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Reading difficulty can be measured according to Flesch-Kincaid grade levels; if they rate a passage at higher grade level, the more difficult the passage is to comprehend.

A. if they rate a passage at higher grade level, the more difficult

B. rating a passage at a higher grade level, it is that much more difficult

C. the higher a passage's grade level, the more difficult

D. the higher a passage's grade level, it is that much more difficult that

E. when a passage's grade level is higher, the more difficult it is

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14 Aug 2019, 02:03
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Reading difficulty can be measured according to Flesch-Kincaid grade levels; if they rate a passage at higher grade level, the more difficult the passage is to comprehend.

A. if they rate a passage at higher grade level, the more difficult

B. rating a passage at a higher grade level, it is that much more difficult

C. the higher a passage's grade level, the more difficult

D. the higher a passage's grade level, it is that much more difficult that

E. when a passage's grade level is higher, the more difficult it is

The right answer here should be C. The primary concept being tested here is that of parallelism, with a bit of pronoun necessity thrown in. Since the end of the sentence, which is non-underlined, goes "the passage is to comprehend", the first part of the comparison should also follow the same structure.

A - The use of 'they' is very unnecessary here. Who is the 'they' doing this rating? OUT

B - "it is that much more difficult the passage" simply doesn't line up unless you're trying to talk like Yoda. Always remember that the non-underlined part is set in stone. OUT

C - The higher the x, the more difficult the y. This is an example of correct parallelism, and it is clear what is being measured. CORRECT

D - Close, but breaks the parallelism. "the higher" should be followed by "the more difficult". OUT

E - Going with a different syntax is not wrong by itself. The sentence could go "when a passage...., it is more difficult to comprehend". However, we already have a fixed ending that is not compatible with this syntax. OUT

Always rely on what is confirmed to be correct to make the underlined portion agree with it.

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14 Aug 2019, 03:54
The right answer here should be C.
The main concept being tested here is that of parallelism.

A - The use of 'they' is very unnecessary here. Who is the 'they' doing this rating? OUT

B - "it is that much more difficult the passage" simply doesn't line up unless you're trying to talk like Yoda. OUT

C - The higher the x, the more difficult they. This is an example of correct parallelism, and it is clear what is being measured. CORRECT

D - Close, but breaks the parallelism. "the higher" should be followed by "the more difficult". OUT

E - Going with a different syntax is not wrong by itself. The sentence could go "when a passage...., it is more difficult to comprehend". However, we already have a fixed ending that is not compatible with this syntax. OUT

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19 Aug 2019, 23:59
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Reading difficulty can be measured according to Flesch-Kincaid grade levels; if they rate a passage at higher grade level, the more difficult the passage is to comprehend.

A. if they rate a passage at higher grade level, the more difficult

B. rating a passage at a higher grade level, it is that much more difficult

C. the higher a passage's grade level, the more difficult

D. the higher a passage's grade level, it is that much more difficult that

E. when a passage's grade level is higher, the more difficult it is

OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:

Creating a filter: When we read the sentence, we hit a flag. We have suspicious pronoun, "they." "They" is a pronoun with a vague reference. As the sentence is written, "they" refers to the Flesch-Kincaid grade levels, but that's not what the imaginary author of this sentence is trying to express. The correct answer must fix this error, so we have an expectation to apply to the answer choices as a filter.

Applying the filter: Choice (A) is the only answer choice with the "they" problem, but (B) and (D) have an "it" problem. "It," like "they," is a pronoun without a clear reference. Actually, (E) has it too, and the word "when" is also dubious, because we are not really describing something that is related to time, but rather to the logical characteristics of a passage of text that is being graded. So (C) must be right. We plug it back in. It's elegant; this is what the imaginary author of the sentence was trying to say.

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