IN..... Option D and E adds "that" which is not clear , it is modifying or it is connector.
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08 Mar 2018, 06:32
The key to solving the question is to find out the two identities between which the comparison is taking place .

Most of the country’s biggest daily newspapers had lower circulation in the six months from October 1995 through March 1996 than a similar period a year earlier.
parallelism must also work . lower circulation in X than in Y

(A) a similar period [ comparison between circulation with a time period]

(B) a similar period’s [ comparison between circulation with a time period's feature ]

(C) in a similar period [ comparison of circulation of 1 time period to that of another time period] CORRECT

(D) that in a similar period [ that is not required]

(E) that of a similar period [ that is not required and 'of' is wrong preposition ]
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08 Mar 2018, 22:15
I had initially picked E, but then I realized that we aren't comparing the circulation rate but the time period. Hence the correct answer is C. Damn,some of these comparison questions can really make you want to blow your brains out.
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18 Apr 2018, 22:30
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Most of the country’s biggest daily newspapers had lower circulation in the six months from October 1995 through March 1996 than a similar period a year earlier.

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(D) that in a similar period

Whenever in first step, we try to understand the intended meaning of sentence, there are few words
(nouns/ verbs) which come intuitively and it is hard to shut our ears off for the same.

As in below explanation:
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we’re trying to compare the circulation in one period to the circulation “in a similar period”

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11 May 2018, 08:16
GMATNinja wrote:
The heart of this question is that we’re trying to compare the fact that the newspapers had a lower circulation “in the six months from October 1995 through March 1996” than… well, we’re trying to compare the circulation in one period to the circulation “in a similar period”, so that should lead us to the right answer pretty quickly.

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(A) a similar period

The comparison isn’t quite right here. The newspapers “had lower circulation in the six months from October 1995 through March 1996 than a similar period a year earlier.” Nope, we would need to say that the circulation was lower in a similar period for this to make sense.

(A) is out.

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(B) a similar period’s

(B) basically gives us the same mistake as (A), except that now “period’s” is possessive. I guess it’s trying to possess “circulation”? Can a “period” possess “circulation”? Seems wacky to me.

Even if we give it the benefit of the doubt, that leaves us with “… newspapers had lower circulation in the six months from October 1995 through March 1996 than a similar period’s circulation a year earlier.” That’s not completely illogical, I guess, but it doesn’t cut to the heart of the comparison – we’re trying to emphasize the difference in circulation in the two periods. And that possessive thing still strikes me as weird.

If you really wanted to be conservative, you could keep (B), but we’ll have a better option in a moment.

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(C) in a similar period

This is about as clear as it can get: “… newspapers had lower circulation in the six months from October 1995 through March 1996 than in a similar period a year earlier.” That cleanly compares the circulation in one period with circulation in another.

So let’s keep (C).

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(D) that in a similar period

In this context, “that” is trying to act as a singular pronoun. (More on the GMAT’s many uses of “that” in this article.) I guess “that” refers back to circulation, so that gives us: “… newspapers had lower circulation in the six months from October 1995 through March 1996 than the circulation in a similar period a year earlier.”

That’s not necessarily illogical, but it’s a waste of words. (C) is more succinct, and I can’t figure out why we would need to repeat the word “circulation” – or a pronoun that refers back to the word “circulation” – in this sentence.

So (C) is still better than (D).

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(E) that of a similar period

And (E) is just a crappier version of (D). There’s no need to include the word “that” here, but it also doesn’t make sense to talk about “the circulation of a similar period.” We could talk about “the circulation of a newspaper”, because the newspaper itself “circulates” (i.e., the newspaper is distributed among the population), but we wouldn’t circulate “a period.”

So (E) is out, and we’re left with (C).

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