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Residents of Iqaluit, the largest town in the Canadian territory of Nunavut, pay as much as four times the prices paid for grocery items by residents of large Canadian cities, most of which enter the town only by sealift.

(A) the prices paid for grocery items by residents of large Canadian cities

(B) the price of what large Canadian city residents pay for grocery items

(C) what residents of large Canadian cities pay for grocery items

(D) of what large Canadian city residents pay for grocery items

(E) the cost of the grocery items purchased by large Canadian cities’ residents

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A> the prices paid for grocery items by residents of large Canadian cities -out.We understand that after the comma we have "most of which enter the town only by sealift". So we should have "grocery items" in the end of the underlined portion.

B> the price of what large Canadian city residents pay for grocery items-"large canadian city residents"... makes it sound like the city residents are large..out

C> what residents of large Canadian cities pay for grocery items -correct

D> of what large Canadian city residents pay for grocery items -"large canadian city residents"... makes it sound like the city residents are large..out

E> the cost of the grocery items purchased by large Canadian cities’ residents-out.We understand that after the comma we have "most of which enter the town only by sealift". So we should have "grocery items" in the end of the underlined portion.

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Residents of Iqaluit, the largest town in the Canadian territory of Nunavut, pay as much as four times the prices paid for grocery items by residents of large Canadian cities, most of which enter the town only by sea-lift.

A> the prices paid for grocery items by residents of large Canadian cities
B> the price of what large Canadian city residents pay for grocery items
C. what residents of large Canadian cities pay for grocery items
D> of what large Canadian city residents pay for grocery items
E> the cost of the grocery items purchased by large Canadian cities’ residents

the grocery items enter by sea-lift not cities or residents.
so A and E are incorrect.
Residents pay 4 times of sth is not correct. So C is eliminated.
B can be eliminated for two reasons.
1. cities are large not residents
2. redundancy because of the phrase "the price of".
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Q> Residents of Iqaluit, the largest town in the Canadian territory of Nunavut, pay as much as four times the prices paid for grocery items by residents of large Canadian cities, most of which enter the town only by sealift.

A> the prices paid for grocery items by residents of large Canadian cities
B> the price of what large Canadian city residents pay for grocery items
C> what residents of large Canadian cities pay for grocery items
D> of what large Canadian city residents pay for grocery items
E> the cost of the grocery items purchased by large Canadian cities’ residents


imho - "most of which" requires grocery items to be right before the comma. so A and E are out.
X pays as much as Y
so residents of I pas as much as 4x as residents of large C C.
B and D can be eliminated, because "city" is singular, but should be cities.
these 2 imply that residents of I pay as much as 4x as the residents of A large C CITY (A - 1 city). this is not correct.
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Hi,

A> the prices paid for grocery items by residents of large Canadian cities -out.We understand that after the comma we have "most of which enter the town only by sealift". So we should have "grocery items" in the end of the underlined portion.

B> the price of what large Canadian city residents pay for grocery items-"large canadian city residents"... makes it sound like the city residents are large..out

C> what residents of large Canadian cities pay for grocery items -correct

D> of what large Canadian city residents pay for grocery items -"large canadian city residents"... makes it sound like the city residents are large..out

E> the cost of the grocery items purchased by large Canadian cities’ residents-out.We understand that after the comma we have "most of which enter the town only by sealift". So we should have "grocery items" in the end of the underlined portion.

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Residents of Iqaluit, the largest town in the Canadian territory of Nunavut, pay as much as four times the prices paid for grocery items by residents of large Canadian cities, most of which enter the town only by sealift.

(A) the prices paid for grocery items by residents of large Canadian cities

(B) the price of what large Canadian city residents pay for grocery items

(C) what residents of large Canadian cities pay for grocery items

(D) of what large Canadian city residents pay for grocery items

(E) the cost of the grocery items purchased by large Canadian cities’ residents


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According to this sentence, residents of the Arctic town of Iqaluit pay much higher prices than do their counterparts in Canada’s large cities. To make a proper comparison, four times… must be followed by a noun, or equivalent phrase, for the price paid by Canadians living in cities. Also, it is clear from context that the modifier most of which… describes grocery items, so grocery items must come directly before that modifier.

