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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
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Looks a bit confusing !!!

I can eliminate B, C & D as use of two 'because' doesn't make sense to me.

Out of A & E, I would go for E as I feel there is no necessity of a matching 'as' for the initial 'as much'.

My choice - E

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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

Please provide explanation with answer


Yes. Confusing (what is the source Nihit ?)

I am not able to think. Either this is too confusing or sleep is taking its toll on me. Its 2:30 A.M. in my part of the world.
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D for me A and E are out ... they dont have the parallel "because"

and B and C have "of"

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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

Please provide explanation with answer


because of is wrong so A), B) and C) are out

Between D) and E), D) is better

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IMO D because it should be "as much because....as because...."

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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

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A & C out for being

If you look at first part of the sentence it says Retailers reported (past tense). We are talking about an event an year before. So we clearly need a past perfect. So B & E out. D remains

Also look at E, their sales of a year is different from their sales a year earlier. their sales of a year counts the total earnings of the year. The intent is to compare the current sales to an year earlier not to the entire year earlier. E can be taken out.

Another reason why E possibly is wrong. IMO, 3 as's in one sentence is almost always wrong. one as balances out the other as. What is the dangling as referring to??

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OA is D . I have no idea how ! as because ??????

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OA is D . I have no idea how ! as because ??????


Just make it as simple as possible. It is // structure question. As much ~ as...since as much because is used upfront, we need to have "as because" in place later. Simple it is...^*

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Nihit wrote:
OA is D . I have no idea how ! as because ??????


D as it is parallel and uses the "as much as" idiom correctly. Here is the correct output:

Retailers reported moderate gains in their November sales, as much because their sales a year earlier had been so bad as because shoppers were getting a head start on buying their holiday gifts.
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OA is D . I have no idea how ! as because ??????


D as it is parallel and uses the "as much as" idiom correctly. Here is the correct output:

Retailers reported moderate gains in their November sales, as much because their sales a year earlier had been so bad as because shoppers were getting a head start on buying their holiday gifts.

D wins because of ||sm ,X is sees gain as much because of M as because of N

as much as is the idiom and because is used on both parts to make them ||
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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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D. Idiom: 'as much because .. as because'

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D, as much as; as much because...as because...
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D is right!
Tests the use of:
1) because X..because Y
2) "as much...as"

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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


Answer: D
Parallelism - 'as much because...[something] as because...'
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+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


Answer: D

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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