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Retailers reported moderate gains in their November sales, as much because of their sales of a year earlier being so bad as that shoppers were getting a head start on buying their holiday gits.
1) of their sales of a year earlier being so bad as that
2) of their sales a year earlier having been as bad as because
3) of their sales a year earlier being as bad as because
4) their sales a year earlier had been so bad as because
5) their sales of a year earlier were as bad as that
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Just one step forward. The idiom should be 'as much because,,,,,, as because'; Choice 4 is the only one that flaunts it. All others use unparallel and unidiomatic expressions.
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thx 'daagh' for reminding 'as much X as Y' where X and Y should be parallel.
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26 Jan 2011, 07:59
D. Idiom: 'as much because .. as because'
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10 Jun 2011, 18:49
D, as much as; as much because...as because...
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07 Sep 2011, 11:03
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Retailers reported moderate gains in their November sales, as much because of their sales of a year earlier being so bad as that shoppers were getting a head start on buying their holiday gifts.

A) of their sales of a year earlier being so bad as that
B) of their sales a year earlier having been as bad as because
C) of their sales a year earlier being as bad as because
D) their sales a year earlier had been so bad as because
E) their sales of a year earlier were as bad as that

Parallelism - 'as much because...[something] as because...'
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22 Sep 2011, 20:13
+1 for D.

Very good question.

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Retailers reported moderate gains in their November sales, as much because of their sales of a year earlier being so bad as that shoppers were getting a head start on buying their holiday gits.
A) of their sales of a year earlier being so bad as that
B) of their sales a year earlier having been as bad as because
C) of their sales a year earlier being as bad as because
D) their sales a year earlier had been so bad as because
E) their sales of a year earlier were as bad as that

Strike 1
Parallelism - 'of' is redundant. It should be 'as much because [something] as [something]' -> eliminate A, B and C.

Strike 2
Rule: event/matter should immediately be followed with the 'when' info. E.g. 'I had a huge cake for my birthday last year' and not '..for my birthday of last year'.
It should be 'their sales a year earlier'. Again, 'of' is redundant. -> eliminate E
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reminding 'as much X as Y' where X and Y should be parallel.
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19 Oct 2011, 07:28
Retailers reported moderate gains in their November sales, as much because of their sales of a year earlier being so bad as that shoppers were getting a head start on buying their holiday gits.
1) of their sales of a year earlier being so bad as that
2) of their sales a year earlier having been as bad as because
3) of their sales a year earlier being as bad as because
4) their sales a year earlier had been so bad as because
5) their sales of a year earlier were as bad as that

Could be the wrong one, but the reason I didn't go with (5) is because of the "as bad", this year the sales are better and not as bad as last year..
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Retailers reported moderate gains in their November sales, as much because of their sales of a year earlier being so bad as that shoppers were getting a head start on buying their holiday gits.
1) of their sales of a year earlier being so bad as that
2) of their sales a year earlier having been as bad as because
3) of their sales a year earlier being as bad as because
4) their sales a year earlier had been so bad as because
5) their sales of a year earlier were as bad as that

'D'

Idiom issue As much because X... As because Y
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Retailers reported moderate gains in their November sales, as much because of their sales of a year earlier being so bad as that shoppers were getting a head start on buying their holiday gits.
1) of their sales of a year earlier being so bad as that
2) of their sales a year earlier having been as bad as because
3) of their sales a year earlier being as bad as because
4) their sales a year earlier had been so bad as because
5) their sales of a year earlier were as bad as that

Thnx for reminding regarding the idiom. As much because X as because Y.
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Retailers reported moderate gains in their November sales, as much because of their sales of a year earlier being so bad as that shoppers were getting a head start on buying their holiday gits.
1) of their sales of a year earlier being so bad as that
2) of their sales a year earlier having been as bad as because
3) of their sales a year earlier being as bad as because
4) their sales a year earlier had been so bad as because
5) their sales of a year earlier were as bad as that

i pick D. A and E are out for parallelism. B and C are out dont convey the meaning clearly. correct me if i am wrong.

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05 Jun 2012, 22:01
56 seconds to the correct answer. for me I was looking for the right construction.. that conveyed the meaning
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Retailers reported moderate gains in their November sales, as much because of their sales of a year earlier being so bad as that shoppers were getting a head start on buying their holiday gits.
1) of their sales of a year earlier being so bad as that
2) of their sales a year earlier having been as bad as because
3) of their sales a year earlier being as bad as because
4) their sales a year earlier had been so bad as because
5) their sales of a year earlier were as bad as that

Easy to choose choice D by parallelism principle AS MUCH BECAUSE OF ....SO BAD AS BECAUSE
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16 Aug 2012, 09:35
This was a tough one. Thankfully, I got it right.

A >> "of their" and "as that" are incorrect
B >> "of their" is incorrect
C >> "of their" again the problem
D >> The only feasible answer when you read it real close
E >> "as that" is incorrect
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06 Jan 2014, 21:53
D is also clearly the answer, because "a year earlier" necessitates the use of past perfect. No other answer choice does this.
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07 Jan 2014, 01:06
Average difficulty question.
Marked D in 42 seconds...
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19 Jun 2014, 19:55
Hi

I forgot about the comparison rule as much X as Y but opted for 4 because

"were getting a head start" is a background activity happening last year, with main emphasis on "sales a year earlier was bad" but had should be present as bad sales should not have been stopped then and there it self.

Please correct me if i am wrong at thinking in this point although comparison is the main test pattern here.

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Retailers reported moderate gains in their November sales, as much because of their sales of a year earlier being so bad as that shoppers were getting a head start on buying their holiday gits.
1) of their sales of a year earlier being so bad as that
2) of their sales a year earlier having been as bad as because
3) of their sales a year earlier being as bad as because
4) their sales a year earlier had been so bad as because
5) their sales of a year earlier were as bad as that

Easy to choose choice D by parallelism principle AS MUCH BECAUSE OF ....SO BAD AS BECAUSE
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