(A) In this choice, most of which enter… is attached to large Canadian cities, illogically suggesting that entire cities are sealifted into Iqaluit.

(B) What … residents pay already signifies a price, so the price of what… illogically suggests that this price itself has a price. Large Canadian city residents seems to refer to large people living in Canadian cities, rather than to residents of large cities as intended.

(C) CORRECT. The noun phrase what residents … pay represents the price paid by city residents, so four times what residents … pay is properly constructed. The modifier most of which enter… correctly modifies grocery items.

(D) Four times of… is unidiomatic. Large Canadian city residents seems to refer to large people living in Canadian cities, rather than to residents of large cities as intended.

(E) In this choice, most of which enter… is attached to large Canadian cities’ residents, illogically suggesting that Canadians from larger cities, rather than groceries, are sealifted into Iqaluit. The construction the grocery items purchased by… illogically suggests that residents of Iqaluit and of larger cities are somehow paying for the same items (not just identical items).
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Can you take a look at this question? I didn't really understand the reasoning given by fellow GmatClubbers above. Moreover, I didn't find a find solid reason to eliminate B, C, or D

I would appreciate your thoughts on this question


Hey pikolo2510 ,

I am happy to help. :-)

I hope you know A and E are out because we have a modifier at the end of the sentence "most of which enter the town only by sealift". This MUST refer to the noun before the comma. In A, the noun is Cities and in E, the noun is residents. As per the meaning of the sentence, items were brought out of the town rather than cities or residents. Hence, A and E are wrong.

Now, Let me ask you a simple question: What did you pay for 1 Kg of apples? What do you infer here? You would say, I am talking about the price you paid for the apples, right? Same is the case with this question. When I am saying "What residents pay for", I am implying the price. Hence, explicitly adding price makes it redundant. Hence, option B is out.

Now, let's talk about option D.

It is using the ellipse construction. I am saying "X residents pay as much as four times [price] of what Y residents pay." The moment I added "of", it is calling for an ellipse. And as I mentioned above you cannot say price of price. Hence, D is incorrect.

Does that make sense?
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pikolo2510 wrote:
Can you take a look at this question? I didn't really understand the reasoning given by fellow GmatClubbers above. Moreover, I didn't find a find solid reason to eliminate B, C, or D

I would appreciate your thoughts on this question


Hey pikolo2510 ,

I am happy to help. :-)

I hope you know A and E are out because we have a modifier at the end of the sentence "most of which enter the town only by sealift". This MUST refer to the noun before the comma. In A, the noun is Cities and in E, the noun is residents. As per the meaning of the sentence, items were brought out of the town rather than cities or residents. Hence, A and E are wrong.

Now, Let me ask you a simple question: What did you pay for 1 Kg of apples? What do you infer here? You would say, I am talking about the price you paid for the apples, right? Same is the case with this question. When I am saying "What residents pay for", I am implying the price. Hence, explicitly adding price makes it redundant. Hence, option B is out.

Now, let's talk about option D.

It is using the ellipse construction. I am saying "X residents pay as much as four times [price] of what Y residents pay." The moment I added "of", it is calling for an ellipse. And as I mentioned above you cannot say price of price. Hence, D is incorrect.

Does that make sense?

Hey abhimahna,
May be I am getting it wrong but in the non underlined portion there is no mention of "price" then how could in option D ellipse construction calls "price"?

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Hey abhimahna,
May be I am getting it wrong but in the non underlined portion there is no mention of "price" then how could in option D ellipse construction calls "price"?

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Hey tamal99 ,

In option D, you have four times of ..... Now this "of" is in your underlined portion. When you say price is four times of something, it is implicitly implied that we are comparing the prices here and hence we need to have Price before "of" but that has been taken care of by the ellipse usage.

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