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# Question on Comparison and Singular/Plural Subject

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Question on Comparison and Singular/Plural Subject  [#permalink]

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Updated on: 03 Oct 2019, 20:14
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Hi all

Originally posted by williamd92 on 04 Apr 2019, 06:25.
Last edited by williamd92 on 03 Oct 2019, 20:14, edited 1 time in total.
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04 Apr 2019, 08:55

Split 1: Much/many
Collective nouns (e.g: percentage, proportion, company, team, class, ...) are singular if the individuals act as a group (which is in most cases),
However, they are treated as plural only if the individuals are acting individually (e.g: The jury are arguing among themselves)
so Much is our choice.

Split 2: Is last year correct?
I am not 100% sure of my answer for this, but I think the relative pronoun "that" should not be omitted.
The rule I know says that the relative pronoun can be only omitted if its noun is an object of the verb of the sentence.
(e.g: The city (that) he visited was wonderful) ---> the city is the object of the verb "visited"
in our example, "percentage" is the subject, so "that" shouldn't be omitted.

Please check this question, it is related to yours:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/exceeding-even-the-figures-predicted-by-the-most-optimistic-financial-53878.html
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05 Apr 2019, 00:10
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26 Apr 2019, 10:49
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I wouldn't bother trying to write your own questions... the fine people at GMAC get paid good money for that

Besides, you'd probably see, "The percentage is twice AS HIGH..."

I'd recommend finding official questions related to these topics, and let us know if you have questions about those!
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