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QOTD: November is traditionally the strongest month for sales of light

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Verbal Question of The Day: Day 187: Sentence Correction


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November is traditionally the strongest month for sales of light trucks, but sales this past November, even when compared with sales in previous Novembers, accounted for a remarkably large share of total vehicle sales.

(A) but sales this past November, even when compared with sales in previous Novembers,

(B) but even when it is compared with previous Novembers, this past November’s sales

(C) but even when they are compared with previous Novembers, sales of light trucks this past November

(D) so that compared with previous Novembers, sales of light trucks this past November

(E) so that this past November’s sales, even compared with previous Novembers’ sales,


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As has been our habit with the QOTDs lately, this question also appeared in a recent YouTube webinar on comparisons. So if you prefer your explanations in video form, head on over here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dsa-RaX765o

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(A) but sales this past November, even when compared with sales in previous Novembers,

On these comparison questions, you always want to ask yourself: what, exactly, is the heart of the comparison? In this case, look at the stuff that surrounds the phrase “when compared with”: “sales this past November, even when compared with sales in previous Novembers…” Hm, that looks pretty good.

Not much else going on here besides the comparison, so let’s keep (A) for now.

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(B) but even when it is compared with previous Novembers, this past November’s sales

The word “it” is the first thing that jumps out at me in (B), so we need to look for a nice, singular noun that “it” could refer back to. The only thing that could possibly make sense is for “it” to refer to “this November”, but that’s not an option, because of the structure of the phrase after the comma: “this past November’s sales” is plural, and “November’s” is possessive.

So “it” can’t refer to “this November” since that phrase is possessive, and “it” can’t refer to “this November’s sales” because “sales” is plural. For that reason, (B) is out.

And for what it’s worth: even if you do assume that “it” somehow refers to “this past November”, the sentence still wouldn’t be great. We’d have “…even when [this past November] is compared with previous Novembers, this past November’s sales…” That’s weird: it would be sooooooo much more direct to just compare the sales to each other, instead of comparing the “Novembers”, and then restarting the sentence about the sales.


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(C) but even when they are compared with previous Novembers, sales of light trucks this past November

Once again, the pronoun “they” should jump off the page at us. “They” seems to refer to “sales of light trucks”, and that gives us “…even when [sales of light trucks] are compared with previous Novembers…” This literally compares sales to months. That’s nonsense. Let’s ditch (C).

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(D) so that compared with previous Novembers, sales of light trucks this past November

If we look at (D) very strictly and literally, the comparison still doesn’t make sense. “…compared with previous Novembers, sales of light trucks this past November…” We can’t compare “previous Novembers” to “sales of light trucks.” So (D) is gone, too.

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(E) so that this past November’s sales, even compared with previous Novembers’ sales,

In a vacuum, I guess the comparison is OK here: “this past November’s sales” are compared with “previous Novembers’ sales.” I can live with that.

But let’s talk about “so that.” The phrase “so that” suggests some sort of purpose, or at least expresses a rationale for accomplishing something. You could say “I eat burritos so that I will someday weigh as much as an aircraft carrier” or “Domenico posts regularly on GMAT Club so that other people can kick ass on this ridiculous exam.” In both cases, a purpose or effect follows the phrase “so that.”

But there’s no good reason to use “so that” in this particular sentence: “November is traditionally the strongest month for sales of light trucks, so that this past November’s sales… accounted for a remarkably large share of total vehicle sales.” That makes no sense at all, because the second phrase, “this past November’s sales… accounted for a remarkably large share…” is definitely NOT the purpose or effect of the first phrase, “November is traditionally the strongest month for sales of light trucks.”

For that reason, we can ditch (E), and we’re left with (A).
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November is traditionally the strongest month for sales of light trucks, but sales this past November, even when compared with sales in previous Novembers, accounted for a remarkably large share of total vehicle sales.

(A) but sales this past November, even when compared with sales in previous Novembers, -Correct

(B) but even when it is compared with previous Novembers, this past November’s sales -no referent for "it" -- "it" can't refer to plural sales

(C) but even when they are compared with previous Novembers, sales of light trucks this past November -ambiguous "they" -- does it refer to trucks or sales? Nevertheless, it would have been an invalid comparison

(D) so that compared with previous Novembers, sales of light trucks this past November -no referent for "that" --"that" can't refer to plural sales

(E) so that this past November’s sales, even compared with previous Novembers’ sales, -We need to show contrast so we need "but"
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We need to compare sales in this past November with sales in previous November.

A- correct idiom
When compared with, correct comparison. Looks good

B- illogical comparison.
Also *it* cannot refer to plural sales

C- sales are compared to previous novembers

D and E fails to establish contrast

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New post 23 Jan 2018, 16:08
"so that" indicates a purpose which is inappropriate in the context of the question.
"they" in C and "it" in B are ambiguous.
in D, the modifier is misplaced and poor grammar structure.
Only A sounds good enough.
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November is traditionally the strongest month for sales of light trucks, but sales this past November, even when compared with sales in previous Novembers, accounted for a remarkably large share of total vehicle sales.

(A) but sales this past November, even when compared with sales in previous Novembers,

(B) but even when it is compared with previous Novembers, this past November’s sales

(C) but even when they are compared with previous Novembers, sales of light trucks this past November

(D) so that compared with previous Novembers, sales of light trucks this past November

(E) so that this past November’s sales, even compared with previous Novembers’ sales,


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QA : A , My understanding in A , the comparison is proper between this year's november and last year's november. I had a second option of C , Eliminated it because of pronoun ambiguity.
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Hello Experts
Please help me with option A. I fully understood the logical comparison. Still, I have one question regarding option A that is "comma+But (FANBOYS) " commence an Independent Clause "

Could any of the expert please help me to understand the Independent Clause presented after "comma+but"
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Verbal Question of The Day: Day 187: Sentence Correction


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November is traditionally the strongest month for sales of light trucks, but sales this past November, even when compared with sales in previous Novembers, accounted for a remarkably large share of total vehicle sales.

(A) but sales this past November, even when compared with sales in previous Novembers,

(B) but even when it is compared with previous Novembers, this past November’s sales

(C) but even when they are compared with previous Novembers, sales of light trucks this past November

(D) so that compared with previous Novembers, sales of light trucks this past November

(E) so that this past November’s sales, even compared with previous Novembers’ sales,


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Hello
Please help me with option A. I fully understood the logical comparison. Still, I have one question regarding option A that is "comma+But (FANBOYS) " commence an Independent Clause "

Could any of the expert please help me to understand the Independent Clause presented after "comma+but"
